Tech Hub Director at the British High Commission (BHC)

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.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: UK-Nigeria Tech Hub Director, International Tech Hub Network Ref No: 06/19 LOSLocation: LagosGrade: D6 (L)Type of Position: Fixed term, with possibility of renewalJob Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)Job Subcategory: Economic and ProsperityStart Date: 1 July 2019Main Purpose of JobThis is an exciting opportunity to set up and lead a new, innovative and high-profile Tech Hub in Nigeria that will aim to develop the Nigerian tech ecosystem, deliver digital skills programmes, and build links between Nigerian and international (including UK) tech businesses. We are looking for a dynamic, well-networked leader from the Nigerian tech scene for this important role, who will use their significant experience and network to shape and lead this exciting initiative. The hub will be one of four critical pillars of a new Prosperity Fund programme to drive greater digital access in countries like Nigeria.  New and innovative, the Prosperity Fund (PF) represents a step change in the UK Government’s (HMG) approach to promoting economic development and prosperity overseas.The PF was established under the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) with the primary aim of supporting growth in recipient countries and thereby reducing poverty. As such, it represents a key component of the prosperity pillar of the UK Aid Strategy. But the Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in  middle income countries eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA), which are home to nearly 60% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity. By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, across high opportunity countries, regions and sectors, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies. As the UK leaves the EU, an even more outward-looking global Britain investing and trading with the fastest growing markets will become increasingly important.The role will be based in Lagos, with  travel across the country which will be required to maximise the success and outputs of the hub across Nigeria. There will also be some overseas travel, including to the UK.The UK-Nigeria Tech Hub will be one of the first in a global network of international tech partnerships developed by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to build digital ecosystems that will facilitate sustainable economic growth and development.The successful candidate will lead a small team of locally-engaged staff, based within the British Deputy High Commission, and will be responsible for shaping and delivering the strategy for the Hub. The team will support local digital ecosystems in both the commercial hotspots and across more disadvantaged regions of the partner country. They follow the example of successful hubs elsewhere in the world such as the UK-Israel Hub in Tel Aviv. The Tech Hub Network is funded as part of a cross-government, Prosperity-funded programme, so collaboration across departments will be a critical success factor in this role.The Hub will have three main aims:Identify, develop (including project management and budgeting), and deliver tailored interventions to cultivate digital skills responding to the needs and opportunities for inclusion in the local tech sector for example promoting opportunities for youth and women in the local tech sector. Interventions will generally be delivered by local and international partners;Support tech entrepreneurship through partnerships with local digital ecosystem stakeholders including incubators, accelerators and private sector firms, Nigerian government departments and agencies and non-profit organisations, while also highlighting UK strengths and the suitability of the UK as a tech partner;Facilitate partnerships between local tech firms (including tech start-ups) and international companies (across all sectors) in the form of commercial partnerships or joint ventures.Roles and Responsibilities What will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:The successful applicant will design the strategy for, and establish the Nigeria Tech Hub and will work with colleagues at DCMS and other UK government departments working in digital access to set the Hub’s overall direction and objectives.The applicant will be responsible for the Hub’s operations across Nigeria, leading on cross departmental projects and developing and maintaining senior relationships with both internal and external contacts and sponsors developing a public and media profile for the Hub’s activities, leading on reporting and working as part of the High Commissioner's team and missionResponsibilities will include:Overall leadership of the Tech Hub, including recruiting and leading a team of two other locally-engaged staff, managing the Hub budget and ensuring that Hub operations run smoothly;Leading the formulation of a strategy for the country, building on the Nigerian context and aligning to broader Prosperity Fund, Nigeria Integrated Delivery Plan, Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for International Development (DFID) objectives;Overseeing the implementation of the DCMS-designed Hub monitoring and evaluation framework and providing management, performance and financial updates to senior stakeholders within UK Government;Initiating and pursuing new strategic partnership opportunities for the Hub, identifying and cultivating new leads, understanding business and innovation needs across all sectors and convincingly present the opportunities for collaboration;Contributing to the Hub’s future sustainability by actively seeking new opportunities for execution of the Hub’s mission, and developing revenue streams that will help the Hub to become financially sustainable in the long term.Working closely with DCMS central Tech Hub team, Digital Access Programme Adviser and other UK government departments, including the Department for International Trade (DIT), DFID and FCO to ensure that strategic priorities are aligned;Acting as the  lead point of contact for the Hub for stakeholders in government, (both Nigerian and UK) corporates and startups;Collaborating with the other Hubs in the global network to develop the network offering;

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