Profession diplomat

Diplomats advise governments on policy matters, oversee the interpretation and implementation of government policies and legislation by government departments and agencies, represent their country abroad and act on its behalf, or carry out similar tasks in intergovernmental organisations. They plan, organise, direct, control and evaluate the overall activities of municipal or local, regional and national government departments, boards, agencies or commissions in accordance with legislation and policies established by government and legislative bodies.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Social

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  • Senior government official
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Knowledge

  • Diplomatic principles

    The practices of facilitating agreements or international treaties with other countries by conducting negotiations and attempting to protect the interests of the home government, as well as facilitating compromise.

  • Foreign affairs

    The operations of a foreign affairs department in a government or public organisation and its regulations.

  • Government representation

    The legal and public representation methods and procedures of the government during trial cases or for communication purposes, and the specific aspects of the governmental bodies being represented in order to ensure accurate representation.

Skills

  • Represent national interests

    Represent the national government's and industries' interests concerning various matters such as trade, human rights, development aid, environmental issues and other aspects of the political, economic or scientific cooperation.

  • Show intercultural awareness

    Show sensibility towards cultural differences by taking actions which facilitate positive interaction between international organisations, between groups or individuals of different cultures, and to promote integration in a community.

  • Coordinate government activities in foreign institutions

    Coordinate the activities of the home country's government in foreign institutions, such as decentralised government services, resource management, policy management, and other government activities.

  • Apply diplomatic crisis management

    Deal with threats to the home nation before, during and after they have occurred in order to help bridge the gap between the home nation and foreign nations.

  • Assess risk factors

    Determine the influence of economical, political and cultural risk factors and additional issues.

  • Observe new developments in foreign countries

    Observe political, economic and societal developments in the assigned country, gather and report relevant information to the relevant institution.

  • Perform political negotiation

    Perform debate and argumentative dialogue in a political context, using negotiation techniques specific to political contexts in order to obtain the desired goal, ensure compromise, and maintain cooperative relations.

  • Make diplomatic decisions

    Consider several alternative possibilities carefully and in a diplomatic way before making a choice in order to facilitate decision-taking for political leaders.

  • Apply diplomatic principles

    Apply the processes involved in the creation of international treaties by conducting negotiations between representatives of different countries, protecting the home government's interests, and facilitating compromise.

  • Establish collaborative relations

    Establish a connection between organisations or individuals which may benefit from communicating with one another in order to facilitate an enduring positive collaborative relationship between both parties.

  • Build international relations

    Build positive communication dynamics with organisations from different countries in order to build a cooperative relationship and optimise information exchange.

  • Analyse problems for opportunities

    Identify and anticipate problems in order to choose a course of action, come up with appropriate solutions or even identify opportunities for further development.

  • Speak different languages

    Master foreign languages to be able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

  • Maintain relationships with government agencies

    Establish and maintain cordial working relationships with peers in different governmental agencies.

  • Develop international cooperation strategies

    Develop plans which ensure a cooperation between international public organisations such as researching different international organisations and their goals and assessing possible alignment with other organisations.

Optional knowledge and skills

international law present arguments persuasively advise on risk management facilitate official agreement develop professional network advise on foreign affairs policies apply conflict management protect client interests analyse foreign affairs policies think analytically respond to enquiries manage government policy implementation ensure cross-department cooperation government policy implementation advise on legislative acts foreign affairs policy development