Events and Visits Officer B3 (L) (37/19 ADD) – Africa Uplift 250 views

ob Category

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory

Public Diplomacy

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main purpose of job:

To manage and run embassy events and high-level visits. The job holder will focus on promoting the work and image of the UK in Ethiopia through engaging events both on and off the beautiful embassy compound. The jobholder will also work with teams across the embassy to help organise and deliver high-profile inward visits by UK government Ministers and other senior visitors.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • The UK’s Embassy in Addis Ababa is one of our largest in Africa, and the development programme run from within it is our biggest on the continent. The UK also works closely with the Government of Ethiopia on matters of regional and international security, and in promoting economic reform and protecting human rights.
  • We are proud of our longstanding bilateral relationship with Ethiopia and as Ethiopia reforms we are keen to showcase the positive role the UK is having in supporting these reforms. This new role has been created to help support our ambitious events programme and our regular flow of ministerial visitors.
  • The successful candidate’s primary role will be to help organise and deliver a range of embassy events that highlight the British Embassy’s work in Ethiopia as well as the UK’s world-leading cultural, academic and sporting institutions. Working as part of a small new team, and engaging closely with the British Council who lead on cultural exchange, the jobholder will play an important role in our efforts to engage with influential Ethiopians by building connections with academic, cultural and charitable organisations. The successful candidate will therefore both require exceptional organisational skills and a creative mindset to identify new or different opportunities for engagement.
  • The job holder will also provide support to the embassy’s growing number of Ministerial and high-profile visits. To do this they will need to use their strong organisational skills to ensure that people are in the right place at the right time, working with others across the embassy to ensure visit programmes deliver real impact. The role requires discretion, understanding and anticipating the needs of VIP visitors to ensure they are given an informative and hospitable stay in Ethiopia. The successful candidate will need to be a confident communicator, able to engage equally comfortably with the Ambassador and Ministers or with contractors and temporary event staff.
  • The role sits within the Communications and Soft Power team and there will be opportunities to learn new skills, particularly in communications and digital media where the successful candidate will be expected to support other staff during busy periods in their workload.
  • This is a busy and varied job with lots of senior exposure. There will also be chance for fun along the way and the job holder will have the full support of the wider embassy team to deliver.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • At least 2 years’ working experience.
  • Fluent English and Amharic.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience and knowledge of running events and of working in/with an international institution is desirable.

Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline

Application deadline – day

Application deadline – month

Application deadline – year

4 December 2019


B3 (L)

Type of Position

Fixed Term

Working hours per week


Duration of Post

24 months





Location (City)

Addis Ababa

Type of Post

British Embassy

Number of vacancies


Starting monthly salary ()

ETB 20,298.71

Start Date

Start Date – day

Start Date – month

Start Date – year

2 January 2020

Other benefits and conditions of employment

Learning and development opportunities:

The successful candidate will get access to a range of learning and development opportunities, including on the job training and workshops with communication experts.

Working patterns:

The standard working hours of the British Embassy for office staff are 0800-1645 Monday-Thursday and 0800-1300 on Fridays. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required when travelling around Ethiopia. Time off in Lieu will be given where possible.

Additional information

Annual Leave and Public Holidays:

Locally engaged staff of all grades will be entitled to paid annual leave as follows:
Up to 2 years 22 days
After 2 years services 25 days
After 5 years services 30 days

In addition to annual leave, the British Embassy observes up to a maximum number of 14 Ethiopian, British and Religious public holidays each year. A list of such Embassy holidays will be published each year. Office Staff required to work on these holidays will be granted time off in lieu or overtime where circumstances permit.

  • 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 Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in 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. The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
  • Obtain the relevant permit
  • Pay the fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocation
  • 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: 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.
  • Please log into your profile on the application system on a regular basis to review the status of your application
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