View Vacancy – Driver (20/20 BMK) S1

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)

Corporate Services Support

Main purpose of job: 

The British Embassy in Bamako is part of a worldwide network representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. The British Embassy is fairly new – established in 2015 – but with a strong aid portfolio and political interest in Mali. The driver role will help ensure the Embassy platform performs to the highest level by ensuring efficient Embassy operations and high safety standards.

The jobholder will carry out daily driving duties and support the efficient functioning of the Embassy. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing a safe, friendly and effective service to Embassy staff and official visitors when required. This includes providing professional and safe driver services, and efficient messenger and administrative support.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Driving Embassy officials to meetings, appointments and functions outside the Embassy, and providing transport for Embassy visitors. This will take place in both soft-skin and armoured vehicles.

  • Distributing letters and invitations; carrying out errands, including paying bills and undertaking banking transactions on behalf of the Embassy.

  • Responsibility for vehicle care; undertaking daily vehicle cheeking of tyres, hydraulic (brake) fluid, engine oil, radiator and battery levels and verifying the rear and front lights including indicator and brake lights are in good working order.

  • Ensuring the Embassy vehicles are always clean, refuelled, and in good running condition and that regular maintenance schedules are followed.

  • Overseeing routine and urgent maintenance of vehicles. Working with local garages to ensure proactive maintenance is completed in a timely and proper manner in order to ensure minimum down time of Embassy vehicles.

  • Maintaining a daily log of all journeys and ensuring that passengers complete the Vehicle Journey Log after their trip is over.

  • Reporting any vehicle accidents and/or malfunctions to the Embassy Transport Manager.

  • Further tasks as and when required in support of the Corporate Services team and wider Embassy as a whole.

  • A clean current ‘category C’ driving licence (which permits the holder to drive heavy vehicles)

  • Excellent driving skills with attention to safety

  • Proven ability to concentrate and drive safely in heavy and hazardous driving conditions.

  • Knowledge of local driving laws and traffic patterns

  • At least three years recent experience of driving in Mali

  • A good working knowledge of Bamako and its principal locations

  • Able to read and write basic English and French

  • Good spoken English, French and Bambara

  • Good knowledge of basic car maintenance and mechanical principles

  • High level of personal integrity, honesty and discretion

  • Good personal appearance, i.e. a change of uniforms is required at least twice a week

Changing and Improving, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

4 November 2020


Fixed Term, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal


12 months




British Embassy

222, 535 XOF (Gross) subject to Malian tax plus XOF 23 000 guaranteed allowances (non taxable)

4 January 2021

  • Standard embassy working hours are from 8:00 a.m to 16:30 Monday to Thursday and 8:00 to 12:30 on Fridays but drivers are required to work outside of these hours in order to accommodate duties to cover evening functions, airport trips and other out-of-hours activity.

  • Drivers are paid for a 35.5-hour week including lunch break but may be required to work on a shift system to include evening and weekend working.  

  • Annual leave is 24 days in addition to 14 public holidays annually.

  • Overtime is payable.

  • Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.

  • The British Embassy will never request any payment or fees to apply for a position. 

  • Employees recruited locally by the British Embassy in Bamako are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Mali. 

  • All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.

  • The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;

  1. Obtain the relevant permit
  2. Pay the fees for the permit
  3. Make arrangements to relocate
  4. Meet the costs to relocation 
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount. 

  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link: Please note: Job grade AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5  

  • Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on successful candidates.

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