Government of Australia


Research Officer –Political/Economic – LE4

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Research Officer –Political/Economic – LE4


6,006 TRY per month (gross)

Closing date:
15th June 2018

Job Description

Contract: Permanent

Full-Time: 37 hours and 30 minutes per week

Classification: LE4

Salary: 6,006 TRY per month (gross)


Applications are sought from persons interested in employment at the Australian Embassy in Ankara as Locally Engaged Staff.


About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade       

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program, and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.


About the position

The Research Officer collates and analyses information on Turkey’s political system, social and economic policies and regional relations.

The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Undertake research and draft reports on political, economic and social issues in Turkey and the region.
  • Collect, analyse and assess political and economic data.
  • Arrange appointments for diplomatic staff, and manage communication with Turkish contacts, on behalf of diplomatic staff.
  • Translate political and economic reports, articles and related material.
  • Interpret at official meetings
  • Establish and maintain a broad range of useful contacts in the Turkish Government, think-tanks, academia, civil society institutions and the business community.  Harness these contacts to obtain information of relevance to diplomatic staff.
  • Assist with official visits to Turkey by Australian officials, and to Australia by Turkish officials (arrange calls, draft programs, liaise with Turkish and Australian contacts, and
  • Accompany diplomatic officers on travels within Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan as required
  • Attend and report on seminars, conferences, meetings, panels and forum hosted by NGOs, think-tanks, business institutions and universities on Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy issues and economic developments.



  • A very strong knowledge of Turkish history, society and politics
  • An established network of useful contacts across the Turkish Government, media, academia and civil society
  • Professional-level fluency in English and Turkish
  • Ability to interpret English-Turkish, and Turkish-English
  • Ability to produce high-quality written translations of Turkish political and economic documents, including newspaper editorials and Government statements
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including demonstrated initiative in seeking out timely and relevant information for diplomatic staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, within a small team



Please address each of the selection criteria for the role in the spaces provided on the application form.  Drawing on your prior experience, please provide examples of where you have demonstrated the required competencies or transferable skills.

The word limit is strictly 250 words per response.  The panel will not assess responses that exceed the word limit.


A. Demonstrated ability to undertake independent research on a wide range of political, economic and social issues in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan and present findings to senior management in an appropriate manner.


B. Ability to take initiative, set priorities and organise work effectively and efficiently, and to complete projects and assignments with limited supervision.


C. Ability to develop and harness a broad range of useful contacts which may include members of the Turkish government, think-tanks, academia, civil society institutions, the business community and other stakeholders to provide information of relevance to senior management.


D. Excellent team-working, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills including experience working with senior level officials, executives and stakeholders.


E. Well-developed written and oral communication skills in both English and Turkish, with the ability to translate and interpret specialised political and economic texts and advise at official meetings.

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