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Locally Engaged Expatriate Team Leader and Visa Decision Maker

The Immigration and Border Protection Section of the Australian High Commission, Nairobi manages visa and citizenship applications from 22 countries in Africa and for all of Sub-Saharan Africa for Refugee applications.

We are recruiting for Expatriate Locally Engaged Designated Officers (LEDs) to fill Team leader decision maker vacancies that arise over the next 12 months. There is currently one position to fill and it will be filled on a 12 month contract basis with the possibility of extension.  The vacancy is a full-time position.


Position Description/Duties

As an employee and representative of the Australian Government the successful applicant will be required to demonstrate the highest level of personal integrity and uphold the values, the integrity and the good reputation of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and of the Australian Government. 

Specific duties of the positions include:

  • Manage, assess and decide visa applications against legislative requirements, exercising sound judgement and reasoning.
  • Manage visa caseloads, including organising and monitoring work flows;
  • Anticipate and establish priorities, monitor progress and work to deliver required targets and instil these concepts in others;
  • Apply a good understanding of relevant legislation and policies to assist with fraud control and prevention methods on a complex case load.
  • Provide strategic advice on the management of the relevant sub-programmes of the visa office;
  • Undertake detailed written tasks, including preparation of the visa decision records and client correspondence.
  • Conduct interviews in relation to visa applications and integrity checking.
  • Conduct quality assurance activities, review assessments and draft decisions made by visa case officers and provide guidance on the interpretation of legislation and policy.
  • Lead and manage a team of locally engaged staff of diverse levels and backgrounds;
  • Mentor visa case officers to develop their written communication skills.
  • Deliver high levels of client service to clients by phone, in writing and in person.

The Positions report to a Second Secretary (Immigration and Border Protection) who is an officer of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, posted to Kenya.


The position is open to nationals of Australia, New Zealand, USA, Britain and Canada and is subject to an appropriate security assessment.  The successful applicant needs to be able to acquire, an Australian government security clearance. Applicants should indicate in their application whether or not they currently hold an Australian clearance.


The position is at the LE5 level which attracts a commencement salary of KES 205,477.50.

Australian applicants should make themselves aware of the Australian taxation arrangements for Australian citizens working overseas. The Australian High Commission, as an Australian employer, will make contributions to an eligible superannuation fund in Australia for Australian residents for tax purposes.


How to Apply

Submit an application by email to by Monday July 2017 at 9 am Nairobi time.  

As part of your application you will need to provide:

  • A 1-2 page pitch of no more than 1,000 words telling us how your skills, experience and qualifications makes you the best candidate for this opportunity
  • A Curriculum Vitae showing relevant experience.
  • Details of two referees
  • Evidence that you have the right to work in Kenya

The pitch should tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?

Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

Who to contact

For role specific information, please contact Simon Hurditch, First Secretary (Immigration and Border Protection) by email on

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