• Vacancy Announcement at The British High Commission

  • Posted on: 3 June, 2015 Deadline: 11 June, 2015
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  • The British High Commission is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to deliver highest possible standards of service by selecting experienced and professional staff.

    PA/DHC, IT Support Officer & POLITICAL SECTION SUPPORT

     

    Main purpose of job:
    This is an interesting and varied job in the heart of the British High Commission’s Chancery. The main focus is on providing an excellent level of administrative support to the Deputy High Commissioner and ensuring the smooth running of the bag service and Restricted IT system. There is an additional requirement to give general support to Chancery Officers.

    Roles and responsibilities:

    The successful candidate will be responsible for the following duties;

    • PA to Deputy High Commissioner:  Managing diary, arranging transport, replying to invitations, and general office support.  Note taking at Post Security Committee and other meetings.
    • Diplomatic bags and customs clearance: Sending and receiving UK and Lagos diplomatic bags, including arranging clearance.
    • Restricted ITSO: To carry out Information Technology Support Officer (ITSO) duties on the Restricted tier in the Confidential area of BHC.
    • Political Section support: Provide general support to Chancery including drafting Notes Verbale to the MFA, setting up calls, organising networking events etc.
    • The successful candidate will need to be self-starting, highly organised, flexible and able to work unsupervised to keep on top of the workload and changing priorities. Good interpersonal skills are essential as the jobholder will need to communicate clearly and tactfully, and build close and effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels from across the High Commission, HMG in London, other Diplomatic Missions in Abuja, and with senior Nigerian officials. 

    Resources managed:

    • Manage 2 x part-time A1(L) Chancery Receptionists.
    • Oversee the DHC’s entertainment and travel budgets.

    Key competences required for the job:

    • Competence 1: Delivering at Pace
    • Competence 2: Delivering a Quality Service  
    • Competence 3: Collaborating and Partnering
    • Competence 4: Making Effective Decisions

    Language requirements:

    • Language: English
    • Level of language required: Fluent

    Other skills / experience / qualifications:

    Essential on arrival:
    The High Commission is looking for a candidate with previous office experience (at least 4-5 years), with strong IT and technical skills, as well as PA or similar skills. The ability to speak and write in clear, correct, jargon-free English is essential

    Desirable:
    The High Commission is looking for a candidate with previous office experience, with strong IT and technical skills, as well as PA skills. The ability to speak and write in clear, correct, jargon-free English is essential.

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    DRIVER

     

    Main purpose of job:
    To work as part of the Corporate Services team that provides a key support service to its customer base by driving any assigned vehicle and its accompanying passengers in a safe and timely manner.

    Roles and responsibilities:

    • Daily maintenance checks on BHC vehicles.  Ensuring all vehicles are roadworthy before starting on their journey.
    • Driving BHC staff to meetings and functions in and around Abuja.
    • Driving BHC staff to meetings and functions in other States within Nigeria.
    • Driving the BHC’s Rapid Response Vehicle.
    • Regular journeys to and from Abuja Airport to pick up passengers from and to the Domestic and International terminals respectively.
    • Regular journeys to the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos.
    • Completing accurate journey record sheets for all journeys in official vehicles.

    Applicants must have held a full Nigerian Driving licence for at least two years, with no previous traffic convictions.  Applicants should be presentable, courteous and have a good command of written and spoken English. A good working knowledge of Nigerian roads and especially the Abuja area is essential. Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to take a practical driving test, written test and a competence based interview.

    BHC opening hours are from 8am – 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 8am – 1.00pm on Friday.  All BHC drivers operate on a shift system to provide vehicle coverage 24 hours per day, for which an allowance is paid.  The successful candidate will be expected to undertake night shift and weekend shift working in addition to the usual day shift working. The job will be graded S1 with a monthly starting salary of N162, 615.00 per month.  A successful candidate who is not liable to pay Nigerian tax will be subject to a 10 % notional tax deduction on the basic salary. The salary will be paid in Naira.

    Resources managed:

    • Vehicles

    Key competences required:

    • Competence 1:Changing and Improving  
    • Competence 2:Delivering at Pace
    • Competence 3:Collaborating and Partnering
    • Competence 4:Delivering a Quality Service

    Language requirements:

    • Language: English
    • Level: Fluent

    Other skills / experience / qualifications:

    Essential on arrival:

    • Minimum of Secondary School Education ( SSCE,NECO,WASC)
    • 3-5 years experience as a driver within government or NGO or corporate/office environment with valid driver’s licence and ability to read and write.

    Method of Application

    NOTE:
    All applicants must be legally able to work in Nigeria with the correct visa/status or work permit.

    The British High Commission in Abuja is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
    Staff members recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Nigerian employment law.
    Spouses/registered partners of UK Based Staff, are able to work within the BHC/BCG but their salary will be abated at the appropriate tax rates.

    Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
    If you have not heard from us 3 weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.  Note: Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.

    Employment will be subject to obtaining the appropriate security clearance.

    To Apply

    • All applicants should submit a short (1 page maximum) covering letter stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position along with a copy of their CV in English, by email to: Recruitment.Africa4@fco.gov.uk
    • Internal applicants should also submit the above, with a copy of their most recent (last 24 months) appraisals to the same email address.
    • All candidates: Please quote in the subject line, of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 08/15 LOS and the position you are applying for.
    • Internal candidates, and spouses of diplomatic officers: Please quote in the subject line, of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 08/15 LOS, and the position you are applying for, and also indicate that you are an internal candidate, or spouse of a diplomatic officer.
    • Only electronic applications sent via email will be accepted.
    • The closing date is 11 June 2015 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.

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