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Date Posted

Jun 09, 2015


British High Commission

Job Title

Deputy Press And Public Affairs Officer, B3 At British High Commission

Job Type







GRADE                   : B3


SALARY                 : N 458,509 PER MONTH,


Main purpose of job:

The successful candidate will work within the Press and Public Affairs Team to deliver and implement a range of communications tasks to support and project the objectives of HMG in Nigeria. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, managing the BHC digital media platforms, its audio-visual material and working with a broad range of journalists to deliver HMG messages.  The successful candidate will also provide tailored communications planning support to HMG departments working on the BHC platform.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Manage the British High Commission Abuja  webpage and digital media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Keep a well organised electronic library of photos and audio/visual files for use in publications, productions or for release to the media
  • Photograph and record  BHC and other HMG departments’ activities as required
  • Monitor digital, print and broadcast media for issues of interest to the UK mission in Nigeria
  • Maintain an up-to-date database of media contacts for the BHC, including staying engaged with a broad range of international and domestic journalists
  • Prepare draft news releases for the press
  • Work with Abuja-based HMG departments, including British Council, DFID, UKVI to establish and implement appropriate campaign plans and to ensure that HMG communication is coordinated
  • Provide briefing and media handling support to the High Commissioner and other senior officials as required



Key competences required: 

  • Competence 1:     Delivering a Quality Service       
  • Competence 2:    Delivering at Pace
  • Competence 3:     Engaging Internationally     
  • Competence 4:     Seeing the Big Picture


Language requirements:

Language: English


Level of language required: Excellent command of written and spoken English



Other skills / experience / qualifications:

Essential on arrival:


  • IT literate with specific knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel programmes
  • Thorough knowledge of social media, including the ability to analyse usage in order to shape BHC engagement and to focus campaigns
  • Appropriate work experience in a media, marketing or public relations role
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills
  • 3 to 5 years experience work experience in a media, marketing or public relations role




  • Evidence of maintaining effective professional networks of contacts
  • Evidence of designing and delivering communications plans
  • Photography and/or graphic design skills
  • The ability to work as part of a busy, creative team, as well as willingness to provide support to team members when needs be
  • Resilience, flexibility and ability to deliver quality under pressure and strict timelines


Learning and development opportunities:

  • International Communication Skills Course run by the FCO in London
  • There are also opportunities to learn about and implement the FCO’s communications planning guide, to ensure communication is well targeted, delivered and evaluated
  • Other formal and informal learning and development opportunities accessible through the FCO will be made available
  • Photo production training if required



  • All applicants must be legally able to work in Nigeria with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • The British High Commission in Abuja is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
  • Staff members recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Nigerian employment law.
  • Spouses/registered partners of UK Based Staff, are able to work within the BHC/BCG but their salary will be abated at the appropriate tax rates.
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
  • If you have not heard from us 3 weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.  Note: Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.


Employment will be subject to obtaining the appropriate security clearance. 

To Apply


All applicants should submit a short (1 page maximum) covering letter stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position along with a copy of their CV in English, by email 

Internal applicants should also submit the above, with a copy of their most recent (last 24 months) appraisals to the same email address.


All candidates: Please quote in the subject line, of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 10/15 ABJ, and the position you are applying for.


Internal candidates, and spouses of diplomatic officers: Please quote in the subject line, of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: Vacancy Notice No: 10/15 ABJ, and the position you are applying for, and also indicate that you are an internal candidate, or spouse of a diplomatic officer.


Only electronic applications sent via email will be accepted.

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