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Job Title:
Policy Research and Advocacy Officer at the Australian Embassy to Ukraine

starting at US$24,429 gross (paid in fortnightly instalments in UAH equivalent)

Vacancy type:
Fixed term

Term Details:
1 year term, with possibility of extension (full time; 37.5 hours per week). This is a Locally Engaged Staff (LES) position, subject to the Canadian Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Ukraine.



Kyiv, Ukraine

Closing date for applications:
20-08-2018 At midnight UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Australian Ambassador/Deputy Head of Mission (DHOM), the Policy Research and Advocacy Officer will be responsible for:

• conducting research and drafting reports in English on political, legal and foreign policy developments in Ukraine, including issues relating to the downing of MH17;
• tracking Ukrainian positions on priority multilateral and thematic areas, including international law and human rights;
• undertaking media monitoring, including translating and summarising the key points;
• managing the Australian Embassy’s Public Diplomacy (PD) program and social media activities;
• supporting the Ambassador/DHOM, official visits and Embassy events;
• translating and interpreting in English, Ukrainian and Russian;
• backing-up other staff during absences, notably on consular and notarial services; and
• performing other related duties, as required.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their one-page supporting statement how they meet these essential requirements by drawing on examples from their work experience. The abilities/competences will be rated at the exam and interview phase of the recruitment process. Candidates should outline their work history and education in the CV.

•Demonstrated ability to research and analyse policy issues, new developments and trends and to distil this advice into timely and high-quality reports/briefs.
•High-level skills in communicating effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
•Able to be proactive, take initiative, be flexible, and work under pressure to achieve results and meet deadlines.
•Capable of delivering well-planned and executed events/activities that are tailored to the audience and meet the client’s expectations.
•Native fluency in Ukrainian and Russian (reading, writing and speaking), and competence in interpreting and translating from English to Ukrainian/Russian and vice versa.
•Ability to work independently as part of a small team, maintain good working relations with other staff, and contribute to the achievement of team priorities.
•Display strong organisational and priority management skills, and ability to exercise sound judgement.
•Demonstrated aptitude for building and maintaining contact networks and using them to advance Embassy goals.

•At least three years’ recent experience working in a policy research/advocacy role.
•Proven track record in preparing high-quality reports, summaries, releases and other materials in English.
•Experience in developing, planning and implementing events, and using social media in communications work.
•Demonstrated proficiency in translation and interpretation from English to Ukrainian/Russian and vice versa.

Education (minimum level required):
•Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university in a discipline relevant to the position (ie. international relations, public policy, law); or
•an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience in the field of policy research and advocacy.

Asset Qualifications:
Ability to demonstrate the following would be an asset:

•Experience working for a government agency, diplomatic mission or international organisation.
•Good understanding of how the Ukrainian Government operates, including its policy settings and decision-making processes.
•Familiarity with the Ukrainian political system and legal/judicial framework.
•Knowledge of Ukraine’s media, cultural and social media environment.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
•Ability and willingness to work occasional overtime (evenings and weekends).
•Some travel outside Kyiv may be required.
•Commitment to a high standard of professional integrity, discretion and ethical behaviour.

Condition(s) of Employment:
•Candidates must have a valid work authorisation covering the entire employment period. Proof of the right to work in Ukraine and copies of educational qualifications may be required at the interview stage.
•Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in Ukraine.
•Any job offer will be subject to reliability security screening, including criminal record and credit checks.

How to apply:
•Please follow the link and complete the online application form. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.
•Candidates are required to upload a one-page supporting statement and CV in English. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
•Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their supporting statement how they meet the essential requirements and asset qualifications drawing from their work experience. This statement will be the basis for establishing a shortlist of candidates for further testing.
•Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.

Area of selection:
•This recruitment exercise is open to applicants who are residents and legally authorised to work in Ukraine who meet all of the essential requirements and whose full application is received by the closing date. • The Government of Canada does not sponsor candidates to obtain work authorisation. • The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. • Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
•Under an arrangement between Canada and Australia, the successful applicant will be employed by the Embassy of Canada on behalf of the Australian Embassy.
•Only applications submitted in English will be accepted.
•Communication for this process will be sent via email so candidates should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
•Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination and an oral interview.
•Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and will form part of the selection process.
•The Embassy of Canada in Ukraine does not reimburse any travel costs to attend interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
•Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us in advance.
•The results of this recruitment process may be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
•If you have any questions at any stage of the recruitment process, please send an email to:

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