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SSC Programme Officer

The Danish Embassy is looking for two new staff members at New Delhi

Position: Strategic Sector Cooperation Programme Officer

Type of employment: Full time - Time limited position until 31 Dec 2020 with possibility

for extension

Starting date: As soon as possible

Location: Royal Danish Embassy, 33 B, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri,

New Delhi -110021

Deadline for application: 28th February 2020

Reporting to: Sector Counsellors


The Embassy is seeking to recruit two programme officers to support the ongoing Strategic Sector Cooperation projects. We are looking for candidates who are flexible, detail-oriented, diligent and team players.


You will be working in close cooperation with four posted Sector Counsellors, and your primary responsibility will be to support Strategic Sector Cooperation projects within energy, smart cities, water and environment and intellectual property rights under the leadership of the Counsellors.     


You will be part of the embassy’s Political and Economic Department. The team consists of the Political and Economic Counsellor, four Sector Counsellors focusing on Smart Cities, intellectual property rights, environment and renewable energy respectively, local political advisors and associates as well as three interns.


Strategic Sector Cooperation project are long-term strategic partnerships between public authorities in Denmark and their counterparts in India. A SSC project is unique in the sense that it facilitates direct government-to-government cooperation in important strategic sectors.

Main tasks and responsibilities as Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Programme Officers:

  • Is an integral part of the Political and Economic Team, specifically the SSC project-teams for energy, environment and smart cities and intellectual property rights
  • Assist in planning and executing delegation visits by politicians, officials and experts from Denmark to India
  • Analyse and write up notes and reports on policy issues in relation to the strategic sector cooperation projects
  • Assist in setting up and attending meetings with local officials and experts with the sector counsellors.
  • Support the Sector Counsellors by obtaining and keeping an overview of relevant stakeholders and developments within the sectors.
  • Support record keeping and administrative procedures
  • Produce content for social media and public diplomacy


Required qualifications


  • Master’s degree in politics, international relations, economics, engineering or the natural sciences
  • Good analytical skills and interest in green policy areas (environment, water, energy, climate and intellectual property rights)
  • Willingness and ability to take on practical/logistical tasks with attention to detail.
  • Flexible and a team player: strong interest in and willingness to share knowledge with – and learn from – colleagues
  • Strong interpersonal skills, able to work in stressful situations
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Flexible and irregular working hours with overtime may occur    
  • Computer literacy and MS Office skills
  • Complete fluency in English


Desired qualifications

  • Fluency in Hindi is not a requirement but will be considered an advantage
  • Experience from working in an international organisation, preferably an embassy / mission
  • Previous experience in related field.
  • Existing network in policy circles in Delhi


We offer


  • An exciting, inter-cultural 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 competence 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. The contract is time limited until 31 Dec 2020, with possibility of extension.
  • 13 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

To apply for the position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references) in English to Trine Bargsteen at marked “SSC Programme Officer” no later than 28th February 2020. 

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.


You can apply in two ways: 

  • Applicants with Danish NemID: The application must be send to the Embassy through eBoks. Applications through e-Boks/ must be send to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Udenrigsministeriet) with the recipient marked as “New Delhi” and the subject “Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Programme officers – your name”


  • Applicants living outside of Denmark who do not have NemID: The application should be send either via e-mail to (marked “Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Programme officers– your name”) or letter post. If you apply via letter post, kindly send your application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (address below) and send a notification about your letter post application to


Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Asiatisk Plads 2 

DK-1448 København K



“The Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi – Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) Programme officers”


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.


Only successful candidates will be contacted. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews – expected to take place in beginning of March.


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



For any questions regarding the position, please contact Trine Bargsteen or Stephan Skare Enevoldsen at


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 50 employees, 11 of whom are posted from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Embassy has a flat management structure.