The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Trade Promotion and Negotiation organisation for the UK. We promote UK businesses overseas and attract foreign investment to our shores. We have 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries. Our aspiration is to address some of the challenges facing the UK, by helping British businesses to internationalise and grow overseas and as well as helping African businesses better engage with the UK and the world.
DITAfrica is one of the nine DIT global networks and is led by Emma Wade-Smith, HM Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa.The Africa Region is exciting and energising and UK firms have a strong presence here, making the UK the the second largest investor on the continent. With some of the strongest growing economies in the world and booming population growth there are numerous more opportunities for UK firms; from tech start-ups in the West to infrastructure in the East. The Network’s role is to promote these opportunities and position the UK as the continent’s number one trading partner and investor.
DIT in Kenya is based in Nairobi, and is a part of the wider British High Commission in Kenya. On a daily basis, you will report to the Country Director for Kenya, with strategic direction provided by the Department’s Director for Investment for Africa, based in Cape Town. You will be a part of the wider Prosperity team comprising DIT, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) colleagues all working to improve economic development, investment and trade between the UK and Kenya.
The UK government has committed to radically expand its presence in Africa. The primary objective of your role is to encourage private sector led growth, by protecting and promoting investment and leveraging the strengths of businesses in order to support the poverty reduction, investment and broader economic objectives of Kenya, as well as supporting the UK’s investment ambitions in Africa.
Working in support of Kenya and the UK’s prosperity agenda, your objectives will be:
Your role will be funded from UK Official Development Assistance (ODA). This reflects your main objective as poverty reduction in Kenya, enabled by private sector led growth.
Roles and responsibilities:
- You will establish a world-class investment support function in Kenya
- Map existing British businesses in Kenya and prioritise relationship building with those with greatest investment in jeopardy or in progress that UK Government can support.
- Address ‘High Value Barriers’ in Kenya that inhibit investment and convene working groups to address them, using VIPs (Ministers) and HMG senior officials to unblock issues where relevant.
- Work with private sector partners to develop a deal flow of investment in Kenya that promote mutual prosperity
- Promote Kenya to potential new investors, managing an events schedule that ensures maximum visibility of the UK offer, and partner with investment promotion agencies to do this.
- Build strategic relationships with business and other interlocutors to support your objectives.
- Postgraduate degree and/or undergraduate degree and other professional qualification.
- At least eight years professional work experience
- Proven client facing experience, for example with an investment promotion agency, professional services firm, but preferably in the investment sector in Kenya
- A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
- Knowledge of, and a keen interest in sustainable development (additional training will be given)
- Fluency in the language of business and investment
- Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills are critical for this role
- Experience of the following: business development, understanding issues and pursuing strategies together, investment appraisal, deal pipeline preparation, deal brokering, advisory
- Excellent drafting skills
- Leadership experience
- Demonstrable knowledge of the UK, especially the UK regions and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Experience of working in organisations with a matrix management structure
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
This role provides enormous opportunities to grow and develop given its leadership and cross-High Commission responsibilities. You will have access to the full suite of DIT and FCO learning and development opportunities including the FCO’s Diplomatic Academy, training in the UK, and will be encouraged to join DIT’s trade profession. We also provide regular in-house learning opportunities and are committed to supporting further academic opportunities. Our staff who demonstrate great leadership potential are encouraged to apply for the FCO’s pan-African Emerging Leadership Programme.
The successful applicant will be expected to complete the Certificate in UK Export Finance within the first three months of the role.
ODA training will be provided
Members of staff are entitled to paid annual leave, which is earned, from the day they commence employment. Entitlements are as follows:
Grades C4(L) 30 days
In addition to annual leave, the BHC normally observes no fewer than 9 and no more than 14 Kenyan and British public and religious holidays in a year. These vary from year to year and are at the discretion of the High Commissioner. A list of holidays is published each year.
Monday to Thursday: 0800 – 1630 Friday: 0800 – 1330
Flexible working can be considered for the right candidate, but please note the following:
This role is very external facing, and you may be required to work a few evenings each month.
You will be expected to travel occasionally, particularly to other cities in Kenya as you build and develop relationships, and there will be occasional travel to the UK.
- Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
- Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
- The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
- Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Nairobi are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Kenya.
- It is essential that the applicants already have the right to live and work in Kenya without the need to apply for a 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.
- Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-frameworkPlease note: Job grade AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
- Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
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