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Background & Purpose of the Job:
The UK-Africa Investment Summit on 20 January 2020 laid the foundations for new partnerships between the UK and African nations based on trade, investment, shared values and mutual interest. The UK also announced new initiatives and funding which will: strengthen the joint trading relationship, support African countries in their ambition to transform their economies, launch a major new partnership with the city of London, turbo-charge infrastructure financing, and enable Africa’s clean energy potential. Taken together, this will help to realize the UK’s ambition to be the investment partner of choice for Africa. Supporting post-COVID-19 economic recovery will be one of the key areas of focus for the UK in Ghana over the next few years, and supporting investment activity will be critical to this.
You will join the Department for International Trade’s Africa network, providing crucial leadership and expertise as part of our expansion. You will be networked closely with colleagues from across HMG working on prosperity issues as DIT can only successfully deliver our commercial ambitions by working seamlessly as part of joint and coordinated prosperity teams alongside the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This is an exciting time to join DIT Africa, as we expand our resources and ambition to deliver the objectives contained within the DIT Africa Regional Trade Plan.
The UK is committed to being the partner of choice for investment in Ghana by harnessing both government and private-sector led investment and financing opportunities. HMG is working closely with the Government of Ghana to increase ODI, support job creation and Ghana’s ambitious ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda. The UK-Africa Investment Summit has created a significant amount of momentum to drive this work, and the UK-Ghana Business Council will continue to support it.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead an important and ever-expanding area of DIT Ghana’s work.
What will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:
This is a new role and the post holder will lead on DIT’s ODI, investment and project financing work in Ghana, supporting the UK’s ambition to become Ghana’s investor of choice and significantly increase UK investment stock in Ghana. Protecting the interests of UK investors, and supporting greater levels of investment to support post-COVID-19 recovery will be central to this role. We are looking for someone with credible experience in attracting and structuring investments. The role will be cross-sector but with a particular focus on the UK-Ghana Business Council’s six sectors of choice. The post holder will work closely with DFID, FCO and DIT’s Africa Director for Investment to develop a clear UK offer and a pipeline of bankable projects, resulting in a 5% year on year increase of UK investment in Ghana. The role will focus on: