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Vacancy: Research and Administration Officer (Economic and Public Diplomacy)

August 2022

VACANCY- Research and Administration Officer (Economic and Public Diplomacy)
Embassy of Ireland, Washington, D.C.

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.

The Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C., is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking person with excellent communication and interpersonal skills to fill a full-time Research and Administration Officer (Economic and Public Diplomacy) position.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The precise range of duties will vary over time according to the needs of the Embassy, but will include the following:

  • Undertake research and analysis on a variety of issues for the Economic Team.
  • Draft reports and follow US engagement in relation to Irish economic issues, covering, inter alia, international trade, investment and tax policies.
  • General office/administrative duties which can include:
    • Diary management
    • Meeting and event/reception organisation
    • Contact database management
  • Plan, coordinate and manage key events and functions, including event programme, liaison with key participants, management of event suppliers, event delivery
  • Plan and coordinate external and internal visits, including visit programmes, briefing and logistics.
  • Assisting with the online presence and social media accounts of the Embassy;
  • Attendance and reporting on meetings, as required;
  • Building and maintaining a network of contacts with key partners
  • Contributing as part of the wider Embassy team to administration, high-level visits and other work as required.
  • In addition to the above, the Officer may be required to carry out other functions subject to the business needs of the Embassy, including periodic out of hours and weekend

Essential Requirements candidates must be able to demonstrate:

  • Candidates must have a degree, preferably in disciplines such as:
    • Economics, Political Science, International Economic Relations, MPP
  • Political Science candidates must have previous professional experience in a similar role;
  • Candidates must provide evidence of their understanding of Irish and US foreign policy priorities;
  • The candidate must provide evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, being persuasive, working in a team but also dealing effectively with people in external organisations;
  • The candidate must have proven ability to build relationships and maintain a network of contacts across academic, funding agency, industry and public-sector communities;
  • The candidate must provide evidence of flexibility, efficiency and effectiveness showing strong organizational skills, attention to detail, able to work under pressure and to manage multiple tasks;
  • The candidate should provide evidence of being solutions-oriented, and committed to delivering results, including by adapting approach if necessary;
  • The candidate must be fully fluent in English;
  • The candidate must provide evidence of their working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel); and
  • All applicants must have a permanent legal right to live and work in the USA. 

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • A good understanding of the role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy;
  • A good understanding of US international economic relations and public outreach skills;
  • The successful applicant will work alongside other local employees of the Embassy, and will report directly to the diplomatic staff in the Mission. Previous experience in a diplomatic mission is desirable, but not essential.

Terms and conditions of employment:

  • The successful candidates will be hired on a fixed-term contractual basis and will be based at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C.
  • Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week, with standard office hours from 9am to 5pm.
  • Annual Leave entitlement 20 days per annum.
  • The salary for the position is $51,549.63 per annum, paid locally on a weekly basis. Salaries are paid direct to a bank account, therefore, the successful candidate must have a bank account.

How to apply:

Complete the application form (end of page) and submit via e-mail only to, with the subject line Research and Administration Officer (Economic and Public Diplomacy).

Applications must be received before 17:00 hrs (local time) on 02 September 2022
Depending on response rates the deadline may be extended. Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Selection Process:

  • Depending on the number of applications received, a short-listing of candidates to be called for a competency-based interview may be undertaken based on the Essential/Key Requirements above.
  • It is planned that interviews will be held before the end of September 2022.
  • A skills test may be included in the recruitment process;
  • A second interview may be included in the recruitment process; and
  • A panel may be set up depending on the calibre of candidates.

General Data Protection Regulation:
All personal information received will be kept in line with GDPR guidelines.

Security Clearance for Local Staff
Police security clearance 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.

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