2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Global Trade Programme Manager, Prosperity Fund, Nigeria Vacancy

Deadline: January 16, 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.



We are seeking a motivated and high performing trade and investment analyst to carry out research for a feasibility study which will inform the development of business cases for the Global Trade Programme (GTP) in Nigeria. The post holder will also be the programme manager of the GTP in Nigeria and will be responsible for the successful delivery of the programme.

This new role will bring together a high level of responsibility in a high-performing, high profile and dynamic  environment, working closely with policy and economic leads in the FCO, DIT and DFID in country and in the UK, various government ministries, department and agencies and businesses in Nigeria (or interested in doing business with the country). It is an ideal role for a highly motivated analyst and manager who wants to be at the heart of trade policy development and programme activity, and build their leadership and communication skills.

The focus of the Global Trade Programme in Nigeria  will be to:

  •  Reduce poverty and stimulate inclusive, sustainable economic growth;
  • Open new markets for international businesses, including UK companies;
  • Supplement wider Embassy/HMG efforts to reduce barriers to trade;
  • Strengthen the UK/Nigeria trading relationship in the lead up to the UK leaving the EU in March 2019
  • Align itself with equivalent UK programmes in other middle-income ODA-eligible countries
  • Have impact in Nigeria and demonstrate an exemplary, creative new approach to ODA spending



They are looking for a proactive, creative self-starter who can prioritise to operate in a fast-paced environment, largely unsupervised, delivering to deadlines.  S/he will need excellent interpersonal and communications skills to build strong relations with key contacts in the Federal Government of Nigeria, other Nigerian stakeholders, including in the business community, as well as contributing the joint DFID/DIT/FCO prosperity team in Nigeria and with stakeholders in the UK.

  • Graduate with a relevant university degree and at least five years of experience in a relevant field
  • Experience of trade policy reform, ideally in the Non-Tariff Barrier and trade facilitation field.
  • Broad understanding of the Nigerian business environment, ideally having worked both in the public/private sectors. Thorough understanding of poverty reduction and gender equality issues and how trade could have an impact on them.
  • Experience in developing policy advice/analysis and delivering successful programmes.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in programme management, ideally in a development context.
  • Experience of delivering high quality reports.
  • Experience of delivering value for money projects / programmes. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical skills / attention to detail.
  • Computer literate, working with Microsoft Windows and able to manage information effectively with available computer systems.
  • Excellent stakeholder mapping skills and experience of engaging, influencing and building credibility with a range of different stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience / Knowledge of cost / benefit analysis and impact assessments.
  • Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally



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

We place a strong emphasis on learning and development.  The jobholder will have access to existing and new Project & Programme Management L&D as well as wider job-relevant L&D and support for your own personal development. The jobholder may have the opportunity to participate in annual reviews to assess the performance of PF and other programmes. The Nigeria network (High Commission Abuja, Deputy High Commission Lagos) has a strong L&D offer (including support for Diplomatic Academy learning.




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