Profession foreign affairs officer

Foreign affairs officers analyse foreign affairs policies and operations, and write reports outlining their analyses in a clear and comprehensible manner. They communicate with parties who benefit from their findings, and act as advisers in the development or implementation of or reporting on foreign policy. Foreign affairs officers may also perform administrative duties in the department, such as assisting with problems concerning passports and visas. They promote friendly and open communication between different nations' governments and institutions.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Government policy implementation

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

  • Foreign affairs

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

  • Foreign affairs policy development

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

  • International law

    The binding rules and regulations in the relations between states and nations, and legal systems dealing with countries rather than private citizens.

  • Labour legislation

    Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.

Skills

  • Advise on public relations

    Advise business or public organisations on public relations management and strategies in order to ensure efficient communication with target audiences, and proper conveying of information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Advise on foreign affairs policies

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

  • Assess risk factors

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

  • 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.

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain relationships with government agencies apply conflict management manage government policy implementation advise on licencing procedures ensure cross-department cooperation develop international cooperation strategies think analytically observe new developments in foreign countries develop professional network international commercial transactions rules show intercultural awareness use different communication channels diplomatic principles perform public relations facilitate official agreement present reports speak different languages report analysis results government representation advise on legislative acts establish collaborative relations build international relations develop promotional tools