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Department for International Trade (DIT)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:
As part of the UK Government’s trade team, to lead on horizon scanning to identify future West Africa commercial opportunities for UK companies outside of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and the mining sector in Ghana and Guinea; to work across the West Africa team to build the evidence-base and generate a pipeline of business activity, with the ultimate aim of demonstrating high value potential in different areas of the economy.
Roles and responsibilities
Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, the continent’s largest oil producer and population coupled with long-established cultural and commercial links with the UK. It has huge long-term economic potential with vast natural resources and a young and growing population. As a result Nigeria offers a wide array of business opportunities , especially in the oil and gas sector but increasingly in the areas of renewable energy, infrastructure and agriculture. Current trade figures are good but we want to do better.
As part of the British Government’s commitment to increasing UK exports worldwide to £1 trillion by 2020, the UK Government’s trade team in Nigeria, with offices in both Lagos and Abuja, is developing a trade strategy to identify and better tap into this vast potential and increase trade between Nigeria and the UK. The Nigeria team is also shifting to a regional approach, working with trade colleagues in Ghana, Guinea, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to maximise the trading relationship with the UK across West Africa.
We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong attention to detail, ability to take the initiative, work accurately within deadlines and with limited supervision, and be a strong team member who works collaboratively.
Lead the West Africa trade team’s effort to spot the developing and growing sectors of the economy in Nigeria and across the region; identify those opportunities where British business could be successful; develop a coherent and compelling evidence base to demonstrate the multi-million pound scale of these opportunities; and work with UK companies to help position them for business success, to demonstrate the value and potential in new sectors; Work with colleagues in East and Southern Africa to identify synergies and linkages between current and future business opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Roles and responsibilities:
Essential qualifications and experience
Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service