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The Embassy of Denmark in Pretoria is hiring a Sector Programme Officer

The Royal Danish Embassy in Pretoria is looking for a new staff member to fulfil the functions as Programme Officer at the Embassy.

Starting date: ASAP

Application Deadline: 26 July 2018

Applications to be done via - Pnet

The Programme Officer is part of the Strategic Sector Cooperation Team (SSCT) and reports to the Counsellor for Water, Energy, Research and Innovation at the Embassy. The SSCT is responsible for coordination, implementation and communication related to the South African – Danish sector cooperation activities. Currently Denmark and South Africa has a very strong engagement in the water, energy and sustainable urbane development sector. The SSCT is a dynamic team comprising the team leader, a sector advisor on urban development, two sector officers (water and energy) and two interns. Our new colleague will have a focus on the water sector and will as well contribute to cross cutting activities in the team and at the embassy.

Job Description

The Strategic Sector Programme Officer shall fulfil the following main functions:

  • Contribute to the development, coordination, operations and implementation of the South African – Danish sector cooperation with in water;
  • Coordinate and be responsible for the embassies role in planning, preparing and implementing water program activities and events such as themed workshops, seminars and study tours
  • Contribute and assist in investigations, monitoring and reporting of major water sector specific policy trends and developments
  • Contribute to progress monitoring and reporting of the water sector program activities
  • Contribute to and participate in activities across the SSCT where needed
  • Liaise with and support the other embassy teams (Trade / Political) and management with Sector specific matters
  • Assisting in the implementation of the Embassy’s communication strategy, incl. updating the news section of the Embassy webpage, as well as updating and monitoring the Embassy Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Other tasks as instructed by management

The Royal Danish Embassy in Pretoria handles bilateral relations between Denmark and South Africa. The Embassy also covers eight other countries in the region. The Embassy employs more than 20 staff members, is headed by Ambassador Tobias Elling Rehfeld and comprises apart from the Strategic Sector Cooperation team a Management Team, an Admin/Finance team, a Consular team, a Political Team and the Trade Council of Denmark. For more information, please visit

We can offer a competitive package of approx. 400.000 – 450.000 p.a. (+ benefits) - depending on experience and qualifications, a 37 hours working week, a friendly and informal working environment that provides opportunities to develop your competencies in an international environment.

Please include a motivational letter and your CV as part of the application.

Minimum requirement / Qualifications and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in political science, economics or similar or relevant Master’s degree related to the policy, managerial or technical components of the core sectors eg. Water, Energy or sustainable urban development;
  • Preferably work experience from a branch organisation, political organization, public administration or similar;
  • Strong network with in and in depth understanding of institutional set up of one of the core sectors will be an added benefit
  • Strong project planning and logistic project implementation skills a requirement
  • Excellent writing ability and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Computer literacy with competence in Microsoft Office packages;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and be able to work independently;
  • Applicants must be able to work as part of a team, have strong problem-solving skills and results-orientation;
  • Must be flexible and work well under pressure;
  • Applicants must hold or be able to obtain a valid residence and working permits;
  • The applicant must have a clean criminal record. Security clearance from relevant Danish authorities will have to be obtained via the Embassy of Denmark. It is also a prerequisite to obtain Police clearance from previous countries you have resided in for over 3 months.

• This position was posted 11 July 2018

Please note selected candidates will be contacted.

Looking forward to your applications.

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