Working for British Embassy Tokyo

General information

The British Embassy Tokyo and the British Consulate-General in Osaka are equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from any qualified candidates to fill our current job vacancies. As part of the team you will play an important role in the continued partnership between the UK and Japan.

It is the British Embassy Tokyo/ British Consulate General’s practice to recruit on fixed term contracts, usually of 1 year, renewable subject to annual review. Staff who have continuous service of 5 years are given permanent contracts. Fixed term contracts attract the same terms and conditions as permanent contracts and accrue rights from the first day of service. This does not apply to temporary contracts such as maternity leave cover.

Civil Services Competences and the selection process

Selection is based on the overall suitability of the candidate against the skills, qualifications and competences required in the position, as may be demonstrated by applicants through the application form and the interview. The specific requirements for each position can be found in the job advertisement/description.

We recommend all applicants understand the Civil Service competences before applying for any role and in preparation for interviews.

Core competencies for SMS1(L) or LE1 S (PDF, 176KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for D7(L), or LE1 S (PDF, 177KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for D6(L), or LE1 S (PDF, 177KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for C5(L), or LE1 S (PDF, 176KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for C4(L), or LE1 (PDF, 175KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for B3(L), or LE2 (PDF, 172KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for A2(L), or LE3 (PDF, 171KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for A1(L), or LE4 (PDF, 171KB, 8 pages)

Core competencies for S1, S2, S3, or LE5 (PDF, 161KB, 6 pages)


The British Embassy Tokyo/ British Consulate General offers internship opportunities in its diplomatic posts in Tokyo and Osaka as part of the wider FCO policy promoting internship as a means of encouraging talented people to experience FCO work, and the challenges of working in foreign affairs. This includes learning how we help business, interact with Japanese decision makers and support British nationals living in Japan. It is ideal for those who wish to broaden their skills and experience in a real-world environment. Internships offered usually run for fourteen weeks according to hosting section needs. They are based on a specific project and at the end of the period the hiring manager provides a feedback on your performance.

To see more about what our interns do – please see the video made by our interns who worked in the UKTI Marketing Team in 2012.

the video

Please refer to the FCO Local Staff vacancies website link under the Current Work Opportunities tab. Internship opportunities will be advertised there when it become available.

Current work opportunities

If you are interested in a job opportunity at the British Embassy in Tokyo or the British Consulate-General in Osaka or one of the other UK delegations, UKTI offices, other government departments or consulates in Japan, please visit the FCO Local Staff vacancies website.

To filter the search for current vacancies, use the “Country/Territory” field on the left of the page and select the country you wish to search.

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Staff recruited locally are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.