Graduate Intern – General Admin and Operations 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 – General Admin & Operations

Job Location


Job Ref.

03/19 LOS

Type of Position

Fixed Term

Duration of Post

3 months

Start Date

1st May, 2019

Job Category

Department for International Trade roles

Job Subcategory

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Main Purpose of Job

Based in the UK Government’s trade team in Nigeria to support the Country Director and wider team, with a primary focus on providing support based on exporting British Businesses into the Nigerian market.
The role involves providing general administrative and operation support. This would include, but not limited to carrying out market research, taking minutes at meetings, updating the master database, identifying export opportunities, supporting delivery of business networking events, keeping the CRM system (Data Hub) up to date, handling procurement duties and overall support to the team.

Roles and Responsibilities

-Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, with vast natural resources and a talented workforce representing significant opportunities for UK businesses. The UK and Nigeria have long-established cultural and commercial links with scope to deepen the relationship further.
-As a result, Nigeria offers a wide array of business opportunities, especially in the oil and gas sector but also increasingly in areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture, technology and education. Current trade figures are good, but we want to do better.
-We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong attention to detail, strong work ethic, and ability to take the initiative, work accurately within deadlines and be a strong team member who works collaboratively.
-A dynamic candidate with a can-do attitude, looking to learn and develop multi-sector knowledge and capacity. While some experience around business support, research and customer experience management is valuable, demonstration of a keen interest will also be considered.

Key Responsibilities

-Under the guidance of the Country Director; take full responsibility for operational and administrative duties
-Providing administrative support for the trade section; taking minutes at team & external meetings; updating the forward look calendar and arranging appointments, flights, transport & airport facilitation etc.
-Maintaining the department’s master database and keeping the forward look document up to date
-Working together with sector leads
-Identifying Export Opportunities and flagging this with the Trade Service Unit
-Uploading entries such as significant assists and interactions weekly into the Customer Relationship Management system – Data Hub.
-Providing support for inward and outward DIT trade missions and business networking receptions
-Handle procurement requests for the department

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

-Any First-Degree Certificate is acceptable
-Fluent written and spoken English
-1-2 years of relevant experience
-Willingness to travel within Nigeria, if required
-Great team player, able to build collaborative working relationships across teams
-Good client engagement skills
-Strong IT skills in Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
-Able to adapt to a quick changing and evolving business environment; deliver in the face of uncertainty; and work proactively and autonomously
-Ability to work with people at all levels of seniority in an international environment and within a fast paced, results orientated organisation
Required Competencies
-Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Demonstrating Resilience


Starting salary: N135,419 Monthly.

Other benefits and conditions of employment

-The internship program is for 3 months renewable (up to a maximum of 12months) subject to satisfactory performance.
-The intern position has a monthly allowance of NGN135,419 (paid in Naira directly into a Nigerian bank account).
Successful candidates who are not liable to pay Nigerian tax will be subject to a 10 % notional tax deduction.
-Normal working hours for BDHC Lagos will be from 7.30am – 3.30pm, Monday to Thursday and 7.30am – 12.30pm on Friday.

Application Deadline

20th March, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply online

Additional Information

-Please complete the application form in full as the information provided is used during screening.
-Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
-The British Deputy High Commission will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position.
Employees recruited locally by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
-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:
-Obtain the relevant permit
-Pay fees for the permit
-Make arrangements to relocate
-Meet the costs to relocation
-The British Deputy High Commission does 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.
-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 Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
-Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates
-Please log into your profile on the application system on a regular basis to review the status of your application.


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