BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION JOB RECRUITMENT (6 POSITIONS)

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
1) Job Title: Programme Manager, North East Nigeria Programme
Job ref.: 09/20 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Grade: C4 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 12 months
Start Date: 6th April, 2020
Type of Post: British High Commission
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: CSSF – Conflict Stability and Security Fund
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  
  • The Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) West Africa team, British High Commission Abuja is looking for a confident and proactive programme manager to manage the circa £6m p.a. Conflict Management and Stabilisation projects which form part of the North East Nigeria Programme.
  • The CSSF is a global cross-UK government fund which brings together the UK’s contribution to stability, security and defence activities in fragile and conflict affected countries and countries at risk of instability.
  • Nigeria is one of HMG’s highest priorities in Africa, and the crisis in the North East is one of HMG’s highest priorities in Nigeria. The drivers of the conflict are diverse and complex, and the resulting humanitarian and security impacts are severe. Ministerial interest remains high.
  • The job holder will work to the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) of the North East (NE) Nigeria Programme and be based in Abuja.
  • This role presents an exciting opportunity to support UK foreign policy priorities in NE Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad Basin (LCB). It would suit anyone who wishes to apply strong programme management, risk management and stakeholder engagement skills in a fascinating, fast-moving and challenging context. You will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • This role will play an integral role in delivering UK HMG’s policy in NE Nigeria, driving the UK’s strategy to tackle the complex humanitarian and security crisis, as well supporting the SRO and LCB lead to develop our political influence across the region.
  • The job holder will work with colleagues across different embassy departments, and the wider region, to ensure a coordinated approach that maximises UK impact.
  • This is an exciting opportunity to shape and promote long term stability and good governance in NE Nigeria, through leading the delivery of key policy objectives and effective programme management.
Role and Responsibilities
  • This new position will be varied and high profile, in one of the UK’s largest overseas Missions. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a number of key FCO disciplines including programme management, reporting and fusion working.
  • The successful candidate will be at the heart of the UKs approach in NE Nigeria, collaborating across departments, and working in a fusion style with humanitarian, stabilisation, DDR and public safety and security colleagues to help the UK address peace and security, including strengthening the role and voice of women, preventing sexual violence and abuse, protecting children in armed conflict, preventing mass atrocities and countering violent extremism.
  • You will develop a sound understanding of existing programmes across the mission, which work towards a more stable, secure, prosperous and resilient Nigeria. This work will involve elements of project management, policy liaison, influencing and communications. It would suit someone who has an understanding of protection and conflict issues.
  • The post holder will need to work in a fast-paced and changing environment and be willing to support other team members and priorities as needed.
  • You will contribute to wider Post and Regional priorities as part of a collegiate cross-HMG team. You will be at the heart of the fused approach to delivering the strategy, working particularly closely with DFID, MOD, FCO political team, Regional Affairs, CSSF and CT / CVE teams. Understanding their priorities and how to make the most of those relationships will be essential early on.
  • Through strong communication skills and a genuine interest in the people you meet, you will develop a network able to inform your reporting as you build your analysis for readers in London and across the region.
  • You will have contacts across Nigerian Government at Federal and State level, as well as with traditional, community and religious leaders, other diplomatic missions as well as international organisations.
  • You will need sound judgement, as well as the ability to process large amounts of information and think strategically to deliver at pace, with impact, in this demanding role.
Your key responsibilities will include:
Programme management of Component 2 (Conflict Management and Stabilisation):
  • Provide support to deliver overarching programme objectives.
  • Inputs into submissions for programme documents within agreed timelines.
  • Provide quality assurance on adherence to good CSSF programme management and reporting, ensuring compliance with CSSF rules.
  • Lead and / or provide quality assurance on Due Diligence Assessment (DDA) and / or DDA refresh within agreed timelines; ensure recommendations are captured in work plans and monitor implementation throughout the project lifecycle in consultation with the SRO and the rest of the project team.
  • Contribute, as required, to the development of programme risk management strategies and delivery chain maps. Identify and escalate programme risks to the SRO / CSSF Team in line with CSSF risk categories and agreed escalation procedures.
