Research Visits and Public Diplomacy Officer (LE3)

Australian Consulate General Shanghai

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) section of the Australian Consulate-General Shanghai is seeking an applicant to fill the following locally engaged position:

Research Visits and Public Diplomacy Officer (LE3)

The above positions are open to Chinese and Australian nationals. Australian nationals must be able to obtain Chinese work visa/permit to be able to enter and remain in China to work for the Consulate. In considering this position, applicants should investigate their ability to obtain such documents under the current international travel/visa restrictions and quarantine requirements as a result of COVID-19.

The annual basic salary for this position is CNY118,690 plus the employer’s social security contributions. Where the successful candidate is an Australian national who is also a non-tax resident of Australia, he/she will receive an allowance in lieu of the employer’s social security contributions. For an Australian national who is a tax resident of Australia, their superannuation contribution will be deducted from the monthly allowance.

Applying for the Role

Your application, written in English, must include:

  • A one page pitch of no more than 1000 words outlining how your skills, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the job;
  • Curriculum vitae; and
  • Contact details for two work-related referees (at least one should be your current or recent supervisor).

Applications should be emailed to acgshanghai.recruitment@dfat.gov.au. You should indicate in the application your nationality. If you are an Australian citizen in China please advise your Chinese visa category.

Enquiries, including about conditions of service, should be directed to acgshanghai.recruitment@dfat.gov.au. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 9 June 2021. Only applicants short-listed for interview will receive a reply and if you have not received any communication within four weeks from the closing date of applications, please consider your application unsuccessful.

What should I include in my pitch?

  • Your one page pitch is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at the Australian Consulate General, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?
  • Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

About the Australian Government’s 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 Role

Under the direction of the Consul, the Research, Visits and Public Diplomacy (RVPD) Officer will work as part of the RVPD team to deliver the Consulate’s public diplomacy and alumni engagement programs. In addition, this position will undertake research on policy issues; prepare briefs, speeches and records of conversation; and provide administrative and operational support as required.

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

  • Assist with proactively growing the alumni network in East China, organise alumni events and functions within Shanghai, connect alumni with other Consulate events and maintain the alumni database.
  • Assist with planning, developing and implementing the Consulate’s public diplomacy events promote to increase public understanding of Australia’s foreign affairs and trade policies including compilation of guest lists ensuring correct protocol is observed, speeches, orders of arrangement, catering, A/V requirements, translation, entertainment and event photography.
  • Develop and maintain relationships, negotiate and liaise across a broad range of stakeholders to provide an effective Australian contribution on government including universities, alumni associations and government institutions.
  • Work with the RVPD team to deliver social media and newsletter content.
  • Assist with drafting range of correspondence including media releases, draft speeches, reports, talking points, records of conversation and note taking as required.
  • In consultation with the RVPD team, undertake political, economic and trade research on key developments in East China and prepare high quality analytical reports and briefing.
  • Assist in with logistical arrangements and visit programs to support ministerial visits and senior delegations.
  • Provide administrative and operational support to senior staff.
  • Perform other duties and back up as required.


  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research and analysis, including the ability to think critically and quickly understand key issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to build networks and liaise with a range of stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to take initiative, exercise sound judgement and prioritise workloads in order to meet tight deadlines.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, and high-level interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computer skills and experience using the Microsoft Office suite of applications and electronic data management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-cultural team.
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral) is essential.
  • Mandarin language skills or at least a strong familiarity would be highly regarded.


  • Experience in public affairs, community engagement and/or Australia-China related policy, business or education roles.
  • Well-developed understanding of Australia and the Australian Government’s foreign and trade policy goals.
  • Experience with mailchimp or website management