• Policy Adviser, International Affairs (Asia)

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 1 week ago(09/11/2018 12:26)
    Job ID
    International Affairs
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Temporary Full-Time
    Salary Max
    GBP £34,884.00/Yearly
    Pay Band
  • Job Scope

    The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. It is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering and medicine.


    We are seeking a Policy Adviser to join our International Affairs team for a 6 month fixed-term paternity cover contract (January 2019 - July 2019).


    International activities are embedded across the work of the Society. They feature within many of the Society’s core programmes and targeted activities are led principally by the International Affairs, Grants, Science Policy and Scientific Programmes teams. Cross-sectional teams are often pulled together to cover work on key international projects. The Society’s international objectives are to:


    • Promote the benefits of UK and European scientific collaboration
    • Work with scientific peers to advance science and technology for the benefit of society
    • Support developing countries to build their scientific capability
    • Play a leading role in the major multilateral science organisations

    The Society works closely with other academies and networks of academies, governments, funding agencies, industry and the diplomatic corps around the world to build partnerships and promote international relations. With knowledge and a real enthusiasm for science and international affairs, the post holder will join a small International Affairs team of seven. They will work flexibly on a number of projects, often in cross-sectional teams involving external partners, whilst also contributing to the work of the section as a whole. They will be expected to hold geographic expertise in Asia and to work with others on delivery.


    Reports to: Head of International Affairs – Europe and Asia

    Location: Carlton House Terrace, London

    Hours: 35 hrs/week          

    Pay Band: D

    Salary: £34,884 per annum


    • Monitoring developments in international science and policy, horizon scanning and producing regular briefings and updates for Fellows and colleagues
    • Organising meetings and events, preparing agendas, background papers, presentations and minutes
    • Leading on small projects or parts of larger programmes, ensuring they are delivered on time, on budget and in scope
    • Building and maintaining a relevant network of contacts and databases
    • Promoting the Society’s work to increase its impact with international audiences
    • Contributing to other activities within the Royal Society as required

    Key Knowledge and Skills Required

    • Knowledge of and some experience in international science, policy or international relations          
    • Excellent writing skills with the ability to write for a variety of audiences                                         
    • Able to convey complex and sensitive information and ideas effectively
    • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to manage conflicting deadlines                                
    • Ability to use own initiative and contribute new ideas                                                                    
    • Ability to work effectively in a team and interact with people at all levels of seniority



    Able to be flexible about working hours and undertake travel on occasions


    Personal qualities

    • A proactive self-starter, who is open and curious about issues in international science and able to draw on this to seize opportunities and improve performance
    • A confident communicator, who acts with honesty, integrity, professionalism, manages expectations and considers wider political, social and cultural contexts
    • An adaptive and resilient team player, able to plan, deliver and prioritise under pressure, proposes solutions to problems that take account of risks and how to manage them



    ·         Works unsupervised and can motivate self

    ·         Produces results under pressure

    ·         Can manage in stressful situations

    ·         Pushes for the best results

    ·         Pursues and encourages feedback that may reveal an error in judgment and then makes appropriate adjustments

    ·         Recognises own personal biases or limitations, and uses this understanding to improve decisions and plans for action

    ·         Seeks out mentors and other development resources to gain additional self-awareness and personal development

    ·         Reflects on negative situations with maturity and seeks to understand own contribution to the situation

    ·         Holds things together and acts as a settling influence


    Working with others

    ·         Contributes ideas and identifies opportunities to work with others both within the team and across the organisation

    ·         Willing to provide feedback to sectional colleagues when requested

    ·         Produces succinct presentations and papers for senior colleagues

    ·         Understands when to seek senior advice on potentially delicate negotiations

    ·         Reaches a variety of audiences using an appropriate mix of communication methods and tailored messages to appeal to their unique needs

    ·         Speaks from the heart to compel action and creates an emotional appeal for organisational priorities

    ·         Creates an environment of transparency while respecting confidentiality requirements

    ·         Builds consensus for delivering team goals. Frequently interacts with peers, on cross-functional matters.

    Resource management

    ·         Makes the best of internal/external resources and coordinates well with external partners to best meet the needs of the Society

    ·         Builds contingency into projects taking into account possible outside factors

    ·         Sets and monitors performance against quality and results orientated targets.

    ·         Focuses on both short and long-term goals

    ·         Creates novel solutions to problems

    ·         Creates a detailed design or plan to implement a new solution or approach

    ·         Evaluates new technology as potential solutions to existing issues.

    ·         Adjusts course as new information comes to light

    ·         Executes quickly and decisively in a time-sensitive situation

    ·         Takes accountability to persist until opportunity is realised or problem solved


    Critical thinking

    ·         Determines and clarifies the exact requirements of any situation

    ·         Checks information for accuracy and raises concerns if information is inaccurate

    ·         Extracts the key points succinctly, clearly and accurately

    ·         Puts forward suggestions for improvement concerning current processes or systems

    ·         Tries different ways of doing things to get the best results

    ·         Compares and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of options

    ·         Formulates an opinion by considering opposing views and suggestions

    ·         Runs trials and models or applies statistical analysis and stress testing to confirm or disconfirm proposal



    ·         Overcomes obstacles and is not deterred by setbacks; checks assumptions and first principles and works out alternative approaches

    ·         Reacts proactively to new challenges and works in a flexible manner to produce solutions

    ·         Provides feedback and participates in discussions surrounding new ideas approaches or projects

    ·         Maintains focus and continues to deliver when things are ‘up in the air’

    ·         Adjusts to act differently depending on the situation

    ·         Takes steps to understand basic risk management and importance of identifying and maintaining controls


    ·         Helps others to understand and cope with ambiguous situations


    Managing people and relationships

    ·         Delegates effectively, setting clear expectations and authority

    ·         Monitors results and feedbacks to team on a regular basis

    ·         Recognises others’ contributions and acknowledges their limits

    ·         Helps others to identify ways to improve their performance

    ·         Prioritises supervisory responsibilities and carries them out in a timely fashion

    ·         Understands and can identify client/stakeholder/staff needs and looks for opportunities to improve their experiences

    ·         Demonstrates trust in others’ ability to accomplish tasks at acceptable levels of performance

    ·         Provides current, direct, complete and actionable positive and constructive feedback

    ·         Has a mind-set of sharing own and others’ expertise

    ·         Creates an environment of transparency while respecting confidentiality requirements

    ·         Focuses on surfacing underlying customer issues/concerns and identifying root causes

    ·         Increases exposure to and personal relationships with customers

    ·         Expresses positive views of the customer


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