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  • Posted on: 22 August, 2019 Deadline: 3 September, 2019
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  • The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

    We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

    Project Manager, English for Education Systems (EES)

     

    Role Type: Business Delivery
    Pay Band: 6
    Location: Abuja or Kano
    Duration: 1-year Fixed Term (with possibility of extension)
    Reports to: Programme Manager, Schools Education & Society
     
    Role Purpose

    • To project manage the delivery of British Council Nigeria’s English for Education Systems programme activities
    • The post will involve working with a wider team incountry and across the region to deliver designed teacher training programmes to state primary teachers targeting an improvement in English language and Bi/Multilingual/Mother-tongue language proficiency across selected states.

    Project Overview
    The British Council’s work in Education is largely focused on basic education – with emphasis on education systems reform to deliver learning outcomes improvement. Such work covers multiple areas, often incorporating; strengthening systems accountability and performance monitoring, teacher education, classroom pedagogy, educational materials, assessment, examination and curriculum reform, English and language transitions. Language as a medium of communication, information provision, learning and development plays a vital role in increasing opportunity around the world across all strata of human existence. The use of English language as a means of communication provides critical tools for learning, engaging in social relationships and behavior from infancy to adulthood.
     
    According to the Languages of Nigeria, Ethnolugue Country Report, Nigeria has been identified in the top 10 linguistically diverse countries in the world with about 527 different languages spoken within its borders, thus issues around a national language policy possess an impact on development and learning outcomes in schools. The impact of language on learning and development cannot be over emphasized especially with second language learners as is the case in Nigeria. It has become imperatively important to harness lessons learnt from promoting and implementing projects around learning and development both in indigenous language and in English for learners in second language. Recent review of teacher competencies in teaching subject showed that teachers lack both adequate knowledge of the teaching materials and pedagogical skills to teach in a second language. Language provides a means to share knowledge and information in the society.

    Across Nigeria and in many conflict affected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), security issues, significant numbers of out-of-school children, insufficient qualified teachers and many children leaving school without adequate literacy and numeracy skills combine to create a complex and challenging environment.  Within this context, access to teaching and learning resources, such as the online British Council English Language Teaching (ELT) resources remains a challenge.
     
    English for Education Systems (EES) is a British Council initiative to support English Language teaching by working with teachers and education systems in Nigeria to raise standards of teaching English. This programme also supports the learning, development and strengthening of English through the transitioning from mother tongue to English as a medium of instruction (EMI). This is increasingly being recognised as an important success factor in improving the quality of education. A component of the programme which is the Language for Resilience project seeks to provide access to English Language Teaching resources to teachers in hard-to-reach communities e.g. nomadic communities in selected areas in Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto states.

    Main Opportunities/Challenges for this Role

    • The post holder will work with a wider EES/Schools Education team to manage and deliver the EES programme and sub-projects in Nigeria across selected states and locations
    • This role will also involve the management of relationships with relevant stakeholders within the private and public sectors as well as civil society to aid delivery of the programme.

    Main Accountabilities
    The post holder will be responsible for managing a number of projects within the EES portfolio. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

    Managing Projects:

    • Manage project activity to agreed contractual terms of reference, timelines, costs, targets and established performance indicators
    • Manage project events’ financial elements in accordance with agreed project financial plans and corporate standards
    • Manage relationships with both internal and external stakeholders related to projects
    • Manage partnerships, contract and procurement procedures in compliance with British Council corporate standards
    • Plan and manage event logistics for large and small scale events
    • Responsible for reporting project performance using British Council Results & Evidence Framework (REF)
    • Develop and manage relationship with project delivery partners, contractors and supplier

    Financial Management:

    • Responsible for project procurement in line with established corporate policies and guidelines
    • Responsible for developing detailed activity and event budgets for approval by Programme Manager and managing delivery against budgets with an emphasis on value for money
    • Responsible for preparing monthly financial performance reports, monthly cash flow and quarterly project forecasts against the annual budgets to the timelines set for internal use

    Internal Communications:

    • Work with British Council Nigeria Marketing and Communications team to manage project communications for internal and external stakeholders

    Line Management:

    • Provide effective line management to team Project Officer in line with British Council’s corporate policies.

    Key Relationships
    Internal:

    • Programme Manager, Schools Education & Society
    • Senior Programme Manager, Schools Education & Society
    • Director, Schools Education & Society
    • Director, Programmes
    • Head of English for Education Systems for Southern Africa & Nigeria

    External:

    • Federal Ministry of Education
    • State Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board
    • Local Government Education Authorities
    • Teachers and student teachers
    • Community members.

