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  • Posted: Nov 7, 2019
    Deadline: Nov 12, 2019
  • 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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    Programme Assistant

    Role type: Business Delivery
    Department: Education & Society
    Job Category: Project Management
    Pay Band: 4
    Contract: Fixed term 3 months
    Report to: Programme Administrator

    Role Purpose

    • To provide administrative and financial support assistance across the full range of programme support functions as required. The Programme Assistant will support on key aspects of the PCO coordination and administration in compliance with agreed programme management systems and processes.

    Geopolitical/SBU/Function Overview

    • The UK will provide £47.4m between April 2014 and March 2020 to strengthen democratic governance in Nigeria. The outcome will be more efficient, effective and responsive political, electoral and democratic institutions. The outputs are:
    • Improve the management, security and independent observation of the 2015 and 2019 Presidential, National Assembly and gubernatorial elections.
    • Make the National Assembly better at holding the executive to account.
    • Increase engagement by the electorate in Nigerian political processes, and in particular by women, youth and people with disabilities; and develop and expand the use of social and new media to promote accountability.
    • The DDIN2 Programme is a continuation and development of support provided by DFID since 2010 and will be funded and managed using the following mechanisms:
    • Co-funding the USAID Electoral Support and Participation in Nigeria Programme (ESPN), using an MOU agreed between DFID and USAID.
    • Support for the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) for their Programme of support to the National Assembly using an Accountable Grant (AG).
    • Funding of private foundations, international and Nigerian NGOs for thematic Programmes they will develop in partnership with Nigerian CSOs using AGs.
    • One-off contributions direct from DFID to Nigerian NGOs and CSOs for particular activities using AGs.
    • The purpose of the Programme Coordination Office (PCO) is to provide coordination and supervision on behalf of DFID and maintain an overview of the separately contracted components of the Programme.

    Main Accountabilities
    Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

    Project management and delivery: 

    • Arrange quarterly coordination meeting with DDiN2 programme implementing partners; develop schedules for monthly update meeting with DDIN2 project implementing partners and send out calendar invites and reminders to partners before meeting dates
    • Liaise with FCR business support team for PCO procurement and logistics (ticketing, travel and accommodation) arrangements for meetings and ensure that follow up actions are taken.
    • Provide minutes of meetings for PCM, CPMT/Monthly partners meetings, share with partners/DFID and update on the office shared drive.
    • Liaise with Admin & Resources Assistants to make ticketing, travel and accommodation arrangements as requested.
    • Any other duties as may be required by the programme.

    Finance Administration:

    • Provide support in reviewing Partners’ quarterly financial reports; support Programme Coordinator to finalise approval of payment requests under the different contracts to the DFID Core Programme Management Team.
    • Check that funds are being spent according to budget and also assess if the expected results are being achieved or not.
    • Provide support in the project procurement in line with established corporate policies and guidelines.  
    • Prepare and submit British Council invoice quarterly.
    • To ensure risk is minimized by strict application of corporate BC financial principles in all programme related activities. 

    Administrative Support:

    • Provide Logistical and administrative support for the PCO. This will include travel and accommodation for the project personnel, creating sales orders and submitting vendor invoices for payment.
    • Collect, compile and maintain files on information related to the PCO.
    • Prepare documentation for DFID audit and British Council audit.
    • Assist in proper asset management, monitoring, recording and disposal.
    • Liaise with British Council colleagues to ensure effective administration of the PCO.

    Continuous Professional Development:

    • To ensure personal development on IT skills for wider administrative and logistical assistance.
    • To ensure personal development on technical areas in line with the British Council Learning and Development policy.  

    Key Relationships

    • DDiN2 Programme Coordinator, Programme Administrator.
    • FCR Programme Director, Operations Managers, Procurement and Estate Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, Admin and Resource Assistants and Drivers.


    • DFID CPMT, M&E Adviser, Implementing Partners Representatives, Other DFID Programme Management Teams, Contractors, Suppliers, Service providers.

    Role Requirements

    • Passport requirements/ Right to work in country - Right to live and work in Nigeria Shortlisting

    Assessment stage - Shortlisting

    • Direct contact or managing staff working with children? - Appropriate child protection assurance checks in accordance with British Council policy
    • Notes: Some unsocial hours, weekend work and travel may be required where the need arises.
    • Eligibility: Candidates must have legal right to live and work in Nigeria & be able to commence work on the specified start date

    Person Specification: Assessment stage


    • Degree level education  

    Assessment Stage - Shortlisting 

    Role Specific Knowledge & Experience

    • Minimum of 1 year experience with an FCR project (preferably British Council)
    • Experience of working as part of a successful team/function.
    • Experience of  of providing support to meetings/workshops with internal stakeholders / external partners.


    • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context.
    • Knowledge of SAP

    Assessment Stage - Shortlisting and interview

    Role Specific Skills  

    • Basic IT skills including word and excel.

    Assessment Stage - Shortlisting and interview
    British Council Core Skills

    • Planning and Organising (Level 2) Plans ahead - Organises own work over weeks and months, or plans ahead for others, taking account of priorities and the impact on other people.
    • Managing Projects (Level 1) Works with project management systems and procedures, and has a track record of compliance with them as a project team member.
    • Managing Accounts and Partnerships (Level 1) Able to research business issues and contacts in stakeholder and potential partner organisations to support account management and business development.
    • Managing Finance and Resources (Level 2) Uses financial systems and processes - Uses corporate financial systems and processes appropriately as part of the job and on behalf of a team.
    • Using Technology (Level 1) Able to use office software and the British Council systems to do the job and mamange documents or processes.

    Assessment Stage - Shortlisting and interview 

    British Council Behaviours

    • Being accountable (Essential) Delivering  my best work in order to meet my commitments. 
    • Making it happen (Essential) Delivering clear  results for the British Council. 
    • Working together (More demanding) Ensuring that others benefit as well as me. 
    • Shaping the future (Essential) Looking for ways in which we can do things better.

    Assessment Stage - Interview 

    Method of Application

    Click here to download the Express of Interest (docx)

    Click here to download Job Details (Pdf)

    Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

    Click here to download BC Core Skills (pdf)


    • Applications received after the above time will not be reviewed.
    • Please note the timelines as indicated on the Expression of Interest document. Due to the timelines for this business critical role candidates who are available immediately and can commence the role on indicated start date will be prioritised.
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