British High Commission Nigeria Job Recruitment (3 Positions)

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The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

1) Job Title: CSSF West Africa Programme Finance Manager

Ref Id: 14/20 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Grade: C4 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 12 months
Start Date: 1 October 2020
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: CSSF – Conflict Stability and Security Fund

Main Purpose of Job

  • The Conflict, Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) West Africa team, British High Commission Abuja, a rapidly growing team, is looking for a confident and proactive finance and compliance manager to maintain oversight of a £35m p.a. regional portfolio across West Africa.
  • The CSSF is an FCO managed global cross-HMG fund which brings together the UK’s contribution to stability, security and defence activities in countries at risk of instability.
  • The job holder will work directly to the Head of CSSF West Africa and be based in Abuja.
  • She/he will work with a wide range of regional HMG and international actors to monitor, report on and improve financial risk management across the entire portfolio. This will require a range of activities, including establishing and communicating HMG financial processing requirements; strengthening systems to monitor spend and compliance; improving regional financial capacity; providing financial advisory support to programme leads; and leading procurement, due diligence and audit processes directly as appropriate.
  • This role presents an exciting opportunity to support UK foreign policy priorities in West Africa by ensuring compliance with HMG financial, risk management and audit requirements.
  • The role will appeal to anyone who wishes to apply strong financial, risk-management and stakeholder engagement skills in a fast-moving and challenging context. It will suit someone who has closely managed funds before, ideally in a development programme setting, and has a naturally critical eye when looking at budgets and forecasts.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Maintaining a clear overview of financial and compliance performance across the West Africa CSSF portfolio, proactively ensuring compliance with all financial risk management and audit requirements, escalating any identified risks and identified areas for improvement.
  • Leading on providing financial reports to the CSSF Africa Team for the West Africa portfolio, coordinating with each country manager.
  • Ensuring programme management cycle principles and best practice are applied to support delivery of projects in line with annual milestones and targets.
  • Providing accurate and timely financial and compliance report for the strategy board, presenting information in a clear and accessible way to inform strategic decisions.
  • Improving regional capability on finance, procurement and risk management by sharing guidance, tools and training opportunities.
  • Providing advice on specific finance, procurement and financial risk management issues across the region.
  • Implementing all pre-contract compliance requirements such as due diligence and audit processes are followed to protect programme funds.
  • Maintaining and managing relationships with suppliers, implementing partners and programme managers professionally and effectively to ensure value for money, minimising the occurrence of fraud and inefficiencies.
  • Proactively facilitating the sharing of information between programme leads, Senior Responsible Officers (SROs) and implementing partners.
  • Holding PRISM responsibilities for FCO projects managed.

Note: This role requires the jobholder to have significant experience in financial management but with a programme management background rather than pure finance. The post holder will have a line management responsibility.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • A2L West Africa Programme and Finance Assistant

Requirements
Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Qualification: A Bachelor’s degree
  • Have a strong programme and project cycle management skills and experience. This will include evidence of successful programme/project/other financial management and application of sound procurement principles and financial planning and budgeting.
  • Be able to master quickly FCO’s financial and programme management systems.
  • Have a strong understanding of systems and tools for financial planning and budgeting, including excel, and financial results monitoring such as use of variance analysis to inform future decision making.
  • Be able to constructively challenge existing norms and basis for assumptions, particularly on financial forecasts and budgets.
  • Be articulate, competent in drafting high quality written communication, and have excellent attention to detail.
  • Be able to engage effectively with technical level staff in government and other donors, build relationships and be able to negotiate with others.
  • Have experience of working with commercial suppliers, multi-lateral agencies, civil society, government and development partners to identify problems/obstacles and develop/implement practical solutions.
  • The ability 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:

  • Financial management qualification
  • Conflict/Security programme experience

Required Competencies:

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace.

Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 827,892.98 Gross.

Other benefits and conditions of employment:

  • Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
  • There are a wealth of L&D opportunities available through the Diplomatic Academy, as well as lots of on the job learning opportunities, attending CSSF professional development, conferences and training.

Working Patterns:

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 4:00, Friday 8:00 – 13:00
  • Face to face relationships involved in this role means that a full-time presence in Abuja with periodic visits to other parts of the region is required. Due to COVID-19 the role can be conducted from home but ordinarily, home/ remote working on some occasions would be feasible, but not on a sustained basis.

