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Executive Assistant to Her Majesty’s Ambassador Re (Doha)

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Job Category

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The British Embassy Doha would like to invite applications for the position of Executive Assistant to Her Majesty’s Ambassador (HMA) Grade B3(L).

Main Purpose
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced candidate to work in a fast paced, fascinating environment, in an important, central role. The position works directly to the Ambassador (HMA), providing a range of support services to him and managing his outer office, including two members of staff. The role will suit a team player who is open to new ideas and ways of working, is capable of working with constantly changing priorities and managing a full workload. Experience of working in a big organisation or government – whether in administration or secretarial duties – would be useful but not essential.
Main Duties and responsibilities
•Organise and manage HM Ambassador's (HMA) daily programmes and ensure sound logistical arrangements are in place, liaising where appropriate with colleagues to decide which meetings are of strategic importance before making arrangements.
•Manage the ambassador’s outer office, ensuring it runs smoothly. Management responsibilities for the ambassador’s driver and Embassy Events Manager.
•Ensure HMA is well prepared for meetings by providing or arranging pre-meeting briefing/updates through liaison with Embassy teams.
•Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to instigate and follow up on requests for appointments for HMA consulting Embassy colleagues as required.
•Manage HMA‘s correspondence and draft responses on behalf of HMA.
•Maintain an accurate and accessible electronic and manual filing system and contact list.
•Maintain financial records.
•Organise HMA's UK and regional visit programmes and make the necessary travel arrangements.
•Maintain meetings log for HMA and meet, greet and provide hospitality to visitors.
•Deal with telephone calls and enquiries.
•Provide support and advice as appropriate for Embassy colleagues.
•Carry out research tasks as directed by HMA/Deputy Head of Mission/Head of Political Section.
•Provide cover for the Political team’s Political Assistant when required.
•Ad hoc duties for the Embassy as required.

Key Competencies:
•Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
•Managing a Quality Service - Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.
•Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.
•Leading & Communicating - Effectiveness in this area is about leading from the front and communicating with clarify, conviction and enthusiasm.

Essential qualifications and experience

The skills we are looking for

•Previous experience of PA or administrative work..
•An excellent standard of written and spoken English.
•Excellent computer keyboard skills, including familiarity with the MS Office suite of programs.
•The ability to work quickly and reliably and to deliver at pace with limited supervision.
•Excellent self-management and organisational skills.
•Excellent team work and interpersonal skills.
•Ability to work in a high pressure, high workload environment.
•Flexible and positive approach to working in a forward thinking, modern and motivated organisation.

Desirable qualifications and experience
•Experience of working for the UK government, another government or a big organisation.
•Management experience.

Required competencies

Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline

23 October Protected content


B3 (L)

Type of Position

Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week



Middle East & North Africa



Location (City)


Type of Post

British Embassy

Number of vacancies


Starting monthly salary (QAR)


Start Date

20 December Protected content

Other benefits and conditions of employment

Salary and Employment

Embassy work