Friday, November 10, 2017

The UK is seeking Political Officer in Hargeisa, Somaliland

(FCO)- 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.
Job Category
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:

Support the UK Government in monitoring and analysing political developments across Somaliland.

Communicate UK policy and activity to the people of Somaliland.

Lead the delivery of the UK Chevening scholarship programme.

Make logistical arrangements to support the Head of Office and wider UK Somaliland team.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

Monitor, analyse and help shape political developments in Somaliland.  Develop and maintain an extensive, valuable network of contacts across Somaliland.  Produce timely, concise written reports in English.


Raise awareness of UK policy and activities and support for them.  Collaborate closely with communications experts across the region and in London.  Develop and implement creative ways to communicate UK messages.


Ensure a high profile for the Chevening scholarship scheme.  Forge productive relationships with regional colleagues and administer the scheme in a way that reinforces its prestige.  Foster a strong alumni network.


Develop and arrange programmes for senior visitors and British Office colleagues.  Organise events to help support political and economic development in Somaliland.  Pay close attention to detail to ensure the professional execution of UK activity in Somaliland.

Essential qualifications and experience
At least three years professional experience in a related role.
Excellent written and spoken English. 
Required competencies
Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline
24 November 2017

Other benefits and conditions of employment
Interviewees will be required to do a short test in English aimed at assessing their ability to communicate succinctly and persuasively in English.

Learning and development opportunities : 

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious professional to gain high profile experience with an international organisation.  The jobholder will be encouraged to take full advantage of the online opportunities available to develop against FCO competencies.  There should also be some scope to travel in the region to learn from colleagues elsewhere in the network.

Management is committed to supporting the jobholder in developing, through coaching, the expertise, skills and attributes needed to further their aspirations. 

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 Office in Hargeisa will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
Employees recruited locally by the British Office in Hargeisa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Somaliland.
All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in Somaliland with the correct visa/work permit status.
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.