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View Vacancy - Political & Events Officer - Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Balochistan and Afghanistan-Pakistan

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Duration of Contract : 1 year (renewable)

Main purpose of job:

The successful candidate will provide logistical and political support on KP, FATA and Balochistan and Afghanistan-Pakistan bilateral relations. The role will include, but not be limited to, setting up calls and events with existing contacts, identifying potential new contacts and lead on co-ordinating working level visits. The ideal candidate should be willing to participate in meetings and visits and provide translation where needed, including in Isalamabad. The Political Support Officer will carry out research to feed into reporting by the Second Secretaries. The jobholder will also work with a wide range of policy and programme teams based in Islamabad, primarily Political Internal and External and also DFID, Rule of Law, Democracy, Counter Terrorism and Defence Section.

You will be managed by Second Secretary Political – KP, FATA and Balochistan and work closely with Second Secretary Political – Afghanistan-Pakistan relations. Working across Political Internal and Political External Teams, you will need excellent time management skills and effectively manage your workload and be prepared to support colleagues in organising receptions, dinners etc.

Duties & responsibilities

Political support/network management

  • Undertake proactive and reactive open source research on topics of interest relating to KP, FATA, Balochistan and Af-Pak bilateral relations, including through expert contacts to increase depth and breadth of understanding and to feed into reporting and analysis
  • Create and maintain profiles of contacts relevant to the region
  • Identify potential new contacts relevant to KP, FATA, Balochistan and Af-Pak
  • Arrange meetings with current and new contacts and interpret for UK based colleagues as required
  • Manage and update the KP, FATA, Balochistan and Af-Pak elements of the BHC's Contact Database

Visit and events Organisation

  • Work alongside the Visits Team to plan regional visits for the High Commissioner and the Political Counsellor
  • Lead on setting up working level regional visits; co-ordinating with Transport, Protocol and Security Sections
  • Coordinate regional events (receptions, dinners etc.), including draft guest lists, send out invitations and collate RSVPs


  • Carry out ad hoc administrative tasks, as required
  • Fluent English, Pashto and Urdu
  • Excellent written English
  • 2-3 years work experience
  • A Bachelors degree; ideally in International Relations or similar
  • A proactive dynamic individual with a can-do attitude, who works well in a team
  • Be well organised and able to demonstrate flexibility
  • Have strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Be able to think creatively to solve problems, sometimes under pressure and multi-task
  • Have a track record in managing and prioritising your workload
  • The candidate will be from KP, FATA or Balochistan or have very strong connections with the region
  • Have xperience of interacting with political parties, government bureaucracy and civil society organisations
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
18 July 2017
B3 (L)
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
South Asia & Afghanistan
British High Commission
1 August 2017


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

For other than BHC candidates, salary will be ­­­­­­ PKR 116,562/-per month

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:

Cross-mission Learning and Development opportunities including:

  1. Formal in-house and external training
  2. Coaching, mentoring and job shadowing
  3. Structured learning on the job, including stretching objectives and work.


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

(a)  Complete the Online Job Application Form

(b)  Attach a detailed CV

(c)  Complete the Motivation segment in the online application form (in not more than 600 words) setting out why you are the suitable person for this role. Your statement should include clear examples of how you meet the key competences.

We will accept only online applications by 18th July'17 midnight.

  • 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.

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.


This opportunity is closed to applications.