Economic Researcher

About the Treasury office in Beijing

The Treasury is the key economic agency advising the Australian Government. The Treasury has had a presence in Beijing since the early 1990s reflecting the growing importance to the Australian economy of trade and investment flows with China. The three key roles of the Treasury Beijing office are to:

·Improve decision making and forecasting in Canberra by understanding and communicating conditions in China and by engaging with decision makers in China;

·Promote a strong and stable economic relationship between Australia and China; and

·Support Treasury ministers and senior officials visiting China.

The Treasury is closely engaged with economic conditions in China and the financial system. The Treasury engages with key local government agencies, such as the NDRC and the Ministry of Finance, local financial regulators, banks, industry and academics.

The Treasury Beijing office works closely with other government agencies represented in the Australian Embassy (such as the Reserve Bank and the Department of Foreign Affairs) and in Canberra.

The Treasury Beijing office comprises of two staff posted from Australia and three locally engaged staff.

About the position

The Economic Researcher advises the Treasury – both A-based staff at Post and Canberra-based staff – on the Chinese economy and financial system.

The Economic Researcher is expected to be an expert on the Chinese economy and trends in policy. The Economic Researcher maintains that expertise under limited supervision by building network of contacts and by analysing data released by the National Bureau of Statistics.

The position involves travel throughout China (around 2 or 3 trips each year).

The initial contract for the successful candidate will be 12 months. Subject to satisfactory performance over that time, the successful candidate will be offered an extension of their position for a further two years.

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

·Conduct high-level specialist research and analysis of developments in the Chinese economy and financial system and the Chinese authorities’ policy response, and to communicate these developments and their implications through the preparation of reports and briefing materials.

·Liaise with Chinese Government authorities and officials at all levels to support the A-based staff in their engagement with public and private sector contacts.

·Initiate, develop and maintain a network of contacts in the Chinese financial institutions, corporations and academia to provide a richer and more informed basis for judgement calls and analysis.

·Work with colleagues in other agencies at Post and in Treasury Canberra to develop and present a collective view on the Chinese economy.

·Represent the Treasury at events, independently and as part of the Treasury team.

·Provide high-level support to the A-based staff in reporting to the Treasury through a variety of channels including email and video conferencing.

·Provide high-level support and act as the first point of contact and liaison to organise and participate in outreach visits to the provinces of China by the Treasury team.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should address all six (6) of the selection criteria below, clearly outlining their claims and specific experience that makes them suitable for this position (maximum 250 word each criteria).
1.Demonstrated understanding and experience in economics and public policy. High level understanding of China’s political and economic environment, and a capacity to analyse China through an economic framework

2.Strong communication skills to clearly and persuasively engage with colleagues and contacts in written and spoken form. Capacity to deliver presentations or to represent the Treasury at conferences and meetings

3.Demonstrated ability to initiate and foster productive working relationships with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders, including senior government officials.

4.Capacity to plan and deliver own work program both independently and as part of a team. Ability to prioritise a busy workload

5.Tertiary qualifications are essential, with economics/finance/public policy desirable. Proficiency in using statistical databases is essential.

6.Fluency in written and spoken English and spoken Mandarin is essential, and competency in written Chinese is desirable.

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.
PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

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.

3.Selection Criteria – Complete Attachment B

Applicants are required to address the selection criteria by completing Attachment A. For each criterion, applicants should limit their response to 250 words. Appendix 1 provides useful information on how to address the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Please email your application to beijing.hrrecruitment@dfat.gov.au before 17:00 on Friday, 9th February. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

For further information about this position, please contact beijing.hrrecruitment@dfat.gov.au.

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 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.

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