Graduate Intern – Digital Communications at the British High Commission (BHC)

About the Company

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Title

Intern – Digital Communications

Job Location


Job Ref

04/19 LOS



Type of Position

Fixed Term

Start Date

1st April 2019

Duration of Post

12 months

Job Subcategory

Communications, Press and Media

Job Category

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Main Purpose of Job

-This is an exciting role in a part of Africa that has received renewed UK and Ministerial attention since the election in 2015 of President Buhari. The role is based in Lagos, contributing to the larger communications team based in Abuja.
-Reporting to the Press and Public Affairs Officer in Lagos, the successful candidate will work within the Communications Team as the Lagos based Digital Communications Intern.
-The main objectives are to deliver and implement a range of communications tasks to support and project the objectives of Nigeria network HMG departments in Nigeria.
-Duties will include, but will not be limited to, designing text and audio-visual material for use on the BHC media channels, and working with a broad range of media stakeholders to deliver HMG messages.
-The successful candidate will also provide tailored communications planning support to HMG departments across Nigeria working on the BHC platform.
-The Digital Communications Intern will work in particular on a Youth & Creative Industries strategy, that will be a key focus of the communications output from Lagos.

Roles and Responsibilities

-Working with the Digital Communications Officer to manage the British High Commission Abuja webpage and digital media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter
-Keep a well organised electronic library of photos and audio/visual files for use in publications, productions or for release to the media
-Photograph and record BDHC and other HMG departments’ activities as required
-Monitor digital media for issues of interest to the UK mission in Nigeria
-Work with Nigeria wide HMG departments, including British Council, DFID, UKVI to develop, create and publish content that creatively promotes HMG work in Nigeria
-Manage and engage database of contacts for Youth & Creative Industries project.
-Create content to engage database regularly.
-Work with Lagos based Press and Public Affairs Officer on Soft Power strategy and implementation
-Identify and pursue opportunities to achieve greater awareness of UK in the creative sector and among the youth demographic through strategic partnerships
-Initiate and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders to identify opportunities for possible strategic partnerships and to strengthen the UK Government overall perception amongst young Nigerians
-Ensure up to date content and quality assurance on the UK in Nigeria digital platforms including the website and social media platforms.
-Use in-house resources effectively to conceptualize, storyboard and record compelling audio-visual content

Job Requirements

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
-Thorough knowledge of social media, including the ability to design strategy and analyse usage in order to shape BHC engagement and to focus campaigns.
-Excellent analytical, writing, communication and presentation skills.
-Ability to design, implement and measure social media campaigns.
-Ability to write clear, engaging copy for social media and other short form content.
-Experience with audio-visual content production.
-Familiarity with messaging for digital diplomacy.
-Strong collaborative skills; including professional and confident communication with external stakeholders and team members.
-Ability to maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
-Knowledge of email campaign software
Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
-Evidence of maintaining effective professional network of contacts
-Evidence of designing and delivering communications plans
-The ability to work as part of a busy, creative team, as well as willingness to provide support to team members as needed
-Resilience, flexibility and ability to deliver quality under pressure and strict timelines
-Project or event management experience
-Knowledge of Nigerian arts & cultural scene
-Familiarity with video editing software
Required competencies:
-Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace


Starting salary: N135,419 per month

Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment

-Learning and development opportunities:
-On the job training will be provided including on FCO digital communications channels and tools.
Working patterns:
There may be possibility for flexible working patterns, and if required, should be discussed with the line manager.

Application Deadline

29th March, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply online

Additional Information

-Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Abuja are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
-All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
-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.
-Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
-Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
-Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-framework
-Successful candidates not resident in Country will be personally liable for costs and arrangements to relocate, including accommodation and work permits.
-Complete the application form in full as the information provided will be used for screening purposes.
-Check your application and attachments before you submit your application, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
-The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.


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Enoch Olisa

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