British High Commission (BHC) Nigeria Job Recruitment (5 Positions)

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We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Sector Director: Finance and Professional Services (FPS) – Department for International Trade

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Ref.: 06/21 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Grade: C5 (L)
Type of Position: Permanent
Working hours per week: 36
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Job Subcategory: DIT
Start Date: 1 June 2021

Overview
The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) operates in 23 of Africa’s nations. As the UK Government Department promoting free trade and open market access, UK exports and UK business overseas investment, we support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, through modern, dynamic and long-term trade and investment partnerships delivering mutual benefit for the UK and Africa. DIT brings together policy, promotion, and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment in markets across the world, to help businesses succeed.

This is a great opportunity to lead work in Africa in a very important sector for the UK and for Africa. The UK offer is very strong globally, and is comprehensive, and includes world class capability in banking, insurance, asset management, corporate finance, raising finance, legal and advisory services, with the City of London the centre for international finance, and a strong track record in innovation in areas such as Fintech and green finance.

Your job will be to work with African buyers and UK companies. You will help UK firms to create new, and expand existing business, and build up investments in Africa. This includes identifying the best opportunities, strategies and markets together with UK companies. You will help DIT country teams to understand FPS, and to work effectively in support of UK business interests in their countries. You will work in partnership with leading UK businesses to help facilitate improved business access to the African markets.

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You will develop a strong understanding of the current state of FPS in Africa, the greatest opportunities for the UK, identifying the new projects on the horizon. You will understand barriers to trade and investment, and work with colleagues to address these barriers. You will engage UK companies early on opportunities in Africa. You will identify and liaise with key buyers (Government and Private), increase their understanding of UK expertise, and help key buyers to engage with UK companies. You will deliver a small number of very high quality events that reflect the unique quality of the UK offer in FPS, and that advance our interests with key buyers.

The job holder will join a dynamic network of committed trade officers working to support UK business interests and Africa’s economic growth. This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we deliver on our ambition to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of choice.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • You will lead and deliver DIT Africa’s Sector work in the FPS sector.
  • You will develop and lead the delivery of a clear sector plan with goals, milestones and deliverables.
  • You will create greater awareness in the UK, organise focussed sector events, and provide an evidence based view of the key areas for UK business engagement.
  • You will create a pipeline of key projects and opportunities, and ensure there is appropriate and strong support for UK companies in making progress on these projects. You will lead a pan-Africa virtual sector team working in the sector. You will work together with the DIT UK sector headquarters.
  • You will do this working through your virtual team across the continent, providing them with direction, helping to upskill them, and ensuring a consistent high standard of delivery and service.
  • You will develop strong relationships with major UK companies, through a strategic relationship management programme, working to understand their strategy and objectives, delivering support for them which matches their needs.
  • You will also develop relationships with buyer Governments, and your role will include some occasional travel when conditions permit to African countries and the UK
  • You will ensure alignment with other HMG work streams where relevant, for example Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the FCDO.
  • You will also develop strong relationships with the London Stock Exchange Group, the City of London, the Green Finance Institute and other key partners in the financial and professional services sectors.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • Team of around 8 advisers, who you will matrix manage in coordination with their Country Directors.
  • Operational budgets for travel and subsistence, and marketing and communications.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Undergraduate Degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in the FPS sectors, at least five, preferably 10 years’ experience working in finance or associated sectors.
  • Experience of leading teams across Africa.
  • Experience of working with business at a senior level, with government departments, and similar institutions
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see a way through challenges.

Desirable Qualification, Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the UK, and a keen interest in sustainable development.

Required Competencies:

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

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

  • This role provides excellent opportunities to grow and develop given its pan-Africa leadership role.
  • You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCDO learning and development opportunities including the FCDO’s Diplomatic Academy 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 FCDO’s pan-African Emerging Leadership Programme.

Working Patterns:

  • Flexible working is possible but please note that the role is likely to involve some evening commitments and regular travel to the UK and across Africa, notwithstanding any changes in working practices as a result of the current Covid situation.

Starting Monthly Salary

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  • N1,266,591.88

Application Closing Date
22nd April, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Sector Director: Finance and Professional Services (FPS) – Department for International Trade

Ref.: 07/21 LOS
Location: Lagos
Grade: C5 (L)
Type of Position: Permanent
Working hours per week: 36
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Job Subcategory: DIT
Start Date: 1 June 2021

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Overview
The UK Department for International Trade (DIT) operates in 23 of Africa’s nations. As the UK Government Department promoting free trade and open market access, UK exports and UK business overseas investment, we support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, through modern, dynamic and long-term trade and investment partnerships delivering mutual benefit for the UK and Africa. DIT brings together policy, promotion, and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment in markets across the world, to help businesses succeed.

