The European Union Delegation to China is looking for: Policy Officer in the Environment Section (Chinese National, LA I)

We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.

The EU Delegation to China is responsible for the conduct of official relations between China and the European Union. In all matters pertaining to the European Union, the Delegation works closely with the diplomatic missions of the EU Member States, particularly the one representing the EU Presidency, which changes every six months.

We offer

We offer a post of a Policy Officer. Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed functions depending on the needs of the Delegation. Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will occupy a specific job function as a Policy Officer – this job function may be changed in accordance with the needs of the Delegation. Under this job function the successful candidate will serve as support staff to:

Establish and maintain contacts and exchanges on policy substance with Chinese authorities, Experts, NGOs and other stakeholders:

  • To undertake analysis and feed in to reporting to the delegation, MSs in China and headquarters
  • To support policy dialogue, across the range of environmental issues covered by different Chinese Ministries and dialogues,
  • For the organisation of meetings and events which are well targeted in terms of content and participation
  • To act as a focal point for some of the many  climate or environment issues covered by the section and counterparts  and stakeholders covering these

To monitor collate and analyse information:

  • To keep up to date information  on Chinese environment and climate policy developments, and
  • prepare reports, contribute to briefings and speeches
  • for  social media, press points and information for the public
  • to seek out  key information on EU policy developments for dissemination in China, to provide to stakeholders and counterparts

To take responsibility for some substance management/policy aspects of the ongoing or upcoming China specific or multi-country PI projects targeting China on environment and climate, and to follow up on outputs, promote their use

Provide some operational and administrative support:

  • Administrative support (ARES), logistics support during events, visits and meetings (including Commissioners and senior staff from Brussels)
  • Prepare draft letters and notes as well as verbal notes to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Requests for organisation of events

under the supervision and responsibility of the relevant Head of Section.

Place of employment is located in China, Beijing. The weekly working hours are 37.5h. Starting basic gross salary of a LA I is 28320 CNY.  We offer a competitive position in an international environment. Benefits, such as additional pension scheme and medical insurance, are offered to employees and their families under certain conditions.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Medically fit to perform the required duties;
  2. Enjoys civil rights and permits for employment under local law;
  3. Fluent Chinese (mandarin) and English, written and speaking, with good translation and interpretation skills;
  4. University degree;
  5. At least 3 years’ work experience in a relevant sector and Policy Management;
  6. Good knowledge of one or more fields of environment and climate policy/management, Chinese environmental and/or climate policy;
  7. Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team;
  • Ability to listen, to consult and to share information and ideas;
  • Capacity to communicate clearly, present complex matters in a simple way and draft precisely.
  1. Intellectual skills:
  • Ability to identify and analyse key points in verbal and numerical information, evaluate alternatives objectively and make sound, logical and well-argued judgment taking on board the impact of decisions.
  1. Management/Organizational skills:
  • Capacity to focus on priorities and to organize work to deliver on time;
  • Ability to negotiate in a multicultural and multilingual environment;
  • Capacity to monitor progress of work, organize reviews and supervise Policy teams.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and tight deadlines

The following will be considered an asset:

  1. Work experience in relation to functions and duties above mentioned;
  2. Experience in working with Chinese authorities.
  3. Good knowledge of administrative and managerial systems (including forward planning)
  4. Good knowledge of Policy Cycle Management and Logical Framework methodologies

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to work with quality, speed and accuracy;
  • High degree of responsibility and discretion;
  • Flexibility to work under pressure and to respond quickly to new demands;
  • Strong sense of confidentiality and diplomacy;
  • Proven problem-solving abilities.


  • Flexibility to work under pressure and to respond quickly to new demands;
  • Commitment to assure quality, speed and accuracy in performing technical and procedural duties;
  • High degree of responsibility in handling funding.

Expected performance

  • Dedication and hard working with a good team spirit.

Character references

  • A letter of recommendation from a previous workplace or university.

How to apply

Please send your application and supporting documents to in the subject line mentioning reference Family Name-Name-Policy Officer-ENV.  The application email should include a cover letter in and a detailed CV in English.

The deadline for reception of the applications is set for 17 hrs (GMT +8) on 29 March 2018.

Read more and apply here.


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