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Short-term Visa & Consular Officer required

Recruitment notice       

Please note the short closing date of 12.00hrs Wednesday 28 August, for receipt of applications.


Temporary Visa and Consular Officer

Embassy of Ireland, Berlin

 Our mission is to promote and protect abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people.  We do this under the political direction of our Ministers, through our staff at home and through our Embassy network abroad.

 Temporary Visa and Consular Officer – DEADLINE NOON ON 28 AUGUST

 Roles and Responsibilities:

The temporary Consular and Visa Officer will work primarily in the Consular and Irish Abroad Unit of the Embassy which is responsible for the provision of services and assistance to Irish citizens and visa applicants, as well as emergency planning and response. 

The position will primarily involve visa processing though there will also be work on other consular services and in the provision of consular assistance.

The position also involves general office and administrative duties. 

Further detail regarding the position is available by email to ambofficeberlin[at]dfa[dot]ie


Candidate Profile:

The position is for immediate start and will be for a period of three months though there may be the possibility of an extension.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with a proven capacity to multi-task in a busy and demanding environment.  The successful candidate will work as part of a very busy and flexible Embassy team and will have significant opportunities to develop their skills and gain hands on experience in these areas.  If extended the position will also involve undertaking occasional out of hours duty (up to four times in a year).  

Essential Requirements:

To be eligible the following qualification and competences are required:

- A third level qualification in a relevant area or a high level of work experience in a relevant area.

- Excellent written and oral communication skills in German and English. The candidate should be anative speaker of German or English, have a minimum strong B2 or ideally C1 in the other language.    In some case’s applicants may be telephoned in advance to establish language proficiency.  

- Well-developed inter personal and customer service skills.

- A high level of administrative skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. 

- A flexible attitude, good judgement and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

- The ability to work well under pressure while ensuring accuracy and attention to detail;        

- A high level of discretion, commitment and reliability.

- The successful candidate must have a legal entitlement to live and work in Germany prior to recruitment.



How to apply:

Applications must be submitted in English by email only to the following email address: ambofficeberlin[at]dfa[dot]ie 

The email should contain the subject line RECRUITMENT and must be no larger than 15MB.  Certificates, degrees and references in German or English do not need to be translated.  The application must contain:

- Letter of motivation (1 page max) addressing your suitability for the position and interest in working with the Embassy of Ireland;

- CV/résumé (2 pages max);

- Two nominated referees with contact details;

- Copies of professional references and relevant academic, professional and language qualifications scanned into one PDF attachment.


Selection Process:

All emails received will be acknowledged.  Shortlisting of candidates is part of the process.  Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Depending on response rates the deadline may be extended.

Interviews are provisionally expected to be held on 28 and 29 August.


Terms and conditions of employment:

Starting date:     Immediate

Contract duration:     Three month temporary fixed term contract.  Contract extension may be possible.

Working hours:      Full time (35 hours) with occasional additional attendance outside of hours.
Out of hours duty service on four occasions during the year compensated by additional leave.  Only in the event of contract extension.

Salary:     €30,147 gross per year

Annual Leave:     24 days annual leave in a calendar year

Probationary period:     1 month


General Data Protection Regulation:

All personal information received will be kept in line with GDPR guidelines.

Security Clearance for Local Staff

Police vetting will be sought in respect of individuals who come under consideration for appointment. Enquiries may also be made with the police force of any country in which the applicant under consideration for appointment resided. If unsuccessful this information will be destroyed.  If the applicant subsequently comes under consideration for another position they will be required to supply this information again.


Please note that canvassing will disqualify applicants.

The Embassy of Ireland is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity. 

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