View Vacancy - Communications Officer
The Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Cairo is currently looking for a Communications Officer grade B3 (L) to start as soon as possible.
Main purpose of the Job:
As Communications Officer for DIT Africa, you will be responsible for ensuring that effective communications is helping deliver DIT’s strategic objectives. You will support communications activity of the UK Government’s trade, investment, and trade policy teams across the African continent, supporting efforts to generate demand for British goods and services across the continent; helping British business success in Africa; promoting Africa as a destination for British investment; and highlighting UK Government efforts to liberalise, facilitate, and open trade across the continent.
You will report to the DIT Africa Head of Communications and be a part of the central Africa Hub Team. Your remit will be pan-African, with a project-management approach employed on occasion.
You will help the DIT Africa Marketing & Communication team to develop and deliver pan-African communication strategies that support the UK Government’s business priorities and the Regional Trade Plan. You will work with the Pan-African Marketing Officer to coordinate pan-African communications activity, and occasionally support the team’s Regional Marketing & Communications Officers around important regional needs and engagements.
You will engage and manage relationships with journalists across Africa (with a focus on pan-African press), proactively identifying media interviews and opportunities, and offering media/reputation advice to your principals.
In addition, you will work closely with the FCDO’s communications teams based in Embassies and High Commissions across the region, the cross-Government Africa Campaigns Hub, with DIT Marketing and Communication teams in London, as well as with UK Government colleagues outside of the trade team, to ensure consistency of message and to mobilise wider resource in support of publicising our commercial activity. You will also build partnerships with companies operating at a pan-African scale to extend the reach and impact of the team’s activities, and build and sustain relationships with the media to ensure coverage of British business success. You should also expect to travel across the region and to the UK.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Support the development and implementation of the communications objectives set out in the Africa Regional Trade Plan by working collaboratively with colleagues in support of DIT Africa’s vision for the region and their commercial objectives, and using the full range of media and communications tools.
- Work closely with partners and stakeholders (internal and external), identifying strategic opportunities to expand communications efforts and pursue value for money partnerships. These also include Policy Teams, UKEF, and other HMTC regions.
- Offer guidance to sector teams based on communications tools and channels, programmes, processes, and best practice.
- Develop insight-based and data-driven strategies by liaising with International Network team, posts, and UK-based colleagues to monitor activity across the region, measuring and reporting communication results against commercial targets, and capturing data to help inform future strategies.
- Travel to regional posts and the UK, as required.
- Identify and engage specialist media channels in promoting DIT Africa’s core messages and sector priorities.
- Draft and maintain key communications including priority country and sector core scripts, social media posts, print media articles, media features, op-eds, and speeches.
- Liaise and monitor the digital activity across the continent, including running social media channels (HMTC LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, supporting posts for respective channel management when/where appropriate).
- Coordinate communications activity around key ministerial, Trade Commissioner, Deputy Trade Commissioner, and other official visits in your region.
- Proactively identify and/or establish opportunities to work with external media partners (print, broadcast, and digital) and create and deliver opportunities for communications activity.
This list is not exhaustive and you may be required to carry out additional duties according to business needs.
- Delivering at Pace – Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
- Leading and Communicating – Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s about supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of citizens.
- Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area are team players who create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.
- Seeing the Big Picture - Is about having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. It’s about recognising wider Civil Service priorities and ensuring work is in the national interest.
- Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and spoken. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both orally and in written communication. French and Arabic, any other African language is a plus.
- Experience in Press relations and media sell-in.
- Experience in digital communications, particularly social media management and ideally in a similar government organisation or multinational company.
- Press release and thought-leadership drafting.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to engage and influence at all levels internally and with external contacts, and collaborate effectively across Embassy and Africa Hub teams.
- A team player who is capable of working on their initiative and who is adaptable to changing priorities. Must be able to work and act without close supervision and react calmly to situations that may arise.
- Ability to multi-task and have good organisational skills. Ability to respond quickly and flexibly to meet multiple and changing priorities.
- Strong IT computer skills and in using MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including a non-negotiable gross salary of USD 1,374.71 per month subject to insurance and tax as per the usual regulations based on a 36 hours per week. However, 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.
We offer a competitive package including medical benefits, performance related bonus, recreational facilities, opportunities for job related training & development, etc.
This position is for a full-time employment, on a fixed term basis for one (1) year (extendable).
There are no other allowances payable as part of this package. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
The Embassy is committed to helping staff develop in their careers through formal and informal training and coaching. A healthy and active Learning & Development committee supports staff in their goals. In addition, we have access to the substantial amount of resources that the Embassy and UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s International Academy provides.
Membership of the UK Government Communication Service (GCS) and all training, learning, and development opportunities which come with it. Ability to apply for further learning and development opportunities through the DIT Africa network.
Applicants must have the right to live and work in Egypt.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates must attach the following documents in English when applying online:
- An updated Curriculum Vitae.
- Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the motivation section of the online application form.
- A covering letter stating why you feel you have the necessary skills to perform well in the above role.
The closing date for applications is 23:55 (Local Time) 10 November 2021.
Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the stated deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Due to the large amount of applications, we receive only those shortlisted for the interview will be contacted.
The start date mentioned in the job advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.
Personal data collected will be treated in strictest confidence under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act and used for recruitment purposes only.
The British Embassy Cairo is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staffs recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local Egypt employment law.
This opportunity is closed to applications.