British High Commission in Pretoria Visit and Events Officer Jobs in South Africa

British High Commission in Pretoria Visit and Events Officer Jobs in South Africa

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The Visit and Events Officer will work in collaboration with colleagues from across the UK-in-South Africa network to lead the planning and logistics for:

UKinSA events

High level visits from the UK to South Africa (including UK Government Ministers).
Working closely alongside another Visits and Events Officer (there will be two of you in total), you will be expected to:


  • Lead on the planning and delivery of the British High Commission’s large scale events programme, ranging from receptions to high-profile public diplomacy events.

  • Lead on the logistics for the British High Commission’s two largest annual events (the King’s Birthday Party in Pretoria and the Eve of Parliament reception in Cape Town) working closely with a wide range of teams to deliver these.

  • Work closely with the High Commissioner’s Executive Office to deliver smaller scale events at the Residence and regional conferences for UK government officials (with the lead role flexing between you depending on workloads).

  • Offer support for occasional internal staff events.


  • Work in collaboration with colleagues from across the UKinSA network to provide planning and logistics support for visitors from the UK. This will range from a full support package for senior UK figures, including members of the royal family, Ministers and senior Government officials, to an advisory service for lower-level visitors (with the exact level of support dependent on competing priorities).

  • Work with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) on protocol arrangements for VIP visits, including liaison with State Protocol Lounges at South African airports and manage a roster of volunteers able to assist with airport meeting and greeting responsibilities.

    Strategic Mission Support

  • Establish ‘best practice’ for visits and event management and ensure this knowledge is used throughout the mission. Keep this guidance up to date.

  • Think creatively about future events with policy leads at the British High Commission,
    spotting opportunities for promoting UK objectives.

  • Provide wider adhoc administrative support to the British High Commission if required (e.g. in a crisis scenario).

  • For every visit and event, you will be expected to work closely with the residence teams (in Pretoria and Cape Town), the communications team, the executive office, the security team, and the visit/event leads embedded in policy teams.
    Resources managed

    You will be expected to work very closely alongside another Visits and Events Officer in Pretoria, and an Events Officer in Cape Town, to manage the visits and events workload appropriately.

  • You will also be expected to generate positive working relationships with the residence, executive office, protocol and drivers' teams.

  • You will be expected to deliver events that are value-for money and against set budgets. You will need to follow budgetary processes on purchasing and accounting for expenditure.

  • Resilience and wellbeing: There will be times where you have to demonstrate flexibility and provide resilience across the events cohort (e.g. leave cover in either Pretoria or Cape Town and during unexpected absences).

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Evidence of representational or customer-facing skills.

  • Organisational skills.

  • Good communication skills.

  • Performing well under pressure.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.

  • Previous government/embassy experience.

  • Prior experience working in an events-orientated role.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission in Pretoria Visit and Events Officer Jobs in South Africa

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