Trade Advisor – Education and Digital at British Government
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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Background & Purpose of the Job:
You will join the Department for International Trade’s Africa network in a new role that will provide leadership and co-ordination to our work in Ghana on education and digital. These are two critical areas for the UK’s work in Ghana and the focus of this role will be ensuring that the UK private sector fulfills its role in supporting the Government of Ghana to achieve its ambitious digitalisation and education agendas.
You will be networked closely with colleagues from across HMG working on prosperity issues as DIT can only successfully deliver our commercial ambitions by working seamlessly as part of joint and coordinated prosperity team alongside the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we expand our resources and ambition to deliver the objectives contained within the DIT Africa Regional Trade Plan.
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.
This role will seek to maximise on the capacity of the UK private sector to contribute to Ghana’s ambitious digitisation and education sector plans, leading the development and execution of a strategy that harnesses UK capabilities and products to support the development of these areas in Ghana. The impact of COVID-19 will present both challenges and opportunities for the UK’s trade presence in Ghana, and the post holder will need to have a strong focus on how the UK commercial offer can support Ghana’s post COVID-19 recovery.
What will the jobholder be expected to achieve:
This is a new position that will provide much needed leadership in two strategic growth sectors for the Department for International Trade in Ghana. There are clear opportunities in Ghana for UK companies, and we expect these to gain further traction post COVID-19, building on the work of the UK Government’s Digital Service and other agencies. The digital sector continues to grow in Ghana, and is one of the key strategic sectors of focus for the UK-Ghana Business Council. Commercial opportunities in the education space in Ghana continue to grow and we are looking for someone with commercial delivery experience to help drive these. This role will need to build and manage a strong network in order to position the UK as the partner of choice in the education and digital sectors in Ghana, working closely with FCDO, GDS and the British Council to ensure that the UK offer is showcased effectively and results in increased exports of UK goods and services for UK companies.
The role will focus on the following key areas:
- Lead on the UK in Ghana’s cross government digital efforts,
- Develop and deliver a commercially-focused sector plan for digital and education that supports the GoG’s development agendas in both areas, working closely with colleagues in DIT and FCDO;
- Identify opportunities in the education and digital sectors for UK companies, building a pipeline of commercial projects
in the education and digital sectors;
Deliver trade missions and events;
Triage and support queries from UK companies on an ad hoc basis, working closely with the Trade Services Unit and the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce;
Support UK investment opportunities into the digital sector.
Support cross government,programmes such as Tech for Growth.
This postholder will need to be flexible in their approach to this role, and will be expected to support opportunities in other sectors as they arise, with support from other members of the team e.g. healthcare. The role will be line managed by the DIT Country Director.
Resources managed (staff and expenditure):
No direct reports. Budget responsibility to be confirmed.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
5+ years of commercial experience in the digital and/or education sectors in Ghana;
Excellent written and spoken English language skills;
Track record of delivering projects involving a wide range of stakeholders;
Experience working with senior level stakeholders;
Business development or other commercial experience.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
- Experience working with the Government of Ghana;
- Event management experience.