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  • Posted on: 9 November, 2016 Deadline: 20 November, 2016
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    We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

    Executive Assistant

     

    Grade: A2 (L)
    Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
    Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Department for International Trade roles)
    Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

    Main Purpose of Job

    • To provide administrative support to the UK Government’s Trade Director for West Africa, based in the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, the continent’s largest oil producer and population coupled with long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK. It has huge long-term economic potential with vast natural resources and a young and growing population.
    • As a result Nigeria offers a wide and growing range of business opportunities, especially in the oil and gas sector but increasingly in areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Current trade figures are good but we want to do better.
    • As part of the British Government’s commitment to increasing UK exports worldwide to £1 trillion by 2020, the Department for International Trade Nigeria, with offices in both Lagos and Abuja, is developing a trade strategy to identify and better tap into this vast potential and increase trade between the UK and Nigeria.
    • The Nigeria team is also shifting to a regional approach, working with trade colleagues in Ghana, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to maximise the trading relationship with the UK across West Africa.
    • We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong attention to detail, ability to take the initiative, work accurately within deadlines and with limited supervision, and be a strong team member who works collaboratively.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Day-to-day management of the Director’s diary and activities;
    • Provide administrative and logistical support to the wider DIT team; and
    • Manage the Secretariats of the Breakfast British Group, the British Business Action Group and the OneHMG Group 
    • Work very closely with the Director to ensure their time is focused on priority activity and contacts, delegating to the rest of the team as appropriate;
    • Ensure the Director’s schedule is well organised, time-efficient and logistically realistic;
    • Book travel and other engagements as required;
    • Organise events being hosted by the Director;
    • Provide support and assistance to the Deputy Director and wider trade team;
    • Lead on specific strands of work as directed, such as the management of the various Secretariats;
    • Keep accurate records of enquiries and activities, ensuring value for money in any expenditure;
    • Co-ordinate target recording and monitoring to help keep team performance on track or spot problems in delivery;
    • Co-ordinate briefing, papers and advice as necessary in preparation for the Director’s meetings;
    • Work with Corporate Services and other colleagues to ensure appropriate procedures are followed on procurement and budgets
    • Other ad hoc duties as needed

    Essential Qualifications and Experience  

    • Strong oral and written English communication skills;
    • Excellent IT skills with ability in MS Office suite applications e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;  
    • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines;  
    • Resourcefulness in solving problems;  
    • Good interpersonal and team working skills;  
    • Flexible, adaptable and resilient;  
    • Strong organisational skills and keen attention to detail;  
    • Superior professionalism and judgment;
    • Strong work ethic

    Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

    • 2+ years of relevant experience especially in large, complex environments;
    • Prior experience of working with the UK Government;
    • Numerical and budget management skills

    Required competencies:  

    • Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

    Remuneration
    Starting monthly salary: N360,778

    Start Date  

    1st January, 2017

    End Date  

    31st December, 2017

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    Personal Assistant to the Deputy High Commissioner and IT Support Officer (ITSO)

     

    Grade: A2 (L)
    Type of Position: Permanent
    Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
    Job Subcategory: Political

    Main Purpose of Job

    • This is an interesting and varied job working in the Executive Office in the heart of the British High Commission.
    • The main focus is on providing an excellent level of administrative support to the Deputy High Commissioner and the wider Political section of the High Commission, collaboration with the High Commissioner’s PA over the collective output of the HC and DHC, ensuring the smooth running of the diplomatic bag service, and IT support on the Commission’s Official-Sensitive tier.
    • The job also includes management of two members of staff.

