100527 Malaysia HR advert

A2(L) Deputy Economic Policy Officer
The purpose of the British Embassy in Tokyo is to promote the British Government’s prosperity, security
and consular interests in Japan.
The British Embassy Tokyo is seeking to recruit a Deputy Economic Policy Officer to work in our busy and
dynamic Economic & Trade Policy team. The team provides strategic and economic advice to the UK
government on developments and positions adopted by Japan. The team works daily with a wide range
of stakeholders from UK and Japanese government departments and other organisations. It also aids in
promoting close bilateral commercial relationships between the two countries.
Main Duties
Conduct research and report on critical aspects of socio-economic issues and agricultural policy
which are of interest to the UK, notably: labour market reform, demographics, gender, welfare
reform, animal health regulations, UK food and drinks exports and resumption of beef exports in
particular. Develop reports/reference information on policy-related issues and key socioeconomic indicators and trends, working closely with other embassy colleagues (notably UK
Trade and Investment - UKTI).
Develop and maintain relationships with Japanese and UK government departments and other
stakeholders, to assist lobbying, information gathering and requests for bilateral cooperation.
Help plan and design programmes for ministers and senior government officials with the
Embassy Visits Officer. Provide support to intergovernmental processes. Provide Japanese
language and administrative support for the Economic & Trade Policy Team.
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following key skills or experience:
Fluent written and spoken English (IELTS band 8.5 or TOEIC 850 points or above or equivalent)
Fluent written and spoken Japanese (JLPT level 1 or equivalent)
Experience working in an English speaking environment
Proven experience of using MS Office applications, including spreadsheets and charts
An active interest in government policy issues, ideally in the economic/social policy sphere
The following experience or skills are desirable, but not essential:
 Experience working in a Japanese speaking environment
 A working understanding of macroeconomics and/ or trade policy
 Project management experience
 A relevant degree
 Experience in research and analysis
The successful candidate will be prepared to use their initiative and take personal responsibility for their
work, be flexible and creative when adapting to various roles as circumstances change. They must be a
team player, engaging in all aspects of the team’s work, building links with other teams and contributing
to the wider embassy’s working environment. Motivation and commitment to learn new areas will be
crucial. They should also be confident in building relationships with key contacts in the Japanese and UK
The candidate will be expected to meet the following competences, which will be tested at interview:
Collaborating & Partnering: Working collaboratively, sharing information and building
supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Seeking help when
needed in order to complete own work effectively. Be open to taking on different roles;
Delivering at Pace: Focusing on delivering timely performance and taking responsibility and
accountability for quality outcomes. Working to agreed goals and activities in a responsive and
constructive way;
Making Effective Decisions: Using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide
accurate, expert and professional advice. Undertaking appropriate analysis to support decisions
or recommendations. Thinking through the implications of decisions before confirming how to
approach a problem/issue and speaking up to clarify decisions and query these constructively;
Leading and Communicating: Communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm- both
orally and in writing; being credible in dealing directly and independently with contacts. Putting
forward your own views in a clear and constructive manner, choosing an appropriate
communication method. Acting in a fair and respectful way in dealing with others;
Seeing the bigger picture: Gathering information from a range of relevant sources.
Understanding how their role contributes to wider priorities and how it impacts on colleagues
and others in partner organisations.
Engaging Internationally: Taking ownership of issues for which responsible for and having a
working knowledge of country context and local sensitivities. Listening to other views and
expressing your own clearly and constructively.
Our Values
As part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Embassy aims for excellence by:
Taking responsibility
Encouraging innovation
Working together
Our values support a vibrant culture where all staff takes on stretching responsibilities, where ideas
thrive and the status quo can be fearlessly challenged. We work together effectively with all our
partners to make a greater difference for the UK
Benefit package includes:
The job is being offered on a 1-year contract, subject to annual review
Working hours: Monday to Friday, generally 0900-1730 with flexible working opportunities
and occasional out of hours working required.
Salary of JPY 323,000 per month, with 1 month bonus equivalents payable in June and
December. (Note: subject to tax status, this amount may be reduced.)
Commuting allowance of up to JPY 35,000 per month (paid on an actual cost basis)
24 days paid annual leave (pro rata)
Health and Employment Insurance (kenko hoken/koyou hoken)
Employee pension (kosei nenkin)
Excellent training and development opportunities
Work-related travel in the region/ the UK is a possibility.
Interviews are expected to be held in mid-January. You may be asked to take a language test
as part of the interview
Start date: Late January or February 2015
To Apply
Please email your updated CV together with the completed application form, which can be downloaded
from our website http://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassytokyo/about/recruitment, by 5 January 2015 to [email protected] Please clearly mark the
position title and your name in the subject title of your email.
Please send your attachments using the following formats only .doc, .docx, pdf.
No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
The applicant must have work authorisation for Japan however if a foreign national, the British
Embassy/Consulate General will support a visa application if required.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted.
The British Embassy/Consulate General is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a
diverse workforce and valuing difference.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy/Consulate General in Tokyo are subject to Terms and
Conditions of Service according to local employment law.