Embajada de Australia
Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

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Political/Economic Policy Officer

The Australian Embassy in Chile is seeking a highly motivated and qualified political-economic affairs officer to provide policy support to Australian diplomatic staff.

Position Details

Status: Full-time.

Salary: CLP1,864,943 gross monthly salary plus meal and transport allowance (CLP155,000).

Work status: The position is open to Chilean nationals and foreign nationals holding a current Chilean work visa.

Local security assessment: Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the successful completion of a police check and probity assessment.

Duty Statement

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

  • Analysing issues and developments affecting Australian foreign policy and economic interests.
  • Drafting background briefing and analytical reports in English on a wide variety of political and economic issues; prepare talking points, letters, diplomatic notes, speeches and other documents in Spanish, often involving translation from English.
  • Monitoring Spanish-language media in Chile, Ecuador and Venezuela and prepare summaries in English.
  • Liaising with Government Ministries, Ministerial offices, agencies and authorities on issues including but not limited to trade and investment, mining, energy, agriculture and quarantine (SAG).
  • Translating documents (from English to Spanish and vice versa) and act as interpreter for Australian diplomats and visiting high-level officials as required.
  • Managing the Embassy’s international development assistance Direct Aid Program (DAP), including by reviewing project applications, conducting due diligence and risk assessment, and maintaining financial oversight.
  • Assisting in planning and implementation of visit programs for high-level Australian officials and delegations. Assisting in the organisation of Embassy events, such as Australia Day and ANZAC Day.


  • University degree in relevant discipline, such as international relations, political science, law and/or economics.
    • postgraduate qualifications desirable.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish and English essential
    • experience in translation and interpreting highly desirable.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong team member.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, multi-cultural awareness and a gender-perspective.
  • Awareness of diplomatic norms and procedures desirable.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter (English only) to the following email address: vacancy.santiago@dfat.gov.au.  The cover letter should be no longer than 500 words. 

Closing Date for Applications

Applications must be received by Close of Business Monday 20 March 2017 (17:00 Santiago time).