Fresh Graduate Job Recruitment at British High Commission [2 positions]

Posted on :

10 Oct, 2016

Category :

Administrative Jobs in Nigeria, Graduate Jobs in Nigeria, International Jobs in Nigeria

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We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Nigeria Programme Officer
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 12 months
Type of Post: British High Commission
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Political

Main Purpose of the Job

  • This is an excellent programme officer role in the West Africa Regional Conflict and Security Team, in the British High Commission in Abuja.
  • This dynamic and growing team has a regional remit in support of upstream conflict prevention, rapid crises response and security in the West Africa and security sector institutional reform. The team currently oversees £30m p.a programmes across West Africa region supporting a range of UK Government departments in Nigeria, the Sahel and Manu River Union (MRU) such as the Foreign Office (FCO), Department for International Development (DFID), Ministry of Defence (MOD) and National Crime Agency (NCA).
  • The job holder will be responsible for the effective management of programmes and underpinning projects funded by the CSSF in Nigeria (and wider West Africa as needed).
  • This involves working with programme leads, implementing partners and stakeholders to help manage and monitor projects within the CSSF portfolio to time, cost and quality.

Roles and Responsibilities
Programme Management:

  • Oversee and support the programme management of approximately £23m CSSF funds p.a. in Nigeria being delivered by lead departments and external implementers.
  • Work with relevant lead departments to run procurement processes and draft and agree contracts with implementing partners.
  • Oversee programmes to ensure that delivery is to time, cost and quality. Identify problems and success, escalating as needed.
  • Create and maintain schedule of key projects and programme milestones (start/end dates, report due dates, monitoring visits required for evaluations).
  • Liaise with finance officer on ensuring accurate and timely budget and spend figures are provided by the Nigeria programme.
  • First point of contact for implementers on management and delivery.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E):

  • Undertake regular reporting on projects progress to the Head of CSSF West Africa and team, CSSF Working Group and Local Strategy Board chaired by the DHC and HC respectively.Work with programme leads and implementing partners to monitor progress against set criteria to deliver programme and component objectives.
  • Ensure regular reporting from implementing partners against their programme and projects plans.
  • Highlight successes, risks and opportunities, and help identify and assess new projects.
  • Arrange review visits drawing on in-house or external expertise.
  • Ensure feedback from monitoring is acted on by implementing partners and relevant stakeholders.

Wider Duties:

  • Support wider West Africa programme work as needed.
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder communication plan
  • Secretariat support to the Nigeria Strategy Board.

Essential Qualifications and Experience  

  • BA Degree or above from an internationally accredited university.
  • Successful project management experience (ideally working for international agencies, governments and/or NGOs)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly organised, strong attention to detail and able to take initiative and to work accurately within deadlines.
  • Strong team player, at ease working with a wide range of actors, including UK diplomats, military and development officials, Nigerian government and NGOs

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience working on peace, conflict and security issues in Nigeria.
  • Qualifications in project/programme management or finance.
  • IT skills, MS Office applications e.g. Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Numerical and budget management skills, with ability to report against agreed criteria.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation experience.

Required competencies:

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

Starting monthly Salary: N493, 126

Start Date

1st November, 2016.

Application Closing Date  

20th October, 2016.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should
Click here to apply online 



Job Title: Administrative Officer, Counter-Terrorism (18/16 ABJ)
Grade: A2 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 12 months
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Political

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 

Main purpose  of Job:

  • This is a new position as an administrative officer for counter-terrorism (CT) colleagues within the British High Commission in Abuja. The jobholder will provide support across the mission’s CT work. This will include support for First Secretary CT (line manager for the postion, also a new slot), First Secretary Home Affairs, SO15 Counter-Terrorism Police Liaison Officers (CTPLOs) and Criminal Justice and Crisis Response Teams.
  • The successful candidate will need excellent administration skills, and to be able to   prioritise and cope well under pressure.   On any given day, they will be working to a variety of Chancery colleagues and across various projects, with changing circumstances and priorities.
  • They will need to be proactive (for example, resolving issues by a telephone call or visit where   more appropriate), have good judgement (including knowing when to escalate issues to team members) and be highly organised, keeping track of deadlines  and requests.
  • This will be a varied and interesting position – the jobholder can expect to get a good background on CT work across the mission. As well as the core duties set out in the job description, there will be scope to get out and about and more directly involved in your CT colleagues’ work, from helping them to deliver training or crisis exercising, acting as a note-taker at external meetings, and helping to look after official visitors that might range from senior UK judges, police or counter-terrorism experts.
  • There will be numerous opportunities to learn and develop, including by shadowing colleagues dealing with policy, financial, and programme management work.

Roles and Responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  • Routine administrative support including bulk printing/photocopying/collating   briefing or training packs
  • Meeting  co-ordination, including booking internal or external rooms, making diary appointments or invitations and arranging IT/catering/etc as required
  • Arranging programmes for official visitors, including making flight and hotel bookings, facilitating visas, and passing on information to visitors on issues such as  security, invoicing etc.
  • General support to the team including co-ordinating stationery orders, transport requests, IT requests, drafting of meeting agendas, invitations or other documents as required.
  • Information management including managing the shared folder and ensuring paper and   electronic filing, storage and security of documents (particularly key documents such as briefings, contracts, invoices)
  • Establishing and maintaining a contacts list for Chancery CT colleagues.
  • Supporting the team’s move to the new BHC premises in May 2016, including ensuring assets & documentation moved over securely and keeping track of  colleagues’ contact details.
  • Supporting operational deployments of CTPLOs within Nigeria and the Lake Chad region including travel and accommodation bookings, and processing of expense claims.
  • Overall, co-ordinating administrative activities to ensure that the day-to-day operational needs of the team are met.

Essential Qualifications and Experience 

  • Experience of providing administrative support in a busy working environment
  • A high level of oral and written English skills
  • Strong organisational skills including attending to detail, keeping track of deadlines, and ability to manage own work with limited supervision
  • Strong collaborative skills including professional and confident communication with external stakeholders and team members
  • IT skills including in MS Office applications Word and Excel

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Prior experience of working with the UK or other governments, NGOs or similar oganisations
  • Additonal IT skills including Powerpoint
  • Project management skills or experience
  • Knowledge / interest in counter-terrorism issues in Nigeria

Required competencies:

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

Starting monthly salary N360,778

Application Closing Date 

12th October, 2016.

Start Date 
1st November, 2016

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



  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja 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:
  • Successful candidates not resident in Country will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.
  • Complete the application form in full as the information provided will be used for screening purposes.
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