Application Closing Date
10th August, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

2) Job Title: Sector Specialist: AgriTech – Department for International Trade

Ref Id: 15/20 LOS
Location: Lagos
Grade: D6 (L)
Start Date: 1 October 2020
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Type of Position: Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

Overview

  • The UK Department for International Trade has a committed and growing presence across 23 of Africa’s nations. As the UK Government Department promoting free trade and overseas investment, we want to support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, through modern, dynamic and long-term partnerships that deliver mutual benefit for the UK and Africa.
  • The UK believes that by understanding and supporting African-led ambitions, we can help Africa create sustainable trade, prosperity, jobs and livelihoods. That, in turn, will be of benefit to the UK and wider global community. We aspire to help tackle business environment issues, help introduce commercial solutions to meet African needs, and attract foreign investment to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded role will offer the jobholder the opportunity to ensure that decisions truly reflect an expert understanding of a crucial area of African enterprise and development agriculture.
  • The jobholder will join a dynamic network of committed trade officers working to support Africa’s exciting economic growth and position at the heart of the future world economy. This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we continue to expand our resources to deliver on the ambition of our current Government to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of choice.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Agriculture, including production and processing but with a particular emphasis on agricultural technology and investment, is one of six sector priorities in 2020/21 for the Department for International Trade in Africa. The Sector will be led by a Sector Director in South Africa working with a virtual team across the continent. You will support that team in each location with expert advice based on African agricultural needs, practices and regulations.
  • You will understand African needs intimately and be able to translate those to officials less familiar with the sector. You will forge close relationships with African producers, distributors and regulators such that you can interpret their needs and develop solutions with and for them. You will seek first and foremost to progress their plans and assist in their capability, but you will have a good knowledge of international best practice to contribute.
  • You will bring a commercial perspective to agricultural progress and efficiency trying to find the areas where commercial, investment or regulatory intervention could improve the viability of African agricultural production for the marketplace. This will be in complement to other actors for the British Government, with whom you will forge close working relationships, whose primary interests might be in e.g. food security and/or livelihoods. You will work to understand the contribution of DFID and other programmes so that DIT can support these while also adding value in its commercial and trade policy sphere.
  • Your aim will be to help African producers understand where a commercial application could deliver on or raise their ambition. You will also consider where UK or regional trade agreements could support growth for the sector. And you will consider the question of access for African produce to valuable markets like the UK and EU but where stringent standards need to be met on importation.
  • Together with expertise in agriculture, arable and pastoral, you will understand agricultural finance and business and will help advise for different schemes on models of finance including from UK Government partners including UKEF and DFID.
  • You will not be so concerned as colleagues with aligning African plans to UK solutions, but it would help to understand UK capabilities, public and private, especially in the area of research and innovation. For this you would make connections to the UK’s innovation centres and support work that could have mutual benefit in bringing ground breaking techniques to Africa.
  • Your role will be advisory, but you would be expected to show a clear contribution to relationship development with African producers, to trade policy gains helping African prosperity, and to the upskilling of our agritech network as they better understand how to target solutions for African needs.

Note: This role is subject to change, removal or amendment from advert at short notice.

Requirements
Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Undergraduate degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • At least six years’ experience working in an agri-tech or related fields and a keen interest in its applicability to Africa
  • Experience of working in or with government departments, NGOs, and similar institutions
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Knowledge of African markets and/or African trade and production networks.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in sustainable development.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  

  • Understanding of UK Export Finance and Development Finance, although training will be provided.

Required Competencies:

  • Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes.

Starting Monthly Salary
NGN1, 744, 982.65

Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment  
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

  • This role provides enormous opportunities to grow and develop given its pan-Africa leadership role.
  • You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCO learning and development opportunities including the FCO’s Diplomatic Academy, training in the UK, and will be encouraged to join DIT’s trade profession. We also provide regular in-house learning opportunities and are committed to supporting further academic opportunities. Our staff who demonstrate great leadership potential are encouraged to apply for the FCO’s pan-African Emerging Leadership Programme.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to complete the Certificate in UK Export Finance within the first three months of the role.