  • Participate in annual review and programme monitoring visits to review progress, lead on the assessment of how the programme is being managed.
  • Lead on organising quarterly reporting and performance management e.g. through monthly / quarterly meetings with Implementing Partners, with minutes drafted on agreements reached and actions taken / to be taken with agreed points for reviewed.
  • Ensure programme extensions and closures are in line with CSSF rules.
  • Effectively manage the financial resources for CSSF managed programmes to achieve VFM, transparency, accountability, ODA and FY targets, throughout the project cycles and in compliance with CSSF Rules.
  • Work closely with implementing partners / SRO / PO / Team to set annual financial forecast targets within the Component. Challenge implementing partners work and financial plans and related assumptions to ensure forecasts are realistic.
  • Supporting the SRO with reshaping of the strategic approach in the North East
  • Supporting the SRO with governance of the North East operation, bringing together all government departments and facilitating regular information sharing and joint planning
  • Developing connections and contacts across Nigeria to broaden understanding of NE conflict
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Strong grasp of programme management
  • Understanding of conflict, peace and security issues, ideally in an African context
  • An understanding of systems and tools for financial planning and budgeting (including excel)
  • Be articulate, competent in drafting high quality written communication, and have an excellent attention to detail.
  • Effective at networking and building relationships and able to negotiate with others.
  • Able to work as part of a team to deliver results, be a self-starter and able to take and see through delegated decisions.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Experience of successful cross-government working in the UK and ideally overseas
  • Experience of working with commercial suppliers, multi-lateral agencies, civil society, government and development partners to identify problems/obstacles and develop / implement practical solutions
Required competencies:
  • Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace
Starting Monthly Salary
N827, 892
Other benefits and conditions of employment:
  • Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
  • There are a wealth of learning and development opportunities available through the Diplomatic Academy, as well as lots of on the job learning opportunities, attending CSSF professional development, conferences and training. The CSSF is extremely supportive of ongoing professional development and open to creative ideas for interesting learning and development.
Application Closing Date
13th March, 2020
2) Job Title: Intelligence Fusion Cell (IFC) Analyst
Job ref.: 08/20 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Grade: C5 (L)
Start Date: 1st May, 2020.
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 18 months
Type of Post: British High Commission
Job Subcategory: MOD (Ministry of Defence)
Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Descriptions (Roles and Responsibilities)
  • This is an exciting yet demanding role within the IFC that requires the incumbent to collate, process and disseminate intelligence products for key UK mission partners as well as the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency, French & US cohorts as well as the wider UK intelligence community.
  • Subordinate to the IFC J2 Chief, the incumbent will report upon the real time strategic and operational intelligence environment in order to provide understanding of Nigeria, specifically, the Northeast Campaign through both qualitative and quantitative analysis.  
Roles and Responsibilities
What will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:
  • Provide intelligence updates and threat assessments to support operational understanding and threat awareness;
  • Collate, record, evaluate, analyse and disseminate all source intelligence reporting derived from Nigerian counterparts, P3 mission partners and Open Source intelligence sources;
  • Undertake liaison with Nigerian Intelligence agencies, to include Mil, ONSA, DIA, NIA, Law Enforcement and Host Nation agency’s;
  • Undertake liaison with international intelligence agencies, to include US, FR and other MNJTF partners; primarily focusing on ISR and other sources of intelligence;
  • When the opportunity allows, assist wider UK military J2 functions in Nigeria;
  • Support the leading of skilled intelligence analysts to provide Multi-Int intelligence analysis and products;
  • Utilise J2 reach-back into PJHQ J2, LIFC and the broader UK Intelligence Community to provide intelligence fusion opportunities;
  • Develop relationships with military and non-military actors to improve UK understanding of West Africa, Nigeria and the Violent Extremist Organisations (VEOs) operating within the country;
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the principle VEO threats in Nigeria and report appropriately;
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  
  • Multi-Int analytical skillset with proven qualifications in military analysis.
  • Operational experience working in, and with UK Mil J2 staff in deployed locations as well as an ability to function in austere, satellite locations for short-periods.
  • A Developed Vetting (DV) security accreditation is essential prior to arrival and commencement of the role.
