Government of Australia


Research Officer and Translator - LE3

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Job Title:
Research Officer and Translator - LE3


€28,301 to €29,444

Closing date:
14th November 2018

Job Description

 About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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 will be based in Madrid and will work within the Political Section of the Embassy.

As Research Officer, the position will provide research and written analyses of Spanish political and economic developments. 

As Translator and Interpreter, the position will provide translation of complex and sensitive material and interpreting services. 

The successful applicant’s employment will be regulated by the laws of Spain.

Candidates must have the right to work in the EU. The Embassy of Australia in Madrid will not be responsible for any costs incurred associated with relocation, accommodation, work permits and visa costs.


The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Undertake research and analysis on topics as directed, and prepare reports on Spanish political and economic issues of interest to Australia.
  2. Develop and maintain a network of contacts in Government and the private sector that will contribute to the Embassy’s understanding of priority issues.
  3. Prepare background papers and maintain biographies of key Spanish personalities for official visits.
  4. Prepare written translations of sometimes complex and sensitive material on a wide range of subjects, including political, economic, financial, legal, scientific and cultural issues.
  5. Undertake high-level interpreting (including for visiting Australian Ministers and senior officials) from and into both Spanish and English.
  6. Organise programs for official visitors from Australia, and accompany them on calls and interpret consecutively.
  7. Other ad-hoc duties as required.


  • Knowledge of the political and economic situation in Spain.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • High level of proficiency (oral and written) in English and Spanish, including the ability to translate and interpret between the two languages.
  • Sound organisational skills and an ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines.
  • High-level of initiative and ability to work independently within a small team.
  • Strong capacity to exercise discretion and judgement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.


Selection Criteria

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 applications that have not adequately addressed the selection criteria.

A. Demonstrated ability to undertake independent research on a wide range of political, economic and social issues in Spain 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 Spanish 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 Spanish, with the ability to translate and interpret specialised political and economic texts and advise at official meetings.

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