British High Commission Jobs in Lagos Nigeria - Recruiting Global Trade Programme Manager

British High Commission Jobs in Lagos Nigeria - Recruiting Global Trade Programme Manager


Job Category
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
    Job Subcategory
  • Economic and Prosperity

    Main purpose of job:

    We are seeking a motivated and high performing trade and investment analyst to carry out research for a feasibility study which will inform the development of business cases for the Global Trade Programme (GTP) in Nigeria.

    The post holder will also be the programme manager of the GTP in Nigeria and will be responsible for the successful delivery of the programme.

    This new role will bring together a high level of responsibility in a high-performing, high profile and dynamic environment, working closely with policy and economic leads in the FCO, DIT and DFID in country and in the UK, various government ministries, department and agencies and businesses in Nigeria (or interested in doing business with the country).

    It is an ideal role for a highly motivated analyst and manager who wants to be at the heart of trade policy development and programme activity, and build their leadership and communication skills.

    Roles and responsibilities

  • Prosperity is one of the UK’s three Foreign Policy Priorities. We seek to ‘build the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth’.
  • One tool for achieving this objective is a £1.2bn five-year Cross-Government Prosperity Fund, which was launched in April 2016 to help promote economic growth in developing countries.
  • The purpose of the Prosperity Fund is to reduce poverty, by:
  • Promoting economic reforms and removing barriers to trade
  • Strengthening policy capacity and building strong institutions
  • Developing sectors which support growth
    In Nigeria, HMG’s objective is to support sustainable economic growth and mutual prosperity.
  • The £150m Global Trade Programme will provide technical assistance to support key target ODA-eligible Middle Income countries, including, but not limited to India, China, Turkey, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
  • Our objectives are to boost economic growth and combat poverty, and support these countries to trade more effectively and efficiently with the rest of the world, including the UK.
  • We will do this by focusing on tackling non-tariff barriers to trade, including regulatory reforms, intellectual property rights, standards, and streamlining customs procedures.
  • These non-tariff barriers will form the core of programme activity.
  • It is vital our analysis and research clarifies what the main NTBs are, the main issues in addressing these barriers, and how the UK can best support the government over the coming years to alleviate them.
  • Your role will be to initially support this process by carrying out feasibility study, and then subsequently manage the programme from Post.
  • The role will feed into the ‘service manager’ based in London; the core programme research and analysis function likely to be composed of trade experts, lawyers, and analysts.
  • Trade is currently the priority sector for Ministers.
  • You will support broader HMG trade objectives and act as our key contact point in Nigeria as we build what will be a first of its kind programme for the Foreign Office.
  • Nigeria is the largest African economy and one of the UK’s top trading partners on the continent.
  • Nigeria aspires to be an industrial partner for the UK and the economic hub for the UK in Africa. Nigeria’s trade policy has been historically protectionist.
  • However, the Government is committed to the diversification and growth of the economy and has appointed a team working on trade and investment.

    Core responsibilities will include:
  • Conducting detailed research and analysis on four key Non Tariff Barriers to trade in Nigeria; in order of priority, trade facilitation, standards, regulation, and intellectual property.
  • Carrying out an in-depth stakeholder mapping exercise to understand the activities that other donors, such as World Bank, US aid, OECD or European Union etc or the countries themselves are undertaking in removing non-tariff barriers.
  • Identify and manage risks to successful programme implementation.
  • Keep abreast of trade policy developments in Nigeria and the UK, using this knowledge to spot opportunities for programme interventions which support better and effective non oil trade activity in Nigeria.
  • Along with the Senior Regional Trade Policy Adviser
    in Lagos, to whom the post holder will report, champion trade policy and market access issues and work closely with other Prosperity team colleagues from the Department for International Development (DFID), Department for International Trade (DIT) and FCO.
  • Maintain a strong network with your colleagues in the UK, and counterparts in other priority Global Trade Programme countries, adapting the programme on the basis of lessons learnt (this will involve international travel to, for example, work alongside the service manager and programme team in London).

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • We are looking for a proactive, creative self-starter who can prioritize to operate in a fast-paced environment, largely unsupervised, delivering to deadlines.
  • S/he will need excellent interpersonal and communications skills to build strong relations with key contacts in the Federal Government of Nigeria, other Nigerian stakeholders, including in the business community, as well as contributing the joint DFID/DIT/FCO prosperity team in Nigeria and with stakeholders in the UK.
  • Graduate with a relevant university degree and at least five years of experience in a relevant field
  • Experience of trade policy reform, ideally in the Non-Tariff Barrier and trade facilitation field.
  • Broad understanding of the Nigerian business environment, ideally having worked both in the public/private sectors. Thorough understanding of poverty reduction and gender equality issues and how trade could have an impact on them.
  • Experience in developing policy advice/analysis and delivering successful programmes.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in programme management, ideally in a development context.
  • Experience of delivering high quality reports.
  • Experience of delivering value for money projects / programmes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical skills / attention to detail.
  • Computer literate, working with Microsoft Windows and able to manage information effectively with available computer systems.
  • Excellent stakeholder mapping skills and experience of engaging, influencing and building credibility with a range of different stakeholders.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
  • Experience of managing budgets
    Experience / Knowledge of cost / benefit analysis and impact assessments.

    Required competencies
  • Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally

    Additional information
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Lagos are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
  • Obtain the relevant permit
  • Pay fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocation
  • The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • 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 checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 16th January 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Jobs in Lagos Nigeria - Recruiting Global Trade Programme Manager

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