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2017 - Policy Research and Translation Officer

Publication date: 10/05/2017
Reference: 2017-004
Location: Paris 75015
Contract type: Permanent


About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of 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 Department of Defence

The primary role of the Department of Defence is to defend Australia against armed attack. Australia's defence policy is founded on the principle of self-reliance in the direct defence of Australia, but with a capacity to do more where there are shared interests with partners and allies.


About the Position

The position provides research and translation support to the Defence Attaché and the First Secretary (Defence Policy) to support their engagement with French defence, military and industry organisations in connection with the Australia-France submarine project (the SEA 1000), whose offices are based in Cherbourg.
The position is also required to provide policy and governance support on issues associated with the development of Defence’s undertakings in relation to the SEA 1000 Inter-Governmental Agreement between Australia and France.
The position is based in the Defence Office at the Australian Embassy and reports directly to the Defence Attaché Paris.

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

• Under general direction, assist with the management of Australia’s engagement with a range of French Defence and industry organisations associated with the SEA 1000 Project
• Provide research, analysis and reporting on issues affecting Australia’s security interests in France associated with the SEA 1000 Project
• Monitor French and international media to identify and report on political and economic developments
• Provide written and oral translation of electronic and print media, French military documents, and contractual and policy documents
• Proof read French translation documents for Defence Office staff
• Prepare correspondence and speeches in French
• Develop and maintain contacts with French Ministry of Defence and Industry partners
• Coordinate and arrange meetings with stakeholders and other key contacts
• Prepare correspondence and background information associated with the government-to-government agreement, including briefing and biographies of senior defence and industry figures for Ministers and senior defence officials
• Coordinate programs and logistical arrangements for visits by Australian defence officials

Monthly gross salary : 2982€ (+ 13th month bonus)


LES LEVEL - Prospective applicants should note that this is a Locally Engaged Staff position not entitled to diplomatic conditions of service, and requiring a valid work visa for France.

SECURITY CLEARED POSITION - Applicants must be a national of Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America, Canada, or United Kingdom and must be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance. Persons holding dual French nationality with one of the above nationalities would not be eligible for a security clearance for this position. Applications that do not specifically address and satisfy this requirement will not be considered.

Qualifications/Experience requested :

• Written and oral fluency in English and French essential. Applicants will be required to undertake and pass, at a high level, tests in English and French languages.

• Tertiary qualifications in translation and interpreting (English <=>French) or demonstrated high level translating and interpreting skills/experience

• Proven research, analytical and writing skills

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet searches

• Current French driver’s license essential