• Posted: July 30, 2019
    Deadline: August 19, 2019
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  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, commonly called the Foreign Office is a department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide and was created in 1968 by merging the Foreign Office and the Commonwealth Office


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    Driver

    Job Description

    • Operate assigned vehicle in a safe and courteous manner
    • Maintain defensive driving
    • Provide a communication link between customers and staff,
    • Assist passengers, including handicapped, in and out of the vehicle; operates ramps, lifts and securement devices as needed
    • Read and interpret maps and driving directions to plan the most efficient route service for customers, and reads and interprets road signs in English;
    • Present safety briefing to passengers prior to each trip departure;
    • Keep the assigned vehicle(s) clean inside and outside;
    • Check water, gas, oil and mechanical condition before leaving on run.
    • Report delays and accidents.
    • Maintain accurate, up-to-date records on trip sheets, customer transportation forms, vehicle maintenance, fuel purchases, incident reports, accident reports, vehicle condition reports and other records that are requested from management;
    • Report defects or problems with vehicle to supervisor.
    • Perform minor vehicle repairs; skilled in reasoning skills to interpret policies and procedures, maps, and route directions; and ability to administer First Aid,
    • Perform minor maintenance tasks on assigned vehicle(s) as required;
    • Fuel the assigned vehicle(s);
    • Coordinate the schedule for major or periodic vehicle maintenance with management and staff to minimize service interruptions;
    • Respond immediately to accident or medical emergencies by notifying emergency response providers, and rendering First Aid until emergency personnel arrive
    • Register vehicles at the DVLA for both official and private UK based staff.
    • Perform minor protocol duties at the airport

    Other Duties:

    • Work shifts, arranged in advance (either mornings or afternoons/evenings). Some out-of-hours working required, including at weekends.
    • Perform such other duties as may be required.

    RequirementSkills

    • A valid driving licence class D - F.
    • Proficient English.  
    • Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

    Learning and development opportunities:

    • There will be on-the-job training initially on the High Commission’s operating systems, support from the network and access to the High Commission’s excellent online training, available to all staff. We offer a good L&D environment and encourage staff to develop their skills and expertise.

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    Political Counsel

    Job Description

    • We are looking for a passionate and experienced political analyst to join an expanding mission
    • This is a busy and varied role in which you will conduct research and evidence-driven insight on government of Ghana policies, political trends and burning issues that hit the news cycle and the longer-term trends where the implications are often felt but rarely reported on in depth
    • You will already have a strong understanding of the political system and how it works in practice, and excellent political relationships across political parties
    • You will need to engage consistently at senior levels with ministers (and their advisers), Parliamentarians, political commentators, academics, analysts etc. to inform and influence our cross-mission understanding of political, social and economic trends
    • You will also use your broad network of contacts to understand, report, and seek opportunities to further UK interests
    • It is a particularly exciting time to be working on political affairs, particularly as we work ever more closely with Ghana bilaterally and in the region. This means that you will be working directly to the senior team and collaboratively with other members of political team to inform our policies and programmes. What is the risk to domestic political and economic stability from regional crises? As Ghana looks to change its relationship with development partners to enable it to move 'beyond aid', what does this mean for the relationship with China and others who are becoming more influential in Ghana? What are the major political commitments, and how do they align with the UK’s interests
    • You will play a more significant part in leading, managing and shaping discrete strategy and, policy delivery, and providing expert analysis to inform the senior leadership. You will support Ministerial visits, including by briefing senior UK Ministers directly
    • You will apply judgement and creativity to identify the best approach or solution to complex, long-term and seemingly intractable political issues; taking innovative approaches that reconcile a range of competing priorities, managing complex risks, and assessing impact on cross-departmental business areas (security, prosperity, and our transitioning development agenda)
    • You will be pro-active in anticipating issues and understanding underlying causes before providing solutions, often through your written reports, which will be of the highest standard
    • This work is high-profile and will involve significant exposure to senior external Ghanaian contacts (e.g. including leading Parliamentarians, traditional Chiefs, the Council for Foreign Relations etc) with whom you will apply high levels of negotiating, consulting and interpersonal skills. Your highly developed political awareness will enable you to develop options for new policy proposals and anticipate the impact of your work especially when drawing up proposals for change. Your policy recommendations are likely to have a critical impact on organisational effectiveness or the external reputation of the UK in Ghana
    • You will be working closely alongside HMG colleagues - at the political and operational level - on our anti-corruption, governance and transparency agenda. This will give you a unique perspective on the totality of our governance work and position you at the head of the table when engaging with international partners, government and civil society. Through your leadership, we will have a strong coherence to the work of different HMG departments
    • You will also contribute towards wider HMG political priorities, including high-profile inward visits, engaging across teams to add value to our priority pillars (security, the economy, political reform) that attract high-level interest from London. You will work closely with the High Commissioner, the Deputy High Commissioner, the Head of Political Affairs and the wider Political Section to identify and lead political reporting priorities
    • At all times you are expected to be accessible, discreet, and able to put aside your personal political bias to brief neutrally on all issues

    Requirement/Skills

    • Minimum of 8 years relevant experience in political / foreign policy work
    • Excellent interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Ability to network confidently with ministerial and senior-level contacts, as well as with different genders, or different religions or beliefs
    • Language: English (any Ghanaian Dialects are useful but not essential)
    • Level of language required: Highest standard of written & verbal English
    • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant degree (e.g. political science, law, governance, economics)
    • Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

     

    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 is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Ghanaian employment law.
    Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
    All applications will be considered on their own merits however Female drivers are encouraged to apply.

     

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