Graduate Administrative Officer, Counter-Terrorism at the British High Commission

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Administrative Officer, Counter-Terrorism (18/16 ABJ)

Location: Abuja

Grade: A2 (L)

Type of Position: Fixed Term

Duration of Post: 12 months

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory: Political

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 

Main purpose  of Job:

  • This is a new position as an administrative officer for counter-terrorism (CT) colleagues within the British High Commission in Abuja. The jobholder will provide support across the mission’s CT work. This will include support for First Secretary CT (line manager for the postion, also a new slot), First Secretary Home Affairs, SO15 Counter-Terrorism Police Liaison Officers (CTPLOs) and Criminal Justice and Crisis Response Teams.
  • The successful candidate will need excellent administration skills, and to be able to   prioritise and cope well under pressure.   On any given day, they will be working to a variety of Chancery colleagues and across various projects, with changing circumstances and priorities.
  • They will need to be proactive (for example, resolving issues by a telephone call or visit where   more appropriate), have good judgement (including knowing when to escalate issues to team members) and be highly organised, keeping track of deadlines  and requests.
  • This will be a varied and interesting position – the jobholder can expect to get a good background on CT work across the mission. As well as the core duties set out in the job description, there will be scope to get out and about and more directly involved in your CT colleagues’ work, from helping them to deliver training or crisis exercising, acting as a note-taker Job Vacancy atexternal meetings, and helping to look after official visitors thJob Vacancy atmight range from senior UK judges, police or counter-terrorism experts.
  • There will be numerous opportunities to learn and develop, including by shadowing colleagues dealing with policy, financial, and programme management work.

Roles and Responsibilities / whJob Vacancy atwill the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  • Routine administrative support including bulk printing/photocopying/collating   briefing or training packs
  • Meeting  co-ordination, including booking internal or external rooms, making diary appointments or invitations and arranging IT/catering/etc as required
  • Arranging programmes for official visitors, including making flight and hotel bookings, facilitating visas, and passing on information to visitors on issues such as  security, invoicing etc.
  • General support to the team including co-ordinating stationery orders, transport requests, IT requests, drafting of meeting agendas, invitations or other documents as required.
  • Information management including managing the shared folder and ensuring paper and   electronic filing, storage and security of documents (particularly key documents such as briefings, contracts, invoices)
  • Establishing and maintaining a contacts list for Chancery CT colleagues.
  • Supporting the team’s move to the new BHC premises in May 2016, including ensuring assets & documentation moved over securely and keeping track of  colleagues’ contact details.
  • Supporting operational deployments of CTPLOs within Nigeria and the Lake Chad region including travel and accommodation bookings, and processing of expense claims.
  • Overall, co-ordinating administrative activities to ensure thJob Vacancy atthe day-to-day operational needs of the team are met.

Essential Qualifications and Experience 

  • Experience of providing administrative support in a busy working environment
  • A high level of oral and written English skills
  • Strong organisational skills including attending to detail, keeping track of deadlines, and ability to manage own work with limited supervision
  • Strong collaborative skills including professional and confident communication with external stakeholders and team members
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  • IT skills including in MS Office applications Word and Excel

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Prior experience of working with the UK or other governments, NGOs or similar oganisations
  • Additonal IT skills including Powerpoint
  • Project management skills or experience
  • Knowledge / interest in counter-terrorism issues in Nigeria

Required competencies:

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Job Vacancy atPace

Starting monthly salary N360,778

Application Closing Date 

12th October, 2016.

Start Date 

1st November, 2016

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or 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.
  • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link:
  • Successful candidates not resident in Country will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.  
  • Complete the application form in full as the information provided will be used for screening purposes.
  • Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.
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