Our responsibilities at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are far-reaching. Supporting British citizens and interests on a worldwide scale, our work takes us to far-flung countries including conflict zones, and leads us to some of the most poverty-stricken nations. Wherever we go, we seek out opportunities to drive innovation and improve business prospects that will not only benefit the local populations, but also the British citizens who trade and interact with these people. As such, a £1.2 billion Prosperity Fund (PF) has been created with the aim of supporting development in middle-income countries. These countries are home to up to 70% of the world’s poor, yet they hold great promise. With the right support, they will generate opportunities for international business, including the UK business market – and it is within this forward-thinking team that we would appreciate your input.
You will be central to this important work when you join our Joint Funds Unit, which brings together the PF and the £6billion Conflict, Security and Stability Fund. With your work focused specifically on the PF, you provide technical oversight to our supplier of ‘Evaluation and Learning Services’, acting as a critical friend to achieve the best results. Guiding and challenging this supplier, you will manage complex analyses of their findings, seeing to it that quality is being delivered and that the overall aims of the PF are being met. As the interface between the supplier, key cross-government stakeholders and the wider team, you will be a great communicator with the capacity to really listen to what is being shared with you. Using your proactive approach to quickly build rapport and trust with those you are engaging with, you will facilitate communication between multiple stakeholders, using diplomacy to help secure positive outcomes.
To shape the potential within this role, you will have experience of commissioning and delivering evaluation in an international development context, and you will have a good knowledge of designing and overseeing complex evaluation and learning systems. You will also have hands-on experience of working in an advisory or support capacity for evaluation-related activities, including capacity building. Coming from either the private or public sector, you will be a positive individual with strengths in generating results from team-work. As a confident leader, you will see the bigger picture at all times.
The work we are doing at the FCO is vitally important. Our people are the best in the field, and they are committed to generating tangible results for British people and businesses. As such, we offer access to stimulating challenges, with the scope to forge career-defining relationships with a worldwide network of contacts. Further enhanced by a great work/life balance and a highly desirable benefits package, this is a unique opportunity to further your capabilities in a fast-paced team.
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