Working for British Embassy Tunis

General information

Working at the British Embassy offers unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals. We often have employment opportunities that may appeal to qualified candidates with experience and an interest in our work.

Civil Services competences and the selection process

Selection is based on the overall suitability of the candidate against the skills, qualifications and competences required in the position, as may be demonstrated by applicants through the application form and the interview. The specific requirements for each position can be found in the job description.

We recommend all applicants understand the Civil Service competences before applying for any role and in preparation for interviews.

Due to the large volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview, which may also consist of a written test relevant to the role. Details will be provided at the time of short-listing. All interviews are conducted in English by a panel, usually made up of three members of staff.

All interviewed candidates will be contacted approximately two weeks after interview to inform them whether or not they have been successful. More detailed feedback can be obtained from our Recruitment Team upon request.

Current work opportunities

If you are interested in a job opportunity at the British Embassy in Tunis or one of the other UK delegations, UKTI offices, other government departments or consulates in Tunisia, please visit the FCO Local Staff vacancies website.

To filter the search for current vacancies, use the “Country/Territory” field on the left of the page and select the country you wish to search.

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, 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.

Staff recruited locally are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.

Head of Corporate Services, Grade – C5 (L)

The British Embassy in Tunis currently has a vacancy for a Head of Corporate Services, Grade – C5 (L).

Main duties and responsibilities

The British Embassy Tunis has been through a period of substantial change and expansion over the last seven years following the 2011 revolution and tragic terrorist attacks in 2014. These events resulted in a rapid increase in the number of UK government employees based in the British Embassy in Tunis, with the arrival of several new teams meaning the Embassy is now home to over 130 staff, plus around 20 staff from the British Embassy in Tripoli.

You will ensure the diverse needs of different UK government departments operating on the Embassy platform are met and provide inspiring leadership of the large Corporate Services section. You will use your strong interpersonal and management skills to support your team’s delivery of consistently high standards across finance, procurement, HR, estate management and logistics, developing strong relationships with corporate services colleagues in London and in our four service hubs, as well as with your counterparts in the region and beyond.

You will be the senior lead on all things corporate supporting the Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission and ensuring they have full visibility of all corporate delivery. In addition, you will be the link to the FCO’s global Corporate Capability programme, supporting and implementing pilots of this exciting new change programme within the post and across the network to drive forward change, improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Embassy’s operations, increasing output and improving financial and procedural compliance.

You will often be required to resolve complex technical and/or managerial problems and will have considerable discretion to take decisions on the direction of corporate services work across the Embassy. Your main duties will include:

  • Cross-Embassy Leadership: Working with the Ambassador and the rest of senior management to identify priorities for cultural and systems change and to communicate and embed them effectively across all sections. You will oversee implementation of the centrally led Corporate Change Programme, influencing London to ensure our local context is taken into account and ensuring that the Embassy has the staff, resources and policies in place to deliver changing political priorities. You will play a central role as member of a number of embassy-wide Committees, leading by example to ensure full participation from across the Embassy.

  • Strategic Budget Management: You will ensure all spend delivers value for money in support of Embassy objectives, with responsibility for overseeing all financial bids and returns and, where necessary, making recommendations on the most effective use of limited resources; you will provide strategic guidance to the Finance Manager to ensure accurate forecasting and spend; you will lead monthly budget review meetings with the Ambassador; and ensure financial compliance, including through spot checks and challenging suppliers.

  • Estate Management: You will provide leadership and strategic oversight to the Estates Team and Facilities Management Provider to ensure the embassy maximises the benefits of our buildings and wider estate, while also meeting health and safety standards. You will ensure all UK based staff are housed appropriately, in line with the Residential Accommodation Policy and provide senior oversight of the facilities management contract (FY 18/19 value of £160K) ensuring value for money and high service standards from the contractor.

  • Human Resources Leadership: You will provide evidence-based advice to the Ambassador and Deputy on all strategic HR issues and, through your team, ensure their decisions are implemented. Within this, key roles will include reviewing and implementing Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) working with our Legal Adviser to ensure compliance with local labour law; recruitment; performance management; induction processes; salaries and performance pay; appraisal quality control. You will be the senior point of contact for the Regional HR Hub in Abu Dhabi, ensuring they are providing our staff with a consistently high quality service.

  • Crisis preparedness: You will play a key role in ensuring that the Embassy is fully prepared for any crisis, coordinating preparedness across the Corporate Services team and taking the lead on logistics and staff welfare during a crisis.

  • Protocol: You will engage with senior MFA contacts to ensure that the local bureaucracy is understood and followed without interrupting Embassy working practises.

  • Resource Management: You will lead a team of 24 Corporate Services staff, with direct line management of four team leaders covering technical works, HR, finance, estates, cleaners, drivers and the staff of the Ambassador’s Residence.

  • Oversight of Tunis Local budget allocation approximately £2.5m {FY 18/19}

Key competencies required

  • Leading and Communicating - Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s about supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of citizens.

  • Managing a Quality Service - Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements. People who are effective plan, organise and manage their time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service, applying programme and project management approaches to support service delivery.

  • Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. It means showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well-reasoned justifiable decisions.

  • Changing and Improving - People who are effective in this area are responsive, innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change. It’s about being open to change, suggesting ideas for improvements to the way things are done, and working in ‘smarter’, more focused ways.

Essential qualifications, skills, and experience

  • Fluency in English written, spoken and listening skills

  • Proven ability to manage teams and budgets

  • A track record of strong delivery in customer facing roles

  • Ability to develop trusted relationships with senior managers and junior staff

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluency in French or Arabic would be an advantage

  • Experience of change management

  • Knowledge of local labour law

  • Previous experience of working for an Embassy or other international organisation

Application deadline

28 November 2018

Type of position

Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal

Working hours and remuneration

Conditioned working hours are 40 hours gross per week. Standard working hours are from 08:00-16:30 from Monday to Thursday and 08:00-13:00 on Fridays.

