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Job Category  Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory  Economic and Prosperity 

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

Main purpose of job

The Economics Administrative and Policy Officer is based in the Global and Economic Policy Group within the British Embassy Washington.  This is an important position within the group, supporting the Economics Team’s work, presenting opportunities for standalone policy research, and reporting.  The jobholder will be enthusiastic about promoting UK interests in the United States and passionate about helping the UK to understand the US.  The successful candidate will have an interest in economic, financial and trade issues, and prior experience of working in these areas would be beneficial.  

The role comprises of two core functions:

  1. Administrative support (budget, events, scheduling, travel) 

  2. Economics policy support (briefing, data analysis, research, reporting) 

What will the jobholder be expected to achieve?

Administrative support to the Economic Team [60%]

  • Manage contact and event databases; plan embassy events; schedule meetings; book and manage travel; administer expenses; prepare draft letters and reports; help with finance requests. 

  • Coordinate programs and logistics for team members’ visits to New York and other cities. 

  • Information management, including leading on the team’s transition to cloud based storage.  

  • Monitor and profile expenditure. 

Economic research and social policy support [40%]

  • Update monthly UK economy communications material with data and key messages on the UK economy and the UK-US economic relationship 

  • Conduct research, including policy reports, analysis of trends and background for meetings.

  • Support the team’s engagement with Capitol Hill by tracking legislation, mapping stakeholders and monitoring Congressional news.  Identify, attend, and report on relevant Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill. 

  • Track key economic statistics for the UK and US, including using the team’s Bloomberg terminal for data analysis and to produce charts of prominent economic stories.

  • Draft policy and bio briefings for meetings. 

  • Track economic and social policy news, events and developments on specific research topics, briefing team members and London stakeholders on results. 

  • Attend seminars and conferences (e.g. think tanks) in the District of Maryland and Virginia (DMV) and report back on key points.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

Essential on arrival:

  • Organisational and interpersonal skills, together with an ability to work well with others on a wide range of issues. 

  • Excellent research skills, including ability to think creatively, problem solve, and seek out answers proactively.

  • Clear and concise oral and written skills. 

  • Flexibility in a team setting, with an enthusiastic approach to work. 

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently to complete administrative tasks.

  • Interest in / knowledge of economic, financial and trade-related public policy issues.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as economics, political economy, business or finance.

  • Data analysis experience.

  • Knowledge or interest in UK policy strengths and priorities.

Required competencies  Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline  23 June 2019 

Grade  A2 (L)

Type of Position  Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week  40

Region  N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories

Country/Territory  United States

Location (City)  Washington

Type of Post  British Embassy

Number of vacancies  1

Starting hourly salary (USD)  21.36

Start Date  5 August 2019 

Other benefits and conditions of employment  

The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance.  Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

Candidates who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.  Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment.

Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work.  

Additional information  

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law.