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Justice and Home Affairs Support Officer - British Embassy Washington

Main purpose of job:

The British Government’s Embassy in Washington DC has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and driven person to join the Justice and Home Affairs team as Support Officer. This opportunity is a rewarding role which supports and further develops the special relationship between the UK and the US, supporting work at the forefront of international diplomacy in order to make a real difference globally. 

The US Network offers a unique career enhancing opportunity and is committed to supporting its staff through a variety of benefits including generous leave, insurance packages and a highly competitive 401k programme.  It also promotes a culture of flexibility, which enables people to better maintain wellness through an excellent work/life balance approach that encompasses hybrid working, including working from home and flexible hours, where possible.  

In this role, you will be working in a diverse international environment to support UK diplomats, armed forces personnel and other country-based staff operating across the British Government’s network of Consulates and Government Offices in the United States. This network provides a platform for approximately 30 Government departments and agencies to conduct their work in the United States and is made up of over 900 staff with a rich and diverse background, skill sets, and experiences. 

This is a chance to directly contribute to the way in which both Governments collaborate and negotiate on Justice and Home Affairs Issues. The ideal candidate will be a team player, an effective communicator, strong attention to detail and with the ability deliver at pace.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Provide day to day administrative support to the team: including arranging appointments, information dissemination, and VC/teleconference scheduling, travel bookings.
  • Serve as secretariat for key meetings.
  • Report and track key subject areas in the media and think tanks, including those relating to justice and home affairs, science and technology, illicit finance and anti-corruption. Monitor Congressional appointments, relevant hearings and track key legislation.
  • Process and monitor UK extradition and mutual legal assistance requests.
  • Resolve and be the point of contact for complex visa or passport queries. Own the team’s relationship with decision makers in UKVI, HMPO, and US Embassy London’s Visa team.
  • Support visit programmes for relevant UK officials. Including Ministerial programmes and the scoping, planning and delivery of the annual Science and Technology bilateral meeting with the Department of Homeland Security.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A degree in a related field and/or relevant professional experience.
  • Interest in homeland security/criminal justice work.
  • Ability to deliver reliable results that are of a good quality and meet agreed deadlines, with minimal supervision.
  • Effectively problem-solve and prioritize conflicting workloads accordingly.
  • Work effectively with others.
  • Demonstrate positive communication and interpersonal abilities, including excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to be professional and courteous when dealing directly with key players at a senior level both inside and outside the Embassy.
  • Demonstrate positive logistical skills and adaptability in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to effectively use technology for work, including proficiency in Microsoft applications (ex. Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams, etc.).
  • Ability to carry-out administrative tasks.
  • Ability to conduct research, monitor, and report on key subject areas.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Legal status to live and work in the US in your own right, from time of application. Please note that we are unable to sponsor visas for this position.
  • Holds one of the following passports: UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand.


Please note: Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work. *A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates.


Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Experience in homeland security/criminal justice work preferred.


Required behaviours:

Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together


Other benefits and conditions of employment: 

The British Embassy and its US Network is committed to all employee’s ongoing learning and development needs. We offer a comprehensive platform for personalised learning for everything from soft skill development (communicating with impact, handling difficult conversations, time management) to more technical or professional skills necessary to complete your job (software training, formal qualifications etc.).

The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance.      


Working patterns: 

The British Embassy and its US Network embraces hybrid working, allowing its staff to typically work from home 2-3 times a week. We are an organization that also recognises the critical value of teamwork, and we embrace and endorse collaboration by ensuring that all staff attend the office flexibly yet regularly. 

Additional information:

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of 6-12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, e.g. some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.

Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive; we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone. We are an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions without regard to race, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other criterion protected by law.      


Job Category:

Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)


Job Subcategory:

Home Office


Application deadline:

27 November 2023



Executive Officer (EO)


Type of Position:

Full-time, Permanent


Working hours per week:




Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories



United States


Location (City):



Type of Post:

British Embassy


Number of vacancies:



Annual salary:

USD $63,180


Start Date:

15 January 2023