Full-Time: 36 hours 45 min per week
Salary: £40,867 per annum
Close date: 17/01/2018 12.00am GMT
Applications are sought from persons interested in employment at the Australian High Commission in London engaged on local terms and conditions of employment as a Locally Engaged Staff member.
PLEASE NOTE: It is a condition of this appointment that any candidates applying for this position must be able to obtain and maintain an Australian National Security Clearance to Negative Level 1 and must therefore be an Australian citizen.
About The Treasury
The Treasury`s mission is to improve the wellbeing of the Australian people by providing sound and timely advice to the government, based on objective and thorough analysis of options, and by assisting the Treasury ministers in the administration of their responsibilities and the implementation of government decisions.
Treasury’s policy advice falls within four broad areas: the domestic and international macroeconomic environment and international economic relationships; effective government spending arrangements; effective taxation and retirement income arrangements; and well-functioning markets.
Treasury’s overseas posts provide input and report against all these policy areas. The London Treasury post is responsible for Europe generally, not just the United Kingdom.
About the position
The Economic Researcher and Assistant is responsible for supporting the Australian Treasury representative in Europe (Minister-Counsellor (Economic)) who is based in the London Post, assisting directly with monitoring, reporting, visits and representational duties while providing necessary administrative and office support.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Define and analyse complex problems and develop possible solutions within an economic framework and keep abreast of changes to the economy, factoring those changes into analyses.
- Maintain strong context in the political situation in Australia and Europe.
- Provide high level support by monitoring, researching, analysing and reporting on developments in various aspects of the UK’s economy and financial system, economies and financial systems across Europe, and related policy issues.
- Support the general administrative and finance functions of the Treasury Office including diary management, arranging meetings and travel.
- Manage and track the budget and financial resources of the Treasury Office.
- Assist with Ministerial and other official visits including independently arranging, scheduling and managing programs and assisting with logistical arrangements.
- Prepare written material to document research and findings in a logical, succinct and persuasive manner.
- Support the Minister-Counsellor in establishing, maintaining and managing relationships with senior UK and European officials and representatives of the business community and liaise with them as directed.
- Identify emerging opportunities and issues and contribute to the strategic goals of the Australian Treasury.
- Other duties as directed.
- A degree in economics, law, commerce, accounting or public policy required
- Sound knowledge of economic and public policy frameworks
- Understanding of international economic relationships
- Understanding of Australian economic developments, institutions and policy settings
- Experience in developing strong conceptual and analytical skills and strong representational and leadership skills
- Advanced research and analytical skills
- Well-developed written and oral communication skills
- Ability to liaise with stakeholders and build and maintain those relationships
In your written statements, please provide succinct and relevant examples that support your claims against the role.
A. Qualifications: Possess a degree in economics, law, commerce, accounting or public policy. Experience in an international environment or with international issues is highly desirable.
B. Communication: Demonstrated ability to independently prepare written material to document research and findings in a logical, succinct and persuasive manner. A track record of reporting on economic issued and research output is an advantage. The applicant must also be able to liaise effectively with others on complex issues.
C. Conceptual and analytical skills: Ability to define and analyse complex problems and develop possible solutions within an economic framework as well as to keep abreast of changes to the economy, factoring those changes into analyses.
D. Output management: The applicant is required to demonstrate a strong ability to plan organise, schedule and prioritise tasks to deliver the required output. The applicant must be able to plan own workload with minimal supervision.
E. Leadership and people skills: The applicant is required to support the Minister-Counsellor in establishing, maintaining and managing relationships with senior UK and European officials, and representatives of the community and liaising with them as directed. The applicant is also required to demonstrate initiative in identifying emerging opportunities and issues, and contributing to the strategic goals of the Australian Treasury.
F. It is essential that all candidates have the ability to hold Australian National Security Clearance to Negative Vetting Level 1 or above. Therefore, applications can only be considered from Australian nationals. It is desired (but not essential) that candidates already hold, or have previously held, an Australian National Security Clearance.