    Role Requirements

    • Passport requirements/ Right to work in country: All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria. British Council will facilitate / sponsor visa applications and work permits.
    • Direct contact or managing staff working with children?: Appropriate child protection assurance checks in accordance with British Council policy
    • Notes: Some weekend and unsocial work required. Travel around Northern Nigeria, Nigeria and other locations will be required from time to time.

    Person Specification

    Qualifications
    Essential:

    • Relevant Postgraduate Degree or equivalent professional experience

    Desirable:

    • Teaching qualification
    • MA in TESOL/ELT/Applied Linguistics or equivalent.

    Role Specific Knowledge & Experience
    Essential:

    • Significant knowledge of the basic education sector in Nigeria with experience in at least two of the following areas: teacher education, language in education, English language materials development, English language curriculum development, English as a Second (Additional) Language, Language research
    • Financial planning and management
    • Project & contract management
    • Experience working on donor-funded projects/programmes
    • Demonstrable experience of managing diverse public (including government ministries, departments and agencies), private and civil society stakeholders in education sector

    Desirable:

    • Experience of implementing education projects with partners
    • English language teaching experience and/or teacher training experience (preservice/in-service)

    British Council Core Skills

    • Managing People: Supervises a small team: Level 2
    • Managing Projects: Analyses project data: Level 2
    • Communicating and influencing: Relates communications to circumstances: Level 2
    • Managing Finance and Resources: Uses financial systems and processes: Level 2*
    • Managing Risk: Follows good practices: Level 1
    • Planning and Organising: Develops annual plans: Level 3
    • Commercial and business development: Level 1

    British Council Behaviours

    • Connecting with others - More Demanding Actively appreciating the needs and concerns of myself and others
    • Being accountable - More Demanding Putting the needs of the team or British Council ahead of my own
    • Shaping the future - Essential  Looking for ways in which we can do things better
    • Making it happen – Essential* Delivering clear results for the British Council Creating shared purpose – More Demanding
    • Creating energy and clarity so that people want to work purposefully together
    • Working together – More Demanding Ensuring that others benefit as well as me.

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    English Component Lead, Kano Literacy and Mathematics Accelerator (KaLMA)

     

    Role Type: Policy, Advisory & Expertise
    Pay Band:7
    Duration: Fixed Term, until 30 September 2020, with possibility of renewal subject to donor funding
    Reports to: KaLMA Technical Team Lead

    Role Purpose

    • To provide technical leadership of the English Component of the Kano Literacy and Mathematics Accelerator (KaLMA) Accelerated Learning Intervention working to improve foundational literacy and numeracy for 50,000 primary 4-6 students in Kano State.       

    Project Overview

    • North West Nigeria faces a perennial problem of low learning outcomes. Data from the Nigeria Education Data Survey 2015 and the Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) Composite Survey 2012 and 2016 indicate not only low attainments in literacy and numeracy but also declining trends. The ESSPIN Composite Survey 3 Gender and Inclusion Report, 2016, also points to gender gaps in learning outcomes, with boys significantly outperforming girls on all tests except P2 numeracy.
    • KaLMA aims to build foundational Hausa and English literacy and numeracy skills for primary 4 (P4) to primary 6 (P6) children using the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach, equipping them with foundational literacy and numeracy skills before they leave primary school.
    • KaLMA is a partnership between the British Council and TaRL Africa. TaRL Africa is a newly formalised partnership between Education NGO Pratham, and research centre J-PAL, who have been working together developing cost-effective, scalable literacy and numeracy interventions for more than 15 years. The fruits of these efforts have been the development of what we now refer to as the TaRL approach.
    • The KaLMA project will be delivered in all 240 public primary schools in Wudil and Dawakin Tofa LGAs of Kano State. KaLMA will target all P4-6 children (23,559 in Dawakin Tofu and 28,152 in Wudil) and teachers (approximately 256 in Dawakin Tofa and 418 in Wudil). We have purposefully chosen to pilot in all schools so that we develop and learn about models which can be easily replicated and scaled across Kano and other North Western states.
    • Implementation of KaLMA is expected to begin in September 2019 and a fixed term employee contract for this post will be issued only after the contract with the donor is signed. A total of 230 working days have been allocated for this position, to be delivered over a period of 15 months. The British Council reserves the right to withdraw this post at any time until the employment contract is signed.

    Main Opportunities/Challenges for this role

    • Working with the KaLMA delivery team, this role will provide technical leadership of the delivery of the English literacy component, working closely with three other Component Leads for Hausa Literacy; Numeracy; and Research, Measurement and Monitoring within an integrated project under the leadership of the Technical Team Lead.
    • This role will support management of senior relationships in the public sector and civil society to aid delivery of KaLMA and create new opportunities for English work in Northern Nigeria.
    • Challenges for this role include security, safeguarding and financial compliance.       

