Working for British Embassy Tel Aviv

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Current job opportunities at the British Embassy

Temporary Personal Assistant to the Ambassador

The British Embassy in Israel is recruiting a Temporary Personal Assistant to the Ambassador (maternity leave cover, 7 months).

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and highly-motivated self-starter to take the lead administrative role in a dynamic office. The Personal Assistant to the British Ambassador will ensure the smooth running of the Ambassador’s office and pay close attention to detail in scheduling and diary planning. The job offers an excellent opportunity to develop skills and experience in one of the busiest and most high-profile diplomatic missions in Israel.

  • Gross Pay: NIS 10,954 per month
  • Core office hours: Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 16:00, Friday 08:00 – 13:30 with a requirement to respond flexibly to out of hours work
  • The contract will be for seven months in the first instance, possibly extending to 12 months
  • Parking facilities will not be provided or paid for by the Embassy.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Diary: Line management of Diary Secretary and oversight of diary
  • Entertainment: Arranging, in close consultation with Residence Manager, events for senior invitees at Residence, including securing dates, issuing of invitations and follow-up as appropriate
  • Mail: Receiving and opening incoming mail. Ensuring letters and e-mails forwarded by the Ambassador for action by other staff are dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner
  • Drafting basic letters, memos etc as directed by Ambassador
  • Typing of letters, e-mails, etc
  • Cover for Diary Secretary during absences
  • Finances: Processing Ambassador’s financial claims, ensuring all financial responsibilities are met
  • Travel: Organising Ambassador’s travel including flights, accommodation and official programme
  • Administration of specific projects including the annual Queen’s Birthday Party and Social Clubs for Holocaust Survivors.

The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate:

  • Previous secretarial/office manager experience, preferably working to senior personnel
  • High-level organisational and administrative skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills
  • Tact, confidence, discretion and politeness in dealing with senior British and Israeli contacts
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to work well under pressure
  • Bilingual in English and Hebrew – must have perfect written English
  • Excellent IT skills

Applicants should send a covering letter and CV (both documents in English) to telaviv.jobs@fco.gov.uk. Please write ‘PA to Ambassador’ in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 1200 Israel time on 25 April 2014. Interviews will take place in May. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer

Visits and Bilateral Affairs Officer

Job Description

The British Embassy in Israel is advertising for a Visits and Bilateral Affairs Officer starting in June / July 2014.

The British Embassy develops and maintains relations between the United Kingdom and Israel, and supports Britain’s security, prosperity and well-being, and regional peace, through partnership with Israel. We deal with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of common interest to the UK and Israel.

This is an exciting job with over 170 visits a year to Israel by UK officials and dignitaries, including high-profile visits and programmes. The successful applicant will oversee coordination and delivery of all aspects of visits ranging from logistics to visit programmes. The jobholder will also be responsible for elements of the UK’s bilateral relationship with Israel.

Please note: the jobholder will be required to be appropriately security cleared. The position is therefore only open to single nationality British Nationals or Nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Lead on all inward visits to Israel by UK officials/Ministers. Proactively develop programmes, liaise with relevant senior UK/Israeli officials, co-ordinate logistics and accompany on visits where appropriate
  • Manage and develop Tel Aviv’s Bilateral portfolio. Lead role in coordinating across the Embassy and British Council on the UK’s wider bilateral work. This includes helping to manage the Embassy political team’s management of key Israeli contacts and working with the Embassy project board to solicit and assess bids according to Post’s objectives and funding timetables. Administer, monitor and evaluate delivery against Post objectives, ensuring value for money and maximum utility
  • Lead Embassy contact for Chevening Scholarship allocation, overseeing interview and recruitment process in conjunction with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Chevening Secretariat in London and the Chevening-UCL Israel Alumni-Chaim Herzog Scholarship donors in Israel.

Essential skills / experience

  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Experience of events management/organisation;
  • Experience of project management and negotiation;
  • Ability to prioritise effectively, juggling competing demands;
  • Willingness to work with minimal supervision, taking responsibility for decisions where appropriate and referring to senior colleagues where necessary;
  • Ability to work well with others as part of a team (it will be important to build good relationships with the rest of the Embassy, British Consulate General Jerusalem staff, contacts in London and Israeli Ministries);
  • Excellent communication skills: fluency in English. Hebrew language skills an advantage, but not essential;
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite.

Further information

The initial contract will be for one year, with a three-month probationary period. The salary will be NIS 9,254. Working hours: Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 16:00; Fridays 08:00 – 13:30, though some flexibility will be required. Parking facilities will not be provided or paid for by the Embassy.

Applicants should send a Letter of Application (one page), supported by a CV (both documents in English) to telaviv.jobs@fco.gov.uk. Please write ‘Visits Officer’ in the subject line.

Please note: the jobholder will be required to be appropriately security cleared. The position is therefore only open to single nationality British Nationals or Nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the USA.

Confirmation of appointment is subject to successful security clearance being obtained.

Applications must be received by 22 April 2014. Interviews will take place shortly after, and the successful candidate should, ideally, be available to take up the position in June / July 2014. Only short listed applicants will be invited for interview.

Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified. The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer.

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