View Vacancy - Assistant Political Officer – Counter Terrorism, B3 - British Embassy Maldives (Male')

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

The location for the vacancy will be Maldives.

Note : All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the competency based questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Main purpose of job:

To support the British Embassy’s Security work and ensure all activity is aligned to UK strategic aims and is co-ordinated with the Maldives government. The primary roles will be:

  • Managing the Counter Terrorism Protect & Prepare programme fund.
  • Contributing to the delivery of UK CT objectives in the Maldives.
  • Co-ordinating with partners in the Maldives and across HMG on Protect & Prepare and security related issues as required.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  • Be an all-round administrative assistant, dealing with general mail, telephone and email enquiries, running the day-to-day office operation and writing correspondence and reports.
  • Managing the local financial spend on the UK Protect and Prepare programme, with a clear focus on value for money and delivering sustainability, including forecasting and maintaining accurate records of financial expenditure to a standard that satisfies UK government auditors.
  • Programme management including effective monitoring and evaluation techniques to ensure the programme stays on track.
  • The successful candidate will need to develop and maintain an excellent network of senior level contacts, particularly across central and local government, law enforcement and civil society. Strong relationships will need to be built with other teams within the embassy.
  • The development and maintaining of databases and filing systems using IT packages, including MS Office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel;.
  • Organising programme related bilateral visits and events, including arranging visas, booking travel and accommodation and issuing delegate invitations.
  • Organising and attending meetings, compiling minutes and detailing agreed actions.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Counter Terrorism Protect/Prepare programme fund for Maldives.

Essential on arrival: 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills, a positive attitude to working flexible hours and the ability to work well independently and as part of a small team.
  • Have excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and work to deadlines.
  • Have good oral and written communication skills and a high standard of IT literacy, particularly with MS Office products.

Language requirements:  

Languages: English / Divehi Level of language required: Fluent (written and spoken)

  • Experience of working with an international institution.
  • An understanding of counter-terrorism activity and security arrangements.
Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Engaging Internationally
1 December 2019
B3 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
24 months
South Asia & Afghanistan
British Embassy
MVR 25,720 alongwith 7% Pension contribution per month
1 January 2020

For British High Commission (BHC) candidates, the Local Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply. 

For other than BHC candidates, starting salary will be MVR 25,720 alongwith 7% Pension contribution per month. Other benefits include 13 month’s salary.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment and security checks. 

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system.  The High Commission takes pride in its organisational culture and its strong and diverse team. We offer leave entitlements as per Maldivian labour laws.  

We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment.

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

Project management. There will be plenty of learning opportunities. Many of these will be ‘on the job’, but there will also be opportunities for virtual learning from Post, and formal learning in neighbouring Posts or in London. Staff are encouraged to complete the Diplomatic Academy foundation level training.

Please note that applications will only be considered with (a) and (b):

(a) Complete the Online Application Form

(b) Complete the Motivation Segment in the Online Application Form

Internal candidates applying for this position need to upload their appraisal forms for the previous 2 years (if applicable). They should also inform their current line managers, and check for the eligibility clause if on probation, else the applications will not be considered.

Note : All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the competency based questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We will accept only online applications received by ­­midnight on 1st December 2019.  

  • Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquires will be dealt with. However, the status will be updated on the recruitment software which will be viewed by the applicant.
  • The appointment will be subject to police and other checks including references, educational and professional. 

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. 

Other information:

Those who advance in the selection process will be interviewed based on the competencies above.

Only electronic applications will be accepted.


  • Staff recruited is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
  • The successful candidate will be subject to reference checking and security clearances checks.
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This opportunity is closed to applications.