View Vacancy - SRR - Deputy Head of Communications (HEO)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media

The British Embassy Riyadh has a vacancy for a Deputy Head of Communications, job grade Higher Executive Officer (HEO), on a fixed term contract for 24 months.

The purpose of this job is to help devise and deliver British Embassy Riyadh’s communications strategy and its engagement with Saudi and international print, radio, television and social media in order to promote the policies of the government of the United Kingdom in Saudi Arabia and to support the work of the UK’s diplomatic network in Saudi Arabia.

Duties and responsibilities:

1. Strategy -

  • Help devise and deliver a communications strategy for the UK’s two missions in Saudi Arabia, including the communications of the British Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Lead activity across posts in Riyadh and Jeddah delivering campaigns with local and international partners. This could include campaigns on everything from women’s empowerment to youth engagement, from consular communications campaigns around major events to encouraging Saudis to study in the UK.
  • Coordinate the UK’s award scheme for Saudi graduates of UK universities, including helping to organise events with alumni of UK universities.
  • Support the mission’s response to any crises through delivery of communications advice and contributions to wider team-working.

2. Digital/Social Media –

  • Lead on preparing and executing social media plans in support of the full range of UK government activity in Saudi Arabia and in support of UK Government Departments working in Saudi Arabia,
  • Plan and produce engaging daily content on the Embassy’s social media platforms in consultation with the wider Communications Team,
  • Work with different departments across the UKs platform in Saudi Arabia to support and amplify key messages,
  • Use analytics tools to systematically evaluate digital output from UK in Saudi Arabia social media platforms and engagement with target audiences,
  • Manage the UK in Saudi Arabia website (English and Arabic), generating and updating material as advised by the Head and Deputy Heads of Communications.

3. Content Creation –

  • Lead on all stages of content creation (pre-production, production and post-production) to create high-quality visual content (including but not limited to infographics, videos, photos, etc) for UK in Saudi Arabia digital channels and internal communication campaigns,
  • Lead on graphic design and digital production for UK in Saudi Arabia events and internal communications,
  • Manage archive of photos and videos.

4. Monitoring –

  • Understand the Saudi media landscape and how to promote the UK within this environment.
  • Lead on the delivery of the daily press summary, reporting on top stories linked to areas of strategic importance,
  • Lead on the delivery of the weekly UK in KSA internal newsletter,
  • Provide monitoring, evaluation and comment on UK in Saudi Arabia digital campaigns, proactively identifying ways to constantly improve,
  • Analyse the social media landscape and keep track of current trends and influencers, proactively highlighting those trends that present opportunities or risk to the UK in Saudi Arabia.

The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other tasks as required.

Key behaviours required:

  • Seeing the Big Picture - Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider Civil Service priorities and ensure work is in the national interest.
  • Making Effective Decisions - Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.
  • Communicating and Influencing - Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
  • Delivering at Pace - Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.


  • The successful candidate must be able to secure a local residence and work permit in Saudi (iqama) OR already have the right to work and reside in Saudi.
  • The British Embassy provides visa sponsorship. The successful candidate will be required to transfer their visa under the Embassy's sponsorship.
  • Confidence to express ideas clearly and concisely in English. Credibility and personal impact to engage with senior UK/Saudi political figures.
  • Personal initiative, drive and ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team working skills.
  • Excellent content creation skills using various film and photo editing tools.
  • Strong planning, organisational and time management skills.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Flexibility and resilience to deliver results under pressure. Creative thinking skills.
  • Ability to build the capabilities of the team for political analysis and reporting and stakeholder management.
  • Ability to write and speak Arabic (ideally Modern Standard Arabic)
  • Experience of working in an international context.
  • Experience of external communications including media.
  • An established network of media and/or cultural contacts in Saudi Arabia, including in provinces outside of Riyadh. 
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Seeing the Big Picture
15 October 2023
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
24 months
Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia
British Embassy
3 December 2023

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role.

Monthly salary details:

  • Base Salary - SAR 14,446
  • Housing Allowance - SAR 3,612 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Travel Allowance - SAR 400 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Total - SAR 18,458

* Allowances are not payable to staff who receive official provision for such expenditure in some other form. Spouses/ Dependents of UKBS officers working at the Embassy are not eligible to Housing or Travel Allowance.

No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

This position is full-time, based on 35 hours per week. Normal working hours for the Embassy are from 08:00 to 15:00 from Sunday to Thursday, with core working hours from 10:00-15:00. Core working hours is the period of the day that employees are required to be at work. The working day outside of the core hours is a flexible period, which allows employees to choose when they work, subject to operational needs.

The jobholder will be required to be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and may involve working out of hours (evening/ weekend).

The jobholder will have opportunities to benefit from a range of Learning and Development (L&D) initiatives. There is great opportunity for learning and development ‘on the job’. The jobholder will also be required to undertake a number of mandatory training courses as part of their role.

The International Academy (IA) is the home of L&D for the FCDO. It covers a wide range of essential as well as job-specific subjects; and is designed to ensure that all staff can access high quality learning products. The jobholder will also have access to the FCDO’s Diplomatic Academy. Our staff are given responsibility and autonomy (and support), allowing them to develop skills and confidence through delivery.

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

The successful candidate will be required to transfer their iqama under the Embassy's sponsorship.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must include to their online application form 1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV); 2) motivation essay, in the relevant sections of the online application form, stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and 3) specific examples, in the relevant sections of the online application form, of how you meet the key behaviours and skills required. 

Applications that do not include this information will not be considered. 

Closing date of receiving applications is before 23:55 (Egypt local time) on 15 October 2023. 

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around 2-3 months. The security clearance process includes checks available in country and with UK, dependant on the security level required for the role and the candidates profile and UK footprint. You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign, and we are working hard to minimise any disruption.

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful at interview may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of six (6) months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

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.

The British Embassy Riyadh 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 Saudi Arabia employment law.


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This opportunity is closed to applications.