71-Senior government officials

Job Title: 

Senior government officials

Job Description: 

Provide high-level analysis and expert advice on major government initiatives and policy and may work as a delegate for and representative of their home country.


Senior government officials advise governments on policy matters, oversee the interpretation and implementation of government policies and legislation by government departments and agencies, represent their country abroad and act on its behalf, or carry out similar tasks in intergovernmental organizations. They plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the overall activities of municipal or local, regional and national government departments, boards, agencies or commissions in accordance with legislation and policies established by government and legislative bodies.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • advising national, state, regional or local governments and legislators on policy matters
  • advising on the preparation of government budgets, laws and regulations, including amendments
  • establishing objectives for government departments or agencies in accordance with government legislation and policy
  • formulating or approving and evaluating programs and procedures for the implementation of government policies in conjunction or consultation with government:
  • recommending, reviewing, evaluating and approving documents, briefs and reports submitted by middle managers and senior staff members
  • ensuring appropriate systems and procedures are developed and implemented to provide budgetary control
  • coordinating activities with other senior government managers and officials
  • making presentations to legislative and other government committees regarding policies programs or budgets
  • overseeing the interpretation and implementation of government policies and legislation by government departments and agencies

Knowledge of policy analysis

  • Knowledge of public policy making
  • Knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques for conducting policy analysis
  • Knowledge of macroeconomic management, finance, statistics and fiscal policy
  • Knowledge of the role of budget institutions in shaping fiscal performance
  • Knowledge of public expenditure review and public financial management
  • Knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems
  • Knowledge of policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations
  • Knowledge of processes and procedures legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use
  • Knowledge of in current political, economic, and social trends including relevant government policy decisions
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to produce recommendations and to evaluate programs and policies, and generate relevant options
  • Manage high level relationships and coordinate related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Substantial skills and experience in high level policy analysis, formulation and research, plus strategic planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Communicate with influence, and a proven record of developing and maintaining effective partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex problems
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively manage risks associated with change
  • High level oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to initiate, implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Highly developed organizational skills, including the ability to manage priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • Work Context: 

    Typically, work long and irregular hours, which may include evenings and weekends to complete assigned tasks and priorities. Often work in offices, but may spend time at different worksites within respective establishment or organization liaising with local supervisors and/ or subordinates. Their work can be quiet stressful at times caused by the need to develop and negotiate annual performance plans and budgets for the department or section, and then implement, manage and ensure ongoing approved financial, technology, legal and human resource budgets, plans and deadlines are met. May undertake negotiations, to effect business closure and to achieve results, contributing increased stress levels. May travel often to meet with existing or prospective clients, stakeholders and/or officials, and attend, in some cases present at, conferences or seminars.


    Bachelor degree in public policy or related field of work/discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    8 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    National Consultative Council, Department of Municipality, Crown Prince Court, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC)

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles: Ambassador - City administrator - Civil service commissioner - Consul-general - Director-general (government department) - Director-general (intergovernmental organization) - Fire commissioner - Inspector-general (police) - Permanent head (government department) - Police commissioner - Secretary-general, government administration - Under-secretary (government)
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Senior strategic policy advisor - Senior policy advisor

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    Government, public administration and education services
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi