This Tuesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) opened competitions for 102 vacancies at Portuguese embassies, missions and consular posts, including seven vacancies for London and Manchester consulates under the ‘Brexit’ emergency plan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, in a statement, the opening of a new recruitment process for the Foreign Terminal Services employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering a total of 102 vacancies, 86% of which are for consular positions or consular departments.
Of the total number of vacancies in competition, 95 result from the regular annual recruitment process and seven from the strengthening of the Consulates General of Portugal in London and Manchester, within the scope of the third phase of the Consular Contingency Scheme for ‘Brexit’.
Staff shortages at UK consulates have been criticized by the communities and the PSD, which in August, in a letter to the Secretary of State and Foreign Affairs, denounced a “chaos” in schedules and questioned the government about fulfilling a promise to boost these services with more staff and technology resources. the information.
The operation now announced, as the ministry explains, aims to strengthen the external network of multinational enterprises, made up of embassies, consular posts, missions and representations, and expects to recruit staff for 76 positions, located in 50 countries on five continents.
The countries with the highest number of vacancies are France (11 vacancies), USA (7), UK (7), Brazil (4), Germany (3), Angola (3), Canada (3), Mozambique (3), Switzerland (3) and Venezuela (3), explains MNE, adding that they are “countries with a large presence of Portuguese communities.”
According to the Ministry of National Economy, this strengthening of the offshore network “continues to invest in the recruitment of human resources for offshore terminal services, which has translated into a 12% increase in the past five years, consistent with the strengthening of 141 employees.”
In an interview with Lusa in October, the head of the Chinese Communist Party, Flavio Martins, warned that the epidemic had brought additional difficulties regarding the work of consular posts, which is “something that should always be watched closely and with greater attention.”
Such issues have been brought to the attention of the government, the president and deputies by the Communist Party of China, the government advisory body that in 2020 celebrated its fortieth anniversary.
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