British High Commission Hot Naija Vacancy 2011: Project Officer

The British High Commission Abuja has the following vacancy in its Political Section:

Position: LE II Full Time Project Officer

Job Summary

To support the security-related training programme of the High Commission, consisting of at least 3 projects running over the 2011/12 financial year. Taking lead responsibility for liaising with training staff from the UK, budget monitoring, coordinating and evaluating projects. To make regular reports to senior High Commission staff on the progress of the programme. To organise related visits of British officials to Nigeria and vice versa. The Project Officer will report to a Political Officer in the Political Section.

Specific responsibilities include:
? Liaising with UK-based trainers to agree details for training courses such as dates, venue, participant details etc.
? In line with Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance, drafting contracts for delivery of projects
? Drafting official requests to the Nigerian Government on training projects
? Organising effective visits to and from Nigeria of UK-based trainers and UK-based officials, including facilitating visa applications, booking accommodation and making other relevant arrangements such as helping to arrange meeting programmes
? Financial management of the security policy programme, including compliance with Foreign and Commonwealth Office best practice and its payment system
? Producing evaluative reports on the security policy programme for the parent department in London
? Liaising with the British Council Kano and, where applicable, the Department for International Development in Nigeria to gain their input into the delivery of projects
? Drafting regular written updates on progress of the projects to your line manager and senior staff of the High Commission Identifying opportunities to improve the security policy programme and help secure additional funds where necessary, including assistance to the Political Section on development of bids
Qualities Needed

This is an exciting new position. We are looking for a high quality candidate with excellent project management ability. The successful applicant will have very good communication and organisational skills. They will work quickly and accurately, often under pressure, have a positive approach to tackling problems and a willingness to take on new challenges. Key qualities will be drive, resilience, flexibility and an ability to deliver effective results independently. Good people skills are essential. The job will involve regular contact with a wide range of stakeholders, including British Government officials.

Previous experience of working within a project team or other office environment, competence with computers and relevant programmes (MS Word, Excel and Outlook) is essential.

This is a full time position with working hours 8am – 4pm, Monday to Thursday and 8am – 1pm Friday. The job will be graded LE II with a monthly starting salary of N329,656 including allowances. Successful candidates who are not liable to pay Nigerian tax will be subject to a 10 % notional tax deduction on the basic salary.

This position is for a fixed contract of one year, which may or may not be renewed on termination, depending on the availability of funding and the performance of the job holder.

Please note that this position is open only to UK passport holders and will be subject to security clearance.

All those interested in applying should send a CV (which should include contact phone number); passport size photograph and covering letter detailing relevant experience to the following address:

Human Resources Assistant
British High Commission
No. 33, Dangote House
P. O. Box 4808
Aguiyi Ironsi Street

Or by e-mail to:

Deadline for Applications: Friday 3rd June 2011

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered. Telephone applications and enquiries will also not be accepted. Only applicants called for interview will be contacted.


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