Government of Australia


Policy Officer (Political)

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Job Title:
Policy Officer (Political)


Closing date:
23rd February 2018

Job Description

Contract: Permanent Contract

Full-Time: 37.5 hours per week

Classification: LE4

Salary: Gross monthly salary of EUR 3,877.73 plus holiday pay and Christmas bonus


About Us       

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 position is based in Brussels. The Policy Officer will work within the Political section of the Australian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the EU and NATO. The Political section covers subject matters including EU policy and political developments, as well as matters of interest to Australia relating to NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg. Under limited direction the Policy Officer will be responsible for researching, analysing and reporting on these areas.


The key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Research, analyse and report on EU, NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg issues/developments.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key contacts in government, think tank and private sector organisations.
  • Prepare reporting, including draft cables, on developments of interest to the Australian Government.
  • Represent post at briefings and conferences, under direction.
  • Monitor media reporting and published data.
  • Provide support for visits.

Selection Criteria

In your written statements, you must include succinct, high-level and relevant examples that support your claims against the role.

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in European or International politics or similar fields.
  2. High level English written and oral communication skills.
  3. Knowledge/expertise in EU as well as EU member states’ political systems and sound judgement in interpreting developments in EU politics and policy; knowledge/expertise on NATO, Belgium and Luxembourg would be an added advantage.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build productive working relationships.
  5. Good French language skills – particularly ability to translate into English – would be highly desirable. Dutch language skills would be an added advantage.  
  6. Capacity to successfully obtain an Australian security clearance would be an added advantage. To be eligible to meet the requirements for obtaining an Australian security clearance, a candidate must be an Australian citizen or in exceptional circumstances a citizen of an eligible country (Canada, NZ, UK or USA).

The Australian Embassy in Brussels will not be responsible for any costs incurred associated with the interview process. relocation, accommodation, work permits and visa costs, nor the return of the officer and/or family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The Australian Embassy thanks all applicants in advance for their applications and regrets it is not in a position to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.


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