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The British Embassy in Baghdad has a vacancy for a Counter Terrorism Programme Manager, Grade B3 (L) position. 


The Job Holder will work closely with different stakeholders and the Counter-Terrorism/Extremism (CTE) Officer to provide and manage information related to the Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Extremism Programmes. The Job Holder will lead on financial reporting with support from the CTE Officer, as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure a cohesive package of programmes which meet and help achieve Embassy and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) / Her Majesty’s Government’s (HMG) CT strategic objectives.  The Job Holder will also provide support to the Counter-Terrorism Team; assisting with translation, interpretation, contributing to reporting and other ad-hoc tasks.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Programme Management (80%):

The Job Holder will support the CTE Officer in managing the Counter-Terrorism Programme Fund, which covers a wide range of projects across a broad spectrum of counter-terrorism and counter-extremism issues. The job holder will work together with the CTE Officer to ensure that projects are managed effectively, monitoring & evaluation is utilised, and lessons are learned.  The job holder will act as point of contact for all programme related matters  and will work closely with other Programme Managers across the Embassy, the Counter-Terrorism Team and colleagues across  HMG in London and the Near East and Gulf Region:

  • Compile programme management information (financial, monitoring and evaluation) for submission to London in accordance with HMG rules and regulations;
  • Act as Secretariat to the Embassy’s Programme Board – preparing papers, coordinating meetings, writing minutes and following up on action points;
  • Monitor project partners to ensure they meet HMG rules and regulations, as well as the aims and objectives set out in their Agreements with HMG;
  • Handle bidding rounds and assist in initial assessments of potential new bids for projects;
  • Respond promptly to telephone, email and written queries from project partners and other sources;
  • Carry out reasonable duties and undertake relevant training that may be required (e.g. processing programme paperwork).

Administrative (15%):

  • Line Manage A2(L) Interpreter and Programme Support Officer;
  • Provide ad-hoc support to the  section e.g. researching, reporting and analysing security and justice related developments;
  • To act as interpreter on an ad-hoc for British Embassy staff at meetings, receptions and events.  Interpretation and translation may include complicated and precise economic, political, social and legal terms.
  • Support Counter-Terrorism Team through occasional travel to provinces providing additional support and interpretation

Other (5%):

  • Provide support for the wider Embassy activities as needed;
  • Supporting as appropriate London based officials visits to Iraq;
  • Occasional evening related work for which time off in lieu would be granted.


  • Managing a Quality Service: Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.
  • Delivering at Pace: Effectiveness in this area means focussing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Collaborating and Partnering: It is about working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.
  • Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. It means showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned justifiable decisions.
  • Leading and Communicating- Effectiveness in this area is about showing our pride and passion for public service, leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction, integrity and enthusiasm. It’s about championing difference and external experience, supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of citizens.
  • Delivering Value for Money: Delivering value for money involves the efficient, effective and economic use of taxpayers‟ money in the delivery of public services. It is about seeking out and implementing solutions which achieve the best mix of quality and effectiveness for the least outlay.


  • High school qualification/s and relevant experience or a Bachelors degree
  • Project management experience - training in FCO systems will be provided
  • Finance experience - training in FCO systems will be provided
  • Competent user of computers and relevant software applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


  • Previous experience of line management.
  • Knowledge of the Iraq national security architecture.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
19 July 2017
B3 (L)
Fixed Term, Full-time
Middle East & North Africa
British Embassy
20 August 2017

Working Hours and Remuneration:

The starting salary for the role is $1,982 payable 13 times per year. In addition a monthly allowance of US$300 for security is payable. The allowance is subject to review and may be altered or withdrawn at any time. The British Embassy also runs a performance related pay scheme and supports training and development for all staff. This is a fixed term contract until March 2018 with a possibility of extension depending on fund availability and continuation of the CT Programme.

Normal working hours are Sunday - Wednesday 0800 – 1600 and Thursday 0800-1400. Due to the nature of the work, some flexibility on working hours will be required; time off in lieu will be arranged. The annual leave entitlement is 20 days plus up to 14 days public holidays [UK/Iraq]. Other benefits include the Embassy medical scheme (which also covers close dependants) and access to onsite facilities including a canteen.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90 day probationary period. 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online:

  1. A covering letter.
  2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)

** (Your application must include examples of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above in the cover letter. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected).

The closing date for applications is 19 July 2017 by 23:55 Baghdad time.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of applications we receive only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. The appointment is also subject to satisfactory local and UK security clearances.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.  Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy is subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local Iraqi employment law. 

This opportunity is closed to applications.