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Political officer at the Danish Royal Embassy in Budapest

Do you want to contribute to Danish-Hungarian relations in a political interesting time? Do you have interest in and technical understanding of foreign relations and EU-policy? Then you could be our new Political Officer at the Royal Danish Embassy in Budapest. We are seeking a dynamic Political Officer to navigate the intricate political landscape of Hungary, Slovenia and the European Union.

There are many exciting things in the pipeline for the Embassy with Hungary set to take over the rotating EU Presidency on July 1st this year. Moreover, just one year later Denmark is taking over the Presidency in July of 2025. This June, Hungarians are also going to the polls to vote in the election for the EU Parliament as well as the Local elections in Hungary. As a result, the Danish Embassy is ready for an exciting and busy period that will include ministerial visits and work with high-level Hungarian, Danish and EU politics.

As political officer, you will play a pivotal role in representing Danish interests and advancing diplomatic objectives. You will be part of a team responsible for Hungarian and Slovenian foreign- and domestic policy. The team reports to the Foreign Ministry in Denmark as well as other Danish Authorities on Hungarian and Slovenian positions on important political questions, especially on the EU-agenda. You will work both independently and together with your co-workers in the political team on political issues and current domestic matters. You will also engage in networking with Hungarian and Slovenian officials as well as with diplomats from other Embassies in Budapest.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing and expanding the embassy’s network of contacts with external partners (authorities, organizations, NGOs, media, etc.) in Hungary and Slovenia
  • Compiling reports on Hungarian and Slovenian affairs for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries in Denmark, particularly ahead of EU Council meetings in Brussels.
  • Participating in briefings and seminars organized by authorities and organizations.
  • Participating in the embassy's lecture activities (presentations on Hungarian and Slovenian affairs for Danish delegations, including schools and high schools).
  • There may also be occasional tasks related to the embassy's other cultural and press efforts. Various administrative tasks may also arise, particularly in the IT area, so good IT skills are a significant advantage.

Qualifications:

  • Relevant academic education.
  • Familiarity with and interest in Danish, Hungarian, and Slovenian societal and political matters.
  • Strong language skills in English, as well as good communication abilities in writing and speaking in one of the Scandinavian languages. Additionally, familiarity with Hungarian and/or Slovenian is advantageous.
  • Analytical mindset, attention to detail, and ability to grasp complex issues.
  • Initiative-driven, outgoing, and adept at networking.
  • Willingness to collaborate within a team, but also capable of working independently.
  • Enthusiasm and a positive attitude – even under pressure.

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to work in a dynamic and international environment, with a large amount of independence and responsibly.
  • Be a part of a workplace that fosters a positive and trustful work environment and a strong unity among co-workers where mutual support is paramount.
  • Chance to learn and experience the work of an important embassy in an EU-country, where there is a strong focus on professional sparring, feedback and personal development.

Salary and Employment Conditions:

The position is a local employment in Hungary in accordance with Hungarian labour law and the Embassy´s Staff Rules. The contract states 37 working hours per week including lunch and the possibility of flexible working hours.

The Embassy offers a competitive salary and employment conditions policy based on qualifications and performance, in line with Hungarian standards.

The position is preferable to be filled as soon as possible and latest May 1. 2024, but is dependent upon Security Clearance from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

 

Application

To apply for the position, please send you application referring to “Political Officer” in one PDF-file including cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and references in English or Danish to [email protected] with deputy head of mission, Clara Johanne Møller-Simonsen, [email protected] in CC.

Application deadline: February 18.

Interviews are expected to be conducted in the week following.

Equality

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark wants to promote equality and diversity. Therefore, all qualified and interested parties, regardless of age, gender, religion and ethnicity, are encouraged to apply for the position.

Contact

For further information about the position, please contact deputy head of mission, Clara Johanne Møller-Simonsen via [email protected], +36 30 338 7914.