    Roles and Responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve
    PA to Deputy High Commissioner:

    • Managing the Deputy High Commissioner’s diary and daily itinerary
    • Managing DHC’s inbox, sending messages and emails on behalf of the Deputy High Commissioner
    • Receiving, dealing with and prioritising meeting requests from both internal and external stakeholders
    • Receiving official correspondence and drafting replies
    • Recording meetings and drafting minutes
    • Preparing briefing notes and packs for meetings
    • Planning and organising receptions and dinners hosted by the Deputy High Commissioner

    Wider Executive Office Tasks:

    • Collaborating with the High Commissioner’s EA to manage the combined activity and output of the HC and DHC, including diary coordination, internal communications and liaising with Residence Manager
    • Support EA/HC during busy periods
    • Covering for EA during leave absence

    Diplomatic bags and customs clearance:

    • Sending and receiving UK and Lagos diplomatic bags
    • Sorting and distributing UK diplomatic bags
    • Arranging all pre clearance paperwork for diplomatic bags

    Restricted ITSO:

    • Provide technical IT support to staff on the restricted and confidential tier (IT training provided)

    Political Section/General support:

    • Providing general support to the political team as well as other teams in Chancery
    • Drafting official Notes Verbales to Government institution
    • Assist with setting up calls, meetings and events when required
    • Manage Chancery reception area and two receptionists
    • Ensuring smooth running of Chancery transport pool and booking systems with the Receptionists

    Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

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

    Essential Qualifications and Experience
    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

    Required Competencies:

    • Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

    Remuneration
    Starting monthly salary: NGN 360,778

    Application Closing Date

    14th November, 2016.

    Start Date
    br /> 1st December, 2016.

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    Trade Adviser on Future Opportunities, Department for International Trade (DIT)

     

    Grade: C4 (L)
    Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
    Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
    Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

    Main Purpose of Job

    As part of the UK Government’s trade team, to lead on horizon scanning to identify future West Africa commercial opportunities for UK companies outside of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and the mining sector in Ghana and Guinea; to work across the West Africa team to build the evidence-base and generate a pipeline of business activity, with the ultimate aim of demonstrating high value potential in different areas of the economy.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, the continent’s largest oil producer and population coupled with long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK. It has huge long-term economic potential with vast natural resources and a young and growing population.
    • As a result Nigeria offers a wide array of business opportunities , especially in the oil and gas sector but increasingly in the areas of renewable energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Current trade figures are good but we want to   do better.
    • As part of the British Government’s commitment to increasing UK exports worldwide to £1 trillion by 2020, the UK Government’s trade team in Nigeria, with offices in   both Lagos and Abuja, is developing a trade strategy to identify and better   tap into this vast potential and increase trade between Nigeria and the UK.  
    • The Nigeria team is also shifting to a regional approach, working with trade   colleagues in Ghana, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to maximise   the trading relationship with the UK across West Africa.
    • We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong attention to detail, ability to take the initiative, work accurately within deadlines and with limited supervision, and be a strong team member who works collaboratively.
    • Through research and networks, understand the shape and direction of business in West Africa, to determine those sectors and markets which hold the most potential for UK companies to land sizeable deals;
    • Keep up-to-date with economic developments and innovations in Nigeria, Ghana and   other economies in West Africa to be able to identify the boom sectors of the future;
    • Work with colleagues across the West Africa trade team to build a robust and evidenced case for turning potential opportunities into actual business success for UK companies, including by working closely with businesses to help them land deals to prove the value of different sectors and markets and contribute to the trade team’s overall targets on exports;
    • Build links to trade teams across the rest of Africa to ensure a coherent, pan-African, approach to future opportunities where possible.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead the West Africa trade team’s effort to spot the developing and growing sectors of the economy in Nigeria and across the region; identify those opportunities where British business could be successful; develop a coherent and compelling evidence base to demonstrate the multi-million pound scale of these opportunities; and work with UK companies to help position them for business success, to demonstrate the value and potential in new sectors; Work with colleagues in East and Southern Africa to identify synergies and linkages between current and future business opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Essential Qualifications and Experience  

    • Strong oral and written English communication skills;
    • 2+ years of relevant experience especially in large, complex environments, in particular a sales background;
    • Excellent IT skills with ability in MS Office suite applications e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
    • Experience in research ;
    • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines;
    • Resourcefulness in solving problems;
    • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with high level officials;
    • Flexible, etc (see other job descriptions);
    • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
    • Superior professionalism and judgment;
    • Strong work ethic

    Required Competencies:

    • Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service

    Remuneration
    Starting monthly salary: N704,848


    Start Date  

    1st January, 2017

    End Date  

    31st December, 2018

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    Trade Officer on Future Opportunities

     

    Grade: B3 (L)
    Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
    Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Department for International Trade roles)
    Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

