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Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: UKDEL (UK Delegation for NATO)
The United Kingdom’s Joint Delegation to NATO is the vital link between the UK Government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Its principal roles are to promote British interests in NATO and to keep UK Ministers and Government Departments informed about NATO discussions. Currently, we are looking for a Personal Assistant to the Deputy Permanent Representative and Political Counsellor.
To help represent the UK in the world’s most successful political-military alliance, by managing the offices of the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative and the Political Counsellor, two senior members of the UK’s delegation to NATO; and by providing support to the delegation and its leadership as a whole.
NATO is the bedrock of the UK’s defence and security. It is undergoing its most significant changes since the Cold War to meet new and more assertive threats in an increasingly complex and uncertain world; and has recently moved into a new headquarters. The UK plays a highly respected leadership role in the Alliance. The growing threat to the international order, and NATO’s increasing political weight and breadth of engagement, is also strengthening the Alliance’s importance to the UK’s foreign policy.
The pace and range of work are increasing. The delegation is a busy team, a mixed community of UK diplomats, Ministry of Defence civilians, military officers and locally-hired employees, operating at a high tempo in a challenging multilateral environment. But it is also a supportive and happy workplace, with a strong focus on learning and development and upholding values of respect, integrity, fairness and inclusivity. This position is critical to the delegation functioning effectively, working closely with its Allies, and making the best use of its senior leadership.
Application deadline: 25 August 2019
Grade: A2 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Location (City): UK Joint Delegation to NATO, Brussels
Type of Post: UK Delegation
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 3,334.47
Start Date: 1 October 2019
This is a full-time, permanent contract, for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.
The monthly salary for this position is 3,334.47, A2 (L) level.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a strong culture of learning and development, in which the delegation plays a full part. Everyone has at least five days each year for development, and there is great scope to take up specific learning in different forms: there are team away days, opportunities for on-the-job learning, training courses, and longer-term development. French classes are organised regularly, and a range of other masterclasses and presentations are offered, e.g. on prioritisation, stress management and policy issues. Staff have access to the FCO’s Diplomatic Academy which provides in-depth learning and knowledge on a wealth of different subjects and skills up to diploma level.
The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance.
Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.
Visa/passport requirements: must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.
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