SRR - Communications Officer, Yemen Office Network (EO) - #25149

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Riyadh
Contract type: Full time
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 1

The Yemen Office Network (YON) at the British Embassy Riyadh has a vacancy for Communications Officer on a fixed-term contract for two (2) years, with a possibility of renewal.

The jobholder will provide support across a range of YON priorities, but will lead on delivering the Embassy’s communications, engagement with Chevening Scholars and the annual recruitment process, and supporting Embassy operations.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitoring of Yemeni, Saudi, and regional media related to Yemen to provide regular media reporting on political, military, economic, and humanitarian issues in Yemen.
  • Assist with delivering the YON communication strategy, developing bespoke products in Arabic and English, interacting with journalists, and advising on wider UK communication activity.
  • Run the Yemen Office Network and the Ambassador’s social media accounts and responsible for developing new ideas on how to deliver engaging and effective messaging. Work closely with regional journalists, colleagues in the Communications Directorate, and Arabic Media Hub to deliver this.
  • Lead on the Chevening Scholar programme for the Embassy, including the interview/ sifting process and engagement with alumni.
  • Interpret at meetings between Yemen Office colleagues and Arabic-speaking interlocutors and ad hoc translation of documents.
  • Develop a personal network to provide insights on going developments and inform the Embassy’s political activity.
  • Be prepared to support with the Ambassador’s Chief of Staff to deliver wider Embassy management, including event and visit organisation.

The above list is not exhaustive, and the jobholder will be required to be flexible as specific responsibilities could change in the future and this would be at the discretion of the line manager. The jobholder may also take on other ad hoc tasks as required, including participating in the Embassy’s emergency planning and any other response to a crisis affecting UK citizens.

Key behaviours required:

  • Delivering at Pace - Taking responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.
  • Seeing the Big Picture - Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider priorities and ensure work is in the national interest.
  • Communicating and Influencing - Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity, and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses, and opinions of others.
  • Working Together - Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources, and support.


  • The successful candidate must be able to secure a local residence and work permit in Saudi (iqama) OR already have the right to work and reside in Saudi.
  • The British Embassy provides visa sponsorship. The successful candidate will be required to transfer their visa under the Embassy's sponsorship.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience 1
  • Confident and clear communicator, and fluent in English and Arabic. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both verbally and in written communication. Confidence in translating meetings and documents between Arabic and English.
  • Relevant work experience in communications and media, including creating engaging content and using digital and social media.
  • An in-depth understanding of Yemeni politics and society.
  • Strong planning, organisational, and time management skills. Ability to work independently, prioritise flexibly, and use own initiative to deliver to tight deadlines and juggle competing demands.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with contacts and colleagues.
  • Excellent customer focus and responsive to customer needs and able to treat others with respect and courtesy regardless of work pressures.
  • Strong IT skills and literacy in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook).
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience 1
  • Holds at least a bachelor's degree a related field.
  • Understanding of the Yemeni dialect.
  • Familiarity with the Chevening Scholarship programme.
Required behaviours 1 Seeing the Big Picture, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together Application deadline 1 26 February 2024 Grade 1 Executive Officer (EO) Type of Position 1 Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal Working hours per week 1 35 Region 1 Middle East & North Africa Country/Territory 1 Saudi Arabia Location (City) 1 Riyadh Type of Post 1 British Embassy Number of vacancies 1 1 Salary Currency 1 SAR Salary 1 12,070 Start Date 1 21 April 2024 Other benefits and conditions of employment 1

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role.

Monthly salary details:

  • Base Salary - SAR 9,256
  • Housing Allowance - SAR 2,314 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Travel Allowance - SAR 500 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Total - SAR 12,070
  • Allowances are not payable to staff who receive official provision for such expenditure in some other form. Spouses/ Dependents of UKBS officers working at the Embassy are not eligible to Housing or Travel Allowance.

No accommodation nor relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

This position is full-time, based on 35 hours per week. Normal working hours for the Embassy are from 08:00 to 15:00 from Sunday to Thursday, with core working hours from 10:00-15:00. Core working hours is the period of the day that employees are required to be at work. The working day outside of the core hours is a flexible period, which allows employees to choose when they work, subject to operational needs.

The jobholder will be required to be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and may involve working out of hours (evening and weekend), especially during visits and events. Flexible working arrangements may be considered based on operational requirements and agreement with the line manager, and in line with FCDO and Embassy policies.

There may also be a requirement to travel around the region (and possibly further afield) to attend meetings/ conferences and for training purposes. At present, there is only very limited travel to Yemen, but this may change. Any travel to Yemen will be subject to strict UK Government guidance and will be considered in close cooperation with the jobholder. Training on Security Awareness in Fragile Environments (SAFE/ SAFE+) will be required for any travel to Yemen.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

The successful candidate will be required to transfer their iqama under the Embassy's sponsorship.

Additional information 1

How to apply:

Interested candidates must include with their online application form

1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV);

2) a covering letter/ motivation essay stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and

3) specific examples, in the relevant sections of the online application form, of how you meet the key behaviours required.

Please include any links to your online portfolio or to relevant samples of your work in your CV/ cover letter, if appropriate.

Applications that do not include these information will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is at 23:55 KSA local time on 26 February 2024.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for the next step in the recruitment process will be contacted.

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful at interview may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of six (6) months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

The start date mentioned in the advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around 2-3 months. The security clearance process includes checks available in country and in the UK, dependant on the security level required for the role and the candidate’s profile and UK footprint. You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign, and we are working hard to minimise any disruption.

The British Embassy Riyadh is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Saudi Arabia employment law.

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 site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it

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