Full-Time POLICY, PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER TO THE UK HIGH COMMISSION
Main purpose of job:
Policy Officer: to monitor, advise and report on policy developments which may affect the UK (including risks and opportunities)
Communications Officer: to lead on communications tasks for the High Commission, including press, social media and other external and internal comms to promote UK objectives.
Public Diplomacy: to lead on Public Diplomacy work for the High Commission, including Chevening, small development projects and to organise and run high level high level visits programmes
Roles and responsibilities/ what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?
Policy Officer (40%):
Keep abreast of the host government’s policy developments, providing political advice on current affairs
Develop and maintain a local network of key stakeholders and policy influencers including in government, parliament and relevant civil society organisations
Write reports to UK colleagues (e.g. London/Oceania Network) on political developments
Identify opportunities for the UK to engage with host country on UK foreign policy priorities, including regional projects.
Summarise media reports for the High Commissioner and DHC
Devise and implement internal and external communication plans for the UK High Commission.
Develop and maintain a social media platform for the UK High Commission to promote UK objectives.
Draft print media articles to promote UK objectives
Public Diplomacy (30%)
Identify and manage small projects in support of UK priorities in Vanuatu
Promote UK’s support to the Education sector through co-ordinating Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships Schemes
Devise and implement plans for high level visits and events, such as visits by UK Ministers and events such as the upcoming PIF
Reporting Officer (5%)
Manage temporary Interns
Similar policy/communications experience working in a government/NGO/international company or diplomatic mission.
Management or leadership experience
IT literate (MS Word, Excel)
Strong knowledge of host country government systems and media
Spoken and written English. Fluent spoken and written Bislama and/or French.
No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. Applicants must have work authorisation in Vanuatu in order to apply.
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