Recruitment 2020: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

“Foreign and Commonwealth Office Recruitment 2020”

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for Foreign and Commonwealth Office Recruitment 2020.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, commonly called the Foreign Office, is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide. It was created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office.

Job Description

  • Company: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location: Ghana
  • State: Accra
  • Job type: Full-Time

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Infrastructure Trade Adviser

Job Purpose

The UK government has committed to radically expand its presence in Africa. This will be the most significant and long-term increase in HMG staff across the African continent in a generation. This role offers applicants the opportunity to help shape this new, long-term UK partnership for prosperity and stability with Africa.

You will join the Department for International Trade’s Africa network, providing crucial leadership and expertise as part of our expansion. You will be networked closely with colleagues from across HMG working on prosperity issues as DIT can only successfully deliver our commercial ambitions by working seamlessly as part of joint and coordinated prosperity teams alongside the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we expand our resources and ambition to deliver the objectives contained within the DIT Africa Regional Trade Plan.

The Government of Ghana has ambitious plans for infrastructure development and the UK is a strong and reliable partner on infrastructure development. There is an opportunity to strengthen the UK-Ghana partnership on infrastructure further, using the UK-Ghana Business Council as a vehicle. This role will seek to maximise the capacity of the UK private sector to contribute to Ghana’s ambitious infrastructure development plans, leading the development and execution of a strategy that harnesses UK capabilities and products to meet demand in Ghana. The impact of COVID-19 will present both challenges and opportunities for the UK’s trade presence in Ghana, and the post holder will need to have a strong focus on how the UK infrastructure offer can support Ghana’s post-COVID-19 recovery.

What will the jobholder be expected to achieve:

We are looking for someone with credible private sector experience, ideally in the infrastructure sector, with the gravitas to form and manage relationships with senior people in both the private sector and government departments. This role will require an organized, strategic thinker, with an ability to take initiative and spot opportunities, working collaboratively with others to execute these opportunities as deals. The post holder will need to develop and execute a comprehensive plan that will position the UK as a partner of choice for infrastructure in Ghana. This will be particularly important in supporting a strong UK-Ghana approach to a green post-COVID-19 recovery. With a broad remit, the post holder will be required to shape this role to bring maximum impact for both the UK infrastructure sector and the UK’s relationship with Ghana more broadly.

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Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction for DIT infrastructure activity in Ghana, identifying and regularly reviewing priorities for trade, and investment, ensuring that these are fully aligned to the UK-Ghana Business Council priorities, the Africa Regional Trade Plan and Ghana’s approach to COVID-19 economic recovery;
  • Build and maintain a network of contacts in the Government of Ghana and UK private sector to support pipeline development;
  • Identify and deliver a pipeline of export business opportunities in Ghana for UK companies in the infrastructure sector, in consultation with business and based on an understanding of UK business interests and capability;
  • Market the UK’s capability in infrastructure to key stakeholders in the Ghanaian public and private sectors, to help land multi-million-pound deals;
  • Work closely with the DIT Investment Advisor and UK Export Finance to ensure that UK companies have the financial support they require to export to Ghana;
  • Lead both outward and inward trade missions to support UK trade and investment opportunities;
  • Providing input into briefings for ministers and senior officials as required.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • No direct reports.
  • Some budget responsibilities may be delegated on a project basis.

  • Have worked within Ghana’s private sector in business development for major local or international companies, for a minimum of 4 years;
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills;
  • Relevant work experience, a track record of delivery through collaboration and partnering in complex environments;
  • Campaign or project management experience, a strong eye for business in identifying potential business partners; capacity to identify gaps and barriers for market creation opportunities in the assigned country;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Resourcefulness in solving problems;
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with senior officials and business  people;
  • Flexible, adaptable and resilient;
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail.

  • 2+ years of relevant experience in the infrastructure sector;
  • Experience of working on multi-year campaigns on business development.
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Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service

How to Apply

Interested candidates should Click here to submit a CV and Application letter.
Application Deadline: 23rd June 2020.

