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The British High Commission (BHC) Accra has vacancy for a Political Officer. This is a high-profile leadership position within the BHC, requiring the job-holder to engage across a wide spectrum of political and other networks in Ghana.

The job-holder will provide day-to-day analysis of internal political developments in Ghana (this may, in due course, be extended to include Togo, developing and leading the delivery of the UK Government’s support to monitoring and reporting of Ghana’s 2012 elections. To do this, the job-holder will need to liaise pro-actively with key contacts at all levels in political parties, chieftaincy and Royal family groups, regional players and faith groups, and be as confident operating outside of Accra as in the capital. The job-holder will undertake this work within the context of the objectives set for the UK/Ghana bilateral relationship by, and in response to the tasking of, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.

The main elements of the job include:

In co-ordination with and in response to tasking by the FCO, monitoring of and reporting on internal politics on Ghana
Monitoring Parliamentary affairs including the effective functioning of Parliament
Developing plans for, and supporting inward and outward visits; developing plans for, and support BHC staff visits to Ghana’s regions
Providing support to the BHC, DFID Ghana and British Council’s analysis of and support to democracy, governance, accountability, anti-corruption and conflict prevention, identifying opportunities for collective UK Government effort
Supporting the BHC’s Communications Officer on the UK Government’s engagement with the Ghana government’s publicity machinery
Identifying and managing projects to build the capacity of Ghana’s political and electoral system
Managing the LEIII Assistant, a staff resource shared with the Communications Officer

The successful applicant will need to:

Observe the FCO’s diversity and equality policies

Information for applicants:

This position is within the LEII range of responsibilities. The monthly gross salary range for LEII positions in the BHC is GH¢1780 (rising in increments of GH¢80 based on performance) to a maximum of GH¢2907. The starting salary will be determined by the successful applicant’s experience and skills, but will be in the range GH¢1780 to GH¢1941
The appointment will be offered for three years. The appointment Will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a probationary period
Specific training and mentoring for the role will be provided for the successful candidate

Required Skills or Experience

The skills/attributes of the successful applicant will include:

Prioritising in a fast-paced work environment, working largely unsupervised and delivering to deadlines
Keen knowledge and understanding of the current and past Ghana political and electoral systems, including analysis of trends, influencers and key stakeholders for the UK’s engagement; knowledge of the traditional chieftaincy system communication and influencing skills, including excellent drafting and proof-reading
Ability to maintain high-level contacts with BHC staff and Ghanaian opinion leaders

The successful applicant is likely to have (one or more of):

A university degree in political studies, journalism, media studies, the liberal arts, social sciences or a related field
Received specialised training in the machinery of government work-place experience of progressively increasing responsibility as a political analyst, , journalist, editor or public relations specialist
Expert knowledge of Ghana’s media, political, economic, social and educational environments, including key institutions and persons in business and government
Familiarity with UK Government institutions
Strong IT skills using Microsoft software
Familiarity with UK Government institution

How To Apply

Candidates should send their applications and CV for the attention of:

HR Manager
British High Commission
Osu Link, Off Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue
P. O. Box 296
Accra

with the envelope clearly marked LEII PO.

The closing date for applications is 11th November, 2011. Regrettably only those candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted during late November – early December, with a view to the successful applicant commencing work in early January
The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that they meet the necessary requirements under Ghanaian law to work in Ghana, and to pass (or have passed) a BHC internal security clearance process

The British High Commission Accra is an Equal Opportunities Employer More information about the work of the British High Commission in Ghana can be found at: http://ukinghana.fco.gov.uk/en/

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