  • UK passport holder
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:
  • Qualities in resilience, flexibility as well as an ability to deliver quality products and services under pressure and against strict timelines.
  • The ability to work as part of a busy creative team, as well as willingness to provide support to team members needs be.
Required competencies:
  • Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace.
Starting Monthly Salary
N 1,191,637.86
Other benefits and conditions of employment:
  • Appointment for this position requires a high level of integrity and discretion. All candidates should be aware that this appointment is subject to security checks and clearance prior to appointment. Please note that only nationals of the UK are likely to meet this requirement.
Application Closing Date
20th March, 2020.
3) Job Title: Prosperity Officer

Job ref.: 07/20 LOS
Location: Lagos
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week: 37
Duration of Post: 24 months
Start Date: 4 May 2020
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory: UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration)

Main Purpose of the Job
  • Support for implementing the Nigeria network’s strategic Prosperity objectives through policy advocacy with state governments, business and civil society.
  • Lead on communications and social media work; event and visit preparation, working closely with other members of the joint DFID-DIT-FCO Nigeria Prosperity Team, including the Prosperity Fund.
Roles and Responsibilities
The British Deputy High Commission in Lagos is recruiting for a Prosperity Officer.
  • The successful candidate will work with colleagues from the Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Trade (DIT) teams in Lagos and Abuja on mutual prosperity issues.
  • He/she will report to the Head of Prosperity based in Lagos.
  • This will be an interesting job.
  • The prosperity partnership with Nigeria is important for the UK.  Not only is Nigeria Africa’s largest economy, it also has long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK, and the UK is a major development partner for promoting growth and poverty reduction.
  • The UK is expanding the joint prosperity team to support Nigeria’s efforts to deliver on its huge long-term economic potential.
  • The successful candidate will be comfortable handling a range of responsibilities.
Key Elements:
  • Prepare and implement events, projects and visit programmes for the Prosperity team, working closely with the Head of Prosperity in Lagos.
  • Develop communications material (narrative and core script) and social media presence for the FCO Prosperity and Prosperity Fund team, consulting and working with the Post communications, DIT / GREAT communications and DFID communications colleagues, as necessary.
  • Support the Prosperity team through identifying relevant trending issues in traditional and social media.  Advise on and develop engagement and advocacy with key decision-makers:
  • Develop and implement knowledge management systems to enable the efficient circulation of information around the prosperity team, including contact management systems:
  • Support the Head of Prosperity on managing the team.
  • There will be opportunities to travel in Nigeria.  The team is large, diverse, friendly and mutually supportive.  We are keen to accommodate work-life balance wherever possible and there will be some opportunity for working from home.
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Bachelors Level qualification in Economics, Business Studies or equivalent Social Sciences; OR Media Studies and Communications, provided that a candidate can also demonstrate an understanding of economic and business issues.
  • Good organisational skills:  ability to organise events and visit programmes with limited supervision.
  • Right to work in Nigeria
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Experience of working in private sector business or marketing/PR company.
Required Competencies:
  • Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service.
Working Patterns
Possible limited flexibility in working hours and patterns as follows:
  • Mon – Thu: 07:00 – 15:00 & Fri: 07:00 – 12:00  OR
  • Mon – Thu: 073:0 – 15:30 & Fri: 07:30 – 12:30
Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 539, 370.
Application Closing Date
12th March, 2020.
4) Job Title: IT & Admin Support Officer
Job Ref.: 05/20 LOS – AU
Location: Lagos
Grade: A2 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week: 36
Duration of Post: 12 months
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Start Date: 1 April 2020
End Date: 31 March 2021
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Private Office
Main Purpose of the Job
  • This is an exciting multi-hatted role at the heart of the British Deputy High Commission. 
