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Director, Independent Diplomat (Brussels)

About Independent Diplomat

Independent Diplomat is a non-profit advisory group providing confidential advice and assistance in diplomatic strategy and technique to governments, political groups and international organizations.  We work to amplify the voices of those who have most at stake in diplomatic processes.  Based in New York and London, we have offices in Washington D.C., Brussels and Sydney and staff in-situ with key clients.

Job description

Independent Diplomat (ID) is seeking an individual with considerable experience and contacts in European diplomacy to head its Brussels office.

ID advises democratic countries, governments and political movements on diplomatic strategy and practice.  Founded ten years ago, ID has established itself as an increasingly influential force in international diplomacy, with plans to expand its presence to all major diplomatic centres.

The Director of the Brussels office will lead and manage all aspects of ID's work for its clients in continental Europe, including diplomacy at the EU institutions, NATO and in European capitals.  The Director in Brussels will maintain ID's client and institutional relationships, and will be responsible for recruitment of new European clients.  He / she will also run our Brussels office, which is located near the Berlaymont, in the heart of the EU's diplomatic centre.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced diplomat or professional with significant experience in diplomacy in Europe.  The position requires deep expertise and networks in European institutions and governments, as well as civil society.  The successful person will have the political judgement, flair and creativity to design and implement effective diplomatic strategies across the three pillars of modern diplomacy - political strategy, legal advice and public / media outreach, including digital media.  He / she will also have a deep commitment to ID's mission to enable states, political groups and non-government actors to access and influence the diplomatic forums and decision-making processes that most affect their interests. 

ID is a small but exceptionally talented and growing team of diplomats and experts in international affairs, with headquarters in New York and four other offices around the world.  ID has a strong internal culture of teamwork and shared decision-making, as well as innovative use of technology.  The Brussels Director is a critical supplement to ID's team and will offer advice to shape ID's organizational and operational strategy in Europe and worldwide. 

The successful Director will have an established network of key contacts, built over 10+ years working in international affairs in the European Union, preferably with experience in a national diplomatic service. Exceptional analytical and writing skills are critical, along with fluent English and one other main European language.  The successful individual will have a deep commitment to ID's mission and will value working in a fast paced, stimulating and team-oriented environment.

For further details of the position, recruitment process and to apply, please visit http://www.independentdiplomat.org/documents/brusselsdirector