Job: Immigration Liaison Officer at the British High Commission

Main objective of the work

  • An Immigration Liaison role has been created to join the Home Office International Operations team (Immigration Enforcement International). The successful candidate(s) will work as Immigration Liaison Officers for the IEI, part of the Home Office, at the Deputy British High Commission in Lagos.
  • The team is responsible for identifying threats at the UK border, preventing insufficiently documented passengers from traveling to the UK, identifying visa abuse and developing criminal investigations.
  • We work with UK and international law enforcement agencies to tackle immigration crime, primarily by preventing the travel of insufficiently documented passengers to the UK; improve the quality of visa decisions; identify and combat underlying crime and provide intelligence on UK border threats.

The Lagos team is responsible for Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Niger and Mali and key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Work with Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to review complex intelligence and enforcement referrals
  • Detect and prevent abuse in the UK visa application process, and identify and disrupt the activity of organized criminal groups behind it
  • Supporting air carriers with the provision of robust training modules to facilitate the identification and disruption of passengers and organized crime groups aiming to abuse travel routes to the UK
  • Using the Intelligence Management System (IMS) to prioritize and process public allegations and intelligence referrals from IEI positions around the world
  • Contribute to host country capacity building through ongoing projects within Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets, supporting the UK’s aid strategy in developing countries
  • Develop operational intelligence products through the collection, interpretation and evaluation of relevant quantitative and qualitative information sources
  • Work closely with HMG partners in post, host authorities and international partners to support intelligence and investigative development to disrupt organized crime groups.
  • Support for the wider aims and objectives of the British High Commission.

Roles and responsibilities / what will be expected of the incumbent?

  • Investigation: Investigations of individual cases, at the request of the Head of Section and Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) as well as other government departments.
  • Crime: Using collaboration with law enforcement partners overseas and in the UK to develop intelligence and investigations to disrupt organized crime groups targeting the UK.
  • Intelligence Collection and Analysis: Develop operational intelligence products through the collection, interpretation and evaluation of relevant quantitative and qualitative information sources. Strong problem-solving skills are required to identify and investigate suspected organized immigration crimes and to gather evidence-based intelligence. Ensure that all relevant information is collected, assessed and disseminated according to guidelines.
  • Liaison: Establishing effective working relationships with host authorities, international partners (5CC/EU) and UK partners to support the achievement of crime and intelligence objectives. Lead the exchange of actionable intelligence with local law enforcement partners and counterparts in other diplomatic missions to identify and mitigate threats on the UK border. Professionally represent the Home Office Office, develop effective relationships with the wider Embassy and key external partners.

What we do :

  • Immigration Enforcement International (IEI) aims to prevent illegal immigration and disrupt the organized criminal immigration groups behind it, supporting both the immigration enforcement mission and the goal of the Ministry of the Interior. We have personnel deployed in approximately 33 locations around the world.

We deliver this by:

  • Provide intelligence support to the UK visa operation, helping UKVI adopt an increasingly holistic approach to risk management based on objective data analysis and enhanced with risk indicators local
  • Working with carriers around the world to reduce the threat of insufficiently documented arrivals (IDA) reaching the UK by air
  • Development of visa or aviation threat intelligence packages for subsequent criminal investigation and prosecution.

What do we expect from you? :

  • In order to meet Home Office security requirements, we need to recruit a new OIT in the UK/US/Canada/Australia/New Zealand or EU where they have a footprint in their home country.
  • We need the ILO to have excellent interpersonal skills that they can use strategically to build relationships with key partners to help immigration enforcement achieve their goals. Face-to-face work is a fundamental part of the job, as is the delivery of training, so the successful candidate must be prepared to speak in public.
  • The role of the ILO is extremely varied. The challenge of all IEI work is to provide both the reactive elements such as air calls and visa section assistance requests, as well as the proactive elements such as intelligence gathering and liaison with stakeholders. As such, OLIs must be able to handle very challenging workloads, deliver at pace, and be flexible to support business goals. Once trained, the successful candidate should be able to work towards goals with minimal supervision

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Computer literacy with Microsoft desktop functions (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Explorer) to a level where you can: create, use and query complex models, tables, datasets across platforms Home Office and FCDO computers
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • A high level of written and spoken English with the ability to write high quality reports and briefings.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision.

Desired qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Previous immigration, law enforcement and/or analytical or investigative experience would be an advantage.

Required behaviors:

  • Make effective decisions, manage quality service, deliver at pace, communicate and influence.

Other benefits and conditions of employment

Security Restrictions:
Due to security clearance requirements, only nationals of the following countries can apply:

  • UK or other EU country, Canada, Australia, USA, New Zealand.
  • UK citizens must have resided in the UK for at least two of the last 10 years. However, applicants who have worked overseas for Her Majesty’s Government for the past ten years or who already hold an adequate security clearance will be considered.

N573,296.78 per month.

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