Executive Officers Jobs at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in East London, Eastern Cape

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office company opens jobs for Executive Officers positions in the Eastern Cape region. The type of work we provide is Full-time.

The criteria for the employees we need are having Other, Information Technology, & Management skills with Director experience, as well as employees who are honest, disciplined and responsible.

The estimated salary offered by this company is quite competitive around R 7 900 - R 11 000 (per month). However, the salary can go up or down depending on the company that decides it.

The Headhunters company itself is engaged in Government Administration, of course if you are interested in applying for this company, you can register immediately.

Job Information

Company:Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Position:Executive Officers
Region:East London - Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape
Job Function:Information Technology, Management, Other
Seniority Level:Director
Salary:ZAR 7.880 - ZAR 11.000 per Month
Employment Type:Full-time
Industry:Government Administration

Job Description


East Kilbride, London

About The Job

Job summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office pursues our national interests and projects the UK’s role in the world.

We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.

We are looking to recruit talented and enthusiastic individuals to join the FCDO at EO level. Successful candidates will have excellent people and organisation skills to be able to lead and motivate themselves and others. You will have a pro-active approach to problem solving and sound judgement to assess and deliver against a myriad of challenges. You will have excellent literacy and numeracy skills and have experience and confidence in the use of Microsoft Office and Windows 10. During your time in the FCDO, you will be supported in your personal development and have access to our International Academy and a wide range of opportunities to gain new skills and experience.

Job Description

Main Purpose of Job

We are looking to recruit talented and enthusiastic individuals to join the FCDO at EO level. Successful candidates will have excellent people and organisation skills to be able to lead and motivate themselves and others. You will have a pro-active approach to problem solving and sound judgement to assess and deliver against a myriad of challenges. You will have excellent literacy and numeracy skills and have experience and confidence in the use of Microsoft Office and Windows 10. During your time in the FCDO, you will be supported in your personal development and have access to our International Academy and a wide range of opportunities to gain new skills and experience.

The positions are Home Civil Service roles within the FCDO, based across our UK locations in policy, programme and operational delivery roles in the UK. These roles directly contribute to the delivery of the FCDOs departmental strategic objectives. Roles may be in any area of the FCDO and applicants should be flexible and adaptable. We are not recruiting for a specific departmental vacancy; instead, you will be placed into a

role based on business need.

There is some flexibility to work from home in most positions; our current policy is that staff should expect to spend 40-60% of their time in the office.

Roles And Responsibilities

Executive Officers provide professional office administration and support on programme management, budgets, customer services functions, Policy and Consular. Roles at EOgrade are varied and may be in Policy, Programme, Service Delivery or Operationalareas. Some roles will have line management experience and some may be public

facing.FCDO Departments will configure the roles to meet specific business needs but they will typically include:

  • Corporate Administration/EA Support: Creating and maintaining electronic management systems; databases and distribution lists; managing correspondence; organising meetings/events and taking notes in meetings; providing logistical and administrative support to enable effective working across the office, providing effective and timely briefing and advice
  • Programme Management: Manage supplier relationships and ensure effective management of delivery and risk; ensure the department has value for money for programmes; maintain accurate records.
  • Budget Management: Budget monitoring, requisitioning, and raising purchase orders, and manipulation of data using spreadsheets; assisting with budget forecasting; understanding commercial and procurement policies.
  • Policy Roles: You may be a junior desk officer, coordinating thematic or geographic policy and analysis; lead on Parliamentary engagement including Parliamentary questions and MPs correspondence; assist and support policy development and delivery across the FCDO.
  • Consular Services: Work with stakeholders to agree strategies to progress consular cases, working with Embassies overseas, legal advisers, political teams and specialists. Providing support and assistance to British nationals overseas. Prepare written briefings and updates for Ministers and attending Ministerial meetings with MPs and family members.
  • Customer Services: providing guidance for staff on policies and regulations, dealing with customers professionally and resolving queries within agreed timeframes.

Person specification

It is essential in your application that you provide evidence and proven examples in each of the following Minimum Criteria and the Behaviours as far as you are able to do so. These responses will be further developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview.

Minimum Criteria

  • Strong literacy, numeracy, and IT skills.
  • Competent using IT packages including Microsoft Office – Outlook, Excel and,ideally, knowledge of Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Good interpersonal, team-working and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Good organisational, analytical, and planning skills with the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Able to make effective decisions, identify problems and propose solutions to maintain a quality service.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Managing a Quality Service

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical Skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Motivation


Alongside your salary of £25,029, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office contributes £6,757 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • A Civil Service Pension.
  • 25 days Annual Leave per annum.
  • 9 days Public and Privilege holidays per annum.
  • Learning and Development tailored to your role.

See the attached candidate pack.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) , and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

Please see the ‘Hints and Tips’ that are provided for your information about how to prepare Behaviour examples at the Application and Interview stage.

Application Stage

You will be required to complete a short application form. You will then be invited to complete a Civil Service Verbal Test and a Civil Service Numerical Test. If you successfully pass these tests, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application which will comprise of your CV and answering the two Behaviour questions.

The Behaviours you will be assessed on at the application stage are as follows:

  • Communicating & Influencing
  • Delivering At Pace

IMPORTANT: If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme and require Reasonable Adjustments in order to complete your application/online tests, please ensure GRS are aware of this on the date of application and certainly by the closing date.

Interview Stage

The Behaviours you will be assessed on during the interview are as follows:

  • Working Together
  • Communicating & Influencing
  • Delivering At Pace
  • Managing A Quality Service

You will also be asked Motivation and Experience questions at the interview.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Servic e via fcdorecruitment.grs@ cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the ‘Assistance required’ section in the ‘Additional requirements’ page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to FCDO from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://ww.childcarechoices.gov.uk

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

This role is full time only. Applicants who wish to work an alternative pattern are welcome to apply however your preferred working pattern may not be available and you should discuss this with the vacancy holder before applying.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting (opens in a new window) . See our vetting charter (opens in a new window) .

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality Requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles (opens in a new window) .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

Apply and further information

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment (opens in new window) .

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

Recruitment team

Further information

The FCDO’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should, in the first instance, contact [email protected]. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the FCDO, you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners.


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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is an executive agency of the United Kingdom government, operating across the UK, its overseas territories and in many countries around the world. It is responsible for developing and delivering services that promote and protect the UK’s national interests overseas. It supports diplomatic relations between the UK government and other governments and organizations, works to improve global security, and contributes to the development of global economic and social cooperation. Its core objectives are to support the interests of the UK government, strengthen UK influence in the world, and drive the UK’s global economic growth.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office provides its staff with a range of services, such as political analysis, policy advice and communications as well as a range of other services related to foreign affairs. It works closely with other UK government departments, the intelligence services, the armed forces, and international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union and NATO. It also provides support to British embassies and consulates around the world, and works to enhance the UK’s global standing by promoting UK values and interests on the world stage.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is part of the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which is the UK’s central foreign policy institution. The FCO has responsibility for diplomatic relations with other countries, foreign aid and security initiatives, and is the primary source of advice and guidance for the UK government on all aspects of foreign policy.

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