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Executive Assistant to the Development Director and Board Secretary (21/23 ADD)

  • ['Addis Ababa']
  • USD 635.75 per month
  • Applications have closed

British Embassy Addis Ababa

Company NAme: British Embassy Addis Ababa

Posted Date: 2023-08-30

Deadline: 2023-09-30

Job Type:Full time

Salary: USD 635.75 per month



Job Description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)

Job Subcategory:Private Office

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities):This role offers the opportunity to work at the heart of a large and busy embassy, with exposure to a range of policy and leadership issues.

You will work within the Private Office team as the Executive Assistant to the Development Director and reporting directly to the Private Secretary to the Ambassador.

Together, you will play a central role in the delivery of the embassy Country Plan, through secretariat support to the Country Board, Senior Leadership team, and the Delivery Board.

You will build relationships with stakeholders across the embassy’s teams working on development and external partners in government, NGOs, and other donors to help the Development Director focus on priorities and make effective decisions.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Providing administrative support to the Development Director,including managing the diary and ensuring clashes and priority meetings and events are handled effectively. This will involve using sound judgement and regular discussions with the DD to understand their objectives and how to support these. You will organise transport, briefings, and other activities so the DD has what they need on time and can deliver effectively for the Embassy. You will also need to liaise with the DD’s 5 teams to prioritise and schedule decision making and approvals for business cases and reviews. You will need to build a network of contacts within the government, NGOs, and other international organisations to make appointments and handle in-coming requests and invitations.
  • The secretariat for the Country Board,Delivery Committee and weekly Senior Leadership team meetings. This will involve scheduling Country Board meetings and supporting the weekly SLT meetings and fortnightly Delivery Committee meetings by generating agendas that clearly set out the responsibilities of each board and have regular placeholders for re-occurring agenda items. You will ensure that agendas are circulated in good time to allow for consultation within teams, taking and circulating minutes for each of these meetings and following up on progress towards agreed actions.
  • You will develop an understanding of the full breadth of Embassy work, analysing gaps over time in the work of the Boards and SLT. Working with the Private Secretary to the Ambassador and Director of Corporate Services to rectify these gaps.

This position is an exciting opportunity for someone who is comfortable taking the lead on a new piece of work the elements of which will evolve over time. The job holder will also be expected to have a strong focus on delivering and improving, using feedback and other monitoring techniques to spot opportunities to make the Boards even more effective.

Resources managed:

No staff or resources managed directly however the position is critical to the delivery of the Embassy’s Country Business Plan.

Other benefits and conditions of employment

  • Fully funded medical insurance.
  • Leave entitlement of 22 days in your first year of working.
  • A maximum of 14 public holidays off (both British and Ethiopian holidays).
  • The Embassy offers a comprehensive number of L&D opportunities to support the job holder in the development of their role and the development of their career path. For this position, it is likely the successful candidate will be able to shadow officers with similar roles in other Embassy’s in the region and at the FCDO in the UK.

Additional information:

  • Please complete the application form infullas 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 Embassy willu202fneveru202frequest any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia.
  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.u202f
  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to:
  • Obtain the relevant permit
  • Pay fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocateu202f
  • The British Embassy does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.u202f
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.
  • Information about the Civil Service Success Profiles can be found on this link:u202f note:u202f AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.
  • Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.u202f If during the reserve period of 12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.
Application deadline

10 September 2023

Executive Officer (EO)
Type of Position

Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week

36.00 hours per week
Duration of Post

24 months


Location (City)

Addis Ababa
Type of Post

British Embassy
Number of vacancies

Salary Currency


USD 635.75 per month
Start Date

1 November 2023
End Date

30 September 2025

Job Requirements

Essential qualifications, skills and experience :

  • Experience of managing a diary/office and strong organisational skills.

Language requirements:

  • The successful candidate should be able to speakboth English and Amharicatan operational level.

Desirable qualifications,skills and experience :

  • Understanding of how an embassy operates.

Required behavior’s :

  • Changing and Improving, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Communicating and Influencing

How to Apply

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Country Based Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

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