The UK Permanent Representation to the EU (UKRep) works within the EU and its member states to maximise British influence on issues such as trade, the single market and economic growth and is now looking for two Senior European Parliamentary Officers to reinforce the Permanent Representation during the UK Presidency in 2017. The successful candidates will join the European Parliament team.
The period up to and during the UK Presidency will be extremely busy where the Permanent Representation is at the heart of the Brussels based business. In reality this will involve some longhours above and beyond the contracted weekly hours, including outside core hours. Exceptionally there may be a need to work at some point on a weekend. The successful candidates will be integral members of UKRep and as such they will be expected to be flexible and adapt to help cover any potential shift in policy priorities and responsibilities within this busy time.
UKRep also has the advantage of offering Time off in Lieu (TOIL) for extra time worked and provides opportunities to take a good amount of time off at August, Christmas, and Easter when there is little activity in the European institutions. We are also exploring what options may exist for ad hoc flexible working, whilst recognising the Presidency period will create limitations on what is possible on a regular basis.
UKRep is a great place to work. Our ground-breaking programme ‘UKRep Excellence’ and our in house training hub offers interesting and valuable learning opportunities.
The Senior European Parliamentary Officer is a high profile exciting role. The successful candidates can expect to engage directly with MEPs to represent UK views and positions, as well as providing advice to London departments and visiting ministers and officials on European Parliament negotiating dynamics, strategies for influencing MEPs and delivering UK objectives for EU legislation and how to deliver positive results in the European Parliament.
Senior European Parliamentary Officer – (Ref. BEL662)
UK Permanent Representation to the EU – Brussels
UK PRESIDENCY 2017
Main Duties / Responsibilities
Both vacancies will have main duties/responsibilities; however one will focus on institutional issues and the other on a specific set of policy areas, likely to be principally policy areas covered by COREPER 1.
Both roles will require the incumbent to:
- Gather information and monitor political and legislative developments in the European Parliament (EP) on their respective policy areas;
- Report back to London policy leads on parliamentary debates, votes and other events, including providing high quality analysis of the implications for UK policy;
- Provide advice to UKRep and London departments on how to maximise UK influence in the EP, to develop engagement strategies for delivering HM Government’s objectives and to deliver effective visit programmes for ministers and senior officials;
- Identify and develop a broad and effective network of contacts in the EP and to support colleagues in UKRep to do the same;
- Convincingly present UK positions orally and in writing to MEPs and advisors;
- Coach and support staff in UKRep in developing expertise on EP politics and process, and in maintaining the quality of written briefing to MEPs;
- Deliver presentations and coaching for staff in London departments in order to familiarise them with the EP ahead of the Presidency.
In addition, the Senior European Parliamentary Officer for Institutional Issues will be required to:
- Support the team leader in coordinating Presidency preparation for relations with the EP including preparing the Conference of Presidents visit to capital, meetings with the Conference of Committee Chairs, ministerial hearings in committee and the plenary sessions;
- Support the UK Chair of the General Affairs Group in preparing and steering the work of the working group, including liaising with the Council Secretariat and other EU Member State delegations.
Required Experience & Skills
- Fluent level of written and spoken English;
- A strong understanding of the roles, structures and procedures of the EP;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills – ability to present an argument clearly and persuasively, varying your communication style to suit your audience;
- Excellent organisational skills – ability to juggle several issues simultaneously and to manage conflicting priorities and deliver effectively under pressure;
- Proven team player as well as an ability to work autonomously and to take the initiative when required;
- Ability to familiarise oneself with complex issues;
- Readiness to travel to Strasbourg for plenary sessions once a month and to travel to London for meetings, training, events and networking.
- Readiness to flex working time in order to cover essential parliamentary debates outside normal office hours;
- Key FCO competences: Collaborating and Partnering; Seeing the Big Picture; Building Capability for All; Making Effective Decisions; Delivering at Pace; Changing and Improving.
- Command of other EU languages, particularly French and German;
- Experience of working within the European institutions;
- Experience of working or engaging successfully with MEPs;
- Knowledge of UK government including Whitehall departments;
- Good IT literacy.
Terms and Conditions
This is a full-time, fixed term contract until 31st March 2018, for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week (please note that is expected to be necessary to work some long-hours above and beyond the contracted weekly hours, including outside core hours and occasionally on weekends).
The monthly salary for this position is €3,444.87, C4(L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).
Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.
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.
All applicants should have the right to live and work in Belgium. The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium does not sponsor work permits.
All applicants should submit their CV (in English, up to 3 pages) and Covering Letter (in English, no more than 1 page of A4, Arial11) setting out their motivation for the role and how they meet the above criteria.
Applications should be sent to jobapplications.BEL@fco.gov.uk and the email subject line must be formatted as follows: BEL662
The closing date for applications is the 5 th April 2016.
Kindly note that your application will only be considered if:
- Your application has been sent within the time frame requested
- Your application documents are fully in English
- Your applications documents are in .pdf format
Please note that, because of the volume of applications we receive, we will only contact candidates selected for interview. If you do not hear from us you should assume that your application has not been successful.
Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.
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