Senior Political Officer – Foreign and Commonwealth Office


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Job Category
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:

Lead on the UK government’s political engagement in Brazil. Lead on analysis and reporting on developments in Brazilian internal politics (federal, state and local level) and implications for UK. Oversee coordination of visits support for incoming high-level visitors (principally UK government ministers).

Roles and Responsibilities:

This is an excellent senior adviser job in the British Embassy, Brasilia. It combines leading on the fascinating area of Brazilian internal politics with significant management responsibility (line management and team leadership). You will be a key adviser for the Ambassador and other senior colleagues in the UK government’s posts in Brazil.

You can expect to:

– Lead and manage 7-person team that covers Brazilian internal politics, Brazil-UK political relations and coordinates support for incoming high-level UK visitors to Brazil;

– Lead the UK government’s political engagement in Brazil. Develop and deliver engagement to build excellent relationships across the “3 powers” (executive, legislative and judiciary) and in think tanks and civil society. An immediate priority will be the 2018 elections: Presidential, Congress and State level. You will be responsible for making sure that the Embassy, from the Ambassador down, has the right relationships with all the key people (politicians and advisers).

– Use your extensive contact network and other sources (e.g. media; blogs; political commentary etc) to track political developments and trends and to produce impactful analysis and advice that informs UK-Brazil relations and helps deliver priority outcomes, e.g. in securing Congress approval of UK-Brazil agreements;

– Lead on regular political reporting to inform contacts in London on key issues, for example Lavo Jato.

– Support other teams in Brasilia and around the Brazil Network (posts in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Recife) in identifying and developing their own political relationships,

– Support delivery of an ambitious regional outreach strategy for the UK government in Brazil, advising on political priorities and identifying opportunities in key states and cities;

Coordinate the right level of support for incoming high level HMG visitors (government ministers and senior officials);

Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Essential on arrival: At least 5 years professional experience in a relevant field. Expert knowledge of the Brazilian political system (executive, legislative and judiciary); well established network of contacts, and the ability to build this further and use effectively;

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Desirable: experience of working in an international environment may be helpful – but not essential.

Required competencies
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline
10 June 2018

Type of Position
Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week

Location (City)
Brasilia, Brazil

Type of Post
British Embassy

Starting monthly salary ()
BRL 10658

Start Date
30 July 2018

Other benefits and conditions of employment
Learning and development opportunities:

The Brazil Network is committed to Learning and Development both through formal training and development opportunities ‘on-the-job’. The job-holder will be encouraged to take advantage of training available through the Foreign Office’s Diplomatic Academy

Additional information
This post will be based at the Embassy in Brasilia. Some travel within Brazil – predominantly to Sao Paulo and Rio, but also other cities for regional outreach, will be required.


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