Policy, Science and Innovation Officer – Consulado Geral Britânico em Vancouver


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Job Category  

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory  

Science and Innovation

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

The British Consulate-General in Vancouver is   recruiting for the role of Policy, Science and Innovation Officer.This position is to fill a maternity leave cover for up to one year, starting on   22 January 2018. With primary responsibility for British Columbia, as well as Yukon and the Northwest Territories, the jobholder’s   role is focused on two main roles:

  • Building science and innovation partnerships and collaborations between the UK and provincial and municipal governments. In particular, engaging influential stakeholders in government, academia and industry to deliver high-impact projects and commercial wins for the UK.  This is anticipated to be the primary focus of work.
  • Reporting on policy issues including economics, science, and innovation, and the low carbon economy. Understanding the link between policy developments, and their   commercial implications for UK businesses.

This is an exciting opportunity that requires a   mix of project management, policy analysis, and lobbying on behalf of the UK   government.  Reporting to the Head of the Energy, Science, Innovation   Team at the High Commission in Ottawa, the candidate will work   collaboratively with other policy groups within the British High Commission,   the Canada network of Consulates General, British government departments, and   the UK’s global Science and Innovation Network (SIN).

The successful candidate will be required to travel within Canada and internationally.  There will be some out-of-hours work, including attendance at evening events.


The main responsibilities of the job are as follows:

  • Identify, develop, and deliver projects that support UK government objectives in Canada, including strengthening ties in science and innovation collaboration.
  • Provide policy analysis and lobby to support UK government priorities within British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.
  • Develop and maintain contacts in the economic, science and innovation community including government, NGOs, think-tanks and universities.
  • Seek opportunities to promote UK economic growth and R&D potential, in collaboration with the UK Department for International Trade.


Essential qualifications and experience  

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years professional experience in public policy, economics, engineering, or science.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to interact effectively with senior government officials, business   leaders, scientists, and the public.
  • Excellent presentation skills with ability to produce clear, concise written reports and a knack for talking to range of expert and non-subject expert audiences.
  • Proven ability to work independently, multitask, and feel at ease networking at mid- to senior-level.
  • Knowledge of government, policy, science and innovation in British Columbia and Canada.

Desirable qualifications and experience  

  • Knowledge of the UK, including government, policy, and the science and innovation landscape.
  • Knowledge of economics, energy, climate change, and/or low carbon economies.
  • Experience working in the Canadian federal or provincial government, industry association, or other diplomatic mission.

Required competencies  

Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally

Application deadline: 8 October 2017

Grade: C4 (L)

Type of Position: Full-time

Working hours per week: 37.5

Region: America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories

Country/Territory: Canada

Location (City): Vancouver

Type of Post: British Consulate General

Number of vacancies: 1

Starting yearly salary ()  $74,187.00

Start Date: 22 January 2018

End Date: 19 January 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

The position requires pre-existing legal status to live and work in Canada and will be subject to satisfactory reference checks, successful receipt of local and overseas security clearances and a six month probation period.

The British Government Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental,  in addition to generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Canadian employment law.

Additional information

Internal candidates must address their resumes through the Head of Group before applying.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British High Commission is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law.

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