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  • Posted on: 21 November, 2018 Deadline: 30 November, 2018
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  • The British Council is the world's leading cultural relations organization and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world.



    Role Type: Business Delivery
    Pay Band: 1/K
    Duration: Fixed term (till January 2021)
    Reports to: State Office Admin & Resource Assistant
    Department: Education & Society
    Job Category: Facilities
    Eligibility: Right to live and work in Nigeria

    Role Purpose

    • The Driver will be responsible for providing safe, secure and efficient transportation of personnel and resources and taking proper care of vehicles in accordance with the organisation’s policies and standards.

    Geopolitical/SBU/Function Overview
    The British Council in Nigeria is implementing the European Union Conflict Management in Nigeria programme under their Trust Fund (EUTF) and the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption programme in Nigeria under their Development Fund programme (EUDF). We have agreed with the EU to deliver the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation under the development fund. In partnership with COFFEY, we are delivering the Policing work under their Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and have plans to position ourselves for DFID’s forthcoming Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACorN) programme. To support our existing contracts as well as future contracts, we are developing flexible structures that meet the global British Council standards to provide support to our FCR (Justice, Security and Conflict) work in Nigeria.

    The Conflict Management programme in North Eastern Nigeria is a €21m EUTF-funded Programme (2017-2021) and works with the overall aim of enhancing state and community level conflict management capability to prevent the escalation of conflict into violence in a number of locations in North-Eastern Nigeria. The Programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and work in 3 states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as in Abuja. The programme is being delivered alongside a partner (International Alert) with the British Council leading the contract.

    The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme in Nigeria is a €25m EUDF-funded Programme (2017-2021) and has the overall aim of enhancing good governance in Nigeria by contributing to strengthening of the rule of law, curbing corruption and reducing impunity. The programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and work in 4 states – Adamawa, Anambra, Kano and Lagos as well as in Abuja.

    The Agents for Citizen-Driven Transformation Programme is a €15m EDF-funded Programme which aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria through enhancing the credibility of CSOs and enhancing their role as independent development actors and drivers of change. The programme will be implemented at the Federal and in selected states where EU programmes concentrate. The ACT programme has commenced with a 6 months inception phase from July 2018.

    The Nigerian context is generally challenging, having poor infrastructure and currently facing a volatile security situation. There is still a significant reliance on the cash economy, corruption is high and the regulatory and compliance structures that exist are highly ineffective. The overall economic situation is not good with the low oil prices leading to high unemployment, increasing inflation and a shortage of foreign currency causing the value of the Naira to weaken considerably. This makes Nigeria a very challenging environment in which to deliver programmes. The State Office is located in Yola, Adamawa State.

    The post holder must therefore have the ability to work in an ambiguous and difficult environment in which British Council processes need to be adapted or developed to cope with unusual requirements and difficult context. The post holder will work closely with the programme delivery and management teams as well as having significant interactions with the technical teams and Nigerian partners.

    Main Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Duties
    Project delivery:

    • Clearly providing timely communication regarding transport arrangements and any changes to transport users and the State Team Lead.
    • Raising advances relating to journeys and making retirements according to agreed time standards for same.
    • To render transport assistance to officers and or consultants involved in programme delivery activities.
    • To undertake logistical support to designated workshops, meetings and events according to stated requirements.
    • Carry out routine mail dispatch service as may be required.

    Vehicle Maintenance and record management:

    • Ensure vehicles are serviced in line with the service schedule and that periodic routine vehicle checks are made and that defects and damage are reported promptly. Vehicles are clean and refuelled regularly.
    • Daily internal and external maintenance checks on all programme vehicles to ensure all vehicles are roadworthy before the start of any journey.
    • Carry out driving and transportation duties in relation to travel bookings, activity and event management and maintain vehicle log books, journey and fuel records.

    Customer Service:

    • Excellent customer service delivery as the first point of contact to British Council visitors and colleagues at the airport.
    • Provide ad hoc advice and information to visitors regarding the local area and transport facilities (programme and non-programme).

    Continuous Professional Development:

    • To ensure personal development on IT skills for wider administrative assistance.
    • Regular Defensive Driver Training courses to be arranged by the British Council

    Key Relationships

    • National Programme Managers, Technical Lead, Operation Managers, State Team Lead (STL), Procurement and Estate Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, Programme Officers, Admin and Resource Assistants
    • Other members of the Support Team
    • All Visiting National and International Consultants
    • Other Project Teams


    • External relationship management where appropriate (i.e. linked to function of role), to
    • include: EU, consultants, external partner organisations, MDAs etc.

    Person Specification

    • Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or equivalent - Essential
    • Intermediate level driving certificate - Essential
    • Shortlisting and interview - Assessment Stage

    Role Specific Knowledge & Experience:

    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a driver with an international organization - Essential
    • Experience of working as part of a successful team/function - Essential
    • Knowledge of traffic rules and road network in the North East region - Essential
    • Experience of work in an FCR project - Desirable
    • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context - Desirable
    • Basic mechanical knowledge - Desirable
    • Shortlisting and interview - Assessment Stage

    Role Specific Skills:

    • Basic IT skills including word and excel - Essential
    • Advanced driving skills - Essential
    • Customer services - Essential
    • FRSC driving test - Essential
    • Participation in previous defensive driver training - Desirable

    Language requirements:

    • Working knowledge of Hausa - Essential
    • Shortlisting - Assessment Stage

    Method of Application

    Click here to download Job Details (pdf)

    Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

    Click here to download BC Core Skills (pdf)

    Interested and qualified? Go to British Council career website on to apply

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