Working for British High Commission Nairobi

Information on job vacancies at the British High Commission-Nairobi

A2(L) Administrative UN Focal Point

Section : Prosperity Team

Position Type : Part Time 17.5 Hours Per Week

Salary : KSHS. 60,148 Per month

The British High Commission Nairobi is looking to recruit a new Administrative Focal Point in its UN and Prosperity team. This multifaceted position will suit a motivated self starter who can demonstrate initiative and resilience, one who relishes the challenge of getting to grips with international environmental issues and works flexibly.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Monitoring developments at the UN, with a focus on UNEP and HABITAT; sending documents to UK Government departments and requesting their input; attending and reporting on meetings in the Deputy Permanent Representative’s (PR) absence, logistical support for conferences / meetings. (25%)

  • Team support in particular for the Team Leader (organising receptions, maintaining contacts data base, correspondence, appointments, enquiries, leading on logistics for VIP visits handled by the team). Flexible provision of support to other events such as the Queen’s Birthday Party (25%)

Key competences required for the job:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Engaging Internationally

Language requirements:

Fluent English required. Swahili useful but not essential.

Other skills/experience/qualifications:

  • The applicant should be educated to a degree level or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 1 year’s experience in office administration and report writing.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organisation skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and execute multiple tasks to a high standard.
  • Must be able to demonstrate their ability to use personal initiative to deliver results, meet tight deadlines and targets.
  • Excellent skills in written and spoken English are also required, as the job will on occasions include speaking on behalf of the United Kingdom.
  • Ability to work flexibly and under minimum supervision.

Learning and development opportunities

The post offers to opportunity to gain experience operating in a busy High Commission, and specifically to develop UN expertise, skills of international negotiations, and an understanding of international environmental policy making. There will be various forms of training available including shadowing and formal training courses.


  • All applicants must be legally able to work in Kenya with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • The British High Commission in Nairobi is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
  • Staffs recruited locally by the British High Commission in Nairobi are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Kenya employment law.
  • Spouses/registered partners of UK Based Staff, are able to work within the BHC/BCG but their salary will be abated at the appropriate tax rates.
  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted.
  • If you have not heard from us 3 weeks after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Note: Any questions you may have about this position will only be answered during interview, should you be invited.

To Apply

All applicants should submit a short (1 page maximum) covering letter stating why they are a suitable candidate for the position along with a copy of their CV in English, by email to:

Internal applicants should also submit the above, with a copy of their most recent 24 months of appraisal evidence (i.e. two full appraisals, or however many abridged appraisals, minutes etc to make up two years’ worth of evidence) to the same email address.
Only electronic applications will be accepted.

The closing date is 12 March 2015 and no further applications will be accepted after this date.

All candidates: Please quote in the subject line, of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 03/15 NR, and position you are applying for.

Internal candidates, and spouses of diplomatic officers: Please quote in the subject line, of your email, the Vacancy Notice No: 03/15 NR, and position you are applying for, and also indicate that you are an internal candidate, or spouse of a diplomatic officer.