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Latest Job Recruitment At The British High Commission

Date Posted: 17/Mar/2017
Deadline: 19/Mar/2017

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Programme Manager, CT Crisis Response Programme 
Ref No: 01/17 ABJ
Location: Abuja
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Duration of Post: 12 months
Start Date: 1st April 2017 
Main Purpose of Job 


  • The primary aim of the Crisis Response Programme is to support Nigeria in developing a crisis management and response system with full doctrine, based on HMG’s expertise, including with COBR (the Cabinet Office Briefing Room).
  • The programme is now in its delivery phase and contributes to the objectives set out in the UK National Security Council’s strategy for Nigeria. Its work has, and continues to, improve the potential Nigerian response to terrorism incidents, and is providing wider crisis management skills to over 26 departments and agencies via a cross-governmental working group. Typical activities include regular Working Group meetings, [up to] Ministerial-level Table Top Exercises and live Crisis Response Exercises.
  • A core part of the position will be supporting the programme lead in delivering programme assurance, financial management and risk management. Typical tasks here would include drafting working group minutes (coupled with associated WG subjects), helping to compile reports back to London, reporting on programme milestones, new risks, and giving financial headlines.
  • There would also be ad-hoc administrative duties such as collation of training packs, arranging visit programmes, and general support to the programme lead. However, there would also be opportunities to deputise, and as part of your day-to-day responsibilities you would accompany him on stakeholder calls, exercises and to training events.
  • There will be numerous opportunities to learn and develop, including by shadowing the programme lead and Chancery colleagues dealing with other CT programmes, financial and political work.
  • Work is also growing in scope beyond Abuja, as the programme has begun reaching out to Lagos and, in due course, Port Harcourt, with a view to commencing active support.
  • The Crisis Response Team would consist of the programme lead (SME), yourself, and some administrative support; as a result, this will be a varied position requiring a flexible approach.

Roles and Responsibilities/What will the Job holder be expected to achieve? 

  • Completing the monthly programme report for JOPP (Joint Overseas Protect and Prepare) Unit (and CTD as applicable) including information on programme achievements, milestones, risks and finances.
  • Drafting Working Group minutes, update the Action Plan matrix, update the sync matrix, and update amendments to the CT CR doctrine.
  • Supporting the programme lead’s local stakeholder management – including ensuring the smooth running of the Crisis Response Working Group (comprising over 26 Nigerian Ministries or Agencies) and working primarily with the President Command Control Communications Centre (PC4), and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).
  • In addition, building and maintaining relationships with other CT programmes in the mission, with JOPP, CTD, and the NU in London and cross-HMG where appropriate.
  • Information management including managing the shared folder, and ensuring key documents such as briefings, contracts and invoices are registered or stored as appropriate.
  • Overall, delivering efficient management of the program, but covering other operational tasks and providing general support to the programme lead as required.
  • Ensuring that all key programme management activities are carried out in accordance with FCO (and HO when considering JOPP) rules, procedures and best practices.
  • Financial management, including ensuring value for money, that expenditure is correctly tracked and recorded, and compiling forecasts for additional expenditure and/or next financial year including cost estimates and business cases.

Essential Qualifications and Experience  

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Project management skills or experience.
  • Knowledge/interest in counter-terrorism issues in Nigeria.
  • UK security clearance to Official-Sensitive or higher. 
  • A ‘cold-start’ with restrictions may apply while the appropriate security clearance is being applied for.

Required Competencies: 

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


  • Starting monthly salary N521, 826

Additional Information 

  • Please complete the application form in full. Failure to do so may result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the position.
  • 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 Nigeria will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.  
  • Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.

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