Senior Economic Advisor/Economic liaison Congress, Washington, D.C.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington DC has a fulltime (40 hours per week) vacancy for Senior Policy Advisor at the Economic Department. The job is being offered at pay scale 10 for a fixed term of two years (with possibility to extend) and with a probationary period of two months.

The Netherlands is a trading nation that blossomed from a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and that is rooted in strong beliefs of security, freedom and justice. For more than 400 years, the Netherlands and the United States have shared a deep bond founded on shared values and history. Trade between the Netherlands and the US has grown immensely since we established trade relations. Major Dutch companies, like Aegon TransAmerica, Ahold-Delhaize, DSM, Philips and Heineken, call the US home. According to our latest calculations, these close economic ties support 750,000 Americans jobs.

The main task of the Netherlands Embassy’s economic network is to further the economic ties between the Netherlands and the US. The United States is an important trading and investment partner for the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a fixture in the top five of foreign investors in the US, and the Netherlands is the number one destination of American investments abroad. The economic department of the Netherlands Embassy plays a pivotal role in the economic network in the US. We work closely together with colleagues at the five consulates in New York, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco, the business support office in Houston, our 25 honorary consuls, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, Holland Innovation Network, and attachés from most Dutch ministries.

The economic department consists of a small group of hard-working professionals. We work in areas like trade promotion, trade policy, economic policy and others. Moreover, we run a program called “Holland on the Hill” in partnership with the Dutch caucus, a dozen big Dutch corporates, and the Netherlands America Foundation. Under the Holland on the Hill umbrella, we organize many events throughout the year to discuss economics, financial and tax issues, agriculture, healthcare, innovation, climate policy, water management, and highlight the benefits of US-NL economic cooperation.

The economic department is recruiting a candidate with a solid network on Capitol Hill (both sides of the aisle) and a strong economic background to help us promote and protect Netherlands’ economic interests on Capitol Hill and in the US. Therefore, a good understanding of how Capitol Hill works is essential to be successful in this job. We are looking for a candidate with 5-8 years of experience.

The Netherlands Government celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to foster an inclusive environment within its organization. Individuals interested in advancing these diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.

In summary, we are looking for a colleague:

  • with a solid network on Capitol Hill (both sides of the aisle); good understanding of how Capitol Hill works; -
  • understand policy development, the federal budgeting/appropriations/legislative process;
  • the ability to coordinate with senior management to develop strategies that address critical policy issues;
  • collaborate with other embassy departments on projects related to government initiatives/public diplomacy;
  • monitor and track legislation for assigned issue areas and provide updates to the Ambassador and diplomats;
  • report on policy developments (in writing and/or verbally) - including transcription of hearings, briefings, or educational programming.
  • with a strong economic background;
  • who is a team player who is flexible; has a natural ability to weigh various interests; can communicate effectively and is open to working in a mixed (Dutch-US) team.
  • who is willing to learn Dutch.
  • 5-8 years with policy responsibility (preferably interacting with relevant committees such as Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, Finance, Appropriations, Small Business, etc.)

Knowledge of state and local governments helpful.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary.
  • Available for domestic and/or international travel (on occasion). 

For more information please about this vacancy please contact:

Bart van Bolhuis, minister (economics) and head of the economic department:
bart-van.bolhuis@minbuza.nl: 202.876.4632 

or

Ruth Schipper, deputy head of the economic department:
ruth.schipper@minbuza.nl 202.894.1544 

Application letters together with resume should be submitted to:
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
WAS-EA@minbuza.nl  

Closing date for applications:  25 August 2022

Starting date: as soon as possible
Indicative monthly gross salary:  $9,581 (pay scale 10, step 0)

*This vacancy is open to internal (local employees and partners of officials posted to a Mission in the US)  and external candidates. If a local employee and a partner of an official posted to a Mission are equally qualified, the local employee shall be given priority. Furthermore, if a local employee and an external candidate are equally qualified , the local employee shall be given priority.

** As per US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers in the US are required to ensure that all employees have the legal right to work in the US. Under US State Department requirements, the embassy and our consulates may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or “A” visa holders. There is a max term for A2 visa holders of 5 years, the Netherlands Embassy / Consulate General cannot sponsor any work permits for family members

General features of the job

  • The sr. advisor works in accordance with general instructions laid down by his/her superior (with very little supervision). The officer’s approach and choice of methods and procedures are no longer checked, and his/her performance is not assessed until afterwards (based on such criteria as practical applicability).
  • The work of the of the sr. advisor will include one or more major, differing topics or files, will cover a wide field, will have wide implications, will involve complex specialised issues and will clearly interact with one or more adjoining policy areas.

