Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Research Officer

                                                                                                              Office Circular No 07/17

                                                                                                              Vacancy: Research Officer

The Australian High Commission, New Delhi, is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Research Officer at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

Applicants are advised to read the Position Description prior to addressing the selection criteria. Applicants must address each of the selection criteria. Applications that do not specifically address the selection criteria may not be considered. Further information on selection criteria is available on our website

Subject to the successful completion of six months probationary period, satisfactory medical check and background verification, the successful applicant will be offered a two-year contract of employment, inclusive of the probation period. The contract may be extended subject to agreement between the employer and employee.

The commencing salary will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The package will include annual leave, limited medical reimbursements, Diwali bonus, provident fund provisions and gratuity provisions when service length is sufficient. The position encompasses a starting salary of 105, 013 per month.

The Australian High Commission is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.  This is a core element of the Australian High Commissions (AHC), New Delhi’s personnel policies and programs. Clear objectives, mutual respect, good communication and team work are the characteristics of workplace diversity in action.


Applicants must submit by Friday, 21 April 2017 the following documents in Microsoft Word format with subject header ‘Research Officer’ to

  1. A font size 12 typed statement addressing each of the selection criteria (no longer than 3 pages).
  2. A curriculum vitae detailing your contact details, work experience, academic qualifications and the names and contact details of two professional referees.

    Applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered.  No late applications will be accepted and only short listed candidates will be contacted.


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About the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is to advance the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. This involves strengthening Australia’s security, enhancing Australia’s prosperity, delivering an effective and high quality overseas aid program and helping Australian travellers and Australians overseas.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Australian Government. DFAT also works with other Australian government agencies to drive coordination of Australia’s pursuit of global, regional and bilateral interests.

About the Position

The Australian Border Force (ABF) is the operational arm of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.  The ABF’s mission is to protect Australia's border and manage the movement of people and goods across it.  Strong and effective cooperation with international partners, both Government and non-Government, is essential to achieving our mission, as is ‘working ahead of the border’.

The occupant will provide timely support and briefing on a range of border management, border security and law enforcement issues.  These include, but are not limited to: narcotics, civil maritime security, customs cooperation, people smuggling, human trafficking and transnational border related crime.

Provision of administration support, maintenance of official records and financial management is also required.

Developing and maintaining effective relationships with our partners is critical to ABF’s success.  The occupant must have highly developed relationship management skills and the ability to plan and coordinate capacity building activity and workshops.

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

  • Provide administrative support to the ABF Counsellor, including monitoring and maintaining accurate business records and documentation of expenditure.
  • To conduct research and analysis and prepare timely and, where appropriate, actionable reports on a range of Regional border related issues, including transnational border crime, civil maritime security, people smuggling, human trafficking and narcotics.
  • To develop and manage relationships with other agencies, missions, South Asian  government organisations, UN agencies and non-Government organisations in support of ABF interests and border security. Perform representational activities as directed by the ABF Counsellor ABF.
  • Monitor, analyse and contribute to reporting on India’s diplomatic, economic, trade and security relationships within South Asia, as well as with major powers.
  • Make appointments and various other administrative tasks.
  • Plan and coordinate high level visits, capacity building workshops and other engagement activity.
  • Other duties as assigned by the ABF Counsellor.


  • Australian citizenship and the ability to be granted and hold an Australian security clearance is desirable.
  • Extensive experience in carrying out research and analysis on a wide range of transnational crime/ border related activities.  Experience in managing relationships with customs, law enforcement, civil maritime security and NGOs   is desirable.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to speak Hindi is desirable.
  • Effective networking and relationship management skills.
  • A well-developed understanding of Indian bureaucratic structures and processes.
  • High level organisational skills.
  • Ability to use relevant office technology, including the Internet and computer software (particularly Word).
  • Ability to work flexibly, and take on multiple tasks in a team environment.
  • Interest in and knowledge of Australia, including Australian foreign and border security approaches and objectives.


Please provide a response of no more than 400 words against each selection criterion

  1. Understanding of Australian border management and security, civil maritime security, and strategic policies, engagements and relationships.
  2. Experience in, or knowledge of, India’s border management and border security (including civil maritime security) policies, capabilities, trends and activities.
  3. Strong communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and representational skills, including building networks and working individually or as part of a team.
  4. Strong research and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to use these in a policy context.
  5. Experience in planning and administration, including facilitation of meetings, visits and events
  6. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and meet deadlines.