British High Commission in Accra Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Manager EO Jobs

British High Commission in Accra Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Manager EO Jobs

Main purpose of job:

BHC Accra is a large post, delivering high impact and complex policy, programmes and campaigns on the full breadth of the Africa Strategy. All staff embody the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s approach to cross-departmental ways of working and the High Commission aims to be a highly-inclusive place to work, celebrating a workforce with both diversity of thought and background.

To help achieve this the British High Commission takes a values-based approach to leadership and people management, and has a zero-tolerance for bullying and harassment. Our local values are Respect; Openness; and Honesty & Integrity. An understanding and commitment to inclusion and values-based leadership will be discussed during interview, and tested during a probationary period.

Ghana is a priority country for the UK and we are working across a wide array of development, diplomatic, environmental, security and other areas and linkages. Our people-to-people links are an essential tool in delivering shared objectives. The British-Ghanaian diaspora (over 100,000 strong and one of the UK’s largest) is a major soft power asset and is built on strong cultural and historical ties.

Over the period of the next Country Plan, with a dedicated Strategic Partnerships and Diaspora Relations Team, we will continue to develop and strengthen diaspora links and UK partnerships, making best use of well-established cultural tools such as: the British Council, the English Language, the BBC, sport, music and education.

This role will support the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Diaspora Relations’ strategic engagement with British Brands, capitalising on partnership opportunities that deepen UK-Ghana interest. The role also leads and oversees the end-to-end management of the yearly Chevening Scholarship scheme for Ghana, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso, as well as the International Leaders Programme and other Alumni programmes.

The job holder will be responsible for overseeing soft power activity, working closely with the soft power hub in London to deliver activity in Ghana. The role also covers oversight of core functions such as budget and procurement within the Strategic Partnerships and Diaspora Relations Team.

We are looking for an engaging and enthusiastic individual with strong evidence of an ability to lead and communicate effectively, and build strategic partnerships.

Roles and responsibilities:

The post will involve:

  • Oversight and support to the BHC’s strategic relationship with British brands, such as the British Council, the BBC, UK universities, Chevening
    scholarships, British sporting, clothing and food brands, etc. You will be acting as the key contact point, understanding our mutual strategic objectives and building opportunities for working together.

  • Lead oversight of the Chevening Scholarships brand, and boosting its impact in Ghana, including through mobilising the Chevening Alumni Network. Coordinating with other BHC/HMG alumni schemes and networks, including those of British Council and MOD.

  • Working with other parts of the BHC, including the Events and Comms teams to lead and coordinate soft power activity.

  • Supporting the delivery of a highly visible and effective soft power strategy, which promotes the UK’s soft power.

  • Budget, procurement and other key admin functions. An AO and/or NSP role within the team will cover day to day management of these functions.

  • Other things will come up, and the incumbent will need to be responsive and discreet when the High Commissioner or Deputy turns to them for advice or support.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s in International Relations, Marketing, Communications or other relevant field of study.

  • A minimum of 3 years’ office experience in a fast-paced working environment including managerial experience.

  • Event planning experience.

  • Experience working with strategies/briefs.

  • Strong relationship management and building skills.

  • Dealing with logistics, administration and budgets.

  • Excellent IT skills (including working knowledge of MS office packages (excel; word, PowerPoint etc).

  • Excellent written and oral communication.

  • Able to work flexibly, managing competing demands and under minimal supervision.

  • Strong organisational skills and good attention to detail (events planning; guest lists).

  • Effective team player, able to plan and prioritise own work areas, while contributing to wider team activities and priorities. Ability to plan ahead and anticipate problems, as well as being able to respond to urgent demands.

  • Demonstrates discretion and respect for confidentiality.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience of working with UK brands

  • Experience of line managing staff

    How to Apply

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