UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Deputy Director at the British High Commission Jobs in Nigeria

UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Deputy Director at the British High Commission Jobs in Nigeria


  • The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.

  • We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.

  • We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

    Main Purpose of Job

  • This is an exciting opportunity to support the establishment and success of a new, innovative and high-profile Tech Hub in Nigeria that will aim to develop the Nigerian tech ecosystem, deliver digital skills programmes, and build links between Nigeria and international (including UK) tech businesses.
    We are looking for a dynamic, well-networked individual from the Nigeria tech scene for this role, to initiate and pursue new strategic opportunities for the Hub across a number of sectors.

  • The hub will be one of four critical pillars of a new Prosperity Fund programme to drive greater digital access in countries like Nigeria.

  • New and innovative, the Prosperity Fund (PF) represents a step change in HMG’s approach to promoting economic development and prosperity overseas.

  • The PF was established under the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) with the primary aim of supporting growth in recipient countries and thereby reducing poverty.

  • As such, it represents a key component of the prosperity pillar of the UK Aid Strategy.

  • But the Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in ODA-eligible middle-income countries, which are home to nearly 60% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity.

  • By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, across high opportunity countries, regions and sectors, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies.

  • As the UK leaves the EU, an even more outward-looking global Britain investing and trading with the fastest growing markets will become increasingly important.

  • The role will be based in Lagos, with some travel across the country which will be required to maximise the success and outputs of the hub across Nigeria.

  • There will also be some overseas travel, including to the UK.

  • The UK-Nigeria Tech Hub will be one of the first in a global network of international tech partnerships developed by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to build digital ecosystems that will facilitate sustainable economic growth and development.

  • They will also manage the hub’s day-to-day operations.

    The Hub will have three main aims:

  • Identify, develop, and deliver tailored interventions to cultivate digital skills responding to the needs and opportunities for inclusion in the local tech sector, for example promoting opportunities for youth and women.

  • Interventions will generally be delivered by local and international partners;

  • Support tech entrepreneurship through partnerships with local digital ecosystem stakeholders including incubators, accelerators and private sector firms, Nigerian government departments and agencies and non-profit organisations

  • Facilitate partnerships between local tech firms (including tech start-ups) and international companies (across all sectors) in the form of commercial partnerships or joint ventures

    Roles and Responsibilities

  • Leading on selected operational management responsibilities, including potentially:

  • project oversight, budget management, impact assessment (monitoring and evaluation), HR supervision, or as further defined according to need in order to support the work of the Hub’s Director and new strategic directions for the Hub;

  • Leading on Programme Management & Delivery for the Hub, in particular, digital & capacity building programmes and events.

  • This will include budget development and management;

  • Supporting the Director of the Hub in their development of a strategy to establish and make this hub succeed in the Nigerian landscape;

  • Supporting the Director to pursue new strategic opportunities for the Hub, cultivating new leads, understanding business and innovation needs across all sectors and convincingly presenting the opportunities for collaboration via the Hub;

  • Working in collaboration with DCMS and other government departments, taking responsibility for delivering delegations (both inward and outward) and
    events that support the development of the local tech ecosystem;

  • Developing and managing relationships with local tech firms, start-ups and wider tech sector stakeholders, using these to support the development of new partnerships and programmes;

  • Collaborating with the other Hubs in the global network to develop the network offering;

  • Ensure Gender Equality Act (2014) compliance and support implementation of gender policy and guidance so that, at the least, no harm is done and gender inequality is not worsened.

  • Actively support PF ambitions on women’s economic opportunities, inclusive growth and poverty reduction through your team.

    Resources Managed

  • The post-holder will report to the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Director.

    Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • This role will suit individuals with experience of the UK/Nigeria tech and start-up scenes.

  • The applicant would ideally bring a network of business contacts in Nigeria, using this to expand the Hub’s network.

  • Experience in, and knowledge of, the tech sector and start-up scene within Nigeria;

  • Proven track record of developing and running tech/ digital skills programmes, and partnerships from the ground up in Nigeria;

  • Proven project management and budget management skills;

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, the Nigerian business landscape;

  • Track record of leading successful delivery in either industry or government;

  • Ability to engage credibly with senior government and senior industry stakeholders;

  • Willingness to travel frequently within Nigeria, and to occasionally travel to the UK and other locations;

  • Strong organisational skills;

  • Highly motivated, passionate about innovation and technology;

  • Open and clear communicator, excellent networking skills including across
    international environments;

    Required Competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

    Working Patterns

    Other benefits and conditions of employment

  • Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
    We place a strong emphasis on learning and development.

  • You will be encouraged to undertake developmental training and get involved in corporate activities.

  • This role provides an excellent opportunity to build up programme knowledge and expertise and gain exposure to working across government.

  • You will have access to existing and new Project & Programme Management L&D as well as wider job-relevant L&D and support for your own personal development.

    Application Closing Date

  • 12th February, 2020.

    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.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Deputy Director at the British High Commission Jobs in Nigeria


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