Australian Embassy

Research and Visits Unit Manager (LE6)

Vacancy – Research and Visits Unit Manager (LE6)

The Australian Embassy, Beijing seeks applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Research and Visits Unit Manager (LE6).

A position description and selection criteria are attached.


How to apply

Applications must be submitted in English and include:

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

Applications should be submitted by email to the Human Resources Section of the Australian Embassy, Beijing at:

The closing date for applications is Friday, 28 July 2017.  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

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

For further information about this position, please contact

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



Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Position number



Manager, Research and Visits Unit




Research and Visits Unit, Australian Embassy, Beijing

Reports to (title)

A-based Executive Officer





About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing

Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the position

The Research and Visits Unit Manager (RVU Manager) is a key position with overall responsibility for managing, mentoring and coordinating a team of six highly skilled, professional officers who provide political and economic research, interpretation and translation services, and visit support to the embassy.

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

  • Work closely with the RVU supervisor to set the RVU’s strategic direction and develop a plan to achieve team objectives.
  • Manage task allocation, RVU staff workloads and staff leave to ensure efficient, timely and responsive delivery of RVU services.
  • Support and mentor team members, provide input into performance agreements and ensure training and development needs are met.
  • Ensure quality, consistency and accuracy of all RVU products by creating procedures, setting guidelines and reviewing completed tasks.
  • Continuously review and update RVU work practices to improve the efficiency and quality of RVU products.
  • Monitor, analyse and report using publicly-available information (Chinese and English language sources) on issues relevant to Australia and the bilateral relationship.
  • Create and update briefing material in support of high-level visits to China and regional travel by the Ambassador and other senior embassy officials.
  • Provide core support during prime-ministerial, ministerial and official visits to China, including by compiling, editing and producing visit-program booklets.   
  • Produce a high-quality, topical, English-language digest of political and economic issues that affect Australia’s national interests.

Selection criteria

  • Tertiary qualifications and high-level oral and written communication skills in English are essential.  Mandarin language skills are advantageous, but not required.
  • Demonstrated superior ability to manage a team, coordinate tasking and manage resources in a busy and varied environment to produce high-quality outcomes.
  • Proven ability to undertake research and produce high-quality analytical reports on issues of interest to the Australian Government, including foreign affairs and trade policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise a busy workload and work under pressure and to deadlines with great attention to detail.
  • A good understanding of China’s political and economic environment and Australia’s interests in China and the region.