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

The British Embassy is looking for a dynamic and capable Programme Manager to deliver trade-related policy projects across the US.  This is role is created as a result of the Embassy receiving resources as part of the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund.  Programmes will be delivered in areas including Trade and Market Access, Defence, Energy, Financial Services, and Economic Reform.  This role offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to deliver high-profile activity in the US and work with diverse internal and external stakeholders.  The officer will join the 20-strong Embassy Global and Economic Policy Group (GEPG), one of the most varied and fast-paced departments in the Embassy.  The Group is responsible for the UK government’s work in the US on economic, financial and social policy; trade and business issues; energy and environmental security; transport, science, innovation and research. The officer will work closely with other Embassy teams, the political team and our network of Consulates around the US. The Programme Manager will   work particularly closely with Trade Policy, British Defence Staff and Department for International Trade teams.

At present confirmed funding for the position runs to end-March 2018, but we envisage this role to be multi-year through the life of the overall Prosperity Fund to end-March 2020.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, deliver, monitor and evaluate policy-focused projects across the US under the relevant policy objectives of the programme.
  • Subject to the specific project, either support the in-house delivery of the project or monitor external implementing organisations.
  • Work closely with the Embassy’s policy teams to ensure that policy objectives are being achieved and coordinate internal and external partners to ensure projects deliver impact on time and on budget. 
  • Develop a network of internal Embassy, UK stakeholder and US stakeholder contacts across the country to support the effective development of project proposals.
  • Manage programme execution to ensure compliance with planned expenditure, based on completion of programme and project activities, targets, and financial and narrative reporting under FCO Programme Management Procedures and guidelines as well as FCO Internal Audit and UK National Audit Office requirements.
  • Contribute to the development of project proposals onwards.
  • Lead on reporting and analysis on the impact that programme activity is having on relevant policy objectives and act as the main point of contact for projects in these areas.
  • Demonstrate excellence in programme management, provide effective oversight of risk management, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, financial management and procurement.


  • A minimum of 3-5 years relevant experience, with experience in project/programme management
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree is required
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, delivery and evaluation and experience managing large budgets.
  • Must be a proven self-starter with the ability to drive delivery of outcomes and overcome obstacles especially when working with and through others
  • Attention to detail, strong judgment, problem-solving abilities, service delivery, and good communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Proven ability to represent your organisation and build effective networks outside your organisation

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. 

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts.  The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.


  • Demonstrated interest in or prior experience of delivering programmatic work related to trade issues
  • Event management experience
  • Project or programme management qualification
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
22 May 2017
B3 (L)
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Embassy
10 July 2017

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package.  This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

The salary for this position is $52,624 annualized.  Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 22 May 2017.  Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  Internal candidates must address their resumes through the Head of Group before applying.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or other category protected by law.

This opportunity is closed to applications.