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

Main purpose of job:

To deliver the UK’s prosperity agenda in Panama, reporting directly to the Head of Central America Prosperity.  Specifically to lead a number of embassy prosperity campaigns, in the sectors of Education, Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation, and Oil & Gas, by:

a)     Seeking and developing medium- to long-term commercial opportunities for the UK in Panama, raising awareness of the opportunities to UK government colleagues and UK businesses;

b)    Developing and overseeing prosperity projects in Panama, supported by the embassy’s Projects Officer;

c)     Building partnerships with Panama’s government to promote economic reform and sustainability, and promote the UK’s economic and business reputation.


Roles and responsibilities:

This is a great opportunity to engage closely with government, the private sector and other stakeholders to work towards economic growth and development in both Panama and the UK.  The UK’s Prosperity Agenda is focussed on unlocking growth in developing countries, and increasing trade and investment between them and the UK.  The role will put the successful applicant right at the centre of this work in Panama, leading on a number of campaigns and delivering outcomes that benefit both countries.


The job holder will lead on initiatives in the Education, Infrastructure, Water & Sanitation, and Oil & Gas sectors.  This will involve supporting government development plans, helping to remove barriers to growth and development in these sectors, and ensuring that UK companies are well placed to get involved in commercial opportunities that this creates.  While the job holder will focus on these areas, there will be a wide range of wider economic diplomacy issues that will come up which the job holder will need to respond to; the job will suit an active self starter who can work independently and identify and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.


The role also includes responsibility for bidding for and administering the embassy’s GREAT fund – the UK’s international marketing campaign promoting both the commercial and soft-power offer of the UK.  This will require an ability to think creatively and generate new ideas to help promote the UK in Panama, as well as construct and develop business cases.


To support the delivery of these objectives the role also involves line management responsibilities of the embassy’s Projects Officer, giving her support and direction and ensuring she is able to manage the delivery of the embassy’s projects.


The successful applicant will need to prove that they have good judgement, a solid track record in delivering results and can work independently to achieve well defined goals.  The successful applicant will also need to possess strong interpersonal skills building on the embassy’s existing strong networks to create collaborative partnerships that advance UK objectives.  The role requires flexibility, resilience and the ability to learn quickly to adapt to changing priorities and requirements.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • Line management of Projects Officer (1 x A2)
  • Oversee a range of projects (resource dependent but this year around £140k)

  • Knowledge of local politics and economics.
  • Experience of working in international organisations and/or commercial activity.
  • Communications skills, both written and oral.  
  • Strong networker.
  • Fluent English and Spanish.
  • Economic skills.
  • Knowledge of UK economy and politics.
  • Experience working on infrastructure, water and sanitation and/or oil and gas.
  • Project management experience.
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering at Pace
19 July 2017
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Latin America and Spanish speaking Caribbean
Panama City
British Embassy
14 August 2017
  • Office hours in the embassy are 7am-4pm Monday to Thursday and 7am-12pm on Fridays, though there is scope for flexible working arrangements, which can be agreed with the Line Manager; personal circumstances will be taken into account.
  • The British Embassy is an equal opportunities employer which seeks to promote diversity amongst the workforce by operating merit-based and non-discriminatory policies in recruitment, pay and benefits to ensure a positive working environment for all staff.
  • If not Panamanian, must have a valid work permit, a full active and already processed work permit.  

This opportunity is closed to applications.