Political Officer

Site British Embassy Dakar

British Embassy Dakar hiring Political Officer.

Main purpose of job:

  • Monitor and analyse developments in Senegal, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau in the areas of democracy, good governance, international relations, internal security, human rights, civil society, and religion;
  • Prepare briefs, background papers, short-term research projects and longer-term in-depth research studies on a range of issues;
  • Advise the Ambassador and the Head of Political Team and contribute to the development of policy by way of advice and recommendations;
  • Develop expertise on topic areas that are important to the British Embassy;
  • Participate in seminars on relevant issues organised by various institutions in both government and non-government sectors;
  • Represent the Embassy at external meetings and events as required;
  • Assist in arrangements for meetings and visits of VIPs and other high-level representatives on matters covered by the embassy, including the preparation, editing and co-ordination of documentation for such meetings, as well as preparation of minutes;
  • Manage embassy programme funds.

Job requirements

  • Knowledge of the Senegalese political system;
  • Excellent analytical abilities: sound judgment and the ability to scan the political context and gather information from a range of sources to identify salient developments, remaining above party politics;
  • Excellent networking skills, an ability to develop and maintain contacts across a wide range of sectors, and strong influencing / persuasion skills;
  • Positive, proactive attitude and ability to work both independently and in teams, and to create professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people both internally and externally;
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral to a wide range of stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong IT skills, particularly Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • A very good level of both French and English is required

Closing date: 4 October 2022

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