Diplomatic services operational officer?
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A Diplomatic Services operational officer works within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to protect and promote UK interests throughout the world in a variety of ways.
The FCO deals with issues such as:
Operational entrants specialise in the practical side of diplomatic work and will work in foreign policy and service delivery overseas. There will also be the opportunity to influence international and diplomatic development.
An initial period will be spent in London before the operational officer is posted overseas in a British embassy, high commission or consulate. Each posting lasts for three to four years.
Diplomatic Services officers rotate between an assortment of roles, including many overseas. This will affect the specific type of tasks carried out but they may include:
Overseas, the role may involve similar activities to those listed above, in addition to:
These initial postings are decided on the basis of candidates' experience and skills at entry. For later postings, post holders apply internally and go through a selection process.
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