Job Title: Trade and Market Access Officer

Roles

  1. Outreach to exporters, importers, and investors to monitor and identify the challenges faced by companies trying to access the Ghanaian market (e.g. local content requirements, customs clearance procedures, intellectual property issues, etc). Understand the scale and impact of those barriers, especially from an inclusive growth and sustainable development perspective (as well as specific commercial opportunities identified by DIT) and understand the Government of Ghana’s motivations for introducing them.
  2. Develop and manage HMG’s political response to these challenges by working with colleagues in DIT, the FCO, and DFID. Prioritise barriers and devise strategies to overcome them through a mixture of different instruments (lobbying, technical assistance, high-level interventions, etc).
  3. Feed into centrally run systems aiming to bring coherence into DIT’s work into Market Access barriers (the Digital Market Access Service) and ongoing Ministerial-level dialogue on Economic Development between the UK and Ghana. This includes using the Digital Market Access Service in Ghana to recognise the top 10 barriers faced by UK business when exporting/investing into the Ghanaian market, through uploading newly identified barriers, update with progress on the resolution, working closely with the DIT Market Access colleagues and analysts in London to aid the resolution and in the longer-term prioritization of the barriers in terms of their economic and strategic value.
  4. Develop networks with key partners to get a deeper understanding of Ghana’s regulatory bodies having a bearing on trade and investment. Partners will include:
  • Relevant government ministries
  • Ghanaian businesses and international firms operating in Ghana
  • Academic institutions
  • Business organisations.

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, commercial law, or related fields.
  • At least three years of professional work experience – preferably with exposure to policymaking.
  • Proven analytical skills, ability to understand and communicate complex policy issues effectively to non-specialist audiences.
  • Excellent collaboration skills, including the ability to work with colleagues in other departments.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in, sustainable development.

  • Postgraduate degree or professional qualification in, economics, commercial law, or related fields.
  • Experience of policy-making, particularly in trade policy or economic policy-related fields.

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

How to Apply

Interested candidates should Click here to submit a CV and Application letter.
Application Deadline: 10th June 2020.

Job Title: Investment Advisor

Position Entitlements

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This is a new role and the post holder will lead on DIT’s ODI, investment and project financing work in Ghana, supporting the UK’s ambition to become Ghana’s investor of choice and significantly increase UK investment stock in Ghana. Protecting the interests of UK investors, and supporting greater levels of investment to support post-COVID-19 recovery will be central to this role. We are looking for someone with credible experience in attracting and structuring investments. The role will be cross-sector but with a particular focus on the UK-Ghana Business Council’s six sectors of choice. The post holder will work closely with DFID, FCO, and DIT’s Africa Director for Investment to develop a clear UK offer and a pipeline of bankable projects, resulting in a 5% year on year increase of UK investment in Ghana. The role will focus on:

  • Developing and leading the execution of a cross-government UK-Ghana investment strategy, with a strong focus on post-COVID-19 recovery;
  • Working with UK government colleagues and the UK private sector in both London and Ghana to ensure a coherent UK investment offer is developed and communicated effectively;
  • Developing and supporting to execution a pipeline of investable projects;
  • Develop and maintain a network of key UK investors, including supporting the Africa Investors Group and establishing a Ghana-focused UK investors group;
  • Working to develop project financing options for UK companies wishing to export to Ghana;
  • Developing and potentially leading UK-led investment support programmes in Ghana.

  • 3+ years experience of structuring and facilitating investments in either the private or public sector, ideally on an international basis;
  • Strong understanding of project finance options, including public-private partnerships;
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills;
  • Relevant work experience, a track record of delivery through collaboration and partnering in complex environments;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Resourcefulness in solving problems;
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with senior officials and business people.

  • Private sector banking experience;
  • Experience working with, or understanding of, green financing options;
  • Experience in managing ODA programmes.

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

How to Apply

Interested candidates should Click here to submit a CV and Application letter.
Application Deadline: 9th June 2020.