Head of Political, Press and Public Affairs, (02/18 LUS)

British High Commission

Main purpose of job:

To lead the High Commission’s Press and Public Affairs engagement.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Work with cross-office colleagues to deliver a cohesive communication message from the High Commission.
  • Build a range of local media and political contacts to enable the High Commission to understand and engage on key issues.
  • Design media plans to support the High Commission’s engagement with the public.
  • Provide advice to the High Commission team on how best to project/deliver key public diplomacy messages.
  • Provide political analysis on domestic issues that are of interest to the High Commission.
    Innovate social media messages to ensure core messages are delivered in the most appropriate way.
  • Draft press releases/speeches/op-eds for senior officials.
  • Lead High Commission media engagement during a crisis, and crisis planning.
  • Manage budget for PPAO section.
  • Line management of Deputy Press and Public Affairs officer.
  • Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • Previous experience working with the media
  • High level of written English; Knowledge of Zambian Politics (including historical)
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines.
  • Fluent in English and Nyanja

Required competencies

  • Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline: 9 March 2018
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Permanent
Region: Africa
Country/Territory: Zambia
Location (City): Lusaka
Type of Post: British High Commission
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary: K19,166
Start Date: 1 May 2018

Additional information

This is an exciting job at the heart of the British High Commission. You will regularly be engaging with senior stakeholders to build your knowledge and ensure the High Commission is fully engaged.

You’ll need to be someone who enjoys networking, both inside and outside the office. Working with cross-government partners such as the Department for International Development, Department for International Trade, British Council and our Consular colleagues will ensure we’re presenting a single, consistent voice to our audience.

Our work with the media, and in promoting our own social media, is key to our success; getting our messages out on the correct platform to target the right audience will help inform the public’s views on the work of the British government in Zambia.


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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 Lusaka are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Zambia.

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;

The British High Commission do not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so. 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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Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.

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