New Position: Senior Policy Officer: Business Developer

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Buenos Aires opens a new position for a Senior Policy Officer: Business Developer

Basic details of job

Job title: Senior Policy officer: Business Developer
Unit/mission: EA
Job level: 08
Number of hours: 19

General features of job 

  • The policy officer is primarily responsible for helping to develop policy and for drawing up project plans for the section or sections concerned.
  • The policy officer is accountable to the head of section for effectively helping to develop policy and drawing up and amending project plans.
  • Ministerial policy guidelines in the area of embassy policy concerned, as well as available funding, are of importance when making proposals to improve policy and potential project plans.
  • The policy officer takes decisions about the quality of the analysis of collected data and the translation of overall ministerial policy frameworks into proposals for specific action by the embassy.

Duties and Result Areas

• In accordance with the embassy’s (multi)annual plan, assist economic and agricultural sections in translating existing and upcoming intergovernmental and interinstitutional cooperation in the water, agricultural and logistics sectors into business development, including the finding of project and/or export finance.
• Actively approach and maintain permanent contacts with companies in the Netherlands that are or could be interested in doing business in or investing in Argentina, including the relevant branch organisations and possible financiers.
• Maintain pro-active contacts with the EA management and the embassy’s other Policy Officers in order to keep close track of developments concerning the water, agricultural and logistics sector and its cross-cutting subsectors, including advance information about upcoming tenders.
• Actively work with Dutch companies and their possible Argentinian partners on their preparation for pre-qualifications and tenders.
• Be flexible in taking any other role or task that the embassy and its agenda would require, including the organisation of trade- and other events, missions and the pursuance of an economically driven public diplomacy.
• The Policy Officer will be reporting to the Deputy Head of Mission and Agricultural Counsellor.

Working Environment

• The main task of the Embassy is economic diplomacy, especially the bilateral commercial and investment relationships, including the chances and risks for Dutch companies new to the Argentinian market. The national political situation in Argentina is complex and has to be taken into account. In addition, the embassy has a range of political, public diplomacy, cultural and consular tasks.
• Eighteen people, six diplomats and twelve local employees work at the Embassy. The Economic Section consists of a Head of the Economic and Commercial Section (who is also the Deputy Head of Mission), a Policy Officer, a Trade Officer, an Office Manager (shared with the Agricultural Section) and an intern. There is excellent collaboration between the Economic Section and the Agricultural Section, which are located in the same room.
• Uruguay and Paraguay are under the jurisdiction of the Embassy since February 2012. The Embassy works closely with the Honorary Consuls in Montevideo and Asuncion, as well as those in Rosario and Tres Arroyos. The Embassy is in the process of establishing a Netherlands Business Support Office in Cordoba.
• The Embassy occupies the third and fourth floor of a new building in the completely renovated Puerto Madero port area, close to the city center, together with the Belgian embassy.

Job Requirements

• At least a BA (or similar) in business, finance or other relevant degree.
• At least 5 years proven and successful experience in business development.
• Acquainted with the Dutch business sector and Latin American markets. Knowledge of doing business in and with Argentina is an advantage.
• Knowledge of project financing and financial structuring.
• Proficient in the Spanish and English language. Knowledge of the Dutch language is an asset.
• Proven team player in a multinational environment.
• Willing to perform representative tasks outside normal working hours.
• Adhering to high standards of integrity and confidentiality.

Knowledge and skills

Level of education: university level
Level of experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience required.
  • Understanding of social and specialised developments in relation to the area or areas in which the embassy operates.
  • Knowledge of general training methods and techniques and methods and techniques for drawing up project plans and performing evaluations, and skilled in using them.
  • Understanding of relevant ministerial frameworks and legislation in the policy area concerned.
  • Skilled in translating insights and information into advice, plans and reports and in assessing their policy and financial implications.

Deadline for application: April 12, 2019

Contact person

Roel Nieuwenkamp - Ambassador of the Netherlands in Argentina