13 May, 2013



British Office

for Somalia







The British Office for Somalia, through its office in Nairobi wishes to recruit an LE Communications Officer. This position is initially on a one (1) year contract.  The British High Commission (BHC) – Nairobi & British Office for Somalia consists of 360 employees with a wide variety of experience and job roles, representing more than 10 government departments working within Kenya and Somalia.  The job is graded at LE II for which the current salary scale starts at Ksh. 185,628/- per month before deduction of tax.  Where the jobholder is not liable to Kenyan tax the scale will be abated under HM Treasury rules and starts at Ksh. 136,067/- per month to take account of the tax they would have paid.


The Role:


The successful candidate will manage the British Office for Somalia' s communications efforts (in Somalia, Kenya and Diaspora communities as required), including acting as lead contact for Somali media and managing Somalia-related web content.  The job holder will be based in Nairobi but also expected to work in Somalia from time to time, including in the UK's new Mogadishu Embassy building.


Key Responsibilities:


Working to support the British Ambassador to Somalia, Head of Communications, and other colleagues including DFID, to promote UK interests and deliver public messaging on Somalia, including provision of media advice and organisation of Somalia-related press events.


The Main Duties Include:-


·        Providing media advice to the UK Ambassador to Somalia, British Office for Somalia colleagues and London office, building wider media relations and contacts, developing core scripts and media plans.

·        Organising media briefing and press events

·        Responding to enquiries as well as producing proactive media information relating to Somalia.

·        Drafting press releases and providing translation between English and Somali as required.

·        Monitoring media information and news relating to Somalia and our programme.

·        Manage the Embassy's UKinSomalia website and social media.


Skills & Experience:


The following are essential requirements:-


  • At least 5 years experience of working with public relations and/or news media.
  • Fluent Somali and English languages, both written and oral.
  • Proven IT skills, especially websites and social media.
  • Degree in Media/Communications or related subject.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills.


While not essential, the following are desirable:


·        Self-starter.

·        Experience of working with Somalia news media.

·        Experience of organising media related events and/or briefings.

·        Experience of working in an international organisation.

·        Understanding of Somali history and politics.


Key Competences:

  • Working with Others - Shows consideration for others' needs and motivations, values diversity and inclusion. Works effectively and supportively on shared objectives with colleagues and contacts in the immediate and wider teams.
  • Communicating and Influencing - Presents a professional image of self, Department/Post and FCO. Conveys information accurately and concisely, adjusting style according to purpose and audience.  Able to influence people in meetings and in writing in order to achieve objectives.
  • Problem Solving and Judgement - Systematically gathers information, assimilates and evaluates it and reaches logical and timely conclusions which can be defended.
  • Delivering Results - Takes responsibility for delivering own work with speed, and professionalism. Responds flexibly to changing priorities, monitoring progress and quality of own work and meeting objectives. Demonstrates the financial and resource management expertise necessary to achieve results.

  §   Taking a Wider Perspective - Ability to see the bigger picture, put own work in context and make connections.  Encouraging and contributing new ideas, innovation and experiment.

  • Customer Focus - understands and focuses on customer needs.




The British High Commission has not appointed any agents to process job applications or arrange interviews for this position and expects no fees to be paid to anyone.


Applicants must have the right to live and work in Kenya.


Applications – (CV plus completed application form) - clearly marked – "LE II Communications Officer - Somalia Vacancy" should be forwarded to the following address:


The Human Resources Manager

British High Commission

Upper Hill Road

P.O. Box 30465 - 00100

Nairobi -   Or by e-mail to: HR.Recruit@fco.gov.uk    


You can access the job profile and application form by visiting our website www.gov.uk/world/somalia .

Applications should be received on or before noon Friday, 24 May 2013.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interview.


The British Office for Somalia is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and staff management is conducted without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or HIV status provided candidates are able to meet the requirements of the position advertised. 

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