View Vacancy - MNL - Head of Private Office, B3 (L)

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

The British Embassy Manila is a large diplomatic mission (around 250 staff) delivering a dynamic and rapidly expanding programme of activity in support of the UK’s objectives on prosperity, security and consular matters. The Embassy is a modern, diverse and inclusive employer where everyone contributes to the Embassy’s CORE Values of Collaboration, Opportunity, Respect and Excellence.

Main purpose of job:

To manage the Embassy Private Office.

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

You will provide excellent support and advice to the Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission. Working with your A1 assistant you will ensure the efficient management of the Ambassador’s time to maximise delivery of the Embassy’s business plan, including through efficient diary management. This will include building and maintaining a wide range of external contacts across politics, business and the media. You will have excellent people skills and exceptionally high levels of personal organisation. You will be responsible for planning domestic and overseas travel, managing all aspects of visit programmes as well as having the relevant budgetary responsibilities. This is a great job for a dynamic self-starter. We are looking for someone who can run a busy office, ensure smooth management of the various administrative tasks, engage influentially with people inside and outside the organisation, make balanced judgements and offer sound strategic advice to the Ambassador and his Deputy.   You will also contribute to the overall coordination of the Embassy’s crisis management arrangements. You will be able to draft minutes and correspondence quickly and accurately, manage a comprehensive contacts database and be heavily involved in the organisation of inward visits by VIPs as well as major Embassy events such as Remembrance Sunday and the Queen’s Birthday Party.

  • Previous experience of working in a fast-paced office environment
  • Experience of working in government, in the UK or in another Embassy
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
3 February 2020
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
30 March 2020

The British Embassy offers a competitive compensation package, 36-hour work week, guaranteed 13th and 14th month pay, 20 days paid annual leave (calculated on Pro-rata basis if joined after 1 January), extensive medical insurance, life insurance and access to a guaranteed 5 days of learning opportunities a year. 

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have work authorisation for the Philippines in order to apply.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Manila is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Philippine employment law.

Candidates are expected to have a valid NBI Clearance.

All applications must be received before 23:55 PST on the day of the deadline indicated above.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested, as well responses to the motivation and competence questions. 

We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

The successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible subject to successful clearance of pre-employment/security checks.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.