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FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER (FSO 2)

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS

  • Monitors political, economic and social developments at the bilateral, regional and international levels in countries within a particular geographic region and/or in given regional and international organizations;
  • Monitors bilateral, regional and international trade issues within a particular geographic region and/or in specific regional and multilateral organizations;1
  • Researches and analyses information secured from credible sources, including press releases, reports, periodicals, the internet and other relevant publications;
  • Consults with counterparts in relevant Missions to obtain feedback on political and economic developments in assigned countries and/or regional and international organizations;
  • Liaises regularly with relevant line Ministries, Departments and Agencies and NGOs to obtain feedback and advice on positions to be adopted by Jamaica on critical international issues;
  • Prepares Cabinet Submissions and Notes, Position Papers, Briefs and Memoranda on policy issues related to area of assignment;
  • Represents the Ministry at (local and overseas) meetings and conferences, as required;
  • Assists with the logistical arrangements for meetings hosted by the Ministry;
  • Prepares Reports on all meetings attended;
  • Monitors the implementation of technical cooperation agreements signed between Jamaica and other countries/regional organizations.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Good appreciation of Jamaica’s Foreign Policy.
  • Awareness of Jamaica’s political, economic and social environment and policies
  • Very good policy analysis and policy formulation skills
  • Very good research and analytical skills
  • Very good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Very good command of the English language.
  • Effective negotiating skills
  • Very good interpersonal and soft skills
  • Basic knowledge of Official Protocol Practices and Procedures
  • Adaptability – ability to deal with unexpected circumstances, including urgent requests for information at short notice; to work under pressure to meet deadlines, and to work in new environments.
  • Proficiency in Computer Applications
  • Good knowledge of international trade policy2
  • Ability to analyse trade data2

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A First Degree (with Honours) in the Social Sciences, the Humanities, Law or the Natural Sciences.
  • Proficiency in one or more of the official languages of the United Nations (Spanish, French, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian) would be desirable/ advantageous.
  • A minimum of three (3) years professional experience acquired in the Foreign Service or relevant job experience in a related field.

[1]  Applicants to the Foreign Trade Division require knowledge of trade policy issues.

[2] In the area of Foreign Trade, these additional competencies are required.

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