2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Investment Officer and Deputy Country Director, Nigeria Vacancy
Deadline: May 17, 2019.
The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Working in support of Nigeria and the UK’s prosperity agenda and reporting to the Country Director, your role will have four clear objectives:
- You will build important client facing relationships with important investors. A strong track record in client-facing functions, for example for a consultancy company, would be welcome amongst applicants.
- You will help supercharge key reforms to the Nigerian business environment by identifying and monetising the impact of ‘high value investment barriers’ and ensuring UK Government action plans are in place to tackle them.
- You will sell Nigeria to international investors, including by producing a high-quality country guide that describes investment incentives, opportunities and risks credibly and fluently. The ability to research and draft this guide, according to a set template is crucial. The successful applicant will be able to provide evidence of concise, effective drafting.
- You will increase the demand for UK investment by promoting UK as a quality business partner in key sectors of strategic interest for Nigeria and UK, and look to create partnerships with the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, and the Nigerian senior business/investment community.
- You will map key UK investors’ presence in Nigeria and manage key investor relationships, facilitate their dialogue with the Nigerian authorities and regulators to expedite resolution of challenges to more mutually beneficial investments
- You will facilitate the development of a pipeline of UK investment deals in Nigeria, pre and post UK Africa Investment Summit
- You will lead dialogue with UK Export finance (UKEF) to help operationalise the agency’s export credit offer by facilitating heir contact with ripe deals
- You will also be the Deputy to the Country Director, providing support and working together to ensure that Nigeria is well embedded into the wider pan-Africa DIT region, sharing good ideas and bestpractice to gain a clear understanding of business drivers across the market. You will be expected to cover in the Country Director’s absence.
- Postgraduate degree and/or undergraduate degree and other professional qualification.
- At least ten years professional work experience, particularly in investment appraisal and deals brokering
- proven track record of delivering on time-bound change management programmes
- Client facing experience, for example with a professional services business but preferably in the investment sector in Nigeria
- A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
- Proven leadership experience
- Experience in client facing roles (managing businesses, understanding issues and pursuing strategies together, investment appraisal, deal pipeline preparation, deals brokering)
- Excellent drafting skills
- Changing and Improving, Building Capability for All, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service
1. The successful applicant will have access to a range of Learning and Development opportunities with in-house and e-learning, with the potential for overseas training.
2. From time to time there will be requirements to assist other teams within the Department, working with other members of the team to build overall experience through delivery of training and awareness sessions.
3. ODA training can be provided.
4. Flexible working can be considered for the right candidate.