British High Commission Political Officer - Jobs in Uganda

British High Commission Political Officer - Jobs in Uganda

Main purpose of job:

The successful candidate will provide analysis and advice on Ugandan politics and current affairs, as well as supporting incoming and outward visits to Uganda. You will need to build and maintain strong networks with government, parliament, academia, the media and civil society. The ideal candidate is likely to have worked in a political field – perhaps in government, parliament, civil society or a diplomatic mission with strong contacts in these areas, and have significant analysis and reporting experience.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • The job holder will be expected to be an expert when it comes to the politics of Uganda and current affairs. They will provide regular written and verbal analysis and advice across the High Commission and to FCDO HQ. The jobholder will cultivate a wide range of contacts, whilst tapping into their existing networks, in order to provide high quality reporting and analysis.

  • The jobholder will also provide both policy and additional logistical support to incoming and outward visits to Uganda, ensuring that such visits successfully further the UK-Uganda relationship.

  • The job holder will line manage an AO Political and Visit Support Officer, supporting them to deliver across their range of functions.

  • The jobholder will be part of an energetic and engaged team, and will need to be flexible and responsive to changing demands. They will also play a wider corporate role in the High Commission.

    Resources managed (staff and expenditure):
  • 1x AO Political and Visit Support Officer

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience;
    Keen knowledge and understanding of current affairs and Ugandan political history, including but not limited to the role of
  • Parliament and Uganda’s electoral system.
  • Excellent communication skills – written, oral, one-to-one, group, formal presentations – ability to vary style, pace and presentation to suit the audience.
  • Advanced people skills –networking, management, organising.
  • Strong problem solving skills, including close attention to detail and ability to prioritise in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability and willingness to undergo security vetting process.
  • Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
  • A university degree in political studies, international relations, social sciences or a related field;
  • Experience of project management, including budget management;
  • Experience of working in issues related to Uganda’s political, economic and social environments, including with key institutions and persons in Government, Parliament, Academia, Media and civil society;
  • Experience in report writing, note taking and event planning.

    Required behaviours
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing

    Other benefits and conditions
    of employment

    Learning and development opportunities:

  • Mandatory e-learning course in: Diplomatic Foundation Level module 1; Security Essentials Course; Government Security Classifications; Basic Fire Safety; Health and Safety; General Data Protection Regulation (state 1); Responsible for information (2018); Counter fraud, bribery and corruption; Safeguarding.

  • The jobholder will also have access to a wide variety of local and organisation-wide learning and development opportunities.

    Working patterns:

    This is a fulltime position and the incumbent will be expected to work 34.5 hrs a week.

    Additional information
  • Your application must also include examples of when you have demonstrated the required elements in the Success Profile Questions section of the online application form.
  • Applications that do not include these information will not be considered.
  • 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 Kampala are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Uganda.
  • 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 the fees for the permit; Make arrangements to relocate; Meet the costs to relocation.
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.
  • Information about the Civil Service Success Profiles can be found on this link:

    Please note: Job grade AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
    Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates
  • The British High Commission will only contact successful candidates, if you do not hear from us please consider your application unsuccessful.

    How to apply
    For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Political Officer Jobs in Uganda

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