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We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Immigration Liaison Officer (16/22 LOS)
Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory: Home Office
Type of Position: Fixed Term
Grade: Executive Officer (EO)
Duration of Post: 12 months
Type of Post: British Deputy High Commission
Start Date: 1 July, 2022
Main Purpose of Job
An immigration liaison role has arisen to join the Home Office International Operations (Immigration Enforcement International) team. The successful candidate(s) will work as Immigration Liaison Officer(s) for IEI, part of the Home Office, at the British Deputy High Commission, Lagos.
The team has responsibility for identifying threats to the UK Border, preventing inadequately documented passengers travelling to the UK, identifying visa abuse and developing criminal investigations.
We work with UK and international law enforcement agencies to tackle immigration crime, primarily through preventing the travel of inadequately documented passengers to the UK; enhancing visa decision quality; identifying and tackling underlying criminality and providing intelligence on threats to the UK border.
The team in Lagos have responsibility for Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Niger and Mali and key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Working with Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) to consider complex intelligence and counter-fraud referrals
Detecting and preventing abuse within the UK visa application process, and identifying and disrupting the activity of the organised crime groups behind it
Supporting airline carriers with the delivery of robust training packages to aid identification and disruption of passengers and organised crime groups aiming to abuse travel routes to the UK
Using the Intelligence Management System (IMS) to prioritise and action public allegations and intelligence referrals from IEI posts globally
Contributing to the capacity building of the host nation through ongoing projects within Official Development Assistance (ODA) budgets, supporting the United Kingdom’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 at post, host authorities and international partners to support the development of intelligence and investigations to disrupt organised crime groups.
Support to the wider British High Commission aims and objectives.
Roles and Responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?
Investigation: Individual case working investigations as tasked by the Head of Section and Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO) as well as other government departments.
Crime: Using collaborative working with overseas and UK law enforcement partners to develop intelligence and investigations to disrupt organised crime groups targeting the UK.
Intelligence gathering 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 organised immigration crime and to gather evidence-based intelligence. Ensure that all relevant intelligence is gathered, assessed and disseminated in line with guidance.
Liaison: Build effective working relationships with host authorities, international partners (5CC/EU) and UK partners to support the delivery of crime and intelligence objectives. Lead on the exchange of actionable intelligence with local law enforcement partners and counterparts in other Diplomatic missions to identify and mitigate threats to the UK border. Representing the Home Office Office professionally, developing effective relationships with the wider embassy and key external partners.
What We Do:
Immigration Enforcement International (IEI) operates to prevent illegal immigration and disrupt the organised immigration crime groups behind it, supporting both the Immigration Enforcement mission and the Home Office purpose. We have staff deployed to approximately 33 locations across the world.