British Deputy High Commission recruitment for UK Science and Innovation Officers

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: UK Science and Innovation Officer

Job Code: 08/16 LOS
Location: Lagos
Section: British Deputy High Commission
Grade : C4 (L)
Position type: Full time/Permanent

Purpose

  • The UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN) is the British Government’s organisation for international science diplomacy. It is jointly funded by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). SIN has 80+ staff based in 40 different locations in 28 countries and territories worldwide.
  • As a result of a recent restructuring of the network, the British High Commission Abuja is recruiting a Science & Innovation Officer to be based at the British Deputy High Commission Lagos. The role will provide the opportunity for leadership, relationship building both within and outside the mission, strategic thinking and project management.
  • The officer will be part of the UK’s Africa Science and Innovation Network, which from January 2016 will have its main hub at the British High Commission in Pretoria.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsibility for developing bilateral science and innovation collaboration between the UK and Nigeria, with a regional watching brief over West Africa.
  • Promoting collaboration and inform UK policy development in science and innovation.

In practical terms this will include:

  • Leading on UK Government science and innovation strategy, briefing and reporting for Nigeria.
  • Developing high quality and sustainable UK/Nigeria science and innovation partnerships that focus on UK and Nigerian priorities; Identifying opportunities and developing and managing bilateral projects (these might be regional in nature) in order to increase collaboration opportunities for the UK science base;
  • Working with UK partners – FCO, UK Trade and Industry (UKTI), DFID, British Council and others to deliver wider UK prosperity objectives, including higher education linkages. Working with UKTI to identify and match opportunities to UK firms.
  • Developing and maintaining a network of senior level contacts across the UK and Nigeria re-search landscape.
  • Managing the UK relationship with key Nigerian research, innovation and funding bodies;
  • Providing support to senior UK Government staff and the UK research base regarding the Nigerian/West African science and innovation environment; supporting VIP visits;
  • Acting as the first point of contact for UK Government lobbying on research, scientific and technology policy issues, and working closely with BHC Abuja staff to deliver messages to the Nigerian government;
  • Working closely with prosperity staff in other HMG offices in West Africa, to explore and develop international research collaboration opportunities for UK scientists within the region;

Essential Requirements

  • The ability to demonstrate contact and stakeholder management skill
  • The ability to deliver results under pressure
  • The ability to initiate and maintain a wide range of working relationships;
  • Good presentation, interpersonal and representational skills;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • The ability to work quickly and reliably with attention to detail and with limited supervision;

Desirable Skills/Experience

  • Project management experience is desirable;
  • A scientific background and experience of the Nigerian landscape is desirable;
  • Strong IT computer skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office and Internet.

Key Competences Required

  • The British government recruits staff by assessing them against a selection of common competencies. As part of the assessment process, candidates will be expected to demonstrate their ability to deliver these competencies, reinforcing this with practical examples. The competencies against which candidates for this position will be assessed are:
    • Seeing the Big Picture
    • Leading & Communicating
    • Making Effective Decisions
    • Collaborating & Partnering
    • Delivering at Pace

Information on the Civil Service Competency Framework, including detail on these competencies and the indicators of effective behavior, can be found at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Civil-Service-Competency-Framework-July-2012.pdf Candidates for this position will be expected to show evidence of “Level 3” indicators of effective behaviour for the above competencies.

Training and Travel

  • Training and support will be provided. Please note that this position will involve occasional travel within Nigeria and West Africa, and to the UK. It will also involve representational duties including out of hour’s commitments (networking, receptions, and seminars).

Remuneration and Employment

  • This is a full time position, with core working hours between 8am – 4:00pm, Monday to Thursday and 8am – 1.00pm on Friday – but you will need to be flexible about your hours when the need arises.
  • A competitive salary will be offered based on skills and experience

Language Requirement

  • Excellent spoken and written English, with evidence of technical literacy.

Remuneration

  • Starting Monthly Salary: N704, 848

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note:

  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission/Embassy in Post are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Country.
  • 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 checking and security clearances will be conducted.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.

Application Deadline  23rd May, 2016.

Start Date 
1st July, 2016.

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