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Location: Nairobi, Sub Saharan Africa, KE

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

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 and education. 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. 

 Role Purpose

Implementation of projects with a low level of complexity funded by British Council or by another client or funding mechanism. Leads the successful delivery of a range of projects from start to finish including managing the contract or project plan, managing client or internal stakeholders, successfully achieving reporting and meeting compliance standards. Or works within a larger programme or multi country programme on a particular component.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

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

  • Has relationships with delivery partners and stakeholders within country and is able to procure services and contract delivery partners.
  • Holds suppliers to account for delivering against contract.
  • Ensure sound financial planning, working closely with finance teams to ensure British Council and client financial year plans are up to date.
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly (re)forecasting is in place, by running regular reports in the SAP system on actuals, monitoring outstanding purchase orders, reviewing commitments, analysing and commenting on reasons for variances to plan and recommending corrective actions.
  • Contributes to development of, owns and delivers on Project Management Plan
  • Identifies risks in a project or programme and puts together mitigation strategies with SRO
  • Responsible for internal and client, procurement, contracting, compliance and reporting pm
  • Checks on and reports on compliance

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:

  • Experience of managing projects from start to finish and familiarity with project life-cycles.
  • Understanding of procurement, evaluation and reporting requirements of projects.
  • Proven experience of managing project finances.
  • Experience of managing stakeholders 
  • Project management qualification desirable.

Desirable

  • Foundation level Project Management certificate

Further Information

Pay band: 6

Salary: KES 310,296.00

Contract type: Fixed Term, Two years

Alternative locations the role could be based: Kenya

Department: Cultural Engagement

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

Additional Information: 

  • Closing Date – 16 August 2022 applications will close 23:59 Nigeria Time
  • Role could require some domestic and international travel as required by the programme and some out of hours and evening work responding to or driven by programme/portfolio needs

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