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Science and Innovation Officer (part-time 30 hours/week)
The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people from all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
The British Embassy Berlin is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. We are now looking for a Science and Innovation Officer to cover maternity leave. We expect the position to be available for approximately 16 months, however this could be longer or shorter depending on the current job holder's maternity leave dates.
Science and Innovation Officer (part-time 30 hours/week)
Annual starting salary 45,600 Euros gross, rising to 51,122 Euros gross after a qualifying period
Science and Innovation (S&I) are at the heart of the UK Government's strategy for prosperity and sustainable growth. The UK is already a global leader in S&I and we recognise that international partnership is essential to maintaining our excellence, our reputation and our global competitiveness in these areas. S&I are amongst the PM's named priorities for the UK in negotiating its exit from the EU. Supporting international collaboration in these areas will become more important as the UK makes preparations to leave. Germany is a major global research power and vital UK partner in Europe.
The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) has approximately 90 officers around the world, 22 in Europe, tasked with building partnerships and collaborations which delivery policy, research or business outcomes against the SIN Global Strategy (https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/uk-science-and-innovation-network), benefitting both the UK and host country. The UK's developing Industrial Strategy has a strong S&I foundation which will guide and inform SIN's future work in support of prosperity work in support of prosperity and economic growth.
This is a key role in the SIN Germany team, working to the Head of SIN Germany, Austria and Switzerland on policy and project work, while proactively scoping and building the local contact networks the team needs to deliver against its priorities. The jobholder also works directly with economic and trade colleagues on prosperity issues, developing a coherent approach to prosperity work across the EU/Economic Section in which SIN Germany sits.
The job holder will become part of the British Government's presence in Germany, supported and fostered by this country network. The role supports UK international S&I priorities and UK high global S&I rankings by:
Contributing to delivery of the HMG S&I agenda across Germany
Strengthening the UK-Germany bilateral political relationship through S&I
Enhancing the reputation and reach of UK S&I in Germany
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Policy reporting and analysis
Proactive and reactive reporting and analysis to UK government science and innovation leads on local S&I policy developments, including UK-Germany comparative information and insight
Drafting and maintaining standard briefing on the German science and innovation landscape
S&I policy advice to Embassy seniors and UK government leads, including Ministerial briefing
Building strong networks across core policy and research organisations (e.g. the BMBF, local science media contacts, MdBs etc.) as well as prosperity and innovation contacts
Broader stakeholder outreach in priority thematic areas for SIN Germany (currently Future Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Life Science and Global Health, Future Cities and Oceans)
Harnessing networks to delivery information gathering, influencing, and high-impact projects
Supporting high-impact UK senior visits around S&I or prosperity (e.g. Ministers, GCSA)
With guidance from the Head of SIN Germany, design and deliver high-impact science and innovation projects which enhance UK reputation in Germany, strengthen the UK-Germany bilateral relationship, and create other policy, research or commercial outcomes
The job holder will manage spending on projects in their lead policy areas, with typical bilateral project size GBP 5-20k
L&D and Corporate
Contribute to wider Germany network objectives and support a positive working environment
Undertake FCO and SIN learning and development to further enhance skills and competences
Qualifications and experience
Fluent English and German (both written and spoken, minimum C2 level for CEFR framework) and excellent communication skills
Strong team-working and networking skills
Basic knowledge of UK and German research and innovation systems
Good foreign policy awareness, particularly around Europe
Experience of working in an international policy environment
Experience of programme and project management
Knowledge of contact networks around one or more of SIN Germany's current thematic priority areas (Future Manufacturing, Clean Energy, Future Cities, Oceans)
Please note that we can only accept applications submitted electronically through the FCO's recruitment portal (link below)