British Council Job Vacancy for Project Manager: Connect ZA Johannesburg

Vacancy Description
We are looking for an experienced project manager to join the British Council Connect ZA arts team. You will be responsible for delivering a wide range of exciting arts projects with our partners from the UK and South Africa and manage collaborative projects which are multidisciplinary in nature. The post requires good project management skills and a keen eye for detail with an understanding of what makes the creative sector tick as well as connecting opportunities.
Context and environment:
Our Art Connects Us Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) strategy works to develop stronger creative sectors in SSA that are better connected to the UK. This work enables the UK to hear clearly the voices of young Africans and supports the provision of new choices for individuals who wish to make a living through creative careers. We work with future leaders of the creative sector and connect contemporaries in the UK and across SSA, engaging them in mutually beneficial programmes which support individual, social and economic development.We work through our partners in the creative sectors of the UK and SSA. We stimulate new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the Arts.

British Council Connect ZA (the South African Arts team) connects the new generation of UK and South African creative professionals and audiences to each other. The project utilises innovative digital techniques in developing programmes of work.  Connect ZA reaches new diverse audiences for the arts by working in spaces and places where our audience live and work. Our showcasing develops audiences for work that challenges and updates perceptions of contemporary creativity. Our partners share expertise in working digitally, developing young audiences and supporting new creative careers.

The British Council’s Creative Economy programme forges connections between the growing creative industries in the UK and overseas. Using on-the-ground resources in over one hundred nations, and a global network defined by direct access to policymakers and collaborative dialogue, we co-create programmes to develop cultural enterprise, leadership, skills and infrastructure in partnership with a range of organisations and individuals.

The global arts team is a group of experts in the Arts in the UK and worldwide who build strong external networks and partnerships. Using these networks, working with colleagues across the organisation, they develop international opportunities in four specific priority areas:
– Bringing new UK work to new global audiences and new work from SSA to the UK
– Showcasing the UK at events of international importance
– Developing skills and leadership in the creative sector
– Harnessing the power of arts in achieving international development goals

Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

The post holder will be accountable to the Connect ZA Head of Arts for the successful progress and implementation of projects either developed by the team or individuals.

Specific duties will include:

Managing partners that deliver projects
Monitoring and evaluating Line management of Assistant Project Manager/s
Administrative management
Delivery or support of creative sector development events and initiatives
Developing relationships with relevant creative sector stakeholders
Working with partners to develop opportunities for young creatives
Supporting our work around audience development with our partners
Helping to develop digital engagement strategies and platforms
Documenting work and publicising activities across our digital platforms
Working closely with the Head of Arts and the Regional Business Manager in seeking opportunities for partnerships and income potential

Key relationships:
Internal:Coordination and cooperation with the Connect ZA team Connection with the advisory teams in London, and regional teams Support to senior managers in representing the Council’s operational programme to external stakeholders Collaboration with communications colleagues to promote project marketing  General team working with colleagues across the directorate

External:Coordination and cooperation with project partners and the wider creative sector

Other important features or requirements of the job:
– Operational project work requires occasional (or sometimes regular) work outside conditioned hours, for example in the evenings or at weekends. TOIL should be agreed with the line manager in advance to maintain an adequate work-life balance.
Post holders may be required to travel abroad on British Council business and should therefore hold valid travel documents.
– Existing Right to live and work in South Africa
– The post holder must have a graduate qualification in a related field and a minimum of 5 years project management experience.
– Standard South Africa Police Service (SAPS) checks required for all in the employment of BC South Africa
– Monthly Gross salary, excluding benefits: R25 389.00

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