Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is a department of
the Government of the United Kingdom. It was created on 2
September 2020 through the merger of the Foreign &
Commonwealth Office and the Department for International
will work in the Political Department at the heart of the High
Commission, supporting the cross-mission coordination of our work
on open societies and human rights. The successful candidate will
be responsible for producing high-quality analysis of key trends,
maintaining a diverse network of civil society organisations, and
organising and publicising events including for international days
and as part of high-profile visits in support of open societies
and human rights objectives. The successful candidate would also
support design and implementation of programmes.
and analysis (40%)
regular evidence-based reports for internal use on national open
societies and democracy trends including government legislation
and policies, and ad hoc reporting in response to emerging issues
of interest, working with regional political officers. In terms
of specific policy areas of focus, this is likely to include
trends around key institutions in India such as the judiciary,
online safety and harms, civil society and related issues (such
as gender equality, freedom of religion or belief, media freedom,
LGBT+ rights, and human trafficking). Provide advice to London on
correspondence and Parliamentary business about topical open
societies issues. Work with Foreign and Security Policy Team to
produce analysis on multilateral open societies issues.
technical and management support on FCDO open societies
programmes, working closely with the implementing partners to
track progress against work plan, manage finances, develop and
maintain the programme delivery plan. Facilitate coordination and
learning across partners, lead on programme reviews, coordinating
inputs from team members, and facilitate information sharing
across the project team and the wider High Commission. Support
other teams to integrate open societies and human rights into
and managing contacts (20%)
society stakeholder engagement lead for the mission. Manage and
build a diverse network of contacts on major open societies
themes, including civil society organisations, political
analysts, journalists and academics, and senior contacts for
engagement by the Political Counsellor. Attend relevant events
and conferences, and engage with experts and emerging research,
to inform reporting.
and events (10%)
events for international days and other milestones, convening and
engaging relevant stakeholders, and drafting communications to
publicise outcomes, delivering through the Bilateral Affairs
Officer on logistics. Prepare programmes for incoming UK visits
focused on open societies, and set up visits and meetings in
India for the Second Secretary Political Internal and Bilateral,
accompanying on domestic travel and producing meeting records to
Qualification/Required Skills & Experience
and expertise in open societies policy.
of working with civil society in India.
of programme management.
interpersonal and communication skills.
and drafting skills.
to think creatively to solve problems, often under pressure.
engagement with senior stakeholders.
to work to frequent and tight deadlines while maintaining high
standard of work.
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