Vacancy at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

Job Title: Public Engagement and Communication Officer


  • You will work to the Head of Public Engagement and Communication for Africa (based in Johannesburg) and the West Africa Trade Director (based in Lagos). 
  • You will work closely with the rest of the sub- Saharan  Africa trade team; and especially with Public Engagement and Marketing  colleagues in East and Southern Africa; in the Marketing hub in Dubai; and with the DIT Marketing team in London to identify and implement the best ways to generate demand for British goods and services across the region; help British business success in sub – Saharan Africa; promote the UK as a great place to invest in; and encourage UK investment into the region.
  • Key to success will be understanding the aims of our multi-year, sector-specific campaigns and working very closely with the sector leads to create and deliver a programme of public events and communication activity designed to help them achieve their targets. You will also need to build relationships with the regional trade media to ensure coverage of British business success. You should expect some travel across the region and to the UK.


  • The Public Engagement position is responsible for building and reinforcing the perception of the UK’s economic strengths and business sector excellence, as well as promoting the opportunities in both the Nigerian and West African region to British businesses.
  • The Public Engagement Officer will support both DIT Nigeria and the West African region with marketing requirements, work with suppliers to develop and produce collateral with value for money, manage online marketing tools, act as a brand guardian e.g. the GREAT campaign, and also work on admin and finance functions - all in close collaboration with the sub Saharan African Marketing team based in South Africa and the Marketing Hub in Dubai.
  • Work closely with the Trade Adviser for Oil and Gas, DIT Nigeria, on promoting the current High Value Campaign, and any more that are developed in the coming months, ensuring that it is given maximum publicity to ensure UK companies are in pole position to win multi million pound contracts.
  • Work with DIT teams on country-specific public engagement plans to support delivery of their key objectives. This will include managing the calendar of events across the region as a day to day contact.
  • Proactively implement the commercial communication strategy to raise the profile of UK government trade messages and commercial successes in traditional media across the region.
  • Work closely with the trade teams across the region to develop and deliver integrated and innovative public engagement campaigns to help deliver our business objectives and support priority campaigns.
  • Ensure maximum positive profile and impact from all commercial events, visits and other public engagement activities across the region, internally and externally, including through creating appropriate content and collateral and working through existing UK Government campaigns, such as GREAT.
  • Work closely with Media teams in Nigeria and across the region ensuring a seamless and professional presentation. 
  • Ensure appropriate, on-brand and up-to-date materials and content are available and used appropriately for all regional commercial events to maximise the UK’s key messages and profile.
  • Ensure all marketing and events work is evaluated, with lessons learned and implemented, to ensure consistently high standards and continuous improvement in performance and impact.
  • Work with the Head of Public Engagement Africa to manage partners and sponsors.
  • Ensure maximum value for money from all expenditure and work with the Director (W Africa) to secure additional funding for value-adding, customer-facing activity.   
  • Liaise closely with DIT Nigeria and across the region and appropriate Residence Managers, to ensure events e.g. DIT customer receptions, are well presented and professionally executed.


  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • 2-5 years of relevant experience
  • A track record of managing multi-year projects and/or campaigns
  • Excellent knowledge of using social and digital media in a professional environment
  • Private sector experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills, self motivated and results driven
  • Great team player, able to build enduring and strong working relationships with a wide variety of people and work very well across teams
  • Good client engagement skills
  • Strong IT skills in Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Able to adapt to a quick changing and evolving business environment; deliver in the face of uncertainity; and work proactively and autonomously
  • Ability to work with people at all levels of seniority in an international environment and within a fast paced, results orientated organisation
  • Experience of delivering events and activities to budget and specification and against tight deadline.
  • This work will require some regional and international travel so a valid and clean passport is essential
  • Project management techniques and skills – relevant diploma 
  • Experience of working outside of Nigeria
  • Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Location: Lagos

Closing Date
20 February 2017



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