Middle East and Pakistan Regional Advisor

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Closing Date: 06/12/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £28,070 - £31,824
Company Department for International Trade

Job Description

Job summary

The International Strategy and Engagement Directorate (ISED) are a consolidated HQ team that lead on international strategy, delivery and advocacy in partnership with DIT’s  international network.

The MEAP strategy team sits in the Emerging Markets Strategy Unit, one of 6 units that make up our directorate.

The work will be high profile, and fast moving – you will be expected to oversee several work strands simultaneously and be credible with senior level contacts across Whitehall. It is a great opportunity to be at the centre of strategic and organisational developments, and work within the Department and Whitehall to deliver Ministerial ambition.

You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Strategy and Policy, including engaging on cross government strategy development and strategic projects.
  • Advocacy for the region, including becoming expert on your markets in your portfolio and responding to Ministerial requests.
  • Delivery, including managing governance arrangements.

Ensuring these functions are fulfilled to a high standard. More detail is in the key accountabilities section below.

We warmly welcome applicants from any and all backgrounds as we continue to strive to be a diverse, inclusive, international, economic Department. We would encourage anyone who is unsure if this role is right for them to speak to the hiring manager. All applications will be considered on individual merit.

Job description

As the MEaP Regional Advisor in ISED you will be expected to:

  • Become expert in the issues affecting your portfolio, including the wider foreign policy context, national security, prosperity and development and how these all affect our trade and investment position.
  • Develop and cohere high quality strategy and policy, including through the regional trade plan process, high level governance as it relates to the region, co-ordinating leader visits.
  • Being a key advocate for your region, including through development of cross government strategies, supporting cross Whitehall engagement and representation.
  • You will need to be on top of delivery, for you region – leading the team to act as a Geographic hub within HQ, supporting Ministerial requests, becoming expert in your region and leading the team effectively.
  • You will also be expected to design and deliver thematic project teams exploring areas of policy and strategy (according to need and your prior knowledge, skills and experience which you will bring to the team).
  • Represent the Department as part of the Cross Whitehall initiative to develop a regional strategy, ensuring our interests are represented bringing together the views of stakeholders across the department, and outside of it.
  • Brief Ministers and senior officials, accurately and sometimes at short notice, on the issues in the region.

Hybrid Working

The role will be based in either Darlington or London. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process.

Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas.

Informal hybrid working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.

Most DIT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in an office, on average. If your office location is London, you will be eligible to receive London weighting.

Appointments will be made to candidates in merit order based on location preferences.

Support in applying for our vacancies is available by joining a virtual Candidate Support Session. These sessions include helpful tips and advice on the recruitment process, from application to interview.

Person specification

Essential Criteria

  • Excellent briefing and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise a high workload.
  • Strong relationship building skills and evidence of working with stakeholders to deliver outcomes.
  • Able to work flexibly with others, adapting to the changing demands of a team.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience or knowledge of HMG international strategy.
  • Experience of working internationally or in an international facing role.
  • Knowledge of DIT’s overseas network.
  • Some experience of policy and/or strategy development.

Personal Attributes & Skills

  • The suitable individual is likely to be a strong team player who is comfortable working on a wide variety of subjects, tasks and activities.
  • The suitable individual should be a skilled networker, who has a natural disposition to building contacts and relationships with key stakeholders.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
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