Possible duties

  • Developing and deepening a relevant network on Capitol Hill (both sides of the aisle) to facilitate our economic diplomacy efforts
  • Advising on (macro-) economic and sectoral developments in the US and its implications for the Dutch economy and the business community.
  • Research and analyse economic developments and produce timely economic reporting and briefings. 
  • Maintain and expand the Embassy’s network of contacts across the US government, business and academia to support the delivery of the Economic and Trade Policy Team’s objectives.
  • Contribute to programmes for businesses and incoming visitors, including planning, identifying programme elements, providing briefing, attending calls / events and producing post-visit reporting.
  • Representing the Embassy at events.

Working environment

The main task of the Netherlands Embassy’s economic network is to further the economic ties between the Netherlands and the US. The United States is an important trading and investment partner for the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a fixture in the top five of foreign investors in the US, and the Netherlands is the number one destination of American investments abroad. The economic department of the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. plays a pivotal role in the economic network in the US. We work closely together with colleagues at the five consulates in New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta, the business support office in Houston, our 25 honorary consuls, the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency, Holland Innovation Network, and attachés from most Dutch ministries.

The economic department consists of a small group of hard-working professionals. We work in areas like trade promotion, trade policy, economic policy and others. Moreover, we run a program called “Holland on the Hill” in partnership with the Dutch caucus, a dozen big Dutch corporates, and the Netherlands America Foundation. Under the Holland on the Hill umbrella, we organize many events throughout the year to discuss economics, financial and tax issues, agriculture, healthcare, innovation, climate policy, water management, and highlight the benefits of US-NL economic cooperation.

Job requirements

  • A solid network on Capitol Hill (both sides of the aisle); good understanding of how Capitol Hill works; understand policy development, the federal budgeting/appropriations/legislative process;
  • the ability to coordinate with senior management to develop strategies that address critical policy issues;
  • collaborate with other embassy departments on projects related to government initiatives/public diplomacy;
  • monitor and track legislation for assigned issue areas and provide updates to the Ambassador and diplomats;
  • report on policy developments (in writing and/or verbally) - including transcription of hearings, briefings, or educational programming.
  • A strong economic background;
  • A team player who is flexible; has a natural ability to weigh various interests; can communicate effectively and is open to working in a mixed (Dutch-US) team.
  • Fluent in English and willing to learn Dutch.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills necessary.
  • Available for domestic and/or international travel (on occasion). 

Knowledge and skills

Level of education: university level: MSc or PhD
Level of experience: at least 7 years’ relevant experience required

  • Understanding of social and specialised developments in relation to the area or areas in which the diplomatic network operates.
  • Knowledge of general training methods and techniques and methods and techniques for drawing up project plans and performing evaluations, and skill in using them.
  • Understanding of relevant ministerial frameworks and legislation in the policy area concerned.
  • Skill in translating insights and information into advice, plans and reports and in assessing their policy and financial implications.

Competencies

  • Ability to work with others: working actively with others to achieve joint objectives, even when these do not serve a direct personal interest. Improving communication to this end.
  • Goal-centredness: being actively focused on obtaining results and achieving objectives.
  • Integrity: maintaining high legal, social and ethical standards at work, even under considerable temptation or pressure to sidestep the rules; showing integrity in word and deed; acting in accordance with the ministry’s policy and interests.
  • Organisational sensitivity: recognising the effect of one’s decisions or activities on other departments in the ministry or elsewhere; being aware of the interests of departments and missions, and political responsibilities at the ministry.
  • Initiative: identifying opportunities and taking action; taking the initiative rather than waiting passively; acting decisively in a variety of situations.
  • Ability to plan and organise: systematically determining targets and priorities; allocating sufficient time, resources and manpower to operations in order to achieve set targets.
  • Ability to network: making and maintaining contacts inside and outside the ministry in order to set up a network that helps to achieve the aims of the department or mission in question.
  • Decisiveness: taking action or committing oneself to a position or judgment.