  • Main responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Corporate Services; and joining the IT Support Officer Team to support all the teams at the British Deputy High Commission with general IT support.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Personal Assistant:
  • Provide administrative support to the Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Corporate Services (diary management, event planning and travel bookings)
  • Support the Deputy Head of Mission with planning internal events for all teams at the British Deputy High Commission (BDHC) and with internal communications
IT Support Officer:
  • Create, manage and upgrade IT accounts
  • Manage distribution lists, WhatsApp groups and shared mailboxes
  • Assist train BDHC staff on new software, such as Microsoft Teams
  • Manage Lagos IT Helpdesk Mailbox and our internal customer service software, Lagos Enquirer
  • Work closely with the IT Helpdesk at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office logging and managing calls and ensuring our Service Level Agreements are met
  • Responsible for IT supplies and managing the IT equipment store, ensuring inventories are up to date and we have enough stock
  • Set up and manage standalone IT terminals (systems not on our internal network) across the BDHC
  • Help manage the move of IT equipment and systems from our current office to our new premises (from 2021)
Resources Managed (Staff and Expenditure):
  • Manage the IT equipment store
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 applications including Microsoft Outlook, Office Online, SharePoint, Teams, Microsoft Excel, Flow, Microsoft Visio, OneNote, Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Foundational understanding of Data Networking.
  • Microsoft Active Directory
  • Ability to touch type
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:
  • ITIL V4 Foundation certified
Required competencies:
  • Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Demonstrating Resilience
Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 405, 972
Application Closing Date
12th March, 2020
5) Job Title: Political Economy Adviser
Job Ref.: 06/20 LOS – AU
Location: Lagos
Grade: C4 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week: 35
Duration of Post: 24 months
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Start Date: 1 April 2020
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Economic and Prosperity
Main Purpose of the Job
  • Developing and implementing the Nigeria network’s strategic Prosperity objectives through policy advocacy with state governments, business and civil society. 
  • Lead on providing high-quality economic analysis and reporting focussed on the three southern geopolitical zones, working closely with other members of the joint DFID-DIT-FCO Nigeria Prosperity Team, including the Prosperity Fund.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • The British Deputy High Commission in Lagos is recruiting for a Political Economy Adviser.
  • The successful candidate will work with colleagues from the Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Trade (DIT) teams in Lagos and Abuja on mutual prosperity issues. He/She will report to the Head of Prosperity based in Lagos.
  • This will be an exciting job. The prosperity partnership with Nigeria is important for the UK, as Africa’s largest economy and because of the long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK, as well as the UK being a major development partner for promoting growth and poverty reduction.
  • The UK is expanding the joint prosperity team to support Nigeria’s efforts to deliver on its huge long-term economic potential.
  • The successful candidate will be comfortable handling a wide range of economic issues around growth, structural reform, business environment and sectoral issues.
Key Elements of the Role are to:
  • Provide quality analysis of the economic situation and developments in the southern states of Nigeria, with a particular focus on progress with structural reforms; improving the business environment and efforts to diversify the economy, including the transition to low carbon. Throughout, the analysis should identify political economy linkages to inform, influence and shape wider HMG policy
  • Maintain and expand the UK’s network of contacts across state governments, business and academia, to support the UK Government’s engagement, as well as drawing on information from contacts for analysis and policy recommendations.  This is likely to focus on states in the South-West; South-South and South-East
  • Contribute analysis and evidence to Prosperity Fund programmes in Nigeria and, depending on demand, to DFID economic development programmes:
  • Working closely with DIT Nigeria, identify and analyse economic and business trends of potential interest to UK businesses looking for market opportunities particularly in states proactively seeking foreign direct investment:
  • Broader contributions to high-level visits and events
  • There will be opportunities to travel in Nigeria and occasionally to the UK.  The team is large, diverse, friendly and mutually supportive.  We are keen to accommodate work-life balance wherever possible and there will be some opportunity for working from home
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  
  • Masters Level qualification in economics or equivalent.
  • Permission to work in Nigeria
  • Willingness to travel to other states in Nigeria
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Economics
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Experience of economic policy-making for federal or state governments
  • Masters research in a relevant economics or political economy issues
  • Experience of working in or with government in Nigeria
  • Experience of working in the private sector or organised civil society in relevant fields
Language requirements:
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Fluency in one of and preferably both Yoruba and Hausa.
