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Aviation Security Coordinator Opportunities, Sector Specialist Opportunities,

Aviation Security Coordinator (07/20 NR)

Closing Date: 5th August

Main Purpose of Job

The Aviation Security Coordinator provides support to the Department for Transport (DfT) Aviation Security Liaison Officers (ASLOs) within the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. They will work in conjunction with both the SSA desk officer based at DfT HQ in London and the Aviation Security Coordinator based in Nigeria to support not only the ASLOs in Kenya and Nigeria, but also those covering other Sub-Saharan African states remotely from London.

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The successful candidate will need excellent administration skills, and to be able to prioritise and cope well under pressure.  On any given day, they will be working to a variety of workstreams and across various projects, with changing circumstances and priorities. They will need to be proactive (for example, resolving issues by a telephone call or visit where more appropriate), have good judgement (including knowing when to escalate issues to team members) and be highly organised, keeping track of deadlines and requests.

This will be a varied and interesting position – the jobholder can expect to get a good background on Aviation Security in both the UK and in our host countries. As well as the core duties set out in the job description, there will be scope to liaise with other CT colleagues within the mission and also deliver training and take part in crisis exercising.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Routine administrative support including bulk printing/photocopying/collating briefing or training packs.
  • Meeting co-ordination, including booking internal or external rooms, making diary appointments or invitations and arranging IT/catering/etc as required.
  • Arranging programmes for official visitors, including making flight and hotel bookings, facilitating visas, and passing on information to visitors on issues such as security, invoicing etc.
  • General support to the ASLO including co-ordinating stationery orders, transport requests, IT requests, drafting of meeting agendas, invitations or other documents as required.
  • Information management including managing the shared folder and ensuring paper and electronic filing, storage and security of documents (particularly key documents such as briefings, contracts, invoices)
  • Establishing and maintaining a contacts list of stakeholders (both internal and external) for ASLOs and ensuring relationships are maintained and kept up to date.
  • Supporting ASLO work within Kenya and the region including travel and accommodation bookings, organising logistics for Capacity Development events and drafting of Note Verbales and other official correspondence.
  • Ensuring ASLO expenditure records in-country are kept up to date and in line with FCO and DfT processes. Manage any programme budget and office expense reconciliation.
  • Monitoring and assessing local media and other sources for news and developments in aviation security and the wider aviation industry.
  • Monitor and Track of any DfT resourced equipment gifted or donated to host states, and ensuring the host states are in compliance with relevant MoUs.
  • Overall, ensuring the day-to-day operational needs of the ASLOs are met.

Skills and Experince

  • Experience of providing administrative support in a busy working environment.
  • Fluency in both oral and written English.
  • Strong organisational skills including attention to detail, keeping track of deadlines, and ability to manage own work with limited supervision.
  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills including professional and confident communication with external stakeholders and team members.
  • Experience in having built and cultivated relationships with organisations and individuals.
  • IT skills including in MS Office applications Word and Excel.
  • Only nationals of Australia, Canada, UK, USA and New Zealand will be considered for the role (holding a nationality of another country along with one of the aforementioned 5 countries is not an automatic bar)


  • Prior experience of working with the UK or other governments, NGOs or similar organisations.
  • Additional IT skills including PowerPoint.
  • Project management skills or experience.
  • Knowledge / interest in Aviation Security and Counter-Terrorism issues in Africa.
  • Previous experience of working within an Airport/Airline security or operations environment.

Sector Specialist: AgriTech – Department for International Trade (23/20 NR)


The UK Department for International Trade has a committed and growing presence across 23 of Africa’s nations. As the UK Government Department promoting free trade and overseas investment, we want to support the development of strong, prosperous and peaceful African nations, through modern, dynamic and long-term partnerships that deliver mutual benefit for the UK and Africa.

The UK believes that by understanding and supporting African-led ambitions, we can help Africa create sustainable trade, prosperity, jobs and livelihoods. That in turn will be of be of benefit to the UK and wider global community. We aspire to help tackle business environment issues, help introduce commercial solutions to meet African needs, and attract foreign investment to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded role will offer the jobholder the opportunity to ensure that decisions truly reflect an expert understanding of a crucial area of African enterprise and development – agriculture.

The jobholder will join a dynamic network of committed trade officers working to support Africa’s exciting economic growth and position at the heart of the future world economy. This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we continue to expand our resources to deliver on the ambition of our current Government to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of choice.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Agriculture, including production and processing but with a particular emphasis on agricultural technology and investment, is one of six sector priorities in 2020/21 for the Department for International Trade in Africa. The Sector will be led by a Sector Director in South Africa working with a virtual team across the continent. You will support that team in each location with expert advice based on African agricultural needs, practices and regulations.
  • You will understand African needs intimately and be able to translate those to officials less familiar with the sector. You will forge close relationships with African producers, distributors and regulators such that you can interpret their needs and develop solutions with and for them. You will seek first and foremost to progress their plans and assist in their capability, but you will have a good knowledge of international best practice to contribute.
  • You will bring a commercial perspective to agricultural progress and efficiency trying to find the areas where commercial, investment or regulatory intervention could improve the viability of African agricultural production for the marketplace. This will be in complement to other actors for the British Government, with whom you will forge close working relationships, whose primary interests might be in e.g. food security and/or livelihoods. You will work to understand the contribution of DFID and other programmes so that DIT can support these while also adding value in its commercial and trade policy sphere.
  • Your aim will be to help African producers understand where a commercial application could deliver on or raise their ambition. You will also consider where UK or regional trade agreements could support growth for the sector. And you will consider the question of access for African produce to valuable markets like the UK and EU but where stringent standards need to be met on importation.
  • Together with expertise in agriculture, arable and pastoral, you will understand agricultural finance and business and will help advise for different schemes on models of finance including from UK Government partners including UKEF and DFID.
  • You will not be so concerned as colleagues with aligning African plans to UK solutions, but it would help to understand UK capabilities, public and private, especially in the area of research and innovation. For this you would make connections to the UK’s innovation centres and support work that could have mutual benefit in bringing ground breaking techniques to Africa.
  • Your role will be advisory, but you would be expected to show a clear contribution to relationship development with African producers, to trade policy gains helping African prosperity, and to the upskilling of our agritech network as they better understand how to target solutions for African needs.


  • Undergraduate degree and other relevant professional qualification or experience.
  • At least six years’ experience working in an agri-tech or related fields and a keen interest in its applicability to Africa.
  • Experience of working in or with government departments, NGOs, and similar institutions.
  • Proven track record of cross-team collaboration.
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Knowledge of African markets and/or African trade and production networks.
  • Knowledge of, and a keen interest in sustainable development.
  • Language: Fluent English.


Understanding of UK Export Finance and Development Finance, although training will be provided.

additional information

  • 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-framework Please 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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