View Vacancy - Assistant Housekeeper

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Residence and Support Staff)

The British Embassy, Doha has a vacancy for Assistant Housekeeper, Grade S1.

Main Purpose of the Job:

To support the smooth running of the Residence, and the comfort of its occupants and guests, through supporting the Head Housekeeper and outside caterers.

Duties include waiting tables, cleaning the Residence with the Head Housekeeper and ensuring the garden and pool areas are clean and well maintained by contracted staff. Duties also include assisting with the laundry, changing linens and occasional childcare support.

The Assistant Housekeeper Supports delivery of all post objectives by contributing to an efficient and well-presented Residence, suitable for hosting social events, houseguests and functions that will facilitate diplomatic, political, defence, commercial, and public services work, as well as contributing to a well-motivated and security conscious Embassy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Daily Cleaning of the Residence

  • Ensuring the cleanliness of the Residence.

  • Cleaning, dusting, sweeping, washing, polishing etc.

2. To serve meals and refreshments to the Ambassador and his family and guests:

  • Serving meals and refreshments to the Ambassador, family members, and their houseguests and other visitors to the Residence.

  • Ensuring the clearing of items used after each occasion

3. Supporting the Kitchen:

  • General food preparation and kitchen support

  • Assisting the Head Housekeeper with staff lunches.

  • Washing up kitchen utensils, pots and pans, serving dishes, cutlery and crockery, as directed by the Residence Manager.

  • To provide support to external staff during events

4. Laundry duties:

  • Providing a full laundry service to the Ambassador, family members and guests.

  • Providing a full laundry service for all items required for events

  • Keeping the stores clean, tidy, and replenishing items as required.

  5. Other duties:

  • Providing leave cover for the Head Housekeeper and assisting the Head Housekeeper with Chef duties during his/her absence.

Key Competencies:

  • Managing a Quality Service: Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.

  • Delivering at Pace: Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.

  • Demonstrating Resilience: This is about helping our people to build resilience in international roles, supporting their ability to adapt to working in difficult and varied international environments and to bounce back from crises and setbacks in these contexts.

  • Making Effective Decisions: Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.

  • Excellent spoken and written English

  • Good self-management and organisational skills.

  • The ability to work both on your own and as part of a team and to work well under pressure.

  • Flexible and positive approach to working in a forward thinking, modern and motivated organisation.

  • Relevant housekeeping experience

  • Up to date First Aid Certificate

  • Up to date Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Experience of working with a family

Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Demonstrating Resilience
13 January 2019
Fixed Term, Full-time
24 months
Middle East & North Africa
British Embassy
1 February 2019

Working Hours and Remuneration:

The British Embassy offers a competitive remuneration package, including non-negotiable salary of QR 7,253 per calendar month. Housing is provided on the Embassy compound as part of the employment package. The contract will be a full time, fixed term for two years.

48 hour working week across 6 days, flexible around the Ambassador’s schedule, and frequently organised in split shifts (eg, 07:30am-14:30, and 17:30 – 20:30) to accommodate meal times and/or evening events and functions.

Frequently required to work late, early and antisocial hours: waiting tables for the Ambassador and his/her family as required, as well as working late nights and early mornings when VIPs and guests are staying at the Residence, or when events are taking place.

‘On call’ at all times of the day and night, including during day off.

Working in a kitchen environment where a number of hazards (eg. gas cylinders and kitchen equipment) are present; occasionally using ladders in the course of work (eg. to change light bulbs).

Heavy lifting is sometimes required (e.g. arranging furniture for events, moving guests’ luggage etc).

The successful candidate will need to commence security clearance procedures through the Embassy.


Applicants must already reside in Qatar and hold the right to live and work there, including those either under spouse sponsorship or be able to transfer an existing sponsorship to the British Embassy.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must complete the online application form and answer the motivation for applying.

** (Your application must include examples of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above in your online application form. Applications that are not complete will be rejected).

The closing date for applications will be 13 January 2019 by 23:55 Doha time.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two months.

Due to the large amount of applications the Embassy receives only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances, medical clearance and reference checks.


The British Embassy Doha is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy is subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local Qatari employment law.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

This opportunity is closed to applications.