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On 25 November 2015, the Chancellor announced a new cross-Whitehall Prosperity Fund with the primary aim of supporting growth in recipient countries. This came into effect on 1 April 2016 and South Africa has been identified as a priority partner country for the Fund. During her visit in August 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May announced up to £50 million of programming for South Africa and the region.
The Global Trade Programme (GTP) is the largest in the Prosperity Fund portfolio, based on the premise that supporting global trade is a good thing both for developing economies, where it can reduce poverty through economic development, promote inclusive growth and contribute to mutual prosperity. This is why one of the most politically important programmes to us here in Southern Africa, and a flagship of the GTP, is an £8 million (scalable to £20 million) Trade Capacity Building Programme for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Mozambique designed to address non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade in the region. In addition, these six countries make up the bloc with whom the UK will replicate the existing European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) when we leave the EU in October 2019. It is therefore a shared goal that we complete that replication in time, and that we support the full implementation of the existing EPA given we will inherit something that resembles it almost identically once that replication is complete.
An implementing partner has been appointed, managed from Pretoria where the Prosperity Fund team with responsibility for Southern Africa is based. Two other roles, identical to this one, have been recruited in Windhoek and Gaborone. This role will sit in Maputo as part of the front line delivery of the programme, ensuring it is effectively implemented in-country.
The British High Commission in Maputo is therefore preparing for this challenge and is seeking a Locally-Engaged C4(L) Global Trade Programme Adviser to be responsible for engaging consistently and in-depth with the local stakeholders at senior level about the programme of assistance and the EPA process. In addition, the post holder will support the Mozambican Trade Ministry in generating progress towards EPA replication, and while they will not form part of the programme management structure, they will act as the front line eyes and ears on the implementation of the technical assistance programme so that it quickly addresses problems in this key organisation. They will provide policy advice to London and the Global Trade Programme Manager in Pretoria, and our implementing partner, to shape the programme effectively.
Leading on all in-country coordination and engagement with partners in the Government of Mozambique, to build and maintain government support for the programme, alignment of activities to national development priorities, and to identify opportunities for further partnership and cooperation to deliver on the objectives of the Prosperity Fund and the Global Trade Programme. In addition, to provide in-country support to facilitate Mozambique’s full participation in the future trading arrangement governing trade between the UK and Mozambique.
The FCO aims to provide all staff with equality of opportunity in all aspects of their work and draw on the talent of all of staff from diverse backgrounds in the UK and overseas. We place a strong emphasis on learning and development. You will be encouraged to undertake developmental training and get involved in corporate activities. This role provides an excellent opportunity to build up programme knowledge and expertise and gain exposure to working across government. You will have access to existing and new Project & Programme Management L&D as well as wider job-relevant L&D and support for your own personal development.
Please note, there will be in-country and may be occasional regional and London-based travel involved in this role.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
The job will be part of front line delivery rather than programme management, so provides an excellent opportunity to acquire and/or deepen skills in policy formulation and programme delivery, as well as exposing the post-holder to a broad array of Whitehall Departments on an agenda of increasing importance as we move towards Brexit.
You will have access to required L&D available delivered from Pretoria’s Regional Learning and Development Centre and in-country.
This contract position ends on the 31st of March 2021 with possibility of renewable subject to funding.
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