Multilateral Policy Officer (Nuclear) – Vienna

Australian Embassy

Job Overview

Multilateral Policy Officer (Nuclear) – Vienna

The Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna has a vacancy.

Applications can be considered only from nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States who are eligible for an Australian government security clearance.

Contract: Ongoing

Hours: Full-time (36.45 hours per week)

Salary: EUR 49,406

Location: Vienna, Austria.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission is accredited to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations and other international organisations in Vienna.

About the 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 Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

As Australia’s national organisation for nuclear science and technology and as the custodian of Australia’s national and landmark research infrastructure, ANSTO drives and enables innovative research that responds to some of the greatest challenges of our time.

ANSTO provides expert advice to the Australian Government on all matters relating to nuclear science, technology, engineering and policy. Australia’s ability to contribute to the domestic and international discourse on nuclear matters, including through the International Atomic Energy Agency, is underpinned by the nuclear knowledge base at ANSTO.

About the Position

The multilateral policy officer supports the Australian Government’s engagement on political issues in nuclear-related international organisations in Vienna. It assists with internal reporting; supports negotiations; undertakes representational work; and liaises with relevant organisational Secretariats and other missions on specific political, technical, budget, administrative and other priority issues for Australia and Australia’s nuclear agencies. It provides support for visits, events and advocacy as required.

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

  • Support Australia’s engagement in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and Vienna-based Export Control Regimes (Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG); Waasenaar Arrangement; the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) and Zangger Committee), by attending and participating in relevant meetings and negotiations, and preparing briefing and statements for Australia’s Permanent Representative, Counsellor Nuclear and other diplomatic officers;
  • Support ANSTO’s engagement with other stakeholders based in Europe.
  • Represent Australia at official meetings, events, and receptions with other missions to advance Australian nuclear foreign and multilateral policy issues and priorities;
  • Provide support for the Mission’s public diplomacy and social media advocacy as it relates to nuclear-related activities and interests.
  • Coordinate visit programs, side events, meetings, and logistical support for Australian Government officials and high-level visitors, as required.
  • Provide administrative and planning support to the nuclear policy team, including the management of correspondence between the Mission, relevant Australian Government agencies, and the IAEA and other relevant organisations.
  • Ensure that relevant Australian Government agencies are well-informed regarding IAEA events, procedures, requests and other commitments.


  • University degree in the field of international security, politics, international relations, law or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including experience/expertise in international relations.
  • Well-developed negotiation and advocacy skills, including sound judgement, and a capacity to exercise discretion and confidentiality.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, flexibility and responsiveness.
  • Knowledge of Australian Government international security policies and Australia’s programmes for technical cooperation with the IAEA and other nuclear-related organisations is an advantage, as is an awareness of international organisations based in Vienna.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • High level administrative and organisational skills, including the ability to manage competing priorities independently or with limited direction, and meet deadlines.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, representational and networking skills, including the ability to develop strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Competency in standard Microsoft Office applications.

Application Selection Criteria

Applicants interested in this vacancy must submit a written statement in English, of no more than 750 words, telling us why you are the right person for this position. Include why you are interested in the role, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. Make sure you read the key responsibilities of the position above and highlight some specific examples that will demonstrate your ability to perform in the role.

Applicants must also submit a resume which provides a summary of your employment history and details of your qualifications/experience that are relevant to this position. Please provide the details of two work-related referees who can be contacted to discuss your work performance and character.

Security designated position

Applications can be considered only from nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States who are eligible for an Australian government security clearance.

Candidates holding dual Austrian nationality with one of the above nationalities are not eligible for a security clearance for this position.

Applicants must be willing to undergo security checks necessary to obtain an Australian National Security clearance.

How to apply

Please see Recruitment ( Only applications submitted via the button on that website will be considered.

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