View Vacancy - Events and Visits Officer, Pretoria
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:
To lead planning and delivery of senior level High Commission events and logistics for inward visits to South Africa by UK VIPs, Ministers and senior officials. To manage the High Commission’s external contacts database and support the wider work of the Communications Section.
Lead on the planning and delivery of senior level High Commission events, particularly those hosted by the High Commissioner in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Events range from private lunches/dinners and receptions to high-profile public diplomacy events.
Develop and deliver an integrated invitation management process for events, including software, invitation templates and guest lists.
Deliver a centre of excellence across the UK mission in South Africa for events management.
Custodian of the High Commission’s contact database, ensuring the database is the central portal for mission-wide stakeholder engagement and access point for guest lists.
Support the High Commissioner’s high-level engagement with senior contacts from Government, politics, business, media, academia, arts and culture and other spheres.
Deliver logistics for visits by senior UK figures, including members of the Royal family, Ministers and senior Government officials.
Work with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation on protocol arrangements for VIP visits, including liaison with State Protocol Lounges at South African airports.
Support to the overall work of the communications team, helping deliver the communications strategy for South Africa, particularly public diplomacy objectives.
Extensive opportunities for professional development through the UK Diplomatic Academy.
Exposure to the whole of the UK Mission in South Africa and wider external networks.
Essential qualifications and experience
Events management experience in Government, business, academia, media or other high-profile organisations.
Desirable qualifications and experience
Background in handling protocol for high-level visitors to South Africa, including liaison with airports. Knowledge and skills
in use of events management software.
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service
15 March 2017
Type of Position
Type of Post
British High Commission
Number of vacancies
Starting monthly salary (ZAR)
R246 190.75 per annum excluding Medical Aid, Provident Fund
15 April 2017
Other benefits and conditions of employment
If the job is suitable for flexible working patterns, please provide details: We are open to discussing flexible working arrangements. There will also be times when the officer needs to work out of hours at a specific location (for example during evening events or meeting visitors). Time-off-in-lieu will be provided when this is the case.
Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Pretoria are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Pretoria.
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 Pretoria will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.
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