British High Commission (BHC) Graduate Community Liaison Officer Recruitment

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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 recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Community Liaison Officer (CLO) (07/17 LOS)
Grade: A2 (L)
Slot: 2
Type of Position: Part-Time
Working hours per week: 25 hours
Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Residence and Support Staff)
Job Subcategory: Community Liaison
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main Purpose of Job:

  • The main purpose of the Community Liaison Officer’s job is to
    support and bolster a cohesive and mutually supporting wider BHC
    community. The successful candidate will be part of a small team
    advocating for and providing support to UK-based staff and families on
    family and community issues primarily in the areas of arrival and
    departure from post, information gathering, welfare and communication.

Roles and Responsibilities / What Will the Job Holder Be Expected to Achieve?:

  • To ensure that all new arrivals (single officers, couples, families
    and officers on temporary duty) are welcomed and supported into the
    community; that advice on living in Abuja is provided in advance both
    proactively and on demand; and to guide new arrivals through the arrival
    process, including orientation and induction briefing, with due care
    and attention.
  • Advocate for UK-based staff and dependents in addressing issues of
    importance with Post management, including as their representative on
    the Joint Post Management Board, Post Housing Committee, and
    evacuation/contingency planning, and as the chief link between Post and
    DSFA in London. (15%)
  • Resource management of CLO Imprest, book and DVD library, keeping
    updated the CLO Welcome Pack, and, with Post Management, coordination of
    update of the Post Report.(5%)
  • Specifically to engage in information gathering and providing advice
    on spouse/partner employment at Post and children’s education. To
    remain actively engaged with new arrivals by following up after a period
    of time to ensure that people have settled in well. (40%)
  • To contribute fully and actively to a strong sense of community
    cohesion by ensuring that all members are encouraged to contribute and
    share relevant information on social events and
    amenities/restaurants/shops etc. To facilitate events, coordinate
    volunteers, and liaise/network with other missions’ CLOs and local expat
    groups/organisations. (40%)

How should this be achieved?

  • The successful CLO needs to be approachable and sympathetic, be a
    good listener, discreet and able to respect confidences. CLOs may often
    be the first person at Post to hear of a problem and should be prepared
    to listen and signpost to where solutions may be obtained.
  • The CLOs report directly into the Deputy High Commissioner, and are
    expected to advise him on community needs where relevant to wider
    management decisions.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have a sound understanding of expatriate life.
  • You will need to be able to work independently, using initiative and problem solving skills.
  • The successful candidate must be sympathetic, discrete and a good listener.
  • You must be able to demonstrate excellent written and spoken English
  • Must be comfortable using Word, Excel and Outlook.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience
Required Competencies:

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Demonstrating Resilience

Starting Monthly Salary
N257, 956

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:

Click here to apply


  • Please complete the application form in full. Failure to do so may
    result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja
    are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local
    employment law in Nigeria.
  • 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.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link:
  • Successful candidates not resident in Nigeria will be personally
    liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation
    and work permits.
  • Check your application and attachments before you submit your
    application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.

Application Deadline   7th July, 2017.

Start Date   1st August, 2017

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