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Political Officer for The Royal Danish Embassy in Riyadh

The Royal Danish Embassy in Riyadh is looking for a dynamic and efficient Political Officer (local staff)

The Embassy is seeking to recruit a curious and energetic Political Officer.

The Embassy represents the interests of Denmark in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. The Embassy focuses on government relations, commercial affairs, support for Danish citizens and public diplomacy.

The Political Officer will join a dynamic and effective team focusing on timely, precise and well written reporting and analysis of the political and economic development in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. Focus will be on solid research, virtual and physical participation in conferences and meetings, preparation of discussions with meeting partners, drafting of reports and analysis. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other Danish stakeholders will be the main receivers of the reporting, which requires an understanding of Danish values and political positions. You are expected to show the flexibility required for an optimal handling of the entire portfolio. Some official travel in the region should be expected.

Main tasks and responsibilities as Political Officer

  • Monitor and follow political, economic, value and rights based developments in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen.
  • Timely, precise and well written reporting and analysis.
  • Preparation of meetings.
  • Participation in conferences and seminars.
  • Prepare presentations and tailor made political analysis.
  • Participate in the preparation of visiting delegations.

Required qualifications

  • Academic degree in political science, economics, international relations or similar.
  • 2-5 years of experience from a government related institution or similar.
  • Knowledge or experience regarding GCC Region, Denmark, the Nordic countries and EU will be an advantage.
  • A positive, open-minded, pro-active, results-oriented and energetic attitude to handling of assignments.
  • A structured mind-set and excellent planning and coordination skills.
  • Excellent command of English oral and written is essential.
  • Comprehensive command of Danish and/or Arabic will be a major asset.
  • IT proficiency and solid skills regarding the Microsoft Office program.
  • Great interpersonal skills and team player abilities as well as interest in and willingness to share knowledge with – and learn from – colleagues.
  • Ability to foster and maintain networks.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Flexible and willing to adapt to the changing needs of the Embassy.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work under time pressure.
  • Have a high level of integrity including a strong understanding of the Danish zero tolerance on corruption.

Employment conditions

  • This is a local position at Royal Danish Embassy in Riyadh, which is compensated according to qualifications and local conditions. You will be offered a full time employment on a local contract based on the relevant local staff rules at the Embassy.
  • Your standard working hours will be 40 hours per week with some flexibility in organizing your own daily working hours.
  • You will be entitled to five (5) weeks of paid holiday per year, accumulating by 2.08 days per month.
  • Your salary will reflect your qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results.
  • As part of your salary you will be covered by a workplace pension scheme.
  • You and your dependent family members will be offered reasonable coverage of sickness expenses.

Application and recruitment process

To apply for the position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references) in English to The Royal Danish Embassy in Riyadh at ruhambjob@um.dk marked "Political Officer" no later than 1 November 2020. The Embassy attaches great importance to equal opportunities for all and therefore welcomes applications from all qualified persons regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews. The chosen candidate must present a "No Criminal Record" and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities prior to appointment. If you have questions please contact Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Michael Schack Balle Jensen on +966 (0) 50-4488-613 or e-mail mijens@um.dk.

About us

The Royal Danish Embassy in Riyadh is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy covers Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. The Embassy is an ambitious, high-paced and dynamic workplace with 23 employees.

For more information about the Embassy, see our web page http://saudiarabien.um.dk/en