The British Embassy, Israel has vacancy for a Political Officer A2 (L).
As a member of the Political Section, you will be part of a diverse team of policy and programme experts working together to support, shape and deliver UK policy. Given the importance of Knesset politics in determining Israel’s policy, maintaining good contacts and an excellent awareness of developments in the legislature is a crucial aspect of the UK’s understanding of Israel.
The successful candidate will give the Embassy oversight of – and access to – the Knesset. The core functions of the job are: building and maintaining a strong network in the Knesset with MKs and their advisors, and with relevant external commentators, NGOs and pollsters; organising meetings for the political section with political figures across the parties; reporting on developments in coalition and opposition dynamics; reporting on developments in Israeli legislation and committee discussions; assisting with inward official and ministerial visits from the UK. Another core function of the role is advising on and supporting the Embassy’s engagement across Israeli society. The job holder will also act as Embassy point of contact for UK Jewish NGOs and other UK Israeli-oriented groups, and act as liaison for Israeli political figures visiting the UK. The role also includes providing advice in responding to letters from members of the British public and UK Parliament on domestic politics and internal affairs.
Responsibilities will include:
- Maximise UK engagement with the Knesset. Build and maintain a strong network among MKs and their advisors. Fix meetings with MKs for Embassy political team on a weekly basis. Build and maintain network of relevant commentators, pollsters and NGOs, to deepen understanding of Israeli politics.
- Report on developments in Israeli politics and Knesset developments, including elections, legislation, committees and party dynamics – both verbally and through concise written updates. Conduct and deliver Embassy press review on regular basis.
- Support incoming UK official visits. Assist with organisation of Embassy events with political flavour.
- Supporting and advising on Embassy engagement in organising high-level events and engaging with Israeli society.
- Managing a Quality Service – Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.
- Delivering at Pace – Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
- Collaborating & Partnering – People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.
- Making Effective Decisions – Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.
- Changing & Improving – People who are effective in this area are responsive, innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change.
- Seeing the big picture – Effectiveness in this area is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs.
Essential experience and qualifications:
- Fluent in speaking and writing in both English and Hebrew. Capable of Hebrew/English interpretation.
- Strong understanding of, and connections with, Israeli politics and the Knesset.
- High competency in Microsoft Office and computer literacy.
- Self-motivated individual able to take initiative with strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong customer focus – ability to work as a team.
- Proven ability to deliver results.
Working Hours and Remuneration:
The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including the salary of ILS 9,532 per month plus social benefits. Parking facilities will not be provided or paid for by the Embassy. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
Normal working hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:00 – 16:00 and Friday 8:00-13:30.
The Successful candidate would work from Sunday to Thursday (when Knesset in session, rest of time working days would be Monday-Friday) inclusive – total of 37.5 weekly hours.
Office is based in Tel Aviv, however, successful candidate should anticipate that the majority of the working week will be spent in Jerusalem at the Knesset.
The appointment will be subject to security clearance and a probationary period of four months.
Candidate must be able to work legally in Israel.
The closing date for applications will be 15 May 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online.
1. Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the motivation section of the online application form or cover letter.
2. An updated Curriculum Vitae.
(Your application must include examples in your cover letter of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected).
Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.
Due to the large amount of applications we receive only those shortlisted for assessment will be contacted. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
The selection process will include an interview and a written exercise.
The successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.
The British Embassy Tel Aviv is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.