Senior Policy Officer (Development Cooperation)

Australian Embassy, Beijing


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.


The Development Cooperation Unit at the Australian Embassy, Beijing, is responsible for managing and implementing Australian Government development-cooperation activities with China.


About the position


The position of Senior Policy Officer (SPO) manages a trilateral (Australia, China and PNG) health program with a high level of complexity and sensitivity under minimal direction. The SPO also plays a central role in assessing, developing and implementing other forms of health cooperation between Australia and China, including to address regional health priorities in the Indo-Pacific. The SPO is responsible for administering the Embassy’s small-grants Direct Aid Program.


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

·Provide high-level management of a trilateral health program and other activities as directed by Post management.

·Provide specialist advice and support to Post management on planning, resource management, program delivery and policy issues.

·Plan and implement a trilateral health program according to DFAT program priorities, guidelines and deadlines with a view to continuous improvement of the program.

·Work closely with DFAT Canberra, and the other relevant parties in planning and managing trilateral and regional health cooperation, including, potentially, through the Australian Government’s Indo-Pacific Health Security Initiative.

·Coordinate with the Chinese authorities on program preparation and implementation, including resource allocation, financial management and oversight.

·Provide high-level financial management, oversight, quality control and coordination of program activities, and ensure corporate-mandated quality requirements are implemented across program activities.

·Monitor, analyse and report on domestic issues in China relevant to Australia’s development-cooperation activities with China, and China’s global engagement and cooperation on development issues, including with a view to identifying new opportunities for cooperation with the Australian Government.

·Develop and manage the establishment and strengthening of effective relationships with partner countries, donor organisations, academic institutions, the private sector and NGOs.

·Administer the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program and support the day-to-day administration of the Development Cooperation Unit.




·Demonstrated experience in managing effectively the delivery of partnership-development programs.

·Effective leadership, mentoring and management skills.

·Demonstrated ability to undertake research and produce high-quality analytical reports.

·Demonstrated analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills and sound judgement.

·Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain a range of effective working relationships.

·Strong Chinese (Mandarin) and English language skills, both written and spoken, are essential.

·An understanding of Australian Government aid-program policies, regulations and guidelines and good knowledge of regional and global health issues would be a distinct advantage.


Selection Criteria


Applicants should address all five (5) of the selection criteria below, clearly outlining their claims and specific experience that makes them suitable for this position.


1.Ability to manage effectively partnership-development programs.

2.Highly developed oral and written Chinese (Mandarin) and English communication skills, with a sound ability to do translation and interpretation both in Chinese and English.

3.Strong ability to undertake research and produce high-quality analytical reports with conceptual and critical thinking skills and sound judgement.

4.Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to lead, mentor and manage other staff.

5.The following are also desirable for this position: strong understanding of Australian Government aid-program policies, regulations and guidelines; good knowledge of regional and global health issues; and postgraduate studies in a development-related field.


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.

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 before 17:00 on Thursday 25 January 2018.  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 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.