Technology & Innovation Adviser, Grade-HEO, Hyderabad

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Full time Full day
Hyderabad
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) 1



Note: All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, experience-based segment and the behaviours and technical/ professional skills-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.


Main purpose of job:


We are looking for a talented person to join our dynamic and inclusive team, in a stretching tech focussed role that will feature a blend of diplomacy, programme and budget management, strategy and communications work. This job is to cover for an existing member of staff who will be taking parental leave.


As a Technology Adviser, you will be responsible for providing regular expert advice on developments in India’s tech landscape, spotting opportunities for mutually beneficial UK-India collaboration on tech between governments, institutions, incubators and start-ups. You will work closely with the Head of Tech and Innovation, alongside a diverse range of teams across the British High Commission India network and key UK Government departments.


You will also lead on engaging with regional tech stakeholders for the network, deputising for the Head of Tech and Innovation. You will be expected to support the design, delivery and evaluation of early stage, seed funded partnerships in tech sectors which will likely cover Telecoms, quantum, data and Fintech as a priority.


You’ll also lead work to forge and promote the best routes for UK and India’s innovators to propel pioneering ideas into the marketplace, boosting the number of tangible solutions to tackle global challenges with emerging technology.


This is an exciting role working at the interface of tech, research, business, and government in a fast-moving policy area. The role will require significant independent working so candidates must be comfortable leading projects independently.


We reserve the right to review, revise or amend the roles and responsibilities from time to time reflecting the changing needs of business.


Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve:


We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated interest of working in tech with strong communication skills and a track record of delivery in an international context. If you thrive in a fast-paced working environment with a very diverse range of stakeholders, we would welcome your application.


As part of the team, you’ll work to create a living bridge between technology and innovation policy makers, doers and thinkers in the UK and India. You will join a team of 14 talented and enthusiastic people to help deliver the UK and Indian Prime Minister’s 2030 Roadmap and be part of a dynamic tech team driving forward UK-India tech collaboration.



  • Tech Expertise, Reporting and Delivering UK-India Collaboration (35%):
    You will be sector lead for a number of priority tech sectors and lead on reporting developments in India on these sectors back to UK Government policymakers and colleagues across the BHC India network. You will also lead on scoping opportunities for UK-India collaboration in these sectors to contribute to the delivery of the UK’s forward looking and ambitious R&I relationship with India.

  • Strategic Relationship Management (25%):
    You will build a network of influential tech and digital stakeholders in India in business, state governments and institutions. You will support senior official engagement with senior leaders and interlocutors. You will use your organisational skills to maintain a variety of strategic engagement tools and respond in a timely manner to queries.

  • Programme Management (20%):
    In order to boost UK-India science and tech superpower engagement, you will formulate ideas for and deliver small seed funded programmes to create and nurture a pipeline of cutting-edge innovations. Alongside drawing on project management skills to make sure the programme runs smoothly, to time and budget, you’ll manage relevant in-country events and provide strategic guidance to keep activities aligned with UK Government policy objectives.

  • Visits and High-Level Meetings (15%):
    You’ll play a key role in supporting visits and engagements between Ministers and senior Government officials leading on tech in the UK and India; helping shape and deliver programmes, site visits, announcements and associated communications to a global audience.

  • Communications (5%):
    You will work closely with communications teams and relevant teams across UK Government and the BHC India network, demonstrating the impact of interventions and strong UK-India tech relationship.



Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

You’ll manage small programme budgets up to £250,000 to support priority tech and digital objectives and will be given opportunities to task manage junior members of staff on an adhoc basis.


Language requirements:
Language: English
Level of language required: Excellent command over the English language, both oral and written.


Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
Learning and development is highly valued and is embedded into our team culture. The jobholder will have access to a vast range of opportunities aligned with their development needs and the main subject matter anchors of the role. They will be able to navigate their development journey through a range of avenues, including site visits, role relevant training, shadowing of senior leaders, mentoring/ reverse mentoring, crisis response/ first aid/ mental health first aid training and a large number of Embassy networks to build their skills and knowledge.
We embrace and encourage creative ways of growing a positive and fulfilling career trajectory, with staff wellbeing being central to all we do. We are a supportive, diverse and flexible team, with an exciting and evolving programme of work, with stretching development opportunities and responsibility devolved wherever possible. There will be opportunities to get involved in / lead on additional work in the wider team related to other sectors and / or activities.


