View Vacancy - Assistant to the Ambassador B3 (03/21 DJ)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Private Office

Main Purpose of Job

To support the Ambassador by organising visits, meetings and diary, providing information and analysis on the politics and economy in Djibouti. Also to manage the Embassy’s communications, both with the traditional media and on new media. Manage the Chevening scholarship programme.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 


  • Ensure the British Embassy has good contacts across all relevant government departments, institutions, NGOs, media and other organisations.
  • Provide timely, well sourced and accurate reporting on political, economic developments in Djibouti as directed by the Ambassador.
  • Set up and maintain a contacts database


  • Lead on developing and implementing a communications plan. This will include managing the Embassy’s website and social media presence, identifying opportunities for the UK to demonstrate the strength of its partnership with Djibouti.


  • Co-ordinate the Embassy Chevening Scholarship programme to ensure it attracts high calibre and diverse applicants and the best candidates are awarded scholarships after a well-run interview process. Help Alumni build a strong network. 


  • Arrange meetings as requested by the Ambassador and coordinate Ambassador’s diary
  • Plan and assist with implementation of programmes for VIP and official visitors
  • Ad-hoc administrative support including replying to letters from the public.
  • Manage projects that develop as Embassy develops

NB – the precise nature of the tasks may change as the Embassy is established – flexibility, confidence and a can do attitude are key.

Resources Managed (Staff and Expenditure)

1 A2  Communications budget and Scholarships budget

  • Fluent spoken and written English and French
  • Experience of political and economic reporting
  • Range of contacts in Djiboutian society
  • Experience of using social media
Experience of working in an Embassy, UN agency or international company
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service
27 April 2021
B3 (L)
British Embassy
DJF 443,723
1 May 2021
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  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Djibouti are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Djibouti.

  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit. 

  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.

  • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.