Deputy Country Director & Investment Officer - British High Commission Nigeria

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Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

Main purpose of job:

  • The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Trade Promotion and Negotiation organisation for the UK. We promote UK businesses overseas and attract foreign investment to our shores. We have 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries. Our aspiration is to address some of the challenges facing the UK, by helping British businesses to internationalise and grow overseas.
  • Nigeria is the headquarters of the Department for International Trade’s West Africa team, which you will join. You will be a key part of the wider Prosperity team comprising DIT and FCDO colleagues all working to improve economic development, investment and trade between the UK and Nigeria. Reporting to the DIT Country Director, you will be part of the DIT Nigeria team.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve:

  • The primary objective of your role is to encourage private sector led growth, by protecting and promoting investment and leveraging the strengths of British businesses. The Prime Minister’s speech at the Africa Investment Conference early this year re-affirmed the ambition for the UK to be Africa’s investment partner of choice. Achieving this requires increasing support to the British business community in Africa, and targeted promotion of Africa as an investment destination. This is the responsibility of the investment team.
  • The rationale is clear, the UK can unlock economic growth and job creation by unblocking flagship investor issues and bringing private sector investment to Africa.



Working in support of Nigeria and the UK’s prosperity agenda and reporting to the Country Director, your role will have a number of objectives:

  • You will build important client-facing relationships with important investors and British businesses that want to trade with Nigeria. A strong track record in client-facing functions, for example for a consultancy company, would be welcome amongst applicants.
  • You will help supercharge key reforms to the Nigerian business environment by identifying and monetising the impact of ‘high value investment barriers’ and ensuring UK Government action plans are in place to tackle them.
  • You will sell Nigeria to UK investors and exporters, including by producing a high-quality country guide that describes investment incentives, opportunities and risks credibly and fluently. The ability to research and draft a guide, according to a set template is crucial. The successful applicant will be able to provide evidence of concise, effective drafting.
  • You will increase the demand for UK investment by promoting UK as a quality business partner in key sectors of strategic interest for Nigeria and UK, and look to create partnerships with the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, and the Nigerian senior business / investment community.
  • You will map key UK investors’ presence in Nigeria and manage key investor relationships, facilitate their dialogue with the Nigerian authorities and regulators to expedite resolution of challenges to more mutually beneficial investments.
  • You will facilitate the development of a pipeline of UK investment and export deals in Nigeria.
  • You will lead dialogue with UK Export finance (UKEF) to help operationalise the agency’s export credit offer by facilitating contact with ripe deals.
  • You will also be the Deputy to the Country Director, providing support and working together to ensure that Nigeria is well embedded into the wider pan-Africa DIT region, sharing good ideas and best practice to gain a clear understanding of business drivers across the market. You will be expected to cover in the Country Director’s absence.


  • You will establish a world-class investment support function in Nigeria
  • Serve as Deputy Country Director
  • Map existing British businesses in Nigeria, tier them and prioritise relationship building with those with greatest investment in jeopardy or in progress that UK Government can support. You will manage the overall needs of the British business community in Nigeria, working with the Country Director
  • Map existing and credible Nigerian companies that could form partnerships with UK companies
  • Address ‘High Value Barriers’ in Nigeria that inhibit investment and convene working groups to address them, using UK VIPs (Ministers) and HMG senior officials to unblock issues where relevant
  • Develop a deal flow of UK investment in Nigeria that promote mutual prosperity
  • Promote Nigeria to new investors, managing an events schedule that ensures maximum visibility of the UK offer, and partner with the Nigerian investment promotion function.

Resources Managed (staff and expenditure):

  • Line management responsibility for at least 1 staff member.


Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  

  • Postgraduate degree and/or undergraduate degree and other professional qualification.
  • At least ten years professional work experience, particularly in investment appraisal and deals brokering
  • Proven track record of delivering on time-bound change management programmes
  • Client facing experience, for example with a professional services business but preferably in the investment sector in Nigeria
  • A positive, resilient, flexible and adaptable “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Proven leadership experience.
  • Fluent in English.



Desirable Qualifications, Skills And Experience:

  • Experience in client facing roles (managing businesses, understanding issues and pursuing strategies together, investment appraisal, deal pipeline preparation, deals brokering).
  • Excellent drafting skills

Required Competencies:

  • Changing and Improving, Building Capability for All, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service

Working Patterns:  

  • Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 3:30, Friday 8:00 – 12:30
  • Flexible working can be considered for the right candidate
  • Flexible working to be in agreement with line manager.



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