Working patterns:
If the job is suitable for flexible working patterns, please provide details:
Full time Mon-Fri, with in-office attendance at least 3 days a week. With Line Manager agreement, the job holder will have the option of working flexibly


Any other information (or specific local Post requirements):
The job will require some travel in-country and to the UK.






Essential qualifications, skills and experience 1



Essential on arrival:



  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • Minimum three years of work experience;

  • Proven interest/experience in tech and digital






Desirable qualifications, skills and experience 1



Desirable:



  • A technology/science qualification at masters level;

  • Experience of working in technology field and understanding of the techno-business landscape in India;

  • Experience of working an international organisation or Government, and/or with science/research organisations in the innovation space;

  • Communications and tech programme management experience, working with multiple stakeholders including businesses, incubators, government and academics to deliver projects/ programmes.










Required behaviours 1



Seeing the Big Picture, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together







Application deadline 1



4 April 2024




Grade 1



Higher Executive Officer (HEO)




Type of Position 1



Fixed Term, Full-time




Working hours per week 1



40




Duration of Post 1



9 months




Region 1



South Asia & Afghanistan




Country/Territory 1



India




Location (City) 1



Hyderabad




Type of Post 1



British Deputy High Commission




Number of vacancies 1



1




Salary Currency 1



INR




Salary 1



INR 121,533 per month plus 12% Provident Fund and 6% Special Allowance.




Start Date 1



6 May 2024




Other benefits and conditions of employment 1



For British High Commission candidates, the Country Based Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.


For other than BHC Candidates, salary will be all-inclusive of INR 121,533 month plus 12% Provident Fund and 6% Special Allowances.


Additionally, the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with INR 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family.


No relocation or any other related costs or assistance will be provided.


Please note - BHC does not deduct tax at source and employees are required to ensure that any requirements of local income-tax law are complied with in full. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, e.g., some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.


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 FCDO has anywhere across the globe. We are aiming to make it the best.






Additional information 1



Note: All applicants are required to mandatorily fill the complete online application form including the employment and educational details, experience segment and the behaviour-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.


Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders will need have, or be able to obtain, a valid special work permit issued from Government of India (GOI) to work in the British High Commission (BHC). BHC will not be able to sponsor work visas or obtain/ assist with the special work permit from GOI. Offers of employment made to OCI card holders will be conditional upon candidates obtaining a special work permit.


Note: For requisite special permission to take up employment in any foreign Diplomatic Missions in India, OCI Cardholder must visit https://ociservices.gov.in


Please note – successful applicants will be offered employment on Country Based Staff (CBS) terms and conditions. This is not a permanent UK Civil Service position and does not attract diplomatic immunities and privileges (other than what an individual may already hold if they are a recognised partner/family member of a serving diplomat).


To Apply:
Please note applications without (1) and (2) will not be considered. Point (3) to be adhere strictly.



  • Complete the Online Application Form.

  • Complete the Experience, Behaviours, Technical/Professional skills-based segment in the Online Application Form.

  • Applicants need to answer the questions based on their professional experience. Kindly refrain from use of AI based tools to avoid application from getting rejected/disqualified.


Internal candidates applying for this position need to inform their current line managers, else the applications will not be considered.


We will accept only online applications by 04th April 2024 (latest by 23:55 hours IST).


Please note that all the applicants will be required to strictly adhere to the security guidelines for British High Commission.


Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.


Please note - Provident Fund Transfer in and out from EPFO is not possible as BHC PF is managed by a private PF trust governed by Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. The staff still has the option to transfer out and in from a privately held PF trust which are not governed by EPFO.


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. Basis the scores, the candidate/s who did not score as highly as the successful candidate, might be placed on the reserve list. If during the reserve period of 6 months, the same or largely similar role becomes available, the role may be offered to the second or subsequent appointable candidates.


The appointment will be subject to Police Verification and other checks including references, medical, 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.






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