View Vacancy - Governance Adviser - CSSF

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CSSF (Conflict Stability and Security Fund)

The British Embassy in Amman is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Governance Adviser, Grade – C5 (L).


Purpose of the job:

British Embassy Amman’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) team is looking for an energetic and experienced Governance Advisor to:

  • Provide high quality, reliable, timely and relevant governance advice to the CSSF Team and the British Embassy in the key technical competency areas listed below.
  • Design, manage and lead projects, policy issues and technical processes including consultations, research and stakeholder engagement.
  • Provide analysis and advice to enable the CSSF team and the Political Section to develop appropriate governance policies and provide governance advice across the British Embassy and CSSF programme portfolio.

Main Responsibilities:

This is a critical role within the Embassy. You will be the CSSF and Political Teams’ dedicated expert on governance issues in Jordan providing detailed governance analysis, and programmatic advice to influence the direction of our programmes.   A strong understanding of Jordan’s political economy, power relations and social structures are central to the UK’s work in Jordan, particularly as we look to scale up our work as part of the new UK-Jordan long-term partnership.

The key strands of the role include:

  • Providing technical governance advice to the design and effective delivery of CSSF programmes and policy engagement, including updating political economy analysis and developing reform strategies with partners. This will include analysing the governance dimensions of all new CSSF programmes and providing cross-cutting governance advice across existing programmes under all thematic areas (including political stability and security sector reform).
  • Support the DFID Governance Adviser in developing cross-cutting advisory input, including – but not restricted to - democracy strengthening and national dialogue, resource distribution, taxation, local governance and community cohesion, anti-corruption, rule of law, human rights and security sector reform.
  • Working closely with colleagues in the Political Section of the British Embassy, contributing to reporting on the political and governance context in Jordan, not only in Amman but also in Jordan’s regions, and highlighting the implications of trends in governance for the UK programmes and policies.
  • Work closely as part of the office political economy hub that will include the DFID Conflict Advisor, Senior Governance Advisor and Governance Advisor, Social Development Advisor and with pillar leads;
  • Feed into the monitoring of governance trends in Jordan and the reporting of governance results against the UK Government Strategy for Jordan;
  • In collaboration with the Conflict Adviser and the DFID Governance Adviser, support the development of a framework and tools for monitoring governance & conflict context trends and keeping analysis fresh and up to date;
  • Contribute to donor coordination on governance policy and programming;
  • Represent the UK Government with the authorities, UN, NGOs and the donor and diplomatic community on governance and rule of law matters.


Key Competencies and Required Skills:

1.   Generic competency:

  • Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in being objective; using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.
  • Seeing the Big Picture - Having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs. Focussing your contribution on the activities which will meet Embassy goals and deliver the greatest value.
  • Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.
  • Delivering at Pace - Delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.


2. Technical competencies and professional skills:

Governance technical competencies as set out in the Governance Technical Competency Framework: All shared advisory competencies

  • The Governance technical primary competency: Applied Governance and Political-Economy Analysis.
  • At least two of the following Governance technical specialist competencies:

                - Public financial management and domestic revenue mobilisation

                - Public Sector Governance and Service Delivery

                - Accountable and inclusive political systems

                - Anti-corruption

                - Security, Justice and Human Rights

  • All cross cutting issues competencies including understanding the political economy context, economic development, conflict drivers, gender equality, climate and environment and the potential for digital technology to improve the reach and value-for-money of digital technology.


For further details on competencies, please refer to the Governance Technical Competency Framework and Civil Service Competency Framework .


· Fluent communication skills in English (both written and spoken, this will be tested).

· Minimum of a Masters’ degree or equivalent level of academic and professional experience in a related area (including development studies, sociology, political science, law and accounting). In exceptional circumstances substantial experience will be accepted in lieu of higher degrees.

· Minimum 5 years of experience working on policy and programming in Jordan or the MENA region.

· Excellent understanding of Jordan’s political, social and economic environment.

· Excellent team-working skills.

· Ability to work in fast-paced, high profile environments, and deliver to deadlines.

· Good judgement and ability to understand complex issues quickly.

· Flexibility and willingness to respond to a range of corporate needs.

· Excellent IT skills (standard Microsoft applications).


·Experience working on policy, including with government of Jordan.

·Experience of working with or for donors.

·Experience working in the private sector.

·Fluent communication skills in Arabic (both written and spoken).

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
29 October 2018
C5 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
12 months
Middle East & North Africa
British Embassy
1 December 2018

Working Hours and Remuneration:

The position is full-time, at 37 hours a week with considerations of flexibility depending on circumstances.

Pay is on the Embassy C5 (L) scale, with a salary of JOD 3269 per month depending on the candidate’s skills and experience. The package includes a good level of health insurance and a friendly, English-speaking work environment. We offer opportunities to develop professional skills through our Learning & Development offer. Leave entitlement is 25 days (pro rated) plus 14 public holidays.

This position is offered on a fixed term basis with the possibility of extension.

The Embassy has an active and supportive learning culture and offers tailored mentoring and coaching programmes. Your learning and development will follow the 70:20:10 model: 70% of your learning will be on-the-job, working with economists, private sector advisers and other experts across the British Embassy and CSSF; 20% will be dedicated mentoring and coaching with senior technical colleagues; and 10% will be formal training courses. These courses include ‘Economics for Foreign Policy’ training and numerous on-line e-learning courses in economics and finance. You will also be assigned a senior Technical Quality Assurer who will oversee your economic analysis and provide guidance on your technical learning and development pathway.



If you are selected for this position, we will be able to employ you as long as you:

  • Receive the appropriate level of standard security clearance;
  • Have (or be willing to obtain) the right to live and work in Jordan. Candidate's residence permit and work permit, and the expense to obtain them, will be their own responsibility.

To Apply:

Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online.

1.  An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)

2. A (1500 words) covering letter/statement of suitability including both for generic and advisor competencies outlining the evidence, competence and experience required.

 ** (Applications that do not include the above stated information will be rejected).


All applications must be received before 23:55 (Local Time) on 29 October 2018.


Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of applications we receive only those shortlisted for interview or assessment will be contacted.

The start date mentioned in the advert is an assumed start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures.  Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local labour law.


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