British High Commission Prosperity Officer Jobs in Kenya

British High Commission Prosperity Officer Jobs in Kenya

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Job Category

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory

Commercial Diplomacy

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main purpose of job:

  • Support the delivery of the BHC Nairobi Prosperity Strategy. The UK wants to see growth in Kenya whilst broadening the opportunities for British economic interests.

    Roles and responsibilities

  • Ensure the effective operation of the cross-Mission Prosperity Board. The Board works to a strategy agreed by FCO, DFID and DIT.
  • Responsible for arranging meetings, agreeing the agenda, preparing records of meetings and ensuring follow-up on agreed actions.

  • Working closely with the Head of the Prosperity team, work with a network of Kenyan business, regulatory and Government contacts to deliver high-level visits and events, including the twice yearly UK/ Kenya Economic Development Forum.

  • Support the “Graft busters” group, comprising colleagues from several departments working to tackle corruption in Kenya. Corruption is a high-profile Presidential priority, a major concern for the international community and an obstacle to growth and development. Arrange meetings, agree agendas, prepare and circulate minutes and track actions.

  • Provide guidance and advice on key business environment issues; evaluate how to tackle constraints and to build on successes.

  • Support the fast growing work on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management. Work with colleagues from several Government departments to develop a strategy that meets Kenyan needs and delivers UK objectives.

  • All High Commission staff are encouraged to participate in the wider, corporate life of the Mission as well as play a role in crisis management activities on an ad hoc basis.

    What makes this a great job

    This lively, interesting job offers real scope to work across a wide range of issues and get involved in work that can really make a difference to the economic growth of both the UK and Kenya with the chance to see real results from your efforts.

    You will interact with staff at all levels in the High Commission and get out of the office to engage with a range of Government and business contacts.

    What sort of person

    The ideal candidate will be flexible and able to react to changing circumstances and priorities. Key to this will be the ability to step back and see the big picture, to understand where your work fits in and how to tailor your approach accordingly.

    You will work as part of a wider team that has members from multiple different UK government departments. This means that a good candidate will be open to challenging ideas and different perspectives on what they are trying to achieve but able to see how it all fits in.

    You must also be able to think through a problem and identify solutions. This will include identifying the key stakeholders for each issue and thinking creatively about how best to persuade them to either the UK view or the Kenyan perspective.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of the Kenyan economy and business environment

  • Excellent communications skills
    and self-confidence, professional competence, maturity and ability to deal with a broad range of governmental/ private sector officials

  • Fluent English

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Excellent IT skills,

  • Capacity to work in groups, willing to work under pressure and able to reach tight deadlines

    Required competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Delivering at Pace

    Application deadline

    31 October 2019


    B3 (L)

    Type of Position



    Location (City)

    Type of Post
    British High Commission

    Starting monthly salary ()
    KES 206,171

    Start Date
    1 December 2019

    Other benefits and conditions of employment

    Working Patterns:

  • 7:15 AM -4:00 PM – Monday to Thursday

  • 7:45 AM -13:00PM – Friday

  • Flexible working could be arranged, including opportunities to work from home and possibility to work adjusted hours. The jobholder will not routinely have to work out of hours.

    When assisting with visits there may be a need to work outside of normal working hours; the jobholder will be eligible for time off in lieu if required to work extra hours.


  • Members of staff are entitled to paid annual leave, which is earned, from the day they commence employment. Entitlements are as follows:

    Grades B3 (L) 30 days

  • In addition to annual leave, the BHC normally observes no fewer than 9 and no more than 14 Kenyan and British public and religious holidays in a year. These vary from year to year and are at the discretion of the High Commissioner. A list of holidays is published each year.

  • Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

  • The High Commission is committed to Learning & Development. We encourage both formal training, drawing on what is on offer from the FCO, Civil Service Learning as well as informal on-the-job development.

    We are also happy to support activity designed to develop your broader understanding of the FCO and to enhance your skills base. Everyone joining the High Commission is provided with a package of learning opportunities to enhance their knowledge of Kenya and the UK and to gain qualifications from the UK’s Diplomatic Academy. The holder of this job will be expected to follow the Academy’s Prosperity curriculum.

    Additional information

  • 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 Nairobi are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Kenya.
  • It is essential that the applicants already have the right to live and work in Kenya without the need to apply for a work permit
  • 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: Job grade 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.

    British High Commission Prosperity Officer Jobs in Kenya

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