Australian Consulate-General

SNYG DFAT LE5 Interpreter, Government Relations Manager




Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Australian Consulate-General

Position Number


Position Title

Interpreter, Government Relations and Research Manager





Reports to (title)

Deputy Consul-General (DHOP)


Non-ongoing, Full-time

Gross Annual Salary

RMB 145,865


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) section of the Australian Consulate-General Shenyang is seeking applications for the locally engaged staff position of Interpreter, Government Relations and Research Manager.


About the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The role of 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.

DFAT 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

In consultation with HOP/DHOP/Consul, this position is the Consulate’s Interpreter and Translator; and manages relations with government, business, academic institutions and NGOs to ensure external support enabling the Consulate to prosecute its objectives across the Consulate district (Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang provinces).  The position provides high-level research on political, economic and social developments in Northeast China; as well as drafting a range of other documents in Chinese and English.  Working as part of a small team, the position will be required to provide a range of back-up duties, including administrative duties.


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

  • Contribute to strategic planning and decision making for the Consulate-General including assisting with the development and implementation of strategic research and communications priorities
  • Interpret Chinese-English (and vice-versa) during official meetings and visits; and translate texts
  • Establish, develop and maintain wide-ranging government, academic and business contacts in the consular district (Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang) to achieve the Consulate’s objectives
  • Develop and strengthen strategic relationships, negotiate and liaise across a broad range of stakeholders to provide an effective Australian contribution on government and economic engagement
  • Represent and promote the interests of Australian at a range of forums, events and meetings and provide advice on Australian participation, operational and policy issues
  • Perform high-quality analytical research in the media and other data sources to analyse developments and report findings relevant to Australia’s interests
  • Prepare high quality written reports, briefing papers and correspondence in both Chinese and English language
  • Brief on economic, trade, investment, political and social events, in China, Australia and elsewhere, relating to Northeast China
  • Plan and arrange official calls and provincial visits by the Consul-General, other A-based officers and Australian delegations in the consular district
  • Provide assistance and support for post’s public diplomacy program as required.

Consulate-General Team Member

  • Perform any back-up and other duties, including administrative assistance, as required.



  • High-level understanding of the political, economic and trade environment in China, specifically Northeast China. Understanding of Australia’s environment and interests would be an advantage
  • Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills in English and Chinese, including to assist in liaison, negotiation and consultation; and to draft original and translate existing formal English and Chinese language documents
  • Demonstrated interpreting experience
  • Demonstrated analytical skills in drafting political-economic reports
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and initiative; ability to identify critical issues and to respond quickly
  • High-level ability to solve problems, be flexible and adapt to new tasks and situations, including willingness to assist with whatever complex or low-level task is required by the team
  • Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines and to collaborate as part of a small team
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage a wide range of clients and to develop good working relationships.


  • Driving experience, including holding a valid driver’s license, an advantage


Additional information

The position is initially for a period of 12 months and a probation period will apply.  The successful applicant may be offered a further contract.  The successful applicant is required to complete relevant pre-employment procedures before commencement.

Applications are invited from both Chinese and Australian nationals.  Australian national employees receive a salary loading in lieu of local benefits they are not eligible to receive.


How to Apply

Submit an application via email to [email protected] by 9:00am, Monday 20 February 2023.  Applications received after the closing date and time may not be considered.  The subject line of your email should include the Position Number and Position Title you are applying for.

Your application, written in English, should include:

  • Completed ‘Application for Locally Engaged Staff Employment’.  See Attachment A.
  • Your application pitch (maximum 750 words).  See Attachment B.
  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).

Applications must be in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, with a maximum email size of 3MB.

For inquiries regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources section at [email protected].

Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to each applicant.  We endeavour to respond to applicants of interest within a period of four weeks from the application closing date.  If you are not requested to attend an interview, please consider your application unsuccessful.


Writing an Application Pitch

Your application pitch is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job.  We want to know why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role.

Your pitch is a marketing document, promoting how you are a strong candidate for the opportunity on offer.  This means you should:

  • Research the opportunity: read the position description, key responsibilities, and required qualifications and experience carefully; and research the department and its role.
  • Know what you have to offer that is relevant: identify your relevant skills, knowledge, experience, qualities; map your relationships with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders to identify what experience is relevant; select examples that demonstrate relevant experience using your skills and knowledge, ones that are of a level of complexity to match the position you are pitching for.
  • Make a persuasive case that what you have to offer will enable you to contribute, add value and deliver results.

You do not need to use a different example to demonstrate each of the skills required in the position overview.  For example, if the position description states we are looking for a confident communicator, the ability to problem solve and work as part of a team, you could use one example that demonstrates all of these skills.  You could then use another example that demonstrates the other skills required.

Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your curriculum vitae but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

Try the three-part format as a way to organise your material:

  1. General statement about the criterion
  2. Specific example/s to support the criterion
  3. Link to job on offer

Consider using the STAR method when detailing your examples.  The STAR method enables the selection committee to determine the context of the situation, what the task was and what actions you took to achieve a result.

Situation:  Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to complete.  This should be a description of a specific event or situation, not a generalised description of what you have done in the past and should give enough detail for the panel to understand the context.  This situation can be from a previous job, volunteer experience, university or any relevant event where you can demonstrate your skills against the position overview

Task:            What was your role?  What were you responsible for?

Actions:     Describe the actions you took to address the situation.  Include an appropriate amount of detail and keep the focus on YOU.  What specific steps did you take and what contribution did you make?  Be careful that you don’t describe what the team or group did when talking about a project.  For example, the team may have achieved a good result however what part did you play, what specific things did you do to contribute to the end result?

Results:      Describe the outcome of your actions.  What happened?  How was the issue resolved or how did the event end?  What did you accomplish?  What did you learn and what would you do differently next time?  How did the end result impact on the objective of the organisation or team?