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British Embassy Addis Ababa – Vacancy Announcement

Vacancy Announcement – British Embassy Addis Ababa

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British Embassy Addis Ababa would like to invites competent and interested candidates for the following position.

 Position: Market Access and Trade Policy Officer (10/23 ADD)

Job Description

Internal and External

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 identity, 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 Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 

Main purpose of job:

You will work within the Department of Business and Trade (DBT) and an integral part of the British Embassy economic team in Addis in the pursuit of the objectives set out in DBT’s Trade Plan for Africa and the Country Plan for Ethiopia. As Market Access and Trade Policy Officer, you will lead the team’s work to identify market access barriers, analysing and prioritising these issues and then developing and executing influencing strategies in order to remove them. You will also work on campaigns to support the improvement of Ethiopia’s broader business environment, working to create more conducive conditions in which trade and investment can flourish.


We are the department for economic growth. We support UK businesses to invest, grow and export, creating jobs and opportunities across the country. 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 and as well as helping African businesses better engage with the UK and the world.

DBT Africa is one of the nine DBT global networks and is led by John Humphrey, HM Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa. The Africa Region is exciting and energising and UK firms have a strong presence here, making the UK one of the largest investors in the continent. With some of the strongest growing economies in the world and booming population growth there are numerous more opportunities for UK firms; from tech start-ups in the West to infrastructure in the East. The Network’s role is to promote these opportunities and position the UK as the continent’s number one trading partner and investor.

DBT in Ethiopia is based at the British Embassy in Addis Ababa. We are a core part of the wider economic-focused Prosperity Team comprising DBT, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), all working to alleviate poverty, improve economic development, and enhance investment and trade between the UK and Ethiopia.

Other benefits and conditions of employment 

Learning and development opportunities:

The British Embassy is committed to supporting all staff to reach their potential. A wide range of learning and development opportunities are available in Addis and in the UK, covering both technical and more general skills. Officers are encouraged to develop learning and development plans as part of the FCDO annual performance management process. 

Working patterns:

This is full time position of 36 hours per week. Current policy requires officers to work three days a week in the office. 

Flexible working requests will be considered favorably, but please note the following:

  • You may be required to work a few evenings each month
  • You may be expected to travel to other cities in Ethiopia, and there may be occasional travel to the UK, and possibly other countries within Africa

Additional information 

  • Must be able to legally work in Ethiopia
  • 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 Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position
  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Addis Ababa are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Ethiopia
  • 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 the fees for the permit
  • Make arrangements to relocate
  • Meet the costs to relocation
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount

Information about the Civil Service Success Profiles can be found on this link:


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Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a reserve list. If during the reserve period of 6/12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate

Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Country Based Staff roles with the British Government through this official tal.net site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official tal.net site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

Job Category: Department for Business and Trade roles (DBT)

Job Subcategory: Trade Policy

Grade: Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

Type of Position: Permanent

Region: Africa

Country/Territory: Ethiopia

Location (City): Addis Ababa

Type of Post: British Embassy

Salary:  USD 1,087.42 – USD 1,686.83

Start Date:  1 August 2023

Job Requirements

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Market access analysis and prioritisation: you will be responsible for identifying and prioritising policy and regulatory trade barriers (cross-cutting and sector specific) that are/likely to impact UK-Ethiopia business investment and international trade growth, including monitoring and analysing changes in the Ethiopian investment law.
  • Policy analysis and horizon scanning: you will engage in assessment of the impact of changes in the macroeconomic, microeconomic and fiscal policy on trade and investment in Ethiopia. You may be required to work collaboratively with multilateral organisations and Ethiopian Government Agencies ( WB / AfDB / IFC / Trade Mark East Africa / EIC). You will also monitor and analyse changes in Ethiopian investment law.
  • Policy risk communication: you will develop briefings for UK Government officials, existing and incoming business stakeholders, cross-embassy teams, as well as updating the information on the Departments internal monitoring systems. In doing so, you will ensure that issues are clearly prioritised and incorporated into UK government trade and investment strategy.
  • Support business development projects: you will work with commercial leads within the team to provide solutions to specific market access issues impacting the UK’s priority sectors in Ethiopia. This will involve understanding the UK’s priority sectors, liaising with companies who are looking to enter into the Ethiopian markets and developing solutions in order to improve the ease of investment in these sectors.
  • The role will require strong interpersonal and organisational skills, with the ability to influence and build relationships; the confidence to negotiate between senior internal and external government stakeholders will be of particular benefit. It will require close teamwork, supporting UK Embassy prosperity strategy. 
  • The jobholder will be a confident self-starter, a team player with excellent communication skills, and the ability to network with a wide range of contacts at senior levels in government, international agencies and the private sector. In addition, they will be expected to provide high quality analysis and advice on sector-specific developments
  • Essential qualifications, skills and experience 
  • Degree in business, economics, management, finance or related field
  • At least 3 years’ experience in investment or government services and/or supporting private sector companies/organisations in doing business
  • Current knowledge of Ethiopia’s economy, government and business environment
  • Great communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Fluency in the language of business and investment

Language requirements:


  • English (essential) and Amharic (desirable)
  • Level of language required:  Fluent  
  • Desirable qualifications, skills and experience 
  • Knowledge of the UK economic and business environment
  • Existing relationships across Ethiopia’s economy, government and business sector

Required behaviours 

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing

Deadline: June 26, 2023

How to Apply

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Country Based Staff roles with the British Government through this official tal.net site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official tal.net site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

Market Access and Trade Policy Officer (10/23 ADD) – FCO Local Posts (tal.net)


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