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Vacancy: strategic sector officer on food & Agriculture, trade policy and economic affairs

Position: Sector Officer
Type of employment: Full time position
Starting date: 1st September 2024
Location: Royal Danish Embassy,33-B, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi -110021
Deadline for application: 19th June 2024
Reporting to: First Secretary Trade Policy & Counsellor for Food & Agriculture


The Embassy is recruiting a Sector Officer to support the Embassy’s work within the area of food & agriculture, trade policy and economic affairs. We are looking for a candidate who is detail-oriented, strategic, analytical flexible and a team player.

As a
Sector Officer, you will be working in close cooperation with two posted staff. Your primary responsibility will be to support the strategic work within food & agriculture, trade policy and economic affairs under the leadership of the posted staff.

The Sector Officer is an integral part of the commercial and economic department at the Embassy which consists of three posted staff, seven local staff and two Danish Interns. The unit’s key mandate is to support Danish companies that are doing business in India. The Sector Officer will mainly work within the areas of in trade policy and economic affairs in India and handles the implementation of the Strategic Sector Cooperation on Food & Agriculture under the auspices of the posted staff


Main tasks and responsibilities as Commercial Sector Officer:

  • Be an integral part of the commercial and economic department within the areas of food & agriculture, trade policy and economic affairs.
  • Develop a network with relevant stakeholders at your level in order to facilitate the activities of the posted staff.
  • Assist in setting up and attending meetings with local officials and experts with the counsellors. Assist in planning, facilitating, and executing delegation visits by politicians, officials, business delegations and experts from Denmark to India.
  • Create and organize events, conferences, and roundtables in close cooperation with embassy colleagues.
  • Analyse and write up reports and market analysis on policy issues in relation to food & agriculture, trade policy and economic affairs.
  • Follow up on specific projects and stakeholders.
  • Support the counsellors by obtaining and keeping an overview of relevant stakeholders and developments within the areas of food & agriculture, trade policy and economic affairs.
  • Support record keeping and administrative procedures.
  • Produce content for social media and public diplomacy.


Required qualifications

  • An academic Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in politics, international relations, economics, or food, agriculture or veterinary studies.
  • Good analytical skills and interest in food & agriculture trade policy and economic affairs.
  • Proactive, willingness and ability to take on practical/logistical tasks with attention to detail.
  • Flexible team player with inter-cultural understanding: strong interest in and willingness to share knowledge with – and learn from – colleagues
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to create networks and represent the embassy in a professional matter when engaging with external partners
  • Able to maintain an overview and deliver in stressful situations.
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently in a proactive and organised manner.
  • Excellent computer literacy and MS Office skills.
  • Fluency in English.


Desired qualifications

  • At least three years of experience of working in areas of food & agriculture and/or trade policy or economic affairs, e.g. in a government body, think tank, research organization, consultancy or private company, or implementing agency.
  • Experience working with numbers and statistics.
  • Fluency in one or more Indian languages is an advantage.


We offer

  • An exciting, inter-cultural, highly professional, and dynamic work environment with a wide range of diverse tasks.
  • Great opportunities for further development of your professional and personal competences.
  • A large degree of self-dependence.
  • Focus on on-the-job learning and competency development.


Employment conditions

  • You will be offered full time employment on a local contract based on the relevant legally binding labour market rules of India.
  • 13th month salary.
  • Your salary will reflect your qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results in accordance with the Salary Policy of the Embassy.
  • You will be entitled to 25 days of paid holiday per year.
  • As part of your salary you will be enrolled in the EPF-scheme.
  • Standard working hours are 37 hours per week.
  • Medical coverage (80:20, where 80% of the medical expenditure is reimbursed by the Embassy).
  • Willingness to travel for work is required.


Application and recruitment process

The Embassy is obliged to follow EU-rules of handling personal information (GDPR) when we receive and process job applications. Our processing of personal information will rely on your consent (art. 6, no. 1 litra a). Please read the privacy policy of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs before applying ( By sending your application, you actively consent to our processing of your personal information. In the above-mentioned policy you can read more about your rights (among others your right to withdraw your consent), how we process your data and how to complain about our processing of your personal data.

The Embassy attaches great importance to equal opportunities for all and therefore welcomes applications from all qualified persons regardless of race, sex, religion, age or disability.

To apply for the position, please send your application in one PDF-file (cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references) in English to HR and Administrative officer Nibedita Sengupta
at [email protected] marked “Application for SC Officer” no later than 19th June 2024.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews – expected to take place in June/July 2024.

The chosen candidate must present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance prior to appointment.



For any questions regarding the position, please contact Counsellor for Food & Agriculture Dr. Helle Palmø by sending your contact info by e-mail to [email protected] 


About us

The Danish Embassy is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy covers India and side-accredited countries of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan. The Embassy is an ambitious, high-paced and dynamic workplace with approximately 65 employees, 18 of whom are posted from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Embassy has a flat management structure.

For more information about the Embassy, see