View Vacancy - HON - Corporate Services Officer Finance, HR, Procurement and Estates, AO (Temporary Cover)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

Main purpose of job:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the British High Commission team to cover maternity leave.

As Corporate Services Officer Finance, and HR the jobholder will play a valuable role in ensuring the smooth running of the corporate services function at the British High Commission.


  • Lead on day-to-day management of the British High Commission’s budget, ensuring spending remains compliant with policy and maximising value for money.
  • Engage closely with Manila Finance hub on budget management, including preparation of key budget commentaries and ad hoc budget reports as necessary.
  • Ensure the forecast against the budget is as accurate, making budget amendments and adjustments to the forecast every month.  
  • Forecast quarterly cash profiling with finance hub.
  • Manage the end of month account procedures.  Checking the monthly Network Post Account (including petty cash monthly check and replenishment).


  • Assist the Corporate Services Manager in managing and implementing HR policies at the High Commission
  • Ensuring salaries are paid correctly and on time. 


  • Work with Regional Procurement Hub in Manila to ensure all Embassy procurement is carried out according to the guidelines.
  • Implementation of existing corporate policies and best practices on procurement, ensuring maximum value for money.
  • Management of external contracts with local suppliers and vendors as necessary.


  • Assist the Corporate Services Manager in maintaining the High Commission estate following UK policy and best practice.


  • The job holder will also assist on crisis preparation management attending crisis management meetings and implementing the actions.
  • There will be a need to do ad hoc tasks such as assisting in answering telephone enquiries and meeting visitors.
  • Playing a valuable role in a small team the candidates need to be pro-active and flexible to support the wider High Commission team and mission.  
  • We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic and has previous finance, human resources, procurement and estates experience.
  • Also, who has high quality organisational skills and strong inter-personal skills.

This is a temporary cover role, offered as a fixed-term contract (December 2023 to 10 May 2024).

  • IT skills including use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and Teams)
  • Previous finance experience and or finance qualification.
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to use own initiative.
  • Good customer service skills
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Good organising skills
  • Human Resources and Procurement experience
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Ability to drive.
Changing and Improving, Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Developing Self and Others, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
4 December 2023
Administrative Officer (AO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
6 months
Asia Pacific
Solomon Islands
British High Commission
SBD 5,461.53 per month
8 January 2023

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

  • The British High Commission in Honiara is committed to continuing professional development and will ensure that the post holder has the training necessary and development opportunities.

Working patterns:

39 hours per week. Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 16:00, Friday 08:00 – 13:00

  • The British High Commission offers a competitive compensation package, 22 days paid annual leave (calculated on Pro-rata basis if joined after 1 January), medical scheme, and access to extensive learning and development opportunities.
  • The applicant must have the appropriate work authorisation in order to apply.
  • Staff recruited locally by the High Commission Honiara is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Solomon Islands employment laws.

There may be a need to work during British High Commission evening receptions. Time off in Lieu (TOIL) can be claimed.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.