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Policy Officer

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Australian Embassy Paris
4 rue Jean Rey

Policy Officer



2990€ + 13th month

Employment conditions
LES Level - Prospective applicants should note that this is a Locally Engaged Staff position not entitled to diplomatic conditions of service and requiring a valid work visa for France.

This is a security-designated position. Applicants must be a national of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States or United Kingdom. The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete a security assessment to the appropriate level. Persons holding dual French nationality are not eligible for a security clearance for this position

Starting date
July 2018 (Closing date of application => 21/05/2018)


Australian Embassy in Paris
4 Rue Jean Rey
75015 Paris

Application to be sent online ONLY to 
- CV
- Cover Letter

About your application (Please read carefully before applying)

In order to apply, you will have to answer several questions, including 4 to 6 questions to assess your motivations to join the embassy. Should this be more convenient, you can choose to answer those questions in a separate Word/PDF document to be enclosed within your application.

You will also have to provide an indication of your level of English and French skills. To help you assessing your language level, you can use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

More information available on: 
Self-assessment grid in English available here: 
Self-assessment grid in French available here: 

The Australian Embassy aims to ensure that people are engaged on the basis of their ability rather than their race, gender or background.


About the 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 Australias security, enhancing Australias 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 Australias pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.
About the Position

The position supports the Political teams work by providing policy research and analysis on a wide range of issues affecting Australias political, economic and security interests. The position also provides appropriate organisational and administrative support for the day-to-day activities of the Political team.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Reporting on political and economic developments in France, and Frances position on key EU issues of interest to Australia, such as the Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement
Develop and maintain contacts with French and international partners and arrange meetings with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other key contacts as required;

Provide research, analysis and reporting on issues affecting Australias political, economic and security interests in France and other countries to which the Embassy is accredited;

Monitor French and international political and economic developments;

Prepare documents including diplomatic correspondence and background information (including briefing and biographies of senior figures) for senior officials and Ministers;
Written and oral translation work;

Coordinate programs and logistical arrangements for visits by Australian officials.

Selection Criteria

Proven research, analytical and writing skills 

Excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills

Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and to deadlines

Relevant bachelor degree and professional experience

Excellent written and spoken communication skills in both English and French 

Good level skills in IT/Microsoft Office and internet research 

Good knowledge of the French political landscape and policy-making processes and some economic/trade policy background are preferred

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