British High Commission Jobs in Pretoria South Africa - Prosperity Fund Trade Programme Manager Vacancy

British High Commission Jobs in Pretoria South Africa - Prosperity Fund Trade Programme Manager Vacancy

Job Category
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
    Job Subcategory
  • Economic and Prosperity
    Job Description
    Main purpose of job:

    On 25 November 2015, the UK Chancellor announced a new cross-Whitehall Prosperity Fund with the primary aim of supporting growth in partner countries.

    This came into effect on 1 April 2016. South Africa has been identified as a priority partner country for the Fund, and the Prime Minister announced up to around £50m of such programmes for South Africa during her visit in August 2018.

    The SACU + Mozambique Trade Facilitation Programme is a (up to) £20m sub-programme of the largest and flagship Prosperity Fund programme – the Global Trade Programme (GTP).

    It will support the reduction of non-tariff barriers across the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) + Mozambique, which is the customs union with which the UK and EU trade with South Africa – a top priority Prosperity Fund country.

    This role will take on responsibility to successfully procure, incept, and deliver the programme following a year of design and programme approval within FCO Governance.

    It will be our largest Prosperity Fund programme in South Africa and the first in the flagship Global Trade Programme, which is being watched closely by Ministers as an example of how the FCO can develop trade programmes differently post-Brexit, and innovate beyond the traditional DFID model of trade facilitation programmes.

    The programme also supports the politically sensitive EPA transition talks with SACU+Mozambique countries. All of this means that careful judgement and sensitivity to political realities are important, as is the need to look past these towards the longer term needs for development in the region.

    It will be a challenging role with potential opportunities for regional travel and responsibility for a small team, most of which are remotely managed in key partner countries within SACU+M (Mozambique, Namibia, and Botswana).

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • The Trade Programme Manager – Southern Africa, will be responsible for oversight and delivery of the (up to) £20m SACU + Mozambique Trade Programme, including:

    Finalising approvals and governance

  • Conclude and take account of any feedback from the FCO Governance process at Investment Committee
  • Establish formal governance within the programme, including with host countries and Posts
  • Recruit C4 in Mozambique to advise the programme for that country

    Begin the delivery phase

  • Work closely with GTP team in London to finalise the process of procuring delivery of components of the programme where this is necessary
  • Complete non-commercial agreements for those components of the programme such as working with Chambers and business associations
    Engage the Global Service Manager of the GTP to transfer delivery and management functions to them as appropriate
  • Start inception phase and monitoring arrangements

    Stakeholder management

  • Identify and complete the mapping of key stakeholders across SACU+ Mozambique, including in Government and private sector
  • Establish champion roles as required in the programme
  • Maintain effective communication plans with these stakeholders and with London

    Resources management

  • Develop accurate profiles of the (initially) £8m to £20m programme spend, working with the GTP team in London, the Global Service Manager, and implementing partners
    Agree reporting mechanisms
  • Implement
    these working through the team

    Resources managed:

  • Oversight of up to £20m of programme activity in Southern Africa.
  • Direct line management of 1 x B3L in South Africa
  • CSM responsibility for 2 – 3 C4L Programme Advisers based in Gaborone, Windhoek and Maputo who are line managed by Posts but whose primary functions are to advise this programme

    Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Experience of developing and managing large programmes
  • Trade policy and facilitation experience

    Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Experience of working in an international development context, including managing/working with development programmes
  • Experience of working in or with governments and private sector
  • Leadership of geographically disparate teams

    Required Competencies
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally

    Other benefits and conditions of employment

    Learning and development opportunities:

  • The job provides an excellent opportunity to acquire and/or deepen skills in policy formulation, influencing, including at very senior levels of host government, and programme management.
  • You will have access to learning and development opportunities through the Prosperity Fund Management Office as well as in the role. Pretoria hosts a Regional Learning and Development Centre.
  • The British High Commission pays in full for the Key Care Plus option on Discovery Health for staff including spouses/partners and dependants.
  • Once you have successfully completed your probation the British High Commission will contribute 9% of your monthly salary to a Provident Fund.
  • Annual leave entitlement of 25 days
  • Working hours per week of 40

    How to Apply
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Post are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in South Africa.
  • 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.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Please log into your profile on the application system on a regular basis to review the status of your application.
  • A police clearance will be required for successful candidates.
  • We recommed that you apply for your police clearance certificate at application stage.
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 28th February 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Jobs in Pretoria South Africa - Prosperity Fund Trade Programme Manager Vacancy

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