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.
Programme Director Higher Education Nigeria
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.
The Director Programmes will manage the development and delivery of Higher Education portfolio in Nigeria including partnership work.
This post will lead programmes/projects to a high standard and in compliance with British Council policies and procedures. The programme director will act as Senior Responsible Officer as required on programmes with an appropriate level of complexity and will manage large and geographically dispersed programme delivery teams.
Role specific knowledge and experience:
The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:
- Project management or equivalent qualification
- Extensive experience (more than 5 years) of leading and managing programmes or large projects
- Experience of managing multi country or large programmes that have met project closure standards and passed audits
- Experience of working with several different funding sources and knowledge of different programme frameworks and compliance rules
- Experience of working within a consortium arrangement or with other funding partners or sponsors and management of associated contracts
- Extensive experience of managing complex, senior, client, stakeholder and partner relationships and reporting requirements
- Experience of identifying risk, mitigating risk and monitoring risk and reporting risk through appropriate channels
- Experience of developing MEL frameworks and designing data collection mechanisms
- Experience of leading a large, diverse, dispersed project or programme team
- Experience of presenting and communicating programme success to a range of external audiences
Role Specific Skills
- Significant understanding and experience in Higher Education in Nigeria
Pay Band – 8
Contract Duration – 2-year fixed term