Profession embassy counsellor

Embassy counsellors supervise specific sections in an embassy, such as economics, defence or political affairs. They perform advisory functions for the ambassador, and perform diplomatic functions in their section or specialty. They develop policies and implementation methods and supervise the embassy section's staff.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Social / Enterprising

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.

  • Government policy implementation

    The procedures involved in the implementation of government policies in national and local governmental organisations.

  • Foreign affairs policy development

    The development processes of foreign affairs policies, such as relevant research methods, relevant legislation, and foreign affairs operations.

  • Foreign affairs

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

Skills

  • Ensure compliance with policies

    To ensure compliance with legislation and company procedures in respect of Health and Safety in the workplace and public areas, at all times. To ensure awareness of and compliance with all Company Policies in relation to Health and Safety and Equal Opportunities in the workplace. To carry out any other duties which may reasonably be required.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • 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.

  • Respond to enquiries

    Respond to enquiries and requests for information from other organisations and members of the public.

  • Advise on foreign affairs policies

    Advise governments or other public organisations on the development and implementation of foreign affairs policies.

  • Analyse foreign affairs policies

    Analyse the existing policies for the handling of foreign affairs within a government or public organisation in order to evaluate them and search for improvements.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maintain relations with local representatives

    Maintain good relations with representatives of the local scientific, economic and civil society.

  • Advise on risk management

    Provide advice on risk management policies and prevention strategies and their implementation, being aware of different kinds of risks to a specific organisation.

  • Manage administrative systems

    Ensure administrative systems, processes and databases are efficient and well managed and give the sound basis to work together with the administrative officer/staff/professional.

Optional knowledge and skills

economics analyse problems for opportunities manage government policy implementation government representation think analytically train employees assess risk factors maintain relationships with government agencies budgetary principles maintain operational communications manage staff international law develop international cooperation strategies apply diplomatic principles speak different languages develop defence policies build international relations