Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Posted Job
about 1 year ago

Consular Officer ( Maternity Cover)

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Job Category

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Consular Roles)

Job Subcategory


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main purpose of job:

To provide a high quality and efficient consular service to British nationals in Zambia in line with the standards set out in our publication “Support for British Nationals Abroad: A Guide” and Consular Strategy.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • As Consular Assistant you will be responsible for providing consular assistance in Zambia. This may include: visiting people who have been arrested, are in prison or hospitalised; visiting mortuaries; supporting bereaved families and victims of crime, victims of sexual assault and dealing with cases involving child abduction. The successful candidate will also work closely with colleagues across the Sub-Saharan Africa network and in the UK in order to ensure excellent delivery and consistency of services. The candidate must be able and willing to engage on these challenging issues:
  • Checking and processing applications for Emergency Travel Documents.
  • Liaising with partners including local authorities, British companies, the tourism industry, airlines, wardens, consular correspondents, NGOs, other diplomatic missions etc.
  • Delivering outreach and prevention activities which support our Consular Strategy objectives.
  • Contributing to crisis planning and response in Zambia.
  • Managing information, completing returns and other administrative tasks.
  • The successful candidate must be prepared to work out of hours if required (see below on time of in lieu/overtime).

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • For many British nationals, the only contact they will ever have with a British mission will be through our consular services, often in times of great personal distress. As a customer-facing member of staff, the jobholder will need to have excellent communication skills and be able to deal with distressing situations in a sensitive manner and with empathy. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate the following key skills and attributes:
  • Excellent all-round communication skills to manage customer expectations and deliver difficult messages
  • Excellent customer service skills; ability to respond to a range of customer needs and cultivate strong relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Calmness under pressure
  • Ability to research and follow guidelines, and to plan and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to work well with others – to build and maintain relationships with customers and stakeholders
  • Strong problem solving skills using own judgement
  • Ability to respond quickly to changing priorities, sometimes in pressurised environments
  • S/he should be prepared to react positively to change and ready to try new ways of working
  • Excellent IT and numeracy skills (a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook is essential.
  • Experience working in a British or international environment is also desireable.

Required competencies

Leading and Communicating, Building Capability for All, Managing a Quality Service, Demonstrating Resilience

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