The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Trade Promotion and Negotiation organisation for the UK. We promote UK businesses overseas and attract foreign investment to our shores. We have 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries. Our aspiration is to address some of the challenges facing the UK, by helping British businesses to internationalise and grow overseas.
DITAfrica is one of the nine DIT global networks and is led by Emma Wade-Smith, HM Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa.The Africa Region is exciting and energising and UK firms have a strong presence here, making the UK the the second largest investor on the continent. With some of the strongest growing economies in the world and booming population growth there are numerous more opportunities for UK firms; from tech start-ups in the West to infrastructure in the East. The Network’s role is to promote these opportunities and position the UK as the continent’s number one trading partner and investor.
You will join the Department for International Trade’s Africa network. This role will provide crucial leadership and expertise to enable the expansion.
Main Purpose of Role
Your role will have three elements:
1) You will help build interest, offer advice and give support to British businesses seeking to trade and invest in Cameroon.
2) You will develop and manage a database of specialised sector knowledge, maintain relations with relevant public and private stakeholders and maintain channels to facilitate UK-Cameron trade and investment.
3) Assist the DIT Country Director in delivering market targets, recording transactions, reporting activities and communicating within the wider DIT Africa network.
Roles and responsibilities:
Reporting to the DIT Country Director, you will help identify and deliver on opportunities for both new and existing UK business. Your routine will entail maintaining a network of operational level contacts across government and private sector, processing and sharing information with internal and external stakehholders, monitoring procurement opportunities and proactively contacting British businesses, ensuring a good quality service is provided to them. Key responponsibilities will include:
Engage directly with British companies who have expressed an interest in exploring exporting opportunities in Cameroon in order to help deliver their trade and investment aims.,
Produce good quality and detailed reports providing market insights and sector- or product-specific information and analysis, charging where appropriate.
Engagement with a multitude of Government Departments, agencies, companies and other organisations, at all levels, to ensure maximum co-operation and understanding of their current needs and aspirations, engaging credibly to build strong and meaningful relationships with stakeholders and clients in the UK and Cameroon;
Develop a plan and prioritise for key sectors and areas of opportunities for UK firms.
Assist in planning and running trade missions comprising British businesses to Cameroon;
Use the various DIT databases and platforms to ensure good recording and reporting of in-country interactions and activities undertaken by the country team working on trade and investment;
Collaborate with colleagues across the DIT Africa network and DIT HQ to maximise opportunities, increase the impact of inward missions and other visits from the UK.
Support the DIT Country Director in preparing trade briefings, trade statistics, and pipeline of opportunities to include in annual business planning.
Assist with VIP visits including responsibility for programme and logistics;
Ensure timely and accurate reporting on economic and sector developments in Cameroon relevant to trade and working closely with One HMG partners in the High Commission to identify barriers to business.
Attending various after work events, such as receptions at which many senior contacts will be present.
Upload market access issues to DMAS
At least three years relevant professional experience.
You will need to be a self-starter with good sense of initiative and a healthy reporting culture.
Excellent drafting skills in English, and fluency of written and spoken English is a prerequisite.
Relevant postgraduate degree and/or undergraduate degree and other professional qualification.
Be a problem solver, show strong organizational skills and resourcefulness as a dependable team player.
Demonstrate strong work ethic, ability to work amid tight deadlines and good professional judgment.
Experience of commercial and/or trade and investment work
Client facing experience, for example with a professional services business (managing businesses, understanding issues and pursuing strategies together)
Experience of working in the public sector with a blend of private sector knowledge will be an advantage.
Specific sector experience
Experience of working with Cameroon Government
Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
31 October 2019
Fixed Term, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
British High Commission
XOF 810,350 gross plus XOF 136,068 housing allowance and XOF 51,612 transport allowance
1 December 2019
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
The successful applicant will have access to a range of Learning and Development opportunities both in-house and e-learning, with the potential for overseas training. From time to time there will be requirements to assist other teams within the Department, working with other members of the team to build overall experience through delivery of training and awareness sessions.
Flexible working can be considered for the right candidate.
Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
The British High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Yaounde are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Cameroon.
All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
1.Obtain the relevant permit
2.Pay the fees for the permit
3.Make arrangements to relocate
4.Meet the costs to relocation
Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
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