Senior International Relations Executive Officer

External Communications and Marketing
£37,634 to £46,020

Contract: 2 years fixed-term

Main purpose of the role

The main purpose of the role is to work on the NAO International Relations team and help the NAO achieve its international objectives, our main objective being to maintain a positive relationship with international bodies such as INTOSAI, EUROSAI, the United Nations and the Commonwealth countries. We work to share information and good practice in ways which help strengthen accountability and governance arrangements in countries which the UK works closely with, or who are a recipient of UK aid.
You will be responsible for acting as the primary liaison between the NAO and international bodies. The role includes organising and supporting visits from overseas delegations and study groups to the NAO, but also facilitating visits of NAO colleagues to other countries.The NAO aims to maximise the value it receives from international relationships. The role, therefore, also involves building a knowledge and information database that the NAO can use in the most effective way to ensure our staff are kept informed of international developments. You will  also have a role in helping to shape the NAO’s future international goals and objectives. 

Main responsibilities

International Liaison  

  • Respond to and coordinate replies to requests for information and queries from other audit organisations and stakeholders around the world.  This will often require research, analysis and drafting, in close collaboration with our audit and value for money colleagues.  
  • Assist colleagues across the office in conducting international benchmarking work for their value for money reports and investigations. 

Overseas Visits

  • Responsible for evaluating proposals for, and managing visits to, the NAO of incoming senior officials, including Presidents and Auditors General. This includes both putting together the logistics of the study visit and oversight of the agenda, co-ordinating input from specialists around the NAO and consolidating any training and teaching materials.  
  • Regular liaison with other government departments including: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (both UK based staff and overseas); foreign embassies in the UK, Department for International Development and external stakeholders (for example Public Accounts Committees) from the UK, overseas and other Parliamentarians. 

Programme Management 

  • Maintain accounting records relating to International Relations programmes and visits. This includes ensuring that hospitality provided to international visitors to the NAO is appropriate and in line with policy.  
  • Monitor the International Relations portfolio of projects on a monthly basis. This includes ensuring that the allocation of staff to specific pieces of work is properly recorded and providing short summary briefings of performance to management as required.   

Records Management

  • It is important that we get the best value and knowledge from our international work. You will be responsible for putting in place and maintaining thorough records of our international work and developing our intranet as a means of informing and sharing knowledge with NAO colleagues 
  • Ensure that international opportunities are communicated effectively to staff in the NAO so that we make best use of their skills and provide them with suitable development opportunities.  

See full list of responsibilities in the attached job description.

Required competencies:
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:-

  • Ability to represent the NAO, and by extension the UK, to a wide range of external partners in a variety of, often taxing, circumstances. Demonstrate the highest level of professional and personal integrity  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people from a broad range of backgrounds and cultures. Awareness of differing international cultures, with the ability to adapt to these. 
  • Effective communication and presentation skills. Is comfortable liaising with staff at a variety of levels including the C&AG and senior management, and can give clear and appropriate advice to staff across the office on International Relations issues. 
  • Proven research and drafting skills. You will need to respond to requests for information and briefings, sometimes at very short notice. You will be able to identify the key points, research accurately, consult with colleagues where appropriate and make defensible decisions. 
  • A thorough understanding of the strategic implications of the NAO’s international work and the objectives of the team. Can identify and implement ways in which our objectives can best be met. 
  • Experience of international work and proven ability to operate effectively in an international environment is desirable. There is likely to be some international travel associated with this role. 
  • Personal organisation, with the ability to meet challenging deadlines and the flexibility to prioritise and reprioritise competing tasks. A proactive approach together which supports other colleagues in meeting shared objectives 
  • Proven skills in numerical analysis, including the ability to present data clearly and concisely, and excellent computer literacy.

You must be a UK, Commonwealth, EEA or Swiss national to comply with Civil Service nationality rules and must hold a valid work permit. We are not able to sponsor work visas.Recruitment process

  • Please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • The deadline for applications is 11.55 on Sunday 17 November

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.