Senior Research and Program Officer

Agency: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Location: Australian Embassy, Beijing
Title: Senior Research and Program Officer
Position number: BJ1-036
Classification: LE4-1
Section: Research and Visits Unit, Australian Embassy Beijing
Reports to (title) :Second Secretary (DFAT), Australian Embassy Beijing
Status :Ongoing, Full-time
Gross Annual Salary :RMB163,839  (plus loading if applicable)
Commencement date :ASAP
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 Senior Research and Program Officer role provides important support to the Australian Embassy in China in order for it to achieve the broader objectives of the Australian Government.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
Undertake research on a wide variety of topics of importance to the mission, including political, economic and social issues.
Analyse and evaluate information and produce high-quality reporting for inclusion in DFAT briefings and reports.
Accurately translate documents from both English to Chinese and Chinese to English, often at short notice and to strict timeframes.
Provide interpreting services to the Deputy Ambassador, senior Embassy officials and visiting Australian Government officials as and when required, often at short notice.
Arrange meetings for the Ambassador, Deputy Ambassador and other senior Embassy officials, as required.
Liaise with Chinese ministries, departments and official organisations to arrange meetings, distribute correspondence and make enquiries.
Maintain flexibility to work outside standard office hours and, occasionally, travel at short notice.
Create, review and update Chinese provincial and city briefs.
Assist with the production of ministerial and high-level visits program booklets.
Assist with the production of a daily topical English language media digest.
Monitor Chinese government websites and Chinese media for issues of interest to Australia and the bilateral relationship.
Support Australia’s Consulates in China by assisting with work during busy periods.
Support other departments within the Embassy as required.
Provide administrative support to Embassy staff as directed.
Selection Criteria
Applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability to meet all six (6) of the selection criteria below:
1.Ability to communicate effectively (orally and written) in both English and Chinese are essential.
2.Demonstrated ability to undertake interpreting and translation tasks from both English to Chinese and Chinese to English.
3.Demonstrated ability to undertake research and produce high-quality analytical reports on issues of interest to the Australian Government.
4.Good understanding of China’s political and economic environment and Australia’s interests in relation to China and the region.
5.Have a sound understanding of the Chinese Government, Chinese political structure and the roles and responsibilities of the various government departments.
6.Ability to work flexibly, both independently (sometimes without guidance) and as part of a team, and show initiative, to deliver outcomes under pressure and within strict timeframes.
The ideal candidate will also have the following traits:
Two or more years’ of relevant work experience.
Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field.
Formal training, qualifications and experience in interpretation and translation.
High degree of computer literacy in Microsoft software, particularly Word and Excel.
What we offer
A diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package.
Exciting and fulfilling work in a diplomatic mission.
The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your skills.
Your application, written in English, should include:
1.Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages)
Please attach current curriculum vitae.
2.Application for Locally Engaged Staff Employment – Complete Attachment A
Locally engaged staff are employed by the local Australian mission on either an ongoing basis or short term (fixed term) temporary basis with mission specific terms and condition of employment. Please ensure that you have read the relevant terms and conditions of employment before submitting an application.  The Embassy’s Locally Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Employment can be requested via email to
3.Written Application –  Complete Attachment B
Applicants are required to demonstrate they meet the selection criteria by answering the questions in Attachment A.  For each question, applicants should limit their response to 250 words.  Appendix 1 provides useful information on how to structure your answer and ensure you address the selection criteria.  Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.
Please email your application to before 17:00 on Sunday, 20 January 2019.  Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.
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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 of the Australian Embassy 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 in Beijing.