Embassy of Norway in Washington, D.C.

Senior Congressional Affairs Adviser

The Embassy of Norway in Washington, D.C. has a vacancy for a full-time Senior Congressional Affairs Adviser.

Position summary

The Senior Policy Adviser for Congressional Affairs will develop the Embassy’s network on Capitol Hill, and follow legislative processes of particular interest to Norway in cooperation with Embassy staff. The Senior Congressional Affairs Adviser will work closely with Embassy leadership and the Embassy’s political, economic and communications teams. Areas of particular interest: Defense cooperation, security policy, climate and ocean issues, energy, trade and investments.

Duties

• Develop and deepen the Embassy’s network of Members of Congress and senior congressional staff
• Track legislation, regulations, and documents in Congress of relevance to Norway
• Organize events to be attended by Members of Congress and their staff
• Maintain close cooperation with the Friends of Norway Caucus and other caucuses of particular importance to the Embassy
• Work closely with Embassy diplomats in planning congressional outreach
• Attend select hearings and meetings in Congress
• Carry out administrative duties related to networking
• Complete special projects as required for Embassy leadership, and for the political and economic teams

Education and professional experience

• College degree or equivalent experience or formal training

• Five to eight years of relevant work experience

• Solid network on Capitol Hill (both sides of the aisle); excellent understanding of how Congress works
• Excellent knowledge of U.S. policy-making and law-making processes
• Knowledge of international relations and U.S. domestic and foreign policy
• Ability to prepare clear, timely and thorough analyses of complex policy issues and directives
• Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision, based on general directives and guidance
• Knowledge of Norwegian foreign policy positions and priorities is desirable
• Experience in senior position in the U.S. Congress (senior personal staff or professional staff member) is desirable.

Personal qualities

We are looking for a person with excellent cooperation and teamwork skills, a person with experience in high-level networking who is flexible and service-minded, displays personal integrity, and is able to work independently and translate knowledge and information into policy recommendations.
The Norwegian Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Terms

Staff at foreign missions are divided into diplomatic and local positions. The current position is local, and the contract will be regulated by U.S. law. This is a full-time position.

Starting date: As soon as possible

To Apply: 

There is no application form. Please send your application in the form of a letter explaining your motivation, qualifications, background, and experience, with your resume attached, to applications.emb.washington@mfa.no

Deadline for applications: 15 January, 2020.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Marius Dirdal, by phone (202) 469-3902 (9am-5pm from 2 January).

About the Embassy
Norway is a long-standing ally and partner of the United States, a founding member of NATO and a leader in a broad range of foreign policy areas. Norway’s relations with the United States are deep and broad, spanning defense, security policy, culture, energy, trade and investments. The mission of the Embassy of Norway to the United States is to further enhance relations with the U.S. Government and Congress, focusing on core Norwegian foreign policy priorities and issues of mutual interest.
The Embassy in Washington, D.C. has a staff of more than 50, including approximately 30 diplomats and 20 local staff. The diplomats include Foreign Service personnel, envoys from other Norwegian government agencies, and military personnel at the office of the Defense Attaché.