Royal Danish Embassy Vice Consul Job in Kenya
Our client the Royal Danish Embassy (RDE) seeks to recruit a dynamic, positive and service-minded Vice Consul.
He/she will be working in a Consular team of six colleagues. The main tasks will be consular services and assistance to Danish citizens and foreign nationals with permanent residence in Denmark.
The consular services include among other tasks processing of applications for Danish passports, Schengen visa, as well as residence and work permits for Denmark. Furthermore, the portfolio includes civil-law cases, legalisations and crisis management.
The successful candidate will be expected to show the flexibility required for optimal handling of the entire portfolio of the Embassy and thus be ready to contribute to handling tasks outside your own portfolio
Background: The Danish Embassy is part of the Danish Foreign Service. The Embassy covers Kenya as well as Eritrea, Seychelles and Somalia.
The Embassy is an ambitious and dynamic workplace with approximately 50 employees, 14 of whom are posted from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Embassy has a flat management structure.
Main tasks and Responsibilities
As Vice-Consul, you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the consular section under the supervision of the Consul. The main tasks will be:Provide overall management and guidance to consular staff in all matters related to their area of responsibilities
Resource and performance management
Individual coaching and sparring
Coordination and synergies with other team
Visa processing and decision-making in visa application cases
Receiving and processing of applications for Danish passports and driving licences
Responding to enquiries about Danish citizenship
Responding to enquiries about adoption
Participating in relevant local meetings amongst like-minded embassies and organisations
Processing of legalisations of documents
Daily contact to applicants and customers via e-mail and telephone
In the absence of the Consul, you will be responsible for:
Consular assistance in cases such as imprisonment, deaths of Danes and foreign nationals with permanent residence in Denmark, divorce cases, cases involving children/young people who are sent for re-education in Kenya/Somalia, child abductions etc.
Participating in local EU/Schengen cooperation
Crisis management including cooperation with other Nordic/EU missions in Kenya
Five years or more working experience in a similar position
Previous experience working in an embassy.
A university degree and/or relevant work experience
Proficiency in Danish – both oral and written
Excellent command of English – both oral and written
IT proficiency and solid skills with regards to the Microsoft Office programme
Well organised with an eye for details
Responsible, flexible and loyal
Ability to work independently, efficiently and prioritise during periods with big workloads
Great interpersonal and intercultural skills and team player abilities, as well as interest in and willingness to share knowledge with – and learn from – colleagues
Ability to handle multiple tasks and work under time pressure
Ability to foster and maintain networks
Willingness to take on a variety of tasks reflecting changing priorities of the Embassy
Knowledge of Kiswahili and/or French is not a requirement, but will be considered an added advantage
Permanent, full time employment on a local contract based on the relevant legally binding labour market rules of Kenya
Working hours 37 hours per week
Entitlement to 25 working days of paid holiday per full calendar year
Salary will reflect qualifications, relevant experience and proven work-related results
As part of your salary you will be covered by a workplace pension scheme
Reasonable coverage of sickness expenses for staff and dependant family members
How to Apply
To apply for the position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, proof of relevant education, recommendations and 2-3 references) in English to the Human Resource Consultant at [email protected] marked “VICE CONSUL” no later than 22nd of August 2018.
Selected candidates will be invited for interviews – expected to take place by the end of August.
The chosen candidate must present a “No Criminal Record” certificate and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities, prior to appointment.
The Embassy of Denmark encourages all relevant applicants to apply for the position, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, personal background, etc.
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