Profession international relations officer

International relations officers ensure the development of cooperation between international public organisations and governments. They facilitate communication between their organisation and foreign organisations and develop collaboration strategies, promoting a collaborative relationship beneficial for both parties.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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 the organisation

    Act as representative of the institution, company or organisation to the outside world.

  • Keep updated on the political landscape

    Read, search, and analyse the political situation of a region as a source of information applicable for different purposes such as information, decision-making, and management, and investments.

  • Attend meetings

    Deal with committees, conventions and meetings in order to follow up strategies, conclude bilateral or multilateral agreements, and facilitate enforcement of such agreements.

  • 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.

  • Perform public relations

    Perform public relations (PR) by managing the spread of information between an individual or an organisation and the public.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

analyse problems for opportunities use different communication channels facilitate official agreement foreign affairs develop promotional tools set organisational policies international law manage administrative systems government policy implementation diplomatic principles coordinate government activities in foreign institutions manage government policy implementation foreign affairs policy development speak different languages maintain relationships with government agencies apply diplomatic principles apply conflict management ensure cross-department cooperation assess risk factors think analytically

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