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Diplomat

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€24k > 50
Diplomatic Service Officer
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(thousands per year)*
€24 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A Diplomat represents their country’s government overseas, and counsel on international issues.


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  • Representing the Government on international issues affecting the country
  • Promoting policy and businesses to overseas governments, individuals, organisations and the media
  • Negotiating international agreements e.g. drug control or endangered species
  • Developing an understanding of local business practices and helping companies understand legislation surrounding the export of their goods and services
  • Gathering information about the political and economic state of the host country
  • Report writing and advising government ministers on relevant developments
  • Detail project planning, anticipating problems
  • Co-ordinating workload to ensure accurate project delivery
  • Working to frequent tight deadlines
  • Organising high-level Irish Government visits and hosting social functions
  • Assisting Irish citizens in difficulties abroad


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  • Adaptability and resourcefulness
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to persuade and influence and to cultivate institutional and personal relationships at many levels.
  • Willingness and ability to work in foreign languages
  • Communication skills (both orally and in writing)
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Interest in public affairs and in international relations
  • Awareness of political, economic, social and cultural life


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Third Secretary is the entry grade to a diplomatic career. Diplomat is basically a training grade from which (subject to suitability for the role), a Third Secretary can be promoted to First Secretary.

Further competitive processes open the path for promotion to Counsellor and higher roles, such as Ambassador.

The role of Diplomat is open to graduates of all disciplines, in particular those who have qualified as a solicitor/barrister. A first or second class honours degree is essential. Relevant degree subjects include: Economics, History, Law, Politics, Public administration and Modern languages.

Last Updated: July, 2014


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