Graduate Project Officer at the British High Commission (BHC)


British High Commission

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Project Officer (09/17 ABJ)

Job Type: Contract Full Time
Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
Experience: 1 year
Location: Abuja
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 7 months
Start Date: 1 September 2017

Main Purpose of Job

  • This is an exciting role in our large High Commission working to support both the Nigerian Government and inward investment from the UK across a number of different sectors.
  • The role will be based in Abuja, contributing to work being delivered by both our Political Section and the British Defence Staff (BDS) West Africa.
  • There may be opportunities to travel.
  • Reporting to the Programme Lead, the successful candidate will work within the British Military Advisory Training Team and wider West African Defence Section in a new Project Officer role.
  • They will deliver a variety of projects for the UK Government in Nigeria, in support of strategy for Nigeria, and working with Nigerian Government, UN agencies and UK businesses.
  • These will include (but won’t be limited to) work on bringing investment into the Niger Delta, on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and linked areas within the Defence Reform agenda.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead on delivery of various civilian and military capacity-building projects on maritime security and in the Niger Delta (Global Britain Fund and Conflict Security and Stability Fund).
  • Lead on UK Government  human rights risk assessments (the Overseas Security and Judicial Assistance process), monitor reporting,  establish financial arrangements needed for project delivery (using the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Oracle-based finance system); organise Pledge Letters / Contracts and payments.
  • Support the delivery of the Defence Reform agenda.
  • Ensure project work is joined up across HMG and with other actors (including National Crime Agency and Prosperity leads). Develop good working relationships with both military and civilians within the HMG Nigeria Network, consultants, other stakeholders and with Nigerian Government officials more senior than themselves.
  • Feed into the development of future programme work. Evaluate success.
  • Provide reporting to stakeholders in London and the region on the progress of maritime security issues and work in Nigeria.

Essential Qualifications and Experience 

  • One year experience on project management / delivery in an international environment – with Government or the NGO sector.
  • One year experience working at an equivalent level with a comparable organisation.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Evidence of maintaining effective professional networks of contacts
  • Resilience, flexibility and ability to deliver quality under pressure and strict timelines
  • Experience of working in security sector reform, judicial reform or with the military.
  • Experience of PRISM and Hyperion UK Government accounting systems.
  • The ability to work as part of a busy, creative team, as well as willingness to provide support to team members when needs be.

Required Competencies:

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service

Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment

  • There may be opportunities for flexible working patterns, and if required, should be discussed with the hiring manager.
  • Some travel within Nigeria may be required, with the possibility of some regional travel in addition.

Starting Monthly Salary
N 521, 826

Method of Application

Additional Information

  • Employees recruited locally by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos 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.
  • Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British Deputy High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.


Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should APPLY HERE

Deadline: 7th August, 2017