71-Senior government officials
Senior government officials
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
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.
8 years and above
National Consultative Council, Department of Municipality, Crown Prince Court, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTC)
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