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Head of Political Section at the British High Commission Yaounde

   (Yaoundé, Cameroun)

Posted : 26 March, 2017
Category : International Relations   Location : Yaoundé, Cameroun
Job type : Full Time
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Main purpose of job:    

  • To assess and advise the High Commission on internal political issues with a particular focus on governance, elections, human rights and democracy.
  • To play an important leadership role in the political and communications team.
  • To develop wide-ranging personal networks with key stakeholders across the political and the civil society.  To provide independent reporting and analysis on all political issues.
  • To design and manage projects that support the posts strategic objectives.
  • To manage two staff members (2 x A2-L) and a programme budget of variable amount (£70,000 in 2016/2017).  To have overall responsibility for the successful delivery of the Chevening scholarship scheme in four countries: Cameroon, Gabon, Chad and Equatorial Guinea with a total value of more than £0.8m.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?

Political Reporting / analysis

  •  Analyse, monitor and advise on HMG engagement regarding the political situation in Cameroon, Chad, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, draft advice and diplomatic telegrams providing reporting and analysis to UK ministers.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with a broad range of contacts in 4 countries to inform reporting.
  • Writing regular balanced reports to inform policy development.
  • Contribute to policy planning at post particularly for the CBP and their reviews in the FY.
  • Providing in depth analysis of issues such as elections, governance, human rights and democracy.
  • Providing expert advice, including speech writing and research thereof
  • Engaging with a range of stakeholders including government, political groups, civil society, NGOs, and local community.
  • Working with international partners to coordinate efforts on shared interests.
  • Supporting London's work to engage Diaspora groups.
  • Providing content for High Commission's communications channels using all available resources. 
  • Provide first drafts of responses to Ministerial correspondence / PQ’s / speeches / lines to take for approval by senior management/London. 

 Project Management

  • Working with the High Commission's Programme Team to deliver UK funded projects.
  • Oversee effective performance of projects work plans and budgets to ensure projects are on time, on budget and meeting milestones.
  • Ensure project reaches agreed outputs and outcomes, and perform effective risk management.
  • Evaluate project performance: evaluate the impact and effectiveness of projects in meeting the High Commission’s strategic objectives.
  • Support excellent financial management to ensure value for money and 100% implementation of project funds.
  • Ensure lead implementing agencies provide timely project reporting and documentation.
  • Deliver key meetings and visits in Cameroon and regular teleconferences/videoconferences.
  • Liaise with diverse stakeholders by providing guidance and quality assurance to government beneficiaries/implementing agencies in preparation of project bids, quarterly progress reports and project completion reports.
  • Identify and build strong relationships with key project stakeholders at all levels in Cameroon and the UK.
  • Prospect and support development of new projects, which will bring about transformation in policy, supporting beneficiary in preparation of bid forms.
  • Service the Projects Committee with spend and other useful information. 
  • Oversight of the Chevening Scholarship Programme.

 Staff and resource management

  • Staff management of two staff members (2 A2-L), counter-signing officer for one B3-L and all interns to the political section (four per year).
  • Programme budget of variable amount (£70,000 in 2016/17).


  • Member of the Post Management Board
  • Chair of the Post Projects Committee
  • Strong political background – ability to analyse and provide accurate reporting.  At least 3 years experience of working in a political reporting role.
  • Experience working for a Diplomatic Mission or International organisation ideally in a political role.
  • Strong management experience – managing a diverse team and operating at senior management level.
  • A problem solver – ability to multi task and work at pace using effective prioritisation.
  • Experience of managing projects and producing regular progress and final completion reports.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and French.
  • Professional experience / qualification in project management.
  • Knowledge of Cameroon political situation as well as regional affairs.
  • Understanding of scholarship programmes and interview processes.


Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace
10 April 2017
C4 (L)
British High Commission
1 May 2017

Housing Allowance: 284,105 CFA 

Transport Allowance 96, 186 CFA



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  • Please complete the application form in full. Failure to do so may result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the position. 
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Yaounde are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Cameroon.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or 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.
  • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
  • 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
  • Successful candidates not resident in Cameroon will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.   
  • Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position

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