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The Danish Embassy & Permanent Mission in Vienna is looking for a political affairs officer

The Danish Embassy & Permanent Mission in Vienna is looking for a political affairs officer

Application deadline: 8 December 2021

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark is looking for a dynamic full-time academic staff member to join the Embassy.

You will be working independently - but as part of a team - with both multilateral affairs and bilateral affairs.

You have a positive personality and are results-oriented, professional, self-motivated and appreciate a highly energetic work environment where we continuously strive to support each other, work smarter and have fun.

Working in an environment where the agenda can easily change, we are looking for a colleague who is flexible and open-minded.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

You will be covering both multilateral affairs (United Nations) and bilateral political affairs. In relation to multilateral affairs, you will primarily but not exclusively cover issues related to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In relation to bilateral political affairs, you will be part of the Embassy’s political team that cover Denmark’s bilateral relations to Austria, Slovakia, Albania and Kosovo.

Typical tasks will be:

  • Attend meetings in UN organisations on selected policy areas and write reports.
  • Conduct research and analysis as well as writing reports on various policy areas related to Denmark’s bilateral relations to Austria, Slovakia, Albania and Kosovo.
  • Assist visiting delegations.
  • Execute administrative tasks on an ad hoc basis.

Furthermore, you are expected to demonstrate the flexibility required for an optimal handling of the entire portfolio of the embassy and be ready to undertake assignments outside your own portfolio, e.g. functioning as a back-up in the multilateral or bilateral team if needed.

Requirements for the position:

  • University degree in political science, law, economy or related fields.
  • Preferably 2-3 years of work experience in field of international relations.
  • High degree of personal drive and self-motivation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team player abilities.
  • Ability to foster and maintain networks in your field.
  • A high sense of responsibility and ability to plan and prioritize tasks.
  • Appreciate a dynamic work environment.
  • Flexible and able to work under time pressure.
  • High proficiency in Danish/Scandinavian and English. Ability to communicate in German will also be a clear advantage.

Employment conditions

  • You will be offered full-time employment for two years on a local contract with the possibility of extension based on the relevant labour market rules of Austria and the Embassy’s staff rules.
  •  Your standard working hours will be 40 hours per week.
  • You will be entitled to five weeks (25 working days) of paid holiday per year.
  • Your salary will reflect your qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results.

Application and recruitment process

To apply for the position, please send your application (in English) (cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references - DK/EN/DE) no later than Wednesday December 8, 2021.

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark is obliged to follow EU-regulation regarding handling personal information (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR) when we receive and process job applications. Please send your application via mail to: [email protected]

Please refer in the subject line to: Application Political Affairs “Your name”.

The Embassy & Permanent mission of Denmark attaches great importance to equal opportunities for all and therefore welcomes applications from all qualified persons regardless of race, sex, religion, age or disability.

Selected candidates will be invited for interviews – expected to take place during the third week of December 2021.

The chosen candidate must present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities prior to appointment.


For any questions regarding this position, please contact deputy head of mission Ms. Pia Starbæk Szczepanski, at [email protected]

About us

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark is a part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy & Permanent Mission is an ambitious and dynamic workplace with 18 employees.

For more information about the Embassy & Permanent Mission of Denmark, please refer to: https://oestrig.um.dk