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The British Embassy in Sweden is part of a worldwide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas.
We are now looking for a Prosperity and Policy Officer to:
.Identify and capitalise on opportunities for collaboration between the UK and Sweden, delivering projects and events and supporting exchange of best practice in these areas;
.Analyse, report and lobby on a number of policy areas in support of bilateral objectives.
What will be your key responsibilities?
.Collaborate with colleagues, including the Trade and Investment team (DIT) and the Science and Innovation Officers to deliver the Embassy's prosperity objectives. Areas focussed on to date include emerging tech, digital health care, 5G and green finance;
.Identify issues where exchange between the UK and Sweden would be fruitful and deliver activity in support of that through planning and running workshops, events, visits, training, etc. Work with the Communications Team to ensure communications opportunities are maximised;
.Develop a thorough understanding of a number of policy areas (these will be open to discussion, depending on the experiences of the successful candidate). Provide relevant, timely analysis of Swedish policies and practises and recommendations for engagement between UK and Sweden;
.Develop and foster effective relationships with Swedish Government departments, Trade associations, NGOs, think tanks, etc. to promote UK government objectives and to support quality of reporting to UK;
.Develop and foster effective relationships with UK Government departments, British Embassies in the Nordic Baltic region and in wider Europe to support delivery of relevant, impactful prosperity activity and policy exchange;
.Co-ordinate and deliver visits to Sweden by UK ministers and senior officials;
.Provide analysis and reporting to inform the negotiations on the UK's future economic partnership with the EU in specific areas;
.Provide cover and support for other members of the Political Section as need arises.
You may also be interested to know:
The British Embassy is a dynamic, welcoming environment with staff from a range of countries and backgrounds. We encourage and support opportunities to be involved in projects and activities with colleagues across the Embassy. We offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities, including job-specific training as necessary and broader learning linked to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Diplomatic Academy.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
.Fluency in English and Swedish (C1/C2 level);
.Minimum two years' experience working for an organisation in a relevant role (i.e. working with/for national or local government, an international organization, an innovation agency or private sector company);
.Effective communication and interpersonal skills;
.Good research and analysis skills;
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
.Experience of managing diverse and relationships at all levels of the organization;
.Knowledge or experience of project management and relevant skills;
.Experience of working with policy.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
If you are interested in this job opportunity and want to apply, please check the FCO Local Posts Website
The closing date for applications is 2nd August 2020 (23:55 local time).
Additional Information (due to Covid-19):
.You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;
.Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
.Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.