Serves as the Economic Specialist in the Embassy, working within the Political and Economic Affairs Section. Develops and maintains an extensive range of economic and trade contacts. Provides timely, succinct analytical and predictive written work and oral information on Belgian economic developments. This position backs up the Political Specialist.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Contact and Issue Management: working independently, the incumbent will develop and maintain an extensive range of contacts including key, high-level (e.g. chief of staff, director general, etc.) policy makers in government agencies, banks, political parties, the economic and financial press, industry and associations, academia and other private organizations concerned with the Belgian economy and Belgian domestic and international economic policies. Serves as advisor to senior Embassy officials on the full range of matters pertaining to the political economy of Belgium, including gauging the probable reaction of the Belgian government or trade leaders to U.S. views and proposals. Briefs visiting U.S. officials and academics on economic policies and developments in Belgium, including the political-economic environments and attitudes and views of Belgian officials.
- Economic Reporting: Serves as the senior expert advisor on the full range of economic matters handled by the Embassy in a host country that is one of the United States’ largest trading partners, a major recipient of U.S. foreign direct investment, and a member of the European Union, WTO, G-10, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, OECD United Nations and Paris Club. He/she analyzes and reports on subjects such as significant legislation, policies and programs undertaken by the Belgian government affecting economic development, telecommunications, civil aviation, nuclear energy, among others and projects their implications for foreign investment, Belgian competitiveness and U.S. interests.
Education: University degree in economics or political science, with special emphasis on Belgian internal affairs, international relations, history.
Experience: Minimum 3 years of progressively responsible experience in research and analytical reporting on complex economic issues; report writing which affords a firm grounding in writing on Belgian domestic economic questions.
Job knowledge: A thorough and comprehensive knowledge of modern economic principles and theory, both at the macro and micro level. Thorough understanding of Belgium’s economy, economic structure and institutions, both political and economic, as well as Belgium’s role and membership in the European Union. An in-depth knowledge of the inner workings and relationship of the Belgian political and social fabric and of Belgium’s foreign and domestic economic policies, including in relation to theEU. Knowledge of U.S. economic policies in relation to Belgium and the EU. Background in statistics and data processing
Language skills: Fluency (Level 4) in English, Dutch and French is required.
Skills and abilities:
- Ability to develop and maintain, independently and tactfully, an extensive range of high level economic and business contacts;
- Ability to inter-relate developments in the economic field to social forces and factors at work in host country;
- Ability to plan, organize and execute complex research projects and to prepare precise and accurate analytical reports;
- Ability to plan, organize and execute complex research projects; draft and organize written reports logically, and to do so in clear English;
- Ability to synthesize and extract from economic and business trends and events a prognosis of likely upcoming major happenings in Belgium;
-Ability to render advice with detachment and objectivity;
- Ability to represent the Embassy in presentations or public speaking engagements.
Position of indefinite duration