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Lisa Rheinberg

What helped me get the job was my previous experience working with the government [and] my knowledge of sustainable development as part of my degree.

Year graduated from SOAS  
2006

Programme studied
MA Medical Anthropology

Job title and name of organisation
Sustainable Development Policy Officer, British High Commission

About me
As Policy Officer, I coordinate the in-country running of the Sustainable Development Dialogue between the UK and South Africa, which is funded by Defra (UK Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.)

My role entails identifying opportunities for exchange around environmental policy development; promoting sustainable development with Government, business and civil society; and developing projects for funding. I found the vacancy as an internal applicant, as I was working at DfID Southern Africa at the time.  There was only one interview with a panel of 3 people from the High Commission.  

What helped me get the job was my previous experience working with the government, my knowledge of sustainable development as part of my degree (I'd studied Anthropology of Development and Anthropology of Food as part of the degree), and a good interview.  

If you are from another country than the UK but still want to be involved in UK issues, it would be worth looking at employment opportunities at your local British High Commission or Embassy.  There are locally engaged political and other positions that often pay quite well.  For example, at my grade (LEI, which is the highest for local staff) there are also the following positions:  Climate Change Policy Officer, Economics Adviser, Political Adviser (Internal) and HR Manager.

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