This is a great opportunity to lead work in Africa in a very important sector for the UK and for Africa. The UK offer is very strong globally, and is comprehensive, and includes world class capability in banking, insurance, asset management, corporate finance, raising finance, legal and advisory services, with the City of London the centre for international finance, and a strong track record in innovation in areas such as Fintech and green finance.

Your job will be to work with African buyers and UK companies. You will help UK firms to create new, and expand existing business, and build up investments in Africa. This includes identifying the best opportunities, strategies and markets together with UK companies. You will help DIT country teams to understand FPS, and to work effectively in support of UK business interests in their countries. You will work in partnership with leading UK businesses to help facilitate improved business access to the African markets.

You will develop a strong understanding of the current state of FPS in Africa, the greatest opportunities for the UK, identifying the new projects on the horizon. You will understand barriers to trade and investment, and work with colleagues to address these barriers. You will engage UK companies early on opportunities in Africa. You will identify and liaise with key buyers (Government and Private), increase their understanding of UK expertise, and help key buyers to engage with UK companies. You will deliver a small number of very high quality events that reflect the unique quality of the UK offer in FPS, and that advance our interests with key buyers.

The job holder will join a dynamic network of committed trade officers working to support UK business interests and Africa’s economic growth. This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we deliver on our ambition to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of choice.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • You will lead and deliver DIT Africa’s Sector work in the FPS sector.
  • You will develop and lead the delivery of a clear sector plan with goals, milestones and deliverables.
  • You will create greater awareness in the UK, organise focussed sector events, and provide an evidence based view of the key areas for UK business engagement.
  • You will create a pipeline of key projects and opportunities, and ensure there is appropriate and strong support for UK companies in making progress on these projects. You will lead a pan-Africa virtual sector team working in the sector. You will work together with the DIT UK sector headquarters.
  • You will do this working through your virtual team across the continent, providing them with direction, helping to upskill them, and ensuring a consistent high standard of delivery and service.
  • You will develop strong relationships with major UK companies, through a strategic relationship management programme, working to understand their strategy and objectives, delivering support for them which matches their needs.
  • You will also develop relationships with buyer Governments, and your role will include some occasional travel when conditions permit to African countries and the UK
  • You will ensure alignment with other HMG work streams where relevant, for example Official Development Assistance (ODA) through the FCDO.
  • You will also develop strong relationships with the London Stock Exchange Group, the City of London, the Green Finance Institute and other key partners in the financial and professional services sectors.

Resources Managed (Staff and Expenditure):

  • Team of around 8 advisers, who you will matrix manage in coordination with their Country Directors.
  • Operational budgets for travel and subsistence, and marketing and communications.

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

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  • Undergraduate Degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in the FPS sectors, at least five, preferably 10 years’ experience working in finance or associated sectors.
  • Experience of leading teams across Africa.
  • Experience of working with business at a senior level, with government departments, and similar institutions
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see a way through challenges.

Desirable Qualification, Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the UK, and a keen interest in sustainable development.

Required Competencies:

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

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

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  • This role provides excellent opportunities to grow and develop given its pan-Africa leadership role.
  • You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCDO learning and development opportunities including the FCDO’s Diplomatic Academy 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 FCDO’s pan-African Emerging Leadership Programme.

Working Patterns:

  • Flexible working is possible but please note that the role is likely to involve some evening commitments and regular travel to the UK and across Africa, notwithstanding any changes in working practices as a result of the current Covid situation.

Starting Monthly Salary

  • N1,266,591.88

Application Closing Date
22nd April, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Job Title: Sector Specialist, AgriTech – Department for International Trade

Ref Id: 15 / 20 LOS
Location: Lagos
Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Job Subcategory: DIT
Start Date: 3 May 2021
Grade: D6 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Duration of Post: 12 months

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. 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.

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
NGN 1,854,742.06

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Other benefits and conditions of employment  
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

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  • 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 FCDO learning and development opportunities including the FCDO’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 FCDO’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
13th April, 2021.

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

Additional Information 

  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • This role is Lagos based and reports to the Head of Digital Access Programme in Nigeria, also based in Lagos.
  • There will be travel requirements and opportunities both within Lagos and Nigeria.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in Nigeria with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • Staff members recruited locally by the British High Commission in Lagos 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 on the successful applicant.
  • 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

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