The British Embassy in Tunisia offers an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role. Initial salary will be TND 6,982 per month while on probation. Salary after probation is TND 8,657. This is a Full-time, Fixed Term for 1-year with possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

The appointment will also be subject to satisfactory local and UK security clearances.

Application process

Interested candidates must include the following items along with the completed online application form:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).

  2. Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the motivation section of the online application form or cover letter.

Applications that do not include these will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is at 23:55 (local time) on 28 November 2018.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of job applications the Embassy receives, only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take up to two months.

The start date mentioned is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.

Defence Local Assistant and Translator/Interpreter, Grade – A2 (L)

The British Embassy in Tunis currently has a vacancy for a Defence Local Assistant and Translator/Interpreter, Grade – A2 (L).

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Accompany the DA or designated individual on a one HMG basis, to meetings and act as interpreter.

  • Identify requirement for and arranging meetings for the Section.

  • Maintaining the Embassy Defence and Security contacts database.

  • Online Media research to keep Defence Section up to date with events in the Defence and Security sector in general and the Tunisian MOD/MOI in particular.

  • Provide advice to the DA and wider embassy on maintaining a network of Defence and Security Contacts.

  • Build and maintain a network of contacts across the Defence and Security Environment. Use the network to deepen understanding of Tunisian Defence and Security developments and to help deliver the Embassy’s and Defence Section’s objectives.

  • Liaise closely with the DA to manage the schedule of meetings.

  • Translate letters from French and Arabic to English and vice versa.

  • Identify, develop and maintain links with Tunisian Defence and Security officials, senior officials and international partners.

  • Provide basic level analysis on Tunisian Defence and Security matters.

  • Assist in the preparation of members of the Tunisian defence and Security Forces nominated for training courses in the UK.

  • Arrange travel and visa matters for Tunisian Defence and Security officials.

  • Be prepared to action, through the Tunisian government, requests for diplomatic clearance for UK military aircraft to over-fly or land in Tunisia.

  • General office duties and ad hoc duties as required on one HMG basis.

  • Arrange travel for the Defence Attaché as appropriate to his duties.

Key competencies required

  • Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.

  • Leading and Communicating - Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. It’s about supporting principles of fairness of opportunity for all and a dedication to a diverse range of citizens.

  • Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.

  • Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.

Essential qualifications, skills, and experience

  • High level of proficiency in English, French and Arabic both oral and written

  • Excellent writing and translation skills

  • Working IT skills and literacy in Microsoft office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • Previous work experience with good reference

  • Must be a strong self-starter, energetic and able to handle several strands of work in parallel in a high pressure environment

Desirable qualifications, skills, and experience

  • Previous Embassy and/or international organization experience would be an advantage

Application deadline

1 December 2018

Type of position

Full time/ permanent

Start Day

7 January 2019

Working hours and remuneration

Conditioned working hours are 40 hours gross per week. Standard working hours are from 08:00-16:30 from Monday to Thursday and 08:00-13:00 on Fridays; this may not be the case all the time depending on daily Defence Section’s routine and other commitments. Flexible working can be considered though would have to address Defence Section meeting requirements. And must be prepared to work late hours occasionally.

The British Embassy in Tunisia offers an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role. Initial salary will be TND 1,691 per month while on probation. Salary after probation is TND 2,092. This is a Full-time, Permanent Contract.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

The appointment will also be subject to satisfactory local and UK security clearances.

Application process

Interested candidates must include the following items along with the completed online application form:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  2. A Covering Letter

Applications that do not include these will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is at 23:55 (local time) on 01 December 2018. Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of job applications the Embassy receives, only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two months.

The start date mentioned is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.

Driver, Grade S1

The British Embassy in Tunis currently has a vacancy for a Driver, Grade S1 to start as soon as possible.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Responsible for the Embassy official runs, providing transport for VIPs and visitors coming to the Embassy, taking UK and Local staff

  • Responsible for the official courier service

  • Take responsibility for ensuring that Embassy vehicles are clean

  • Daily maintenance check of Vehicles

  • Monitor and execute to transport manager official vehicles service plan

Key competencies required

  • Managing a Quality Service - Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.

  • Collaborating and Partnering – People skilled in this area create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.

  • Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.

  • Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.

Essential qualifications, skills, and experience

  • Holder of Valid Tunisian driving license D

  • 5+ year’s professional driving experience

  • Knowledge of locations, traffic rules and road safety in Tunis

  • General car maintenance

  • Able to work flexibly as required

  • Good in English and Fluent in Arabic

  • Displays personal integrity, honesty and discretion

Desirable qualifications, skills, and experience

  • Previous employment with embassies or international organisations

  • French language would be an advantage

Application deadline

18 November 2018

Start date

1 January 2019

Duration of post

12 months

Working hours and remuneration

Conditioned working hours are 42 hours gross per week. Standard working hours are from 08:00-16:30 from Mondays to Thursdays and 08:00-13:00 on Fridays. Also, required to work out of working hours.

The British Embassy in Tunisia offers an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role. Initial salary will be TND 1,304 per month while on probation. Salary after probation is TND 1,647. This is a full-time, fixed for one year renewable.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

The appointment will also be subject to satisfactory local and UK security clearances.

Application process

Interested candidates must include the following items along with the completed online application form:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).

  2. Examples of when you have demonstrated the key competencies outlined above.

Applications that do not include these will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is at 23:55 (local time) on 18 November 2018. Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of job applications the Embassy receives, only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two months.

The start date mentioned is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.