British Embassy hunts for a political officer
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Job Category Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory Political
Main purpose of job:
The UK’s relationship with Zimbabwe is growing and improving. This role is intended to be flexible, providing operational support to the Embassy’s political team while also allowing the job holder to develop a portfolio of political contact making and reporting.
The job holder will ensure that inward visits to the embassy from officials from the UK or by senior Embassy officials to areas outside Harare go smoothly.
They will support the wider work of the Political Section as necessary especially when the Embassy is delivering large public events.
They will have responsibility for a political portfolio, representing the Embassy at external events, developing contacts, and providing political reporting for senior readers. The content of the portfolio will be discussed with the job holder on appointment depending on their interests and prior experience, but could include local government and regional politics, wildlife and the environment and elements of Human Rights or opposition politics.
Roles and responsibilities:
To lead on vists for the section, organising programmes, ensuring logistical support and accompanying senior officials. This will include visits for senior members of the team to other parts of the country and inward visits from officials from London. (20%).
To support the work of the section as required. The role is envisaged to be flexible and will be required to help with the delivery of large events for the Embassy working with other members of the team. To ensure the Section’s management of information and contacts is accurate. (40%)
To deliver high quality political reporting and analysis covering both immediate events and a discrete political portfolio (likely to change but may initially include opposition parties, politics outside Harare, wildlife and the environment) working closely with the Second Secretary (Political) and the Senior Political Officer. To cover Senior Political Officer absences as required. (40%).
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
The successful applicant should have a degree in politics or a related field or relevant work experience in politics/research and analysis for government, a diplomatic mission, think tank or similar institution.
The applicant must be able to speak and write clearly and concisely to a high standard. The job holder must be a confident and skilled networker with strong organisational skills.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
Project and programme management skills would be an advantage.
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline 17 December 2018
Grade B3 (L)
Type of Position Fixed Term
Working hours per week 35
Duration of Post 36 months
Location (City) Harare
Type of Post British Embassy
Number of vacancies 1
Starting monthly salary (USD) $2815
Start Date 3 January 2019
Other benefits and conditions of employment
This will be a high paced and exciting role, giving the applicant a good chance to develop a strong personal network and develop their analytical skills orally and in writing. The applicant will have the chance to work at the heart of one of the most high profile Diplomatic Missions in Zimbabwe.
Occasional Home or remote working will be possible. Time Off in Lieu will be granted for anti-social hours worked.
Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Harare are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Zimbabwe.
All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
HM Treasury has issued an instruction to Government departments employing staff overseas, where they are not liable to local tax, that their salaries should be abated by an equivalent amount. The British Embassy currently has not implemented this policy, however, reserves the right to do so in future.
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
Successful candidates not resident in Zimbabwe will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.
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