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  • Posted: Nov 21, 2022
    Deadline: Nov 28, 2022
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  • The phrase Her Majesty's Government is a formal term referring to the government of a Commonwealth realm or one of its constituent provinces, states or territories. In use since at least the height of the British Empire, the phrase has been inherited and integrated into the countries that emerged from that polity and which remain Commonwealth realms.
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    Political Officer

    Roles and responsibilities:

    In this role you will be responsible for:

    • Building relationships and influencing: This includes routine and specific engagement with Northern Ghana and national stakeholders. You will develop a robust and detailed understanding of the political actors and political dynamics of the five Northern regions, including how this interacts with national politics and how dynamics and issues change over time e.g., in the run up to the 2024 elections. You will deliver and regularly review the FCDO’s Northern Ghana stakeholder mapping and influencing strategy, and ensure it is being used to guide FCDO’s work and drive forward FCDO’s objectives in Northern Ghana.
    • Strategic and effective engagement: You will advise the Northern Ghana Attaché, the Political Counsellor, and the High Commissioner on who they should meet in Northern Ghana and how to approach meetings. A good knowledge of the protocol and procedures for meeting traditional leaders and chiefs, and an understanding of the dynamics between different Chiefs will enable you to be successful in this position. Furthermore, you will need to ensure that FCDO’s engagements in Northern Ghana dock into FCDO’s broader diplomatic engagement with the Government of Ghana in Accra
    • Visits and briefings: A willingness to get out and about and to travel across the five regions of Northern Ghana is essential. You will regularly visit Northern Ghana and may be expected to spend extended time periods in the region.   At times you will undertake visits alone, and you will also accompany the Northern Ghana Attaché or other British Diplomats to Northern Ghana. This year a British Government Minister visited Tamale and there are more such visits in the pipeline. You will be a key player in arranging and supporting visits of Members of the British Government to Northern Ghana.
    • Reporting and analysis. You will provide regular political insight and reporting on day-to-day political developments in Northern Ghana. You will feed into strategic and analytical products to inform FCDO’s long-term thinking on the challenges and potential of Northern Ghana. Working with the FCDO’s statistician/results adviser, you will also support with the development of data driven products to ensure FCDO’s approaches in Northern Ghana are fully evidence based. You will be responsible for knowledge and information management, making sure that incoming FCDO officers are drawing on FCDO’s analysis and research to date, thereby ensuring maximum utility and good value for money of analytical products.
    • Programme Management. There may be opportunity to design and deliver new programmes in support of FCDO’s objectives in Northern Ghana. There will certainly be opportunity to develop a strong understanding of FCDO’s existing programmes, and to identify ways in which FCDO’s programmes and diplomatic efforts can be brought together to achieve maximum impact.
    • Communications: You will develop an understanding of how external communications can be used to advance FCDO objectives, working with the British High Commission’s Communications team.
    • Whilst this job is with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office, the postholder will also have opportunities to learn about and lean in to the work of other UK Government Departments, such as the Department for International Trade, the Home Office (Ministry of Interior) and the Ministry of Defence.  

    Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

    • Whilst the postholder will not formally line manage staff, they will work across the BHC with colleagues in the political, human development, upstream threats, climate and envrionment and economic team to ensure joined up approaches and informed analysis.
    • The postholder will also act as a mentor and support the development of National Service Personnel in the Northern Ghana team.
    • As part of the programme management opportunities which this role may provide there will be opportunity to manage funding streams, ensuring value for money and delivery of results for FCDO’s investments.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

    •  A degree in political science, law, history or similar.
    • A knowledge of Northern Ghana
    • Strong people skills and ability to build relationships with external and internal stakeholders
    •  A minimum of one year office experience in a fast-paced working environment

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

    •  Analytical and stakeholder mapping skills, and ability to use analytical insights to advise on building effective relationships and impactful engagements
    • Strong communication skills and ability to turn complex issues into insightful reporting and clear messages.
    • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage multiple work-strands to achieve deadlines.
    • Ability to plan ahead and anticipate problems, as well as being able to respond to urgent demands.
    • Experience of working with a Diplomatic Mission in Ghana is highly desirable.

    Required behaviours  

    • Seeing the Big Picture, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

    Working patterns:

    • This is a full time role, and is suitable for flexible working patterns, which should be discussed with your line manager.
    • When conducting field trips to Northern Ghana it may be necessary to work outside of core hours e.g. to attend an evening function.

    Additional information  

    • All applicants must be legally able to work in Ghana with the correct visa/status or work permit.
    • The successful applicant will demonstrate that they meet the requirements under Ghanaian law to work in Ghana.
    • The British High Commission in Accra is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
    • Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission in Accra are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Ghanaian employment law.
    • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Her Majesty's Government (HM Government) on fco.tal.net to apply

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