    Job Description

    • Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, the continents largest oil producer and population coupled with long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK. It has huge long-term economic potential with vast natural resources and a young and growing population. As a result Nigeria offers a wide array of business opportunities, especially in the oil and ags sector but also increasingly in areas such as  renewable energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Current trade figures are good but we want to do better.  
    • As part of the British Government’s commitment to increasing UK exports worldwide to £1 trillion by 2020, the UK’s trade team in Nigeria, with offices in both Lagos and Abuja, is developing a trade strategy to identify and better tap into this vast potential and increase tradebetween the UK and West Africa. The Nigeria team is also shifting to a regional approach, working with trade colleagues in Ghana, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to maximise the trading relationship with the UK across West Africa.
    • We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong attention to detail, ability to take the initiative, work accurately within deadlines and with limited supervision, and be a strong team member who works collaboratively.

    Your Key Responsibilities

    • You will be Working with the Future Opportunities team leader, based in Lagos, and another Futures Officer in Accra, Ghana to understand the business sectors in Nigeria with the greatest potential for British companies to succeed in, outside of oil and gas.
    • Develop a comprehensive research strategy covering Nigeria, to seek out potential big high value opportunities in the multi million pound range, to help enable UK companies to achieve maximum opportunity of winning contracts; 
    • develop a coherent and compelling evidence base to demonstrate the multi-million pound scale of these opportunities in Nigeria  
    • Work with UK companies to help position them for business success, to demonstrate the value and potential in new sectors; Work with colleagues in East and Southern Africa to identify synergies and linkages between current and future business opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Work with the West Africa Trade Director, Head of Trade for Nigeria and the High Commissioner to plan and undertake visits to States across Nigeria in a carefully co-ordinated fashion, where the best potential opportunities have been identified.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Support the Future Opportunities team leader in Lagos to build a coherent plan to develop potential opportunities  into actual business success for UK companies;
    • Represent the Nigeria trade team in Abuja as the only team member operating there, including contributing to delivery of the team’s business targets and ensuring opportunities and interactions in Abuja are communicated and shared with the team in a timely manner.
    • Build relationships with Nigerian Government Departments, agencies, companies and other organisations, to support the trade team’s ability to help British companies position themselves appropriately to land business deals.
    • Develop a coherent and targeted travel plan for the High Commissioner and Trade Director to pursue business matters and build further insight into opportunities across Nigeria, providing timely reports to the trade team of such meetings and activity.Work closely with colleagues across the UK Government platform in Nigeria to share information and co-ordinate trade-relevant visits and activity;
    • Attend some out of hours events, such as receptions, to build relationships with relevant Nigerian contacts. 

    Essential Qualifications and Experience 

    • You must have a strong oral and written English communication skills;
    • 2+ years of relevant experience especially in large, complex environments,especially with a sales background;
    • Excellent IT skills with ability in MS Office suite applications e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
    • Research background;
    • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines;
    • Resourcefulness in solving problems;
    • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with high level officials;
    • Flexible;
    • Strong organisational skills and keen attention to detail;
    • Superior professionalism and judgment;
    • Strong work ethic.

    Desirable qualifications and experience:

    • Prior experience of working with the UK Government

    Required competencies:

    • Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service

    Remuneration
    Starting monthly salary: N493,126.

    Other benefits and conditions of employment:

    • There will be travel requirements and opportunities both within Abuja and Nigeria.

    Start Date  
    3rd January, 2017.

    End Date  

    31st December, 2018.

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    Trade Adviser on Infrastructure & Transport, Department for International Trade (DIT), British Deputy High Commission Lagos, Nigeria

     

    Grade: C4 (L)
    Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
    Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
    Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

