View Vacancy - General Service Officer (21/18 ABJ)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)
Protocol, Visits and Events

Main purpose of job:


To provide administrative and logistical support to the General Service and Protocol Unit of the British High Commission Abuja tasked with delivering an effective protocol service to the Mission and its officers in Nigeria.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Inductions for  UK based staff at post (new arrivals) 
  • Plan, coordinate and execute all aspects of protocol support for the British High Commission
  • Act as liaison between the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, various Embassies/High Commissions and the British High Commission.
  • Develop and maintain useful contacts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Customs Service and Nigeria Immigration Service for follow up on all requests from the Mission.
  • Provide administrative and research support for Management which includes, but not limited to, maintaining records and filing important reference documents
  • Forecast, manage and monitor the General Service office budget
  • Facilitate clearance of Unaccompanied Airfreight shipments for officers
  • Process and obtain Diplomatic residence visas for all UK Based members of staff along with Diplomatic identity cards
  • Preparation, issuance and submission of Diplomatic Notes to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Arranging local third party insurance cover for official and private vehicles.
  • Diplomatic registration of official and private motor vehicles and obtaining Diplomatic number plates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Day to day interaction with other Diplomatic Missions arranging third country visas for British Diplomats and Locally engaged Staff travelling on official business.
  • Processing of import and export permits for pets.
  • Liaise with British Deputy High Commission Lagos colleagues on various protocol related matters and providing feedback.

  • A positive approach to undertaking routine work with a high degree of accuracy as well as a willingness to take on new tasks.
  • A very strong command of written and spoken English is essential. resilience
  • Good keyboard skills and familiarity with Microsoft windows (notably MS word and MS excel)

  • Candidates must have a valid Nigerian Driving Licence as the candidate may be expected to self-drive to the various government ministries.
  • Inter-personal skills are also important as the successful candidate will be liaising with a large number of business organisations on a daily basis.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Demonstrating Resilience
14 November 2018
A2 (L)
British High Commission
15 December 2018
Occasional late working may be required
  • 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 High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;

Obtain the relevant permit

Pay fees for the permit

Make arrangements to relocate

Meet the costs to relocation

  • The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
  • 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.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Please log into your profile on the application system on a regular basis to review the status of your application.
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This opportunity is closed to applications.