View Vacancy - Deputy Sector Director - Education

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Department for International Trade (DIT)

The British Embassy in Rabat invites applications for the position of Deputy Sector Director - Education, job grade Higher Executive Officer (HEO).

Main purpose of the job:

This is an exciting time to join the Department for International Trade (DIT). Our aim is to promote British trade and investment across the world, which is vital for the prosperity of the UK. DIT brings together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment in markets across the world to help businesses succeed. This is a great opportunity to be part of an international team that contributes to the success of the UK's trade goals.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Trade Promotion and Negotiation Organisation for the UK. We promote UK businesses overseas and attract foreign investment. We have 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries. Our aspiration is to address some of the challenges facing the UK, by helping British businesses to internationalise and grow overseas.

You will join the DIT’s Africa network, providing crucial leadership and expertise as part of our expansion. You will be networked closely with colleagues from across HMG working on prosperity issues as DIT can only successfully deliver our commercial ambitions by working seamlessly as part of joint and coordinated prosperity teams alongside the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Roles and responsibilities:

  • You will work closely with the sector director, country directors and country teams to drive the implementation of a pan-Africa sector plan focussed on outcomes and with clear priorities, goals, milestones and deliverables.
  • You will organise sector focussed events, follow up with key buyers and with UK companies, and drive closer teamwork with our country teams, helping them to understand and access expertise on UK capability.
  • You will ensure we have a clear understanding of the interests of major UK firms active in Africa, shared with country teams.
  • You will ensure our pipeline of key projects reflects key upcoming opportunities, working with our country teams to do this.
  • You will help drive teamwork, drawing on your inputs and research, to ensure all members of our pan-Africa sector team are working in close alignment.
  • You will work together with UK and African stakeholders across government, the private sector and sector bodies and associations to advance UK interests including where UK expertise can be used to develop African capability.
  • You will have, or further develop, expert knowledge of national and federal education reform programmes in our priority markets, and identify where commercial solutions could deliver the desired outcomes in areas such as curriculum reform, assessments, teacher training and skills for employability.
  • You will support the development of Trans National Education partnerships between African and UK higher education institutions, helping to improve the accessibility of quality tertiary education to local populations, and to drive economic growth through ensuring talent development matches the economy’s needs.
  • You will also support the development of schools partnerships in countries including Morocco to complement and support government reform efforts.
  • You will support our strong programme of relationship management with major UK companies in the sector. You will provide analysis of their key interest in potential leads and on the market access barriers they may face (regulatory and practical) to strengthening education provision, for example around the provision of online learning, and work closely with market access advisers to implement solutions to address these.

The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required. The job description may be reviewed to meet changes in business needs. 

Key behaviours required:

  • Leadership - Show pride and passion for public service. Create and engage others in delivering a shared vision. Value difference, diversity and inclusion, ensuring fairness and opportunity for all.
  • Working Together - Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
  • Managing a Quality Service - Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs.
  • Making Effective Decisions - Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.
  • Fluency in English and French both written and spoken. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both orally and in written communication.
  • Undergraduate degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • At least three (3) years’ experience working in an education, or trade and investment field.
  • Experience of working in or with government departments, NGOs, and similar institutions having established a strong network within the field.
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration.
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest of the education sector and the UK offer to business seeking to invest/export to Africa.
  • Strong IT skills, proficiency in MS Office and internet applications.
  • Working in a pan-African context.
Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Leadership, Working Together
17 August 2022
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
Middle East & North Africa
British Embassy
1 October 2022


Applicants must have the right to work and live in Morocco.

Working hours and remuneration:

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including a non-negotiable gross salary of MAD 31,929 per month, inclusive of all allowances. However, employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount. The package includes a good level of medical insurance; 21 days of annual leave (on pro rata basis) plus 14 public holidays; access to on-site swimming pool, tennis court and gym facilities.

There are no other allowances payable as part of this package. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

The contract will be for a full-time employment, on a permanent basis, subject to three (3) months’ probation period initially and can be extended up to another three (3) months.

Conditioned working hours for this position are 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Normal office hours are from Monday-Thursday, 0800-1615 and Friday 0800-1300.

The Embassy encourages flexible working subject to operational need and line manager’s approval. Independent working will be tested as a competence in interviews.

You will be expected to undertake occasional travel to the UK and across Africa.

The Embassy and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) have a strong commitment to learning and development, and all staff are required to agree on a learning and development plan with their line manager.

You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCDO learning and development opportunities including the FCDO’s Diplomatic Academy, training in the UK, and will be encouraged to join DIT’s trade profession. We also provide regular in-house learning opportunities and are committed to supporting further academic opportunities.

Our staff who demonstrate great leadership potential are encouraged to apply for the FCO’s pan-African Emerging Leadership Programme.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must attach the following documents in English to their online application form:

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

**Your application must include examples of when you have demonstrated the behaviours outlined above in the cover letter or motivation section in the online application form. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected.

All applications must be received before 23:55 (Morocco local time) on 17 August 2022.

Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the stated deadline will not be taken into consideration.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for the next step of the recruitment process will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an assessment and a panel interview.

The start date mentioned in the job advert is a tentative 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.

Personal data collected will be treated in strictest confidence under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act and used for recruitment purposes only.


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 Morocco employment law.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.