View Vacancy - Trade Promotion Advisor EO (15/23 ABI)

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Department for Business and Trade roles (DBT)
Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

Main purpose of job:

This job holder will identify export and overseas direct investment opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire and promote these to UK companies; work closely with multilateral financial institutions and donors to identify opportunities for UK companies.

The job holder will be required to respond promptly to enquiries from UK business seeking to export their goods or services to Côte d’Ivoire or seeking to bid for tenders, to provide ongoing support to British companies exploring exporting or investing into Côte d’Ivoire including by organising trade missions; to provide market insight and sector-specific analysis according to their needs; stay abreast with UK companies operating in Côte d’Ivoire to fully understand their objectives.

The jobholder will need to take a regional approach, working with colleagues across the UK Department for Business and Trade (DBT) Africa to maximise the trading relationship between the UK and Côte d’Ivoire in particular but also contributing to increased UK trade across the continent.

As a Trade Adviser, you will help to shape and strengthen the economic relationship and identify new opportunities to match British expertise and investment with needs in the Ivorian public and private sectors.

The key sectors of focus are currently, energy, infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing. These sectors are subject to annual country implementation plan review.

Roles and responsibilities:

Working across the Embassy, including with the Ambassador, and reporting to the DBT Country Director, you will play an important role in delivering on the British Embassy’s economic and commercial objectives, including identifying and realising opportunities for both new and existing UK businesses, and increasing trade between the UK and Côte d’Ivoire.

You will maintain a network of operational level contacts across government and private sectors, processing and sharing information with internal and external stakeholders, monitoring exports opportunities, and proactively contacting British businesses, ensuring an excellent quality service is provided to them.

As a member of Trade and Economic team promote the UK export and investment offer to the Ivoirian market, including UK financial institutions such as BII, UK Export Finance and PIDG.

Work closely with UK Government Departments, agencies, companies and organisations to ensure understanding of their needs and aspirations and how these can be achieved in the Ivoirian market.

Identify and present export and investment opportunities to UK companies via DBT databases and identify UK partners, both investors and commercial, for Ivoirian businesses.

Work across networks to maximise trade opportunities, increase the impact of inward missions and other visits from the UK, including programme arrangements and logistics.

Prepare trade briefings, trade statistics, and identify a pipeline of future opportunities to include in market implementation plan annual review with an objective of increasing UK companies seeking opportunities in Côte d’Ivoire.

In conjunction with the Economics and Governance Officer, ensure timely and accurate reporting on economic and sector developments in Côte d’Ivoire relevant to trade, working with the UK Chamber of Commerce in Côte d’Ivoire to identify barriers to business.

Liaison with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to understand the bank’s policies and priorities, establish key contacts in the organisation.

Attend and organise various out of hour’s events, including receptions, networking sessions and business debate.

The role may also include international and domestic travel.

·       Relevant undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate degree.

·       Good networking skills and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain contacts to deliver progress around business requests.

·       Candidates should be able to demonstrate an extensive knowledge and understanding of the private sector in Côte d’Ivoire.

·       Excellent drafting skills in English and fluent written and spoken English, alongside a good working knowledge of French

·       Excellent IT skills with ability in MS Office suite applications e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

·       Good interpersonal and networking skills and comfortable dealing with high-level officials and contacts.

·       Strong organisational skills and good attention to detail.

·       Be motivated, a keen problem solver, show strong organisational skills and be resourceful as a dependable team player.

·       Demonstrate strong work ethic, ability to work amid tight deadlines and good professional and ethic judgment.

·       Client facing experience, for example with a professional services business.

·       Professional experience in energy, industry, agriculture or infrastructure sectors would be an advantage.

·       Good knowledge and understanding of the AfDB, multilateral financial institutions and export credit agencies would be an advantage.

·       Prior experience of working with the UK Government, another diplomatic mission or international organisation.

Good knowledge and understanding of the Ivoirian public sector, including trade promotion agencies and policies.

Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Working Together
1 December 2023
Executive Officer (EO)
Fixed Term
24 months
Côte d'Ivoire
British Embassy
XOF 951,463
1 February 2024

The British Embassy Abidjan team is growing quickly at the moment, given the UK government’s increasing focus on Côte d’Ivoire. It is a small and friendly team of around 25-30 colleagues based in the Ivoire Trade Centre. The embassy comprises trade, political, corporate services, and development and consular teams. The jobholder will report to the DBT Country Director.

Working hours: Full time

The working hours of the British Embassy Abidjan are 08:30 to 16:30 Monday to Thursday and 08:30 to 14:30 on Friday.  Some staff are required to work additional hours including evenings and weekends, in which case they will be consulted.  There is an hour lunch break every day except Friday.

Any other information (or specific local Post requirements):

  • 5% contribution to the Embassy’s wider wellbeing and effective functioning (e.g. surprise checks, committee membership, corporate role, role modelling effective behaviours and values.).
  • Working from home one day a week is possible, subject to operational requirements and line manager agreement.
  • 14 public holidays per year.
  • 26.5 days per calendar year of annual leave, increasing after 5 years.
  • The British Embassy is committed to the ongoing learning and development of its staff and offers 5 development days per year.

Learning and development opportunities:

The successful applicant will have access to a wide range of learning and development opportunities both in-house and e-learning. From time to time, there will be requirements to assist other teams within the Department, working with other members of the team to build overall experience through delivery of training and awareness sessions.

  • 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.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Abidjan are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Côte d’Ivoire .
  • 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;
  1. Obtain the relevant permit
  2. Pay fees for the permit
  3. Make arrangements to relocate
  4. Meet the costs to relocation
  • The British Embassy does not sponsor visas/work permits 
  • 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.    
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  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
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  • Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.
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