What does a Foreign Affairs Officer do?

Foreign affairs officers serve as diplomatic representatives for their country of origin or support senior staff, including ambassadors at overseas missions. They assist at official functions, prepare guest lists, and act as host or hostess at receptions. Foreign affairs officers attend official functions as a representative of their country and communicate messages from their country to the host country. They may communicate and explain their country’s policies and goals to the host country and prepare documents for submission to the host country.

Foreign affairs officers report their country’s responses and attend international conferences to discuss political, economic, and technical affairs. They must inform their government on the political, economic, and military developments in the host country. They are responsible for improving relations between their own and other countries and positively influencing host countries’ opinions of their home country institutions, technology, and training. Foreign affairs officers need a bachelor's degree in communication, economics, politics, or irrelated field.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Foreign Affairs Officer make?

$96,698 /yr
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Ministry of Health and Long Term CareMinistry of Health and Long Term Care
Humanitarian Affairs Officer
Oct 26, 2021

“Good work place but unstable.”

Civil Service United KingdomCivil Service United Kingdom
External Affairs Officer
Oct 7, 2020

“You benefit from training and interesting talks.”

Philip Morris InternationalPhilip Morris International
Corporate Affairs Officer
Jul 11, 2021

“Career progress is quite slow”

U.S. Department of StateU.S. Department of State
Foreign Affairs Officer
Mar 3, 2021

“political winds determine your job”

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the PacificUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Economic Affairs Officer
Mar 11, 2022

“Good work life balance”

United NationsUnited Nations
Political Affairs Officer
Aug 18, 2020

“Great career oportunity”

U.S. Department of StateU.S. Department of State
Foreign Affairs Officer
Jan 5, 2021

“Political fights sometimes impact ability to do the job.”

Allied Food and Confectionary ServicesAllied Food and Confectionary Services
Corporate Affairs Officer
Apr 15, 2022

“No room for career growth.”

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