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View Vacancy - Fiscal Crime Liaison Office Assistant A2(L), HMRC (17/17 ACC)

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FCLO (Fiscal Crime Liaison Office)

Main purpose of job:

The British High Commission in Accra, Ghana is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a full-time Liaison Office Assistant for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer. 

HMRC is the UK’s tax and customs administration. HMRC is responsible for collecting tax revenue on behalf of the UK government, making sure that money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support. HMRC is also charged with closing the tax gap and reducing avoidance and evasion.

This role involves providing essential office support functions to enable the Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer to operate lawfully and effectively. This is an exciting and challenging role, and the successful candidate will be working in a fast-moving team environment where time critical actions are crucial to success. The Liaison Office is fully committed to the professional development and training of its staff.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team working at the forefront of the fight against organised crime, tax fraud and international money laundering. Reporting to the HM Revenue & Customs Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer, the jobholder will play a pivotal role in facilitating the flow of data between UK-based investigators and key partners within the West African law-enforcement community. The post is based in Accra, and may involve travel throughout Ghana and sometimes abroad.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, and a practical approach to multi-tasking and problem solving, as well as the ability to quickly grasp complex issues. They will develop an understanding of HMRC strategic priorities on fiscal crime and how we are working to promote them within country.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Assist the Liaison Officer in gathering relevant information from a wide range of sources; disseminating this information in an accurate and timely manner via clear and concise reports to UK colleagues or via official letters to West African Law Enforcement Agencies. Prioritising their workload against case priorities and being mindful of the requirements of UK & West African legislation.
  • Dealing with senior officials from all levels of government in a professional manner and travel in Ghana and sometimes abroad if required for official meetings.
  • Conduct office administration duties under the supervision of the Fiscal Crime Liaison Officer. Duties include record management, vehicle management, maintaining office accounts, planning travel, visits and organising events. Must be able to follow standard operating procedures and written processes with minimal supervision.
  • Searching open source material and media reporting to identify anything relevant to the FCLO.
  • Maintain oversight of regional projects as required including monitoring and evaluating their impact, monitoring budgets to ensure value for money and producing narrative reports to deadlines.
  • Line management of staff.



  • Excellent IT skills – advanced skills in MS products & interrogation / maintenance of databases are desirable;
  • Fluent oral and written English;
  • Ability to process and understand large amounts of data and information; turning this into concise and accurate reports;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and confidence in dealing with senior level people;
  • Constructive, positive and service orientated attitude;
  • Experience of working in an area with a high level of personal responsibility and has a track record of being accountable for own actions / decisions;
  • Excellent organisational skills for document and record management;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to prioritise workloads where required;
  • Ability to respect the confidentiality of work issues and understands the personal and professional consequences of lapses in security;
  • Flexible approach to work and travel; this may include travel at short notice, working weekends and on public holidays.
  • Working in similar position or previous relevant experience would be an advantage.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Project management skills.
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
18 December 2017
A2 (L)
Fixed Term
12 months
Africa
Ghana
Accra
British High Commission
1
GHS 3 453 gross
1 February 2018

Working patterns: 

  • The job holder may be required to travel regularly within and outside of Ghana. Some work (including travel) will be required during the evenings and occasionally weekends, for which time off in lieu or overtime (where applicable) will be given.

The successful applicants will need a high level UK security clearance. Candidates therefore must be of British, American, Australian, Canadian or New Zealand nationality, or have a recent UK footprint in order to gain the level of clearance required.


  • Successful candidate required to start as soon as possible. 
  • The contract is for one year with the possibility of extension.
  • Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
  • The successful applicant will need to undergo a rigorous and intrusive security clearance process.
  • Confirmation of appointment is subject to the award of security clearance.
  • Observe the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s diversity and equality policies.
  • Show some flexibility over working hours, as they may on rare occasions be unsociable.
  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Accra are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ghana.
  • 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 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:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-framework Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5.
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
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