    Main Accountabilities

    • Working with Regional and Global colleagues, leading on the development and delivery of a training programme for teachers and student teachers aimed at accelerating English literacy acquisition for students in upper primary school
    • Managing inputs of international and national consultants to agreed standards, budgets and timelines
    • Overseeing delivery of training courses for Master Trainers and Teacher Trainers by national and international consultants
    • Providing quality assurance of cascade training and mentoring of teachers and student teachers by Master Trainers and Teacher Trainers
    • Working with the Team Lead and Operations Manager in ensuring full and effective compliance with British Council and donor project delivery standards, particularly around safeguarding, security management and financial compliance
    • Supporting the alignment of the English component with other KaLMA components as designed in the project logframe and workplan
    • Supporting the Technical Team Lead and KaLMA Team Lead in preparing technical and programme reports (including financial reports) for the KaLMA Project Board and donor
    • Supporting effective identification and management of a range of geopolitical and operational risks and making appropriate changes to component delivery workplans and resource as necessary to mitigate potential challenges and optimise performance
    • Working with the Research, Measurement and Monitoring Component Lead on producing evidence of the impact of the KaLMA delivery model and content on improving foundational English literacy and supporting the production of case studies, policy briefs and other impact communication products
    • Supporting the management of key relationships with stakeholders in state and national education systems, particularly the Kano State Ministry of Education, Kano State Universal Basic Education Board, Local Government Education Authorities
    • Developing and maintaining a strong relationship with the British Council Education and Society Strategic Business Unit in country, region and the UK, ensuring alignment with relevant strategies and plans.

    Key Relationships
    Internal:

    • KaLMA Technical Team Lead
    • KaLMA Team Lead
    • KaLMA Project Delivery Team
    • British Council English for Education Systems regional leadership
    • KaLMA Delivery Consortium partners

    External:

    • Kano State Ministry of Education and State Universal Basic Education Board
    • Local Government Education Authorities in Kano
    • Master Trainers and SUBEB/LGEA Teacher Development Teams (SSSOs, SMOs, SSOs)
    • Teachers and student teachers
    • Community members and parents

    Role Requirements
    Threshold requirements: Assessment stage       

    • Passport requirements/ Right: All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria.       
    • to work in country: British Council will facilitate / sponsor visa applications and work permits.       
    • Direct contact or managing staff working with children?: Appropriate child protection assurance checks in accordance with British Council policy: N/A
    • Notes: Some weekend and unsocial work required
    • Travel around Northern Nigeria, Nigeria and other locations will be required from time to time       

    Person Specification
    Language Requirements:

    Essential:

    • Bilingual proficiency in English and Hausa
    • Fluency in written and spoken English will be demonstrated by either presentation of an agreed English language certificate or sitting an IELTS test and achieving a minimum of Band 7
    • Proficiency in Hausa will be assessed at interview

    Desirable:

    • As the post holder will need to be culturally sensitive to norms and operating practices, familiarity with Kano or Northern Nigeria is desirable

    Assessment Stage:

    • Shortlisting and Interview

    Qualifications
    Essential:

    • Relevant postgraduate Degree or equivalent professional experience

    Desirable:

    • Formal Programme Management qualification

    Assessment Stage:

    • Shortlisting

    Role Specific Knowledge & Experience
    Essential:

    • Significant (minimum 7 years) recent professional experience working in the basic education sector in Nigeria, preferably Northern Nigeria; with experience in at least two of the following areas: teacher education, language in education, English language materials development, English language curriculum development, English as a Second (Additional) Language       
    • A well-developed network among (Northern) Nigerian education stakeholders in the public and private sectors
    • Demonstrable experience of managing diverse public, private and civil society stakeholders in education sector       

    British Council Core Skills:

    • Managing People: Leads a large and varied team: Level 4*
    • Managing Projects: Leads larger projects: Level 4*
    • Communicating and influencing: Is creative and adaptable in communications: Level 3
    • Managing Finance and Resources: Supports budget management: Level 3*
    • Managing Risk: Develops the culture: Level 3*
    • Planning and Organising: Develops annual plans: Level 3

    Assessment Stage:

    • Shortlisting and/or Interview*       

    British Council Behaviours

    • Connecting with others - More Demanding
    • Actively appreciating the needs and concerns of myself and others
    • Being accountable - More Demanding
    • Putting the needs of the team or British Council ahead of my own
    • Shaping the future - More Demanding
    • Exploring ways in which we can add more value
    • Making it happen - Most Demanding*
    • Achieving stretching results when faced by change, uncertainty or major obstacles
    • Creating shared purpose - More Demanding*
    • Creating energy and clarity so that people want to work purposefully together
    • Working together - Most Demanding
    • Creating the environment in which others who have different aims can work together - Interview.

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