British Embassy Addis Ababa Vacancy

British Embassy Addis Ababa Vacancy

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Job Category 1: Development Office, Commonwealth, and Foreign Programme Roles


Job Subcategory 1: Development Office, Commonwealth, and Foreign Programme Roles

Work Description: Duties and Accountabilities 1.

principal goal of the position:

A capable, driven, and experienced person is needed by the British Office Sudan (BOS) to oversee the development and coordination of our office’s communications strategy. This is a great chance to make sure BOS communications are impactful, engaging, and professional at a crucial juncture for Sudan.

The BOS team will rely heavily on the Communications Manager. They will have to work closely with the BOS Ambassador and other senior staff members, as well as challenge them on a regular basis. They take the lead in creating strategic campaigns and serve as the first point of contact for journalists and media organisations, both domestically and internationally. This is a demanding and difficult role that calls for a great deal of media experience as well as the capacity to build a large network of contacts in this industry. Proficiency in social media and a thorough comprehension of how strategic communications can support the achievement of BOS goals in Sudan are prerequisites. The chosen applicant will be confident, creative, and cooperative.

Positions and duties:

Managing the BOS public image and interacting with local, regional, and foreign media will be your duties as the communications manager. Working with the Head of Press to oversee external communications, public diplomacy initiatives, and keeping an eye on how the UK (and BOS) are perceived in Sudan are all part of this. In your capacity as the communications manager, you will provide guidance to the ambassador and other members of the wider office regarding the local media landscape, media campaigns, content placement, and communication with local and regional media sources. You will bring creativity, energy, and innovation to our communication channels, and you will have a background in media, public relations, or communications.  In the event that a translator is not available, you will also be in charge of some translation tasks.

Important duties consist of:

Create and carry out our BOS Communications Plan.

  • Work closely with FCDO HQ and BOS policy and programme leads to make sure we are utilising public diplomacy strategically to meet our goals.
  • Give senior leadership advice on which campaigns to prioritise in order to make sure BOS is making the best use of its public platform.

Create and carry out campaigns for communication

  • In the context of Sudan’s media environment, collaborate with policy and programme leads to identify and create creative and ambitious communications campaigns that target particular audiences and make use of the most efficient channels.
  • Collaborate with programme and policy leads to assess campaign effectiveness and make sure that lessons learned are applied to subsequent campaigns.

daily management of our internet presence and social media accounts

  • Take the lead in organising, creating, and posting interesting and noteworthy content for our social media platforms.
  • Oversee the BOS online presence, comprehend UK policy and how it applies to the Sudanese context, analyse the type of interaction with our content, and search for new and better ways to enhance it. Create press/media summaries to inform policy decisions and keep BOS colleagues informed about the state of the media.
  • Stay current with the most recent developments in Sudan’s media and social media landscape; write a written summary of the country’s media every day for BOS and colleagues in the UK; write reports on trends and advancements in Sudan’s media landscape; and search for chances to develop new communications products for BOS.

Oversee the BOS’s connection with the media.

  • Create a broad network within Sudanese media by establishing trusting connections with influencers on social media as well as journalists from TV, newspapers, and radio.
  • Offer guidance on the Ambassador’s and other BOS leads’ interactions with the media and set up press conferences, op-eds, interviews, and other events.

Essential training, expertise, and experience 1.

  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a related field, such as communications, public relations, journalism, or the media, ideally in a bilateral or multilateral organisation.
  • The ideal candidate will be extremely organised, a proven team player, and able to function in a diverse, productive workplace.
  • Capable of fostering positive working relationships with both internal and external contacts and possessing strong interpersonal skills.
  • Skilled at handling social media platforms and well-versed in their operation.
  • Microsoft Office packages that promote computer literacy.
  • Converting intricate documents from Arabic to English and back again.
  • Relevant degree from university.

Language specifications:

Arabic and English are the languages

Required language proficiency: fluent

Required education, training, and experience 1.

  • Prior experience planning strategic communications, ideally using the OASIS model as a guide.
  • Video/photo editing abilities and online social media diagnostics.
  • Familiarity with Sudan’s culture, media landscape, political system, and society.

Essential actions 1 Having a broad perspective, overseeing a high standard of service, interacting and persuading, cooperating

  • First application deadline: December 19, 2023
  • Higher Executive Officer (HEO) is grade one.
  • First Position Type: Fixed Term
  • Post 1’s duration was 12 months.
  • Africa is Region 1
  • First Country/Territory: Ethiopia
  • The first location (city) is Addis Ababa.
  • Post Type 1: British Embassy
  • First Salary: USD 1,087.42
  • First Date of Start: February 1, 2024


Additional perks and work environment 1.

Possibilities for learning and growth: The chosen applicant will have the ability to take advantage of numerous chances for learning and growth, such as communications training tailored to the FCDO. This is in addition to the many training courses that FCDO e-learning offers, as well as the chances for mentorship and on-the-job training.

Patterns of work:

This is a full-time position, and the employee is expected to follow the working hours of British Office Sudan.

Given the importance of the Communications Manager position to BOS’s goals, the British Office Sudan is able to provide flexible working hours but not part-time or job-share opportunities.

Extra details 1

A portion of the BOS team will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for this position. The remaining members of the BOS team will be stationed in Nairobi (Kenya), East Kilbride, and London.

Future travel requirements for this role may exist, but they will be evaluated on an ongoing basis based on business needs.

  • You must be able to work in Ethiopia legally.
  • Please fill out the application completely, as it is used for screening.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
  • The responsibility lies with the successful candidate to: Obtain the relevant permit.
  • The British Embassy will never request payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia.

Cover the permit fees.

Make plans to move.

Pay the relocation expenses. Employees may have their salary reduced by the amount of local income tax if they are not required to pay it. The Civil Service Success Profiles are available at this link:

Successful candidates will undergo reference checks and security clearances; appointed candidates who did not make the cut may be added to a reserve list. If the same or a substantially similar role becomes available during the six- or twelve-month reserve period, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.


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