Nederlandse Ambassade






Job title: Senior Cultural Affairs Officer

Mission: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing, PRC

Job level: 08

Number of working hours per week: 38




The Senior Cultural Affairs Officer works within the priorities of the Netherlands’ international cultural policy for China. The Officer has a large external network in priority cultural fields, both in government and non-government circles. The Officer is knowledgeable about trends, important developments and major cultural events and can advise the Management Team of the Embassy and partners in the Netherlands, Ministries as well sectoral institutions. The Officer works closely with a number of partners.




Description of duties

Management of information

  • Gather information on trends, cultural events, cultural policies;
  • Interpret and analyse information on its importance for Dutch cultural institutions and policymakers;
  • Write reports and factsheets about this information;
  • Identify, analyse and monitor possibilities for Dutch cultural events in China, and for strategic partnerships between Chinese and Dutch cultural institutions;
  • Establish and maintain independently a professional network with government authorities, cultural organisations and cultural media;
  • Maintain and monitor a culture database.

Support for matchmaking between Chinese and Dutch cultural organisations

  • Interpret Dutch and Chinese policies towards international cultural exchange;
  • Independently support Dutch cultural organisations by: providing relevant information (see above); (assisting in) organising events; introducing Dutch cultural organisations to local partners and local authorities (matchmaking).


  • Bridge the cultural (and language) differences between the Embassy and the Chinese cultural field by putting cultural differences into perspective; supporting Dutch interests in bilateral negotiations;
  • Prepare visits and missions of Dutch delegations and accompany these delegations if required;
  • Act as a service contact point tor Dutch and Chinese cultural organisations;
  • Represent the Embassy at professional occasions;
  • Promote and carry out public relations activities concerning cultural affairs in order to enhance the image of the Netherlands in China.

Description of result areas

  • Up-to-date information on upcoming cultural events and cultural policies, to be shared via written reports and factsheets;
  • Professional advice and matchmaking towards the Chinese and Dutch cultural institutions (tailor-made, in time and correct);
  • Database with up-to-date information on the adequate professional network with government authorities, cultural organisations and cultural media;
  • Incoming delegations are proactively and independently supported;
  • Network meetings are well attended as representative of the Embassy;
  • Presentations are held professionally, tuned in to the needs of the attendants.



C.2       CONTACTS

  • With (staff of) Dutch and Chinese companies and institutions, both in the Netherlands and in China, to analyze information needs and provide information on policy matters;
  • With Dutch and Chinese experts to request additional information on policy matters and make proposals concerning public information;
  • With staff of the Cultural network in China;
  • With colleagues of the Embassy.




Level of education: University level education

Level of experience: 3-5 years relevant experience required


  • General knowledge of Dutch public policies (Foreign affairs and Culture);
  • Familiar with and knowledgeable of Dutch and Chinese culture and customs;
  • Knowledge of China’s cultural structure, cultural policies, legislation as well as cultural developments (national and international);
  • Fluency in Mandarin and Dutch are an advantage, and fluency in English is a requirement.


  • 3-5 years professional experience in the cultural field (performing arts, literature, film, visual arts).


  • Skills in analysing questions and information requests of external parties and answering them orally and in writing;
  • Good communicative skills and effective networker;
  • Pro-active, creative and likes to take initiative, a team player, ability to work independently on projects; positive constructive attitude.

Other requirements

  • Adequate network in cultural fields, working in such a way that the network can be easily shared with colleagues;
  • Affinity with the business side of the creative industries;
  • Sense of humour.




The Kingdom of the Netherlands has an extensive diplomatic, consular and business support network in the People’s Republic of China. In addition to the Embassy in Beijing, there are Consulates-General in Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and Netherlands Business Support Offices in Chengdu, Dalian, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao and Wuhan. The Chancellery of the Embassy is located along the Liangmahe River in Chaoyang District Beijing.

The Embassy has around 90 staff members, the Department for Press and Cultural Affairs (PCZ) comprises 7 persons. PCZ is responsible for all activities related to culture, the coordination of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy policies and education. These areas of work are closely related to all other sections in the Embassy. The colleagues in PCZ collaborate in many projects with other sections and departments.

The work environment is dynamic with many contacts and with high level delegations visiting China, interaction with various Chinese governmental departments as well as with the broad cultural field in Beijing and other parts of China. The two cultural officers of the Embassy have their specific focus on different cultural fields.

Dutch international cultural policy considers China a high priority country. The Embassy is involved in developing and implementing policies towards this end. The Embassy is plays a key role in the coordination of the Dutch network in China, for matters of international cultural policy as well as the larger cultural strategy.




For this job we are looking for a colleague who has experience in relevant Chinese cultural fields, both with the artistic and business aspects of it, and an above average interest in the arts and heritage outside his/her own area of expertise. Besides theoretical specialist knowledge, the ideal candidate possesses a broad practical background knowledge.

The work is carried out in accordance with broadly formulated assignments. To a large extent, the officer makes his/her own choices and decisions about approach and way of working, together with the head of PCZ.

The employee must be willing to work regularly outside business hours: during evenings and in the weekend.



  • The candidate must have the Dutch nationality.
  • The selected candidate will be:
    • Locally employed by the State of the Netherlands, represented herein by the Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the People’s Republic of China;
    • Offered a fixed term contract for 38 hours a week for the duration of one year, with the possibility of an extension.
  • The position is ranked in job level 8. Like all salary scales in force at the Embassy and the other Missions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China, this salary scale comprises 16 pay numbers, starting with pay number 0 and ending with pay number 15. At present, the salary in job level 8 pay number 0 is CNY 23,049.00 gross per month, while that for pay number 15 is CNY 34,574.00 gross per month.
  • The selected candidate will be offered a salary with a pay number corresponding to the years of relevant experience. Once employed, the staff member will move up one pay number every twelve months in case of excellent job performance.
  • Foreign Diplomatic and Consular Missions are not considered local employers by the Chinese authorities. Therefore, neither Chinese individual income tax nor Chinese social security and pension premiums can be paid by the Embassy and non-Chinese staff members.
  • Dutch nationals employed by the Embassy are considered ‘buitenlands belastingplichtig’ by the Dutch tax authorities. Therefore, on the gross salary of Dutch nationals, an amount will be withheld as if the employee would be tax liable in China.
  • The employee and employer contributions of social security and pension premiums are paid to the employee as if these could be paid in China. With this monthly payment of CNY 10,900.00 net, the employee is assumed to arrange him- or herself medical care coverage, social security, housing and pension provisions.
  • The Embassy has a 38-hour working week, from Monday through Friday. Overtime is compensated in accordance with the Chinese laws and regulations.
  • The Embassy pays a thirteenth month salary.




For more information on the position, Cultural Counsellor Mr. Bart Hofstede can be contacted through

For more information on the employment conditions, Senior HR-Officer Mr. Eugène Brat can be contacted through




If interested, please send your resume and motivation letter in English or Dutch to, before November 19, 2018. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.




The selection procedure consists of interviews and possibly also a written test.

In case of equal suitability, priority is given to internal candidates.


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