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  • Posted: Aug 25, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations. We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosper...
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    Arts Programme Manager

    Role Context

    • This role sits within the Cultural Engagement (CE) Strategic Business Unit (SBU).    
    • CE brings together our portfolio of work in arts, education, English, and research. Our portfolio is delivered through a set of globally led programmes that locates our work and impact within our strategic framework. These programmes deliver our key performance indicators and impact ambitions.  
    • The country focus for Nigeria is Arts and Education and the role will support programme deliver across these areas in alignment with regional and global prgragrammes. This includes contributing to the design, implementation and evaluation of the country strategy and plans, and ensuring that ambitious plans (including operational, governance, financial and non-financial plans and targets) are met, ensuring full compliance with relevant standards and policies in so doing.  
    • This role includes support for the Country Director in the effective running of the Nigeria directorate and deputise for the CD as appropriate 
    • This senior management role will also take the lead in actively securing and managing key partnerships, leading on business development opportunities and income generation aligned to the British Council’s strategy and vision.  
    • The post-holder will also support the delivery of any change programmes.

     Role Purpose

    • To carry out the implementation of multi-country programmes or large single county project or programme funded by British Council and other partners or clients in compliance with British Council policies and procedures. Could play a leadership role on a specific component of a larger project or programme.

    Main Accountabilities

    The appointed candidate will have the following accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

    • Could play a leadership role on a specific component of a larger project or programme
    • Manages delivery teams and/or project team.
    • Leads on relationships at a project/programme level.
    • Holds delivery partners to account including supply chain management where applicable.
    • manage and control the agreed budget, expenditure and income against plans, ensure accuracy of reports and ensure sound financial management and analysis across the portfolio through monthly finance reviews and quarterly business reviews.
    • Ensures that every project/programme is compliant with all internal policies and processes (for example safeguarding, EDI, supply change management, social value and conflict sensitivity).
    • Undertakes programme-specific data collection as needed and works with colleagues to identify indicators and tools for data collection, quality assures all data, and undertakes basic analysis.
    • Supports the design of results-based programmes including development of basic Monitoring & Evaluation plans and results frameworks.
    • As with any business that experiences peaks and troughs of activity, there is likely to be a need to work outside office hours from time to time.

    Role Specific Knowledge and Experience

    The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

    • Foundation level Project Management qualification (in-house training or evidence of CPD in this area could be considered)
    • Experience of managing multi country or large in-country programmes that have met project closure and audit standards.
    • Knowledge/ and.or experience of working with at least two types of funding sources within a structured compliance regime.
    • Experience of client management, partner management and/or contract management.
    • Experience of managing a wide range of stakeholders. 


    • More than 5 years’ experience managing projects/programmes
    • Experience of managing dispersed teams.

    Essential Requirements:

    • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.

    Application Closing Date: 31st August, 2022; 23:59 Nigeria Time

    Method of Application

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