British Council – Programme Manager; Technical Assistance Facility for Improved Business Environment (TAF).

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Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 7 (Locally engaged grade F) / Location: Flexible (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia) / Contract Type: 3 Years Fixed Term Contract / Eligibility: All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in the Country of their application. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits. Deadline for application: 28 August 2019 (23:59 UK Time)
About the Job:

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.

Service Business Unit Overview:

The specific objective of the Action is to support African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) partner countries and regional institutions in their private sector structured dialogue process to create a more conductive business environment and investment climate.

The Action will be implemented through three output areas:

  1. Business environment and investment climate improvement initiatives 
  2. Capacity development for national and regional development financial institutions
  3. Lessons learned and best practices 
This project is in line with the corporate plan and the social enterprise strategy to which addresses entrenched social and environmental problems and delivering positive change to our communities and societies. It supports the development of a more equitable private sector, to meet labour market demands and learner needs, particularly in countries with large populations of young people.

The role can be based in any of the countries: Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria. The applicant must have the existing legal right to live and work in the country.

The Role:

Programme Manager; Technical Assistance Facility for Improved Business Environment (TAF) (3 Years Fixed Term Contract)

The Role Purpose:

The British council requires an experienced Program Manager to oversee the start-up, delivery and closure of the European Union (EU) funded “Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) for improving the business environment and wider investment climate through a structured dialogue”.

This will promote inclusive and sustainable growth with decent job creation in African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) countries and support ACP partner countries and regional institutions in their private sector structured dialogue process to create a more conductive business environment and investment climate. The aim is to guarantee actions supported through this Facility contribute to a sustainable approach avoiding singling out activities that will have a limited impact, thus reducing the effectiveness of the intervention. Throughout the implementation of this Facility, the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat and the EU Member States Organisations (including the British Council) will ensure that the activities supported arise from a structured dialogue process and are linked to partner countries or regional organisations projects, programmes or initiatives.

The British Council will focus on 2 specific type of activities:

 1) Initiate and respond to technical assistance requests that will contribute to support Business Environment and Public Private Dialogue in the field of social enterprise in the ACP countries;

 2) Lessons Learned and best practices that arise from the programme delivery across the partners and the regions.

The programme manager will focus on the first of these activities. S/he will be responsible for operational management and support across the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) countries when BC will respond to requests emerging from the TAF. This includes technical oversight and quality assurances of process, coordination across internal/external stakeholders and ensuring the objectives are delivered in line with organisational and programme management requirements to achieve the impact targets.

What we require of the successful candidate:

We are looking for someone with;

  •  Fluency in English (C1 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) 
  • Qualified to degree level  
  • Experience of working on improving investment and business environment for private sector development 
  • Experience of working on policy development, policy analysis and/or advocacy for private sector development
  • Experience of project design and delivery at all stages of the project cycle
  • Experience of operational management of large-scale commercial contracts, including finance, monitoring & evaluation and reporting  
  • Proven record of relationship management with international clients/strategic partners
If you would like to see full details and understand more about this post, please review the documents below:   

Programme Manager; Technical Assistance Facility for Improved Business Environment (TAF).pdf

British Coincil Behaviours.pdf

British Council Core Skills.pdf

Note that you should only fill out the application after thoroughly reading through the ROLE PROFILE & GUIDANCE NOTES.

Due to the critical nature of this role, Candidates who do not align their work experience and skills with the Role Profile and Guidance Notes will not be shortlisted.

Further details:

Short-listing is carried out against the essential knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience as specified in the Role Profile which accompanies this. Were required, desirable skills can also be used. If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you.
Please apply by 28 August 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies, and human resource as a function is absolutely committed to this.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.


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