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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION
OFFICE CIRCULAR No. 09/12
VACANCY: RESEARCH OFFICER
Political & Economic Sections
The Australian High Commission is seeking a suitably qualified person to fill the position of Research Officer for the Political and Economic Sections.
A job description for the position is attached. Also attached are the selection criteria that the Interview Panel will use to assess applicants’ suitability for the position. Applicants must address each of the selection criteria and provide contact details of at least two referees.
Subject to the successful completion of a three month probationary period, the successful applicant will be offered a contract of employment of up to two years. The contract may be extended subject to agreement between the employer and employee.
The monthly salary will range from Rupees 47,049 to Rupees 82,084 per month, depending on the skills and experience of the successful applicant.
Applications may be addressed to the undersigned at the Australian High Commission, 1/50G Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 or lodged electronically at AHCJOBS.NDLI@dfat.gov.au by close of business Friday, 27 July 2012. No late applications will be accepted and only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
6 July 2012
Designation: Research Officer
Section: Political and Economic Sections
1. As part of the Political and Economic research team, carry out research and analysis and prepare ad hoc reports on a wide range of political and economic issues.
2. Monitor, analyse and contribute to reporting on India’s political, economic and security relationships with regional countries and major powers.
3. Maintain up-to-date political and economic overview briefs on India (including the major Indian states) with particular regard to issues of interest to Australia, for use by High Commission staff and high-level visitors.
4. Assist with daily scanning and distribution of relevant developments in media published in English, on government websites and regarding think tank activities.
5. Build strong linkages with members of relevant think tanks, academics and, where necessary, NGOs to ensure a good coverage of contemporary India thinking on political, economic and security issues.
6. Maintain accurate records of changes in government and the bureaucracy, and manage the High Commission’s senior contacts database.
7. Working closely with the Visits Co-ordinator, provide administrative and logistical coordination and support for official visit programs.
8. Strengthen High Commission links with ministerial offices and relevant officials.
9. Provide support for the political and economic team, including by preparing research reports, building linkages with the government and non-government sectors, and setting appointments.
1. Strong English language skills (both written and spoken).
2. Relevant tertiary qualifications.
3. Experience in carrying out research and analysis on a wide range of Indian economic and political issues. A particular expertise in Indian foreign or economic policy would be highly regarded.
4. A well-developed understanding of Indian political and bureaucratic structures and processes.
5. Knowledge of Australia, including Australian foreign and trade policy approaches and objectives, would be preferable.
6. Strong ability to liaise with government officials, industry, academic and civil society representatives regarding meetings and visits.
7. Ability to use relevant office technology, including the Internet and computer software (particularly Word and Excel).
8. Strong administrative and organisational skills, including ability to manage events, programs and visiting delegations.
9. Strong judgment and problem-solving skills and ability to take initiative, as required.
10. Ability to work flexibly and take on multiple tasks in a team environment.