Australian Embassy
Also accredited to Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama

Current Vacancy




Senior Policy Manager LE 6 (MX021)


About the position


The Australian Embassy in Mexico City requires a bilingual Senior Policy Manager for a full-time policy-focussed position, which, under general direction, undertakes a range of activities to progress the objectives of the Australian Department of Education in Mexico and across the other Pacific Alliance countries of Colombia, Chile and Peru.


The Department of Education is responsible for Australia’s national policies and programs for early childhood education, school education, post?school skills training and higher education, international education and academic research.  More information about the Department’s divisions and its staff can be found at


The Department of Education has a small network of diplomatic officers across the world who manage government-to-government relationships in the area of education and research with key partners in Asia, the Americas and Europe. The Education office in the Australian Embassy in Mexico City manages the Australian Government's education and research relationships across the Pacific Alliance countries of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile and works closely with the Education office in the Australian Embassy in Brasilia.




Under limited direction, the Senior Policy Manager role supports the Counsellor (Education and Research) in meeting the objectives of the Department of Education, including providing high-level policy advice on complex policy developments across the four Pacific Alliance countries; developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key stakeholders; and managing the operations of the Mexico City Education Office.


The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:


·         Independently monitor, research, evaluate and analyse Mexican, Colombian, Chilean and Peruvian education, training and university research policy developments and opportunities in order to provide accurate, complex and specialised advice to the Counsellor on issues as they affect Australian interests;

·         Identification, development and maintenance of key stakeholders, including government officials, local and regional education and research representatives and Australian education providers;

·         Provide strategic advice to the Counsellor in the development of work plans, which enhance bilateral and multilateral education and research relationships;

·         Represent the Education Office at events, meetings and promotional activities, including negotiating participation in joint activities on behalf of the department;

·         Contribute to strategic planning under limited direction to achieve key business outcomes, liaising with and reporting to National Office;

·         Provide high-level translation support for the Counsellor, other Embassy staff and visiting delegations as required;

·         Organise and facilitate complex visit programs for visiting government officials, Ministers or Australian education representatives including meetings, institutional visits, workshops and other events;

·         Provide policy and logistical support for the delivery of complex visit programs for Ministers, senior officials and other VIPs;

·         Work closely with the Australian Trade Commission; the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Agriculture colleagues at the Australian Embassy in Mexico as required to ensure coordination across education, alumni and science and research issues;

·         Provide administrative support to the Education Office including but not limited to: writing cables, reports of meetings, records of conversations and reports to National Office, budget management, maintaining a database of key contacts and travel booking and acquittals.


Selection Criteria:


·         Tertiary qualification in public policy, international relations, humanities or law;

·         Experience from working or studying in Australia or another English-speaking country is highly desirable;

·         Proven research and analytical skills to identify key issues across a range of complex policy areas of education and research, including as they relate to Australia’s education policy and export interests;

·         A high-level understanding of education and research developments across the Pacific Alliance region including demonstrated strong capacity in public policy analysis and implementation;

·         Demonstrated highly developed written and oral communication skills in both English and Spanish;

·         High level of independent judgment and decision-making, and well developed planning and organisational skills, including an ability to work with independence to meet multiple objectives and competing deadlines;

·         Demonstrated ability to contribute effectively to meet objectives of a small team, including proven initiative, cooperation, flexibility and reliability;

·         High level of proficiency in office software applications, including Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).


This a senior role and the selected candidate will be required to work Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and overtime as required.


At commencement, monthly salary will be MXN $38,532.50 Mexican pesos per month, plus benefits according to the Locally-Engaged Staff Terms and Conditions of Service of the Embassy, which includes four weeks annual leave and a medical coverage scheme.


Expected commencement date for the position will be November 2019


Application requirements:


If you fulfil the requirements of this position, you are invited to submit a written application of no more than 2 pages and a separate curriculum vitae (CV), both in English, detailing your work experience and demonstrating that you meet the requirements listed above in the selection criteria.  Your application must clearly explain the reasons why you are suitable for the position.  Please include recent written references you have along with the details of up to three business referees who can be contacted by telephone and email.


Applications should be sent to  Applications should only be sent in an electronic format with all attachments included not exceeding 4 MB.


  • Only applications that fully meet the above selection criteria will be considered.
  • Candidates who are selected for interview will be required to undertake further screening in the form of a written or other test and/or secondary interviews.
  • Foreign citizens wishing to apply will need to demonstrate that they have an appropriate Mexican work visa or work permit arrangements, as the Australian Embassy is unable to sponsor applicants for a work visa.


Applications will be received until 5:00 pm on Friday 11 October 2019

(Mexico City time)