    Main Purpose of Job

    • Based in the UK Government’s trade team in Nigeria to lead work on Infrastructure & Transport with a   primary focus on maximising the export of British goods and services to the Infrastructure   & Transport sectors in Nigeria and West Africa.
    • This will include building relationships  with major players in the relevant sectors in Nigeria and other markets in West Africa to help identify potential opportunities for UK firms ; and supporting British companies and facilitating commercial partnerships that   result in British businesses landing deals that generate exports from the UK.
    • It will also involve working closely with the  UK’s Department for International Trade's Infrastructure & Transport  teams and specialists, based in London, along with UK government teams across the UK and UK Export Finance, as well as colleagues inNigeria, Ghana and beyond.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa,   the continent’s   largest oil producer and population coupled with long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK.
    • It has huge long-term economic potential with vast natural resources and a young and growing population. As a result Nigeria offers a wide array of business opportunities,  especially in the oil and gas sector but also increasingly in areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Current trade figures are good but we want to do better.
    • As part of the British Government’s commitment to increasing UK exports worldwide to £1   trillion by 2020, the UK’s trade team in Nigeria, with offices in both Lagos   and Abuja, is developing a trade strategy to identify and better tap into   this vast potential and increase trade between the UK and West Africa.
    • The Nigeria team is also shifting to a regional approach, working with trade colleagues in Ghana, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to maximise the trading relationship with the UK   across West Africa.
    • We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong attention to detail, ability to take   the initiative, work accurately within deadlines and with limited supervision, and be a strong team member who works collaboratively.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Identifying and delivering a pipeline of commercial opportunities in Nigeria and wider West Africa for UK companies in the Infrastructure and Transport sectors, in consultation with the relevant teams and specialists in the UK’s Department for International Trade and the Trade Director for West Africa .
    • Developing and implementing a multi-year High Value Campaign for Infrastructure and Transport in West   Africa to support UK companies in bidding for and winning multi-million pound  commercial deals.
    • You will lead West Africa’s   trade activity in the infrastructure and transport sectors, working closely   with colleagues in Nigeria, Ghana and elsewhere to identify opportunities for   UK companies to pursue major commercial deals, building a healthy pipeline of   potential deals; and working with British businesses to best position them  for success;
    • You will work closely with   the UK Department for International Trade’s infrastructure and transport   teams and experts to develop and implement a multi-year campaign that enables UK companies to land multi-million pound contracts;
    • You will work with colleagues in Nigeria and wider West Africa to develop good relationships with sector-specific business people and government leaders, to support the aspirations of British businesses in pursuit of major deals;
    • Line Management responsibility for the Infrastructure & Transport Team (currently 1   Intern in Nigeria) and delivering through others across the trade teams in West Africa.
    • You will lead West Africa’s   trade activity in the infrastructure and transport sectors, working closely   with colleagues in Nigeria, Ghana and elsewhere to identify opportunities for   UK companies to pursue major commercial deals, building a healthy pipeline of   potential deals; and working with British businesses to best position them   for success;
    • You will work closely with   the UK Department for International Trade’s infrastructure and transport   teams and experts to develop and implement a multi-year campaign that enables   UK companies to land multi-million pound contracts;
    • You  will work with colleagues in Nigeria and wider West Africa to develop good   relationships with sector-specific business people and government leaders, to   support the aspirations of British businesses in pursuit of major deals;
    • Line Management   responsibility for the Infrastructure & Transport Team (currently 1   Intern in Nigeria) and delivering through others across the trade teams in  West Africa.

    Essential Qualifications and Experience  

    • Have worked within Nigeria's Infrastructure and Transport sectors for a minimum 2 years;
    • Strong oral and written English communicationskills;
    • Excellent IT skills with ability in MS Office suite applications e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines;
    • Resourcefulness in solving problems;Good interpersonal skills and  comfortable dealing with high level officials and senior business people;
    • Flexible, adaptable and resilient;
    • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
    • Superior professionalism and judgment;
    • Strong work ethic

    Desirable Qualifications and Experience:  

    • 2+ years of relevant experience especially in large, complex environments in particular sales;
    • Prior experience of working with the UK Government;
    • Experience of working with multi-year campaigns

    Required Competencies: 

    • Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service

    Remuneration
    Starting monthly salary: N704,848

    Start Date
     
    1st January, 2017

    End Date  
    31st December, 2017

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    Note

    • Please complete the application form in full.
    • Failure to do so may result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the position.
    • Employees recruited locally by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
    • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
    • 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.
    • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
    • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
    • 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 refer to AO grade on UK Civil Service Framework)
    • Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
    • The British Deputy High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.

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