Australian Embassy
China

Senior Policy Officer (LES 6)

Vacancy – Senior Policy Officer (LES 6)

The Australian Embassy Beijing seeks applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Senior Policy Officer (Agriculture) (LES 6) with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

This position is a contract position with tenure of up to 3 years with the possibility of a further extension.

Please see the attached for the position description and selection criteria. We are seeking high quality written applications.

 

How to apply

Your application, written in English, must include:

  • A Statement of Claims for the position separately addressing each of the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages); and
  • A Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages); and
  • Contact details for two work-related referees, including current supervisor.

Applications should be submitted in writing by email to the Human Resources Section of the Australian Embassy, Beijing at: beijing.hrrecruitment@dfat.gov.au.

The closing date for applications is close of business on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.  Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For further information about this position, please contact beijing.hrrecruitment@dfat.gov.au.

Please note that only applicants short-listed for interview will receive a written reply. If you have not received any communication from the Human Resources Section within four weeks after the close of application, please consider your application unsuccessful. Thank you for your understanding and your interest in working at the Australian Embassy.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address all six (6) of the selection criteria below, clearly outlining their claims and specific experience that makes them suitable for this position (maximum 2 pages). 

  • A demonstrated ability to communicate with high-level of fluency in both Mandarin and English (verbal and written), and strong abilities in both translation and interpretation of technical terminology in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise a busy workload, work under pressure with limited direction and to meet deadlines with close attention to detail.
  • Capacity to oversee financial and administrative requirements and to undertake staff management responsibilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to represent the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and liaise with senior representatives of government and industry.
  • Demonstrated research and analysis skills and an ability to conduct research into complex policy issues under limited direction.
  • Familiarity with the Australian Government’s agriculture trade policy goals (including tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline are desirable), and knowledge of the agricultural and biosecurity relationships between Australia and China.

 

Agency

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Position number

BJ5-003

Title

Senior Policy Officer (Agriculture)

Classification

LE6

Section

Agriculture

Reports to (title)

Minister Counsellor Agriculture – (North Asia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) leads the development of policy advice and provides services to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and related industries as well as to help people and goods move in and out of Australia while managing the risks to the environment and animal, plant and human health.

The Department has a network of overseas officers to help maintain and expand market access for Australia’s agricultural exports and to manage the agricultural relationship with key trading partners.

The Department works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other Australian Government agencies as part of a whole of government approach to advance Australia’s global, regional and bilateral interests.

 

About the position

The Senior Policy Officer works to support the Minister-Counsellor (Agriculture) and Counsellors (Agriculture) as required, to maintain and improve trade of agricultural products between Australia and China and to strengthen the bilateral agriculture relationship by facilitating policy discussions, coordinating meetings and visits and monitoring cooperation, capacity building and collaborative research activities.

The Senior Policy Officer will also provide support to the Minister Counsellor Agriculture in managing the network of counsellors in the North Asia region.

To support this work, the Senior Policy Officer will: develop and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders including Chinese government officials, Chinese and Australian producer groups, importers, exporters and distributors; monitor changes to the policy environment; undertake more complex research tasks; and provide high level analysis, briefings and technical advice on agriculture related matters.

This position requires advanced problem-solving skills, good judgement and the ability to deliver quality work under very limited supervision.

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing work that is highly complex under limited direction guided by legislation, policies, procedures and precedents and provide accurate and specialised advice to the Minister-Counsellor, and Counsellors as required, on matters relating to the Australia-China agricultural relationship by analysing information and assessing the impact of changes in agricultural policy on the trading environment.
  • Building and maintaining a network of internal and external stakeholders including within relevant Chinese government agencies, other sections within the Embassy environment, Chinese and Australian producer groups, importers, exporters and distributors to progress key priorities, develop policy and provide advice on the agricultural policy environment.
  • Providing leadership in the performance of the administrative arrangements of the Agriculture Section including writing cables, speeches, briefing papers, reports of meetings, records of conversations and activity reports and managing relevant elements of the budget of the Agriculture Section.
  • Undertaking complex research tasks including the development of clear and concise written reports that are fit-for-purpose.
  • Organising and delivering programs for visiting government officials, ministers or Australian business representatives, including facilitating and representing the Agriculture Section of the Embassy at meetings, field trips, workshops and other events.
  • Providing additional capacity to respond to enquiries on import/export requirements and legislative and administrative frameworks; progress market access requests; and facilitate the handling of detained consignments.
  • Providing administrative support to the Minister-Counsellor in the planning, preparation and implementation of North Asia regional activities.

 

Qualifications/Experience

  • A demonstrated ability to communicate with high-level of fluency in both Mandarin and English (verbal and written), and strong abilities in both translation and interpretation of technical terminology in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise a busy workload, work under pressure with limited direction and to meet deadlines with close attention to detail.
  • Capacity to oversee financial and administrative requirements and to undertake staff management responsibilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to represent the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and liaise with senior representatives of government and industry.
  • Demonstrated research and analysis skills and an ability to conduct research into complex policy issues under limited direction.
  • Familiarity with the Australian Government’s agriculture trade policy goals (including tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline are desirable), and knowledge of the agricultural and biosecurity relationships between Australia and China.