View Vacancy - Prosperity Officer - B3, British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

Main purpose of job:

The British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru is looking for an enthusiastic, self-starter to help build and increase our engagement in the areas of Financial Services and Ease of Doing Business and to support delivery of programmes in Karnataka and South India.

The main purpose of the job is to facilitate partnerships between UK and South India particularly by identifying business opportunities, engaging with government bodies, organising events, maintaining contacts with the UK and Indian institutions in the above areas, and building a pipeline of commercial opportunities for UK businesses.

The job holder will work closely with the Senior Prosperity Adviser based in Bangalore, and will be expected to travel extensively and engage with contacts in the region and with other Deputy High Commissions.

The main purpose of the job is to identify, design and deliver partnerships between the UK and Karnataka to develop markets and identify opportunities for UK businesses.

The successful candidate will facilitate partnerships between the UK and Karnataka and potentially with other Southern states by identifying business opportunities, engaging with government bodies, organising events, maintaining an extensive range of contacts with UK and Indian institutions in the above mentioned sectors.

One of the key means by which the job holder will be expected to deliver is through the UK’s Prosperity Fund (PF) technical assistance programmes for which exceptional programme management skills will be required. The successful candidate will be required to work with external delivery partners, the Government of Karnataka and team leaders in British High Commission network (New Delhi and Mumbai).

In India, the PF aims to deliver inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in India and increased bilateral trade and investment. It will achieve this by providing £60m of technical assistance to address the current market failures and weaknesses that impeded India’s inclusive economic growth, unlocking increased prosperity for the UK and India.

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

Ease of Doing Business (40%)

  • Promote the UK’s strengths in Ease of Doing Business across the South Indian states and particularly within the Karnataka Government and the private sector.
  • As a part of a Delhi-coordinated network, lead engagement with South Indian states particularly Karnataka to support and promote collaboration between UK and India through technical assistance. Oversee stakeholder management, inputs to programme design and implementation, reporting and communication.
  • Develop and maintain relations with relevant state government bodies working on regulatory reforms.
  • Provide technical support around policy reform of market regulations, frameworks and standards and support UK firms looking to do business in the region.
  • Provide evidence, policy analysis and market intelligence on emerging trends, opportunities and challenges related to Ease of Doing Business.

Financial Services (40%)

  • Promote the UK’s strengths in Financial Services and promote London as hub to raise finance by supporting the Mumbai – led Financial Services team within the network.
  • Support financial market reform through capacity building across the South Indian states and particularly with the Karnataka Government and financial regulators, including driving implementation of the India-UK Financial Partnership’s policy reform recommendations.
  • Assist Indian organisations including state infrastructure funds to raise finance overseas, particularly through the City of London.
  • Support FinTech policy development and boost FinTech entrepreneurship in the South Indian states, particularly Karnataka, by working with state governments, companies and start-ups.

Strategic Engagement (10%)

  • Build a network of state and municipal government officials, Indian and UK businesses, think tanks and opinion formers – to ensure the identification and delivery of partnerships.
  • Work with prosperity strand leads in Delhi and Mumbai to understand UK priorities and contribute to the design of the national prosperity programmes.
  • Promote UK strengths to Indian stakeholders and identify potential commercial pipeline opportunities.
  • Identify and deliver new projects that use Prosperity Funding to help meet our objectives, using exemplary projects and programme management skills.  

Project and Programme Management (10%)

  • Support/facilitate delivery of multisectoral programmes at regional level (e.g. make introductions, identify issues and policy/commercial opportunities) and monitor the implementing partners to drive delivery and ensure accountability for results.
  • Support for inward visits by UK ministers, senior officials and VIPs, and prosperity delegations to the South Indian states. Securing the participation of relevant state experts in other prosperity events in India and on missions to the UK.

Language requirements:

  • English (Mandatory), Kannada (Desirable)

Level of language required:

  • An ability to speak and write in English to a high level is mandatory.
  • An ability to speak in Kannada is desirable.

Other Essentials :

  • Graduate in any discipline with at-least 5 years of work experience.
  • Excellent team working skills, with strong ability to build co-operative working relationships across our own network, and outside of the Deputy High Commission with a wide range of organisations.
  • Project management and research experience.
  • A self-starter, with proven energy and initiative in overcoming obstacles, and the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritise with minimal supervision.
  • Very strong and proven analytical, excellent communication skills and IT proficiency.
  • Experience of working in an international organisation.
  • Experience of working with businesses and government organisations.
  • A good understanding/background on supporting Ease of Doing Business sectors and/or promoting/working within Financial Services/tech, is highly preferable.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service
1 May 2019
B3 (L)
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
South Asia & Afghanistan
British Deputy High Commission
1 June 2019

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

For other than BHC candidates, salary will be Rs 57904 per month together with a 12% provident fund and 6% Special Allowance.

Additionally the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with Rs 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family.

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance.

Around half of our work force is women. We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment.

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.

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

Training courses based on the post/department priorities. You will have access to a wide range of learning opportunities provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

To Apply: 

Please note applications without (a),(b) and (c) will not be considered.

A.    Complete the Online Application Form

B.    Attach a detailed CV

C.    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) and also inform their current line managers. Else the application will not be considered.

We will accept only online applications by '1 May 2019' midnight.

Please Note:

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.

The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, educational and professional.

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