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.

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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.

Communications Manager

The British Embassy, Tunis has a vacancy for a Communications Manager, Grade B3(L) .


The British Embassy in Tunis currently has a vacancy for a Communications Manager to start as soon as possible.

This is a job at the heart of the Embassy, giving the jobholder an opportunity to play an active role in the development and delivery of government media campaigns in addition to exposure to multiple strands of diplomatic work.

You will coordinate with other parts of the Embassy to help deliver British Government messages to all parts of Tunisian government, business, and general population. Whether it is amplifying messages from visiting British VIPs, supporting the Ambassador’s communication strategy, running our increasingly important social media platform, or delivering media campaigns, the work you undertake will make a difference. The role may also involve some travel throughout Tunisia to accompany the Ambassador to media meetings, as well as some evening or weekend work around major events and visits, for which time off in lieu will be offered.

The work is high-pressured and fast-paced but you will be at the centre of things which will in turn be rewarding and fascinating.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Communications Manager will:

*Prepare and deliver media plans for VIP visits and key events in Tunisia and systematically evaluate activities;

*Manage the relationship with the local media and maintain a central contacts list;

*Manage the Embassy’s digital platform, using the website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to engage with Tunisian opinion formers and influencer;

*Maintain a core media script;

*Keep the local press informed of Embassy initiatives, UK policies, etc. (e.g., by producing English and French/ Arabic press releases/ notices);

*Handle media enquiries;

*Be a member of the Embassy’s crisis committee;

*Contribute towards (and in some cases lead on) the planning and delivery of communication campaigns in Tunisia;

*Monitor the media to stay informed of local developments, alerting colleagues and writing reports as necessary;

*Provide ad-hoc translation and cover within the team, as necessary; and

*Monitor the section’s budgetary spend.

Key Competencies:

*Seeing the big picture - Having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs, and focusing your contribution on the activities which will meet the organisation’s goals and deliver the greatest value.

*Collaborating and partnering - Creating and maintaining positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation to help get business done. It requires working collaboratively, sharing information, and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.

*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. It involves effective planning, organising, and managing time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service.

*Making effective decisions - Using sound judgement, evidence, and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. Showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing, and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well reasoned justifiable decisions.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience:

*At least two years of professional experience in communication or journalism.

*Knowledge and understanding of how media functions on national or local levels.

*High standard of spoken and written English (IELTS score of at least 7 or equivalent).

*Bilingual level of spoken and written French and Arabic.

*Knowledge of social media management and digital communication.

*Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Tunisia’s media scene.

*An interest in domestic and international politics and current affairs.

*Working knowledge of Microsoft applications and basic editing of photographs and videos.

*Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:

*Experience of communications and media campaigns.

*Experience of working in media or within international organisations.

Application deadline:

28 January 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 2992 per month while on probation. Salary after probation is TND 3702.

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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online.

*A covering letter

*An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Applications must be sent to .

**(Your application must include examples of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above in the cover letter. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected)

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Interviews will be held at the British Embassy Office and we will only contact those who will be selected for interview.

The start date mentioned in the advert is an assumed start date. The successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances, medical clearance and reference checks.

The British Embassy in Tunis is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.