Required Competencies:
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering
Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment  
Learning and development opportunities:
  • BDHC Lagos is keen to support continuous learning and development. The prosperity team includes professional economists and practitioners in areas such as programmes, trade and investment promotion, trade policy and business environment. 
  • This job should appeal to anyone keen on continuous professional development but especially as an opportunity to apply macro, micro and international economics practically.
Working Patterns:
  • Monday to Thursday:  7:30 – 3:30
  • Friday: 07:30 – 12:30
  • Opportunity to work from home (1 to 2 days a week)
Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 827, 892
Application Closing Date
12th March, 2020
6) Job Title: Political Economy Adviser
Job Ref.: 06/20 LOS) – AU
Location: Abuja
Grade: C4 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week: 35
Duration of Post: 24 months
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Start Date: 1 May 2020
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Economic and Prosperity
Main Purpose of the Job
  • Developing and implementing the Nigeria network’s strategic Prosperity objectives through policy advocacy with state governments, business and civil society. 
  • Lead on providing high-quality economic analysis and reporting focussed on the three southern geopolitical zones, working closely with other members of the joint DFID-DIT-FCO Nigeria Prosperity Team, including the Prosperity Fund.
Roles and Responsibilities
  • The British Deputy High Commission in Lagos is recruiting for a Political Economy Adviser.
  • The successful candidate will work with colleagues from the Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Trade (DIT) teams in Lagos and Abuja on mutual prosperity issues. He/She will report to the Head of Prosperity based in Lagos.
  • This will be an exciting job. The prosperity partnership with Nigeria is important for the UK, as Africa’s largest economy and because of the long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK, as well as the UK being a major development partner for promoting growth and poverty reduction.
  • The UK is expanding the joint prosperity team to support Nigeria’s efforts to deliver on its huge long-term economic potential.
  • The successful candidate will be comfortable handling a wide range of economic issues around growth, structural reform, business environment and sectoral issues.
Key Elements of the Role are to:
  • Provide quality analysis of the economic situation and developments in the southern states of Nigeria, with a particular focus on progress with structural reforms; improving the business environment and efforts to diversify the economy, including the transition to low carbon. Throughout, the analysis should identify political economy linkages to inform, influence and shape wider HMG policy
  • Maintain and expand the UK’s network of contacts across state governments, business and academia, to support the UK Government’s engagement, as well as drawing on information from contacts for analysis and policy recommendations. This is likely to focus on states in the South-West; South-South and South-East
  • Contribute analysis and evidence to Prosperity Fund programmes in Nigeria and, depending on demand, to DFID economic development programmes:
  • Working closely with DIT Nigeria, identify and analyse economic and business trends of potential interest to UK businesses looking for market opportunities particularly in states proactively seeking foreign direct investment:
  • Broader contributions to high-level visits and events
  • There will be opportunities to travel in Nigeria and occasionally to the UK. The team is large, diverse, friendly and mutually supportive. We are keen to accommodate work-life balance wherever possible and there will be some opportunity for working from home
Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  
  • Masters Level qualification in economics or equivalent.
  • Permission to work in Nigeria
  • Willingness to travel to other states in Nigeria
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Economics
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Experience of economic policy-making for federal or state governments
  • Masters research in a relevant economics or political economy issues
  • Experience of working in or with government in Nigeria
  • Experience of working in the private sector or organised civil society in relevant fields
Language requirements:
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Fluency in one of and preferably both Yoruba and Hausa.
Required Competencies:
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering
Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment  
Learning and development opportunities:
  • BDHC Lagos is keen to support continuous learning and development. The prosperity team includes professional economists and practitioners in areas such as programmes, trade and investment promotion, trade policy and business environment. 
  • This job should appeal to anyone keen on continuous professional development but especially as an opportunity to apply macro, micro and international economics practically.
Working Patterns:
  • Monday to Thursday: 7:30 – 3:30
  • Friday: 07:30 – 12:30
  • Opportunity to work from home (1 to 2 days a week)
Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 827, 892
Application Closing Date
16th March, 2020.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Additional Information
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Lagos are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
    • Obtain the relevant permit
    • Pay fees for the permit
    • Make arrangements to relocate
    • Meet the costs to relocation
  • The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits, except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-framework Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.

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