Application Closing Date
6th August, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

3) Job Title: Sector Specialist, Renewable Energy (Department for International Trade)

Job Ref.: 13/20 LOS
Location: Lagos
Grade: D6 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 12 months
Start Date: 1st October, 2020.
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

Overview

  • The UK Department for International Trade has a committed and growing presence across 23 of Africa’s nations. As the UK Government Department promoting free trade and overseas investment, we want to support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, through modern, dynamic and long-term partnerships that deliver mutual benefit for the UK and Africa.
  • The UK believes that by understanding and supporting African-led ambitions, we can help Africa create sustainable trade, prosperity, jobs and livelihoods. That in turn will be of be of benefit to the UK and wider global community. We aspire to help tackle business environment issues, help introduce commercial solutions to meet African needs, and attract foreign investment to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
  • In the year ahead of the UK hosting COP26 and after the UK’s commitment to carbon zero by 2050, the UK wants to show continued global leadership on energy transition and climate action. Africa is set to be the most affected by climate change having contributed the least towards it. We are supporting on adaptation and mitigation. And Africa can be a leader too on transition with an abundance of clean energy and huge energy consumption needs. This ODA funded role will offer the jobholder the opportunity to ensure that UK decisions truly reflect an expert understanding of this crucial sector for africa.
  • The jobholder will join a dynamic network of committed trade officers working to support Africa’s exciting economic growth and position at the heart of the future world economy. This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we continue to expand our resources to deliver on the ambition of our current Government to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of choice.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Renewable energy, including generation from the full suite of subsectors (wind, solar, waste, biofuel, geothermal etc) and clean storage, is one of six sector priorities in 2020/21 for the Department for International Trade in Africa.
  • The Sector will be led by a Sector Director working with a virtual team across the continent. You will support that team in each location with expert understanding of African renewable energy needs, practices and regulations.
  • You will also work closely with our Sector Director on power, oil and gas and energy efficiency, and our specialist in the green economy (non-power generation multi-sector transition to low carbon).
  • You will understand African renewables needs intimately and be able to translate those to officials less familiar with the sector.
  • You will forge close relationships with African regulators, developers and companies such that you can interpret their needs and develop solutions with and for them.
  • You will look for all opportunities to encourage transition to renewable technologies and will seek to help Africa find the regulatory and tariff structures to incentivise that change.
  • You will seek first and foremost to progress their plans and assist in their capability, but you will have a good knowledge of international best practice to contribute.
  • You will bring a commercial perspective to the sector trying to find the areas where commercial, investment or regulatory intervention could improve the sustainability and viability of African energy supply. This will be in complement to other actors for the British Government, with whom you will forge close working relationships, whose primary interests might be in e.g. climate resilience and/or emissions reductions.
  • You will work to understand the contribution of our International Climate Finance, Green Finance, DFID and other programmes, so that DIT can support these while also adding value in its commercial and trade policy sphere.
  • Together with expertise in renewables delivery, you will also understand financing models (including from UK Government partners including UKEF and DFID), advising on approach for individual schemes.
  • Your aim will be to help African energy decision-makers understand where a commercial renewables application could deliver on or raise their ambition. You will understand the contribution of all the sub-sectors of renewable power generation and will be familiar with on-grid and off-grid solutions. You will also advise on power storage solutions to suit national and local power generation plans.
  • You will not be so concerned as colleagues with aligning African plans to UK solutions, but it would help to understand UK capabilities, public and private, especially in the area of research and innovation. For this you would make connections to the UK’s innovation centres and support work that could have mutual benefit in bringing ground-breaking techniques to Africa.
  • Your role will be advisory, but you would be expected to show a clear contribution to relationship development with African developers, to trade policy gains helping African transition to renewables, and to the upskilling of our network as they better understand how to target solutions for African needs.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  

  • Undergraduate degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • At least six years’ experience working in renewables or related power generation fields
  • Experience of working in or with government departments, NGOs, and similar institutions
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in the renewables field and its applicability to Africa.
  • Knowledge of African markets and/or African energy needs in the context of sustainable development.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Understanding of UK Export Finance and Development Finance, although training will be provided.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in ODA programming and sustainable development

Required Competencies  

  • Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes

Starting Monthly Salary
NGN 1,744,982.65

Other benefits and conditions of employment:

  • Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
  • This role provides enormous opportunities to grow and develop given its pan-Africa leadership role.
  • You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCO learning and development opportunities including the FCO’s Diplomatic Academy, training in the UK, and will be encouraged to join DIT’s trade profession. We also provide regular in-house learning opportunities and are committed to supporting further academic opportunities. Our staff who demonstrate great leadership potential are encouraged to apply for the FCO’s pan-African Emerging Leadership Programme.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to complete the Certificate in UK Export Finance within the first three months of the role.

Application Closing Date
29th July, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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