Australian Embassy




LOCALLY ENGAGED LEVEL 5 - Senior Policy Officer (G20) 

  • Fixed-term (non-ongoing) for 12 months; Full-time
  • BRL 11,004 – 11,910 per month (pre-tax and other benefits)
  • Brasilia, Brazil


About the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.


About the Position

The Senior Policy Officer is responsible for high-quality research and analysis on political and economic developments during Brazil’s presidency of the G20. The officer will also support high-level visits throughout the G20 year in multiple cities across Brazil. This is a senior position at the Embassy working under limited direction to the First Secretary – G20, the position will manage contracts with various service providers and will assist the team with other duties as required.


The key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Undertake high-quality research, analysis and reporting and provide specialist advice on a range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues.
  • Identify emerging policy issues, liaise with key stakeholders and formulate, recommend, negotiate and implement solutions that further Australia’s interests.
  • Develop and strengthen strategic relationships, negotiate and liaise within government, the private sector, academia and civil society to support and inform research, analysis and reporting. 
  • Represent and actively promote Australia’s interests at meetings, conferences and seminars and provide advice- and guidance- to inform decision makers -and ensure successful outcomes.
  • Coordinate programs and briefing for ministerial and other official visits.
  • Arrange accommodation, transport, ICT and facilitate host-government protocol for ministerial and other official visits.
  • Translate documents and provide interpretation services as required.
  • Monitor G20 budgets, report on expenditure and facilitate and reconcile payments.
  • Support complex procurement and purchasing exercises and acquit corporate credit card in accordance with departmental guidelines.


Our ideal candidate:

  • Relevant qualifications and/or at least four years’ work- experience in a relevant field.
  • High-level research and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of Brazil’s foreign and domestic policy settings (particularly on trade, investment and economic issues of relevance to Australia) and Brazilian government systems and processes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.
  • High level of initiative and ability to work both independently and within a small team.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills.
  • An ability to prioritise and meet tight deadlines.
  • An ability to administer budgets, undertake procurement and coordinate logistics and other operational skills.       
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to translate and interpret between English and Portuguese.


This role requires a driver’s licence. They will be required to travel domestically (ie within Brazil), including to remote locations, and work and be contactable outside of standard hours.


How to apply

To be considered for this position please submit via email to [email protected] a resume with a covering letter detailing relevant experience (both in English). The covering letter should be no more than one-page.

Closing date for applications: 1 October 2023, 11:30 PM


Additional Information
Start date is subject to satisfactory pre-employment (medical and security) checks being completed.

Only individuals with full work rights in Brazil are eligible to apply for this position.

Applicants for this role may be considered for a merit pool. This means that while you may not receive an offer of employment in the process you applied for, you may be considered for similar roles that arise at the Embassy over the next 18 months.



         · Temporary, Full Time or Part Time

         · Salary will depend on the job requirement

         · Brasília, Brazil


About the position(s)

Temporary vacancies are usually filled on a short-term contract basis from those listed on the Embassy\'s temporary staff register. Most vacancies are full-time but less than 3 months in length. Types of temporary vacancies include executive/administrative assistant, property/procurement assistant, or analyst roles in policy or economics.

Please note that applications are kept on file for 12 months. Your application will be considered when temporary vacancies arise and decisions are based on suitability and availability. Start dates for all temporary vacancies are subject to satisfactory background checks being completed for all individuals. Only those applicants with valid authorisation to work in the Brazil will be considered for the Temporary Registry.

Applying for Temporary Employment

Applicants for temporary employment must be Brazilian citizens, or have rights to work in Brazil.


How to apply

To be considered for full-time or part-time temporary work at the Embassy, applicants are required to submit via email to [email protected] a resume (in English) with a covering letter expressing interest in one or more of the roles.


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