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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Consular Roles)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Note: Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.
The British Embassy in Romania is part of a worldwide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas.
The Consular team at the British Embassy in Bucharest is looking to recruit a part time Pro Consul (A2) to join the team in August 2020 on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2021. The successful candidate will help the Consular team deliver effective and efficient consular assistance and services to British Nationals in Romania and contribute to the delivery of regional consular business plan and the country business plan.
As a part time Pro Consul, you will be based at the British Embassy Bucharest, working in a team of two with another Pro Consul, reporting to the Vice Consul working remotely at the British Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. You will manage and deliver consular support to distressed British nationals throughout Romania. This means you will occasionally need to travel to visit British nationals in, for example, prisons and hospitals, across the country (sometimes at short notice) or organise calls remotely, but with some limitations due to COVID-19 restrictions or staff safety policies.
Bucharest is a post which has a fair share of notarial work, some complex mental health, child welfare and death cases and a steady stream of Emergency Travel Document applications (ETDs). The number of UK visitors in Romania has been increasing in the last few years, mainly city tourism in Bucharest and Cluj Napoca and there are a number of British residents in Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Costanta, Brasov.
The Pro Consul, in close partnership with the other Pro Consul, is required to build relationships with key external stakeholders in local authorities (police, hospitals, prisons, court, social services) and the British community across the region to ensure we are in the best position to help British National visitors/residents in need of assistance when required. Both Pro Consuls are proactively planning, conducting and evaluating local outreach activities, in agreement with the Vice Consul, and participating in prevention campaigns related to music festivals and sporting events.
The candidate will be a resilient, quick-thinking individual and a self-starter, who can demonstrate empathy towards our most vulnerable customers, with good prioritisation skills and a strong sense of team work.
Main Responsibilities will include:
Partnering & Lobbying
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
7 July 2020
Type of Position
Part-Time, Temporary, Flexible working
Working hours per week
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post
Number of vacancies
Starting monthly salary (RON)
RON 2937 (gross) + RON 587 (compensatory bonus) (Salary is not negotiable)
10 August 2020
Other benefits and conditions of employment
This is a part-time, fixed-term contract for 7 months and 3 weeks (20 hours net per week). The successful candidate will work on a shift schedule depending on availability and internal agreement:
Monday to Thursday: 09:00 – 13:00 – Morning Shift; 13:00 – 17:00 – Afternoon shift and Friday: 09:00 – 13:00 – Morning Shift; 11:00 – 15:00 – Afternoon Shift
The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per year pro rata and the Embassy also enjoys a maximum of 14 Romanian / UK public holidays per year.
Monthly salary is 2937 + 587 (compensatory bonus) RON gross. In addition, staff are entitled to a 13th month salary pro rata and may receive a performance related bonus at year end. Staff also receive meal vouchers and a monthly subscription to a medical centre. An individual personal development plan will be agreed with the successful candidate, which may include training outside Romania.
For your information whilst the Emergency Ordinanceis in place the job holder will receive a gross monthly compensation bonus of RON 587.
The successful candidate will be subject to confirmation of a background check and security clearance, and satisfactory completion of a probationary period of up to 45 calendar days.
The job offers travel and personal development opportunities. An individual personal development plan will be agreed with the successful candidate, which may include training outside Romania. Bucharest is a regional L&D hub which provides opportunities to access training and develop new skills.
Visa/Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Romania and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary after 31st December 2020.
Additional Information (due to Covid 19):
You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption
Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action
Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.
We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.
Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.
FCO does not pay for travel related expense incurred in interviews (including Security Check) or accept any financial risk, including cancelation or reschedule costs. The FCO will not meet the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.
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