Political Officer (Human Rights), B3,

Job title: Political Officer (Human Rights), B3, Islamabad

Company: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Job description: 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, 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 Category

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

‘Note : All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the competency based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.”

Please note that due to Covid-19 outbreak, the start date of employment mentioned in the advert is tentative, subject to normal business of British High Commission. All recruitment campaigns will remain open for applications, we will progress the recruitment process as swiftly as possible and continue to review all applications, monitor progress and developments. We will be in touch with you for the interviews/ should there be further updates on the application, however given the circumstances, kindly expect some delay in response and please reach out to if you have any further questions.

Please note: This is a fixed term position for 1 year with a possibility of renewal.

Main purpose of job:

You will work within the political section at the heart of the High Commission and support the cross-Mission coordination of our work on human rights. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to the UK Government’s understanding of human rights issues in Pakistan through contact building, networking and high-quality analysis, and will help to arrange visits and events in support of our human rights objectives. The successful candidate will also support the Mission’s human rights programming through policy advice and monitoring support.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Political Support: Visit and Events

  • Preparing programmes and logistical arrangements for visits, in particular those focused on human rights.
  • Accompanying and supporting senior staff on visits and meetings within Pakistan and producing records as required.
  • Support to human rights events, including draft guest lists, sending out invites and working with A2 Admin officer to collate RSVPs.

Political Reporting

  • Supporting senior political officer and Political Internal team to produce regular and ad hoc reporting on human rights issues. Providing advice to London on correspondence received about topical human rights issues.

Projects and Programmes

  • Contributing to wider Mission human rights-related programming through policy advice for bids and ongoing support and engagement on programmes.

Political Support: Networking and Managing Contacts

  • Setting up meetings for the Internal Team and the Political Counsellor.
  • Managing, updating and maintaining human rights contacts.
  • Building contacts and engaging with experts to inform and supplement open source research.

What we want from you

A proactive dynamic individual with a can do attitude, who works well in a team.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems, often under pressure.
  • Willingness to work to frequent and tight deadlines while maintaining high standard of work.
  • Strong I.T skills.
  • Experience of project management and an interest/background in human rights work

Language requirements:

Language: English and Urdu

Level of language required: Excellent command of written and spoken English and Urdu

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

1. Formal in-house and external training.

2. Coaching, mentoring and job shadowing.

3. Structured learning on the job, including stretching objectives and work.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

Essential on arrival: Bachelor’s Degree

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

Desirable: Two years’ relevant experience

Required competencies

Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally

Application deadline Application deadline – day Application deadline – month Application deadline – year

2 December 2020


B3 (L)

Type of Position

Fixed term, with possibility of renewal

Working hours per week



South Asia & Afghanistan



Location (City)


Type of Post

British High Commission

Number of vacancies


Starting monthly salary (PKR)


Start Date Start Date – day Start Date – month Start Date – year

1 February 2020

Other benefits and conditions of employment

For BHC candidates, the Local BHC Terms & Conditions will apply. Basic Salary will be PKR 146,425.

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance.

Around half of our work forces are women. We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment.

This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe. We are aiming to make it the best.

Additional information

‘Note : All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, motivational segment and the competency based questions. We will be thoroughly reviewing the application forms only for all the required details. Forms that are incomplete in any respect will not be considered while shortlisting for the next stage.”

To Apply:

Please note applications without (a), (b) will not be considered.

A. Complete the Online Application Form

B. Complete the Motivation Segment and competency based questions in the Online Application Form.

Internal candidates applying for this position need to upload their appraisal forms for the previous 2 years (if applicable). They should also inform their current line managers, and check for the eligibility clause if on probation, else the applications will not be considered.

We will accept only online applications by “2 December 2020” 23.55 PKT.

Please Note:

  • Applicants who do not have the required qualification & experience should kindly abstain from applying, as their applications will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquires will be dealt with.
  • The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, educational and professional.

We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local 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.

Expected salary:

Location: Islamabad

Job date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:29:51 GMT

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