British Council Vacancy for Education Portfolio Lead: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Addis Ababa

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.

Regional operating context – Sub Saharan Africa (SSA): 
By 2050 the population of Sub Saharan Africa will be 2 billion people, with the majority living in an urban environment. The region is predicted to have a middle class the size of Europe. 70% of the population is under the age of 25, and this demographic will grow at 15% year on year for the next 10 years. Generally the region is becoming more politically stable. There are on average 50 elections each year, many of which are more open and transparent than before. The majority of countries in SSA are developing economies. Gender inequality remains and life for women and girls on the continent remains challenging.

Highlights of the Position: 

The Education Portfolio Lead will spearhead implementation and replenishment of the British Council education portfolio official development assistance (ODA) [grant funded and contracted] with an emphasis on school education and education systems reform while taking full accountability as senior reporting officer (SRO) for the development and delivery of the education portfolio including oversight of financial and impact reporting.

S/he will ensure the British Councils education work delivers to the twin goals of financial sustainability and strategic impact.  The post holder will be responsible for all aspects of work within the education sector across the various funding streams i.e. grant, partnership and client funded. The primary focus of this role is to win new business through demonstrating in-house and associated sector strength, lead regional sector development thinking and strategy development, both internally and externally.

The opportunity: 
The post holder will Lead an exciting portfolio with organisations established track record of significant professional development and representational opportunities and ability to shape new initiatives to build a technical cadre of education specialists. See highlights of what we require of the successful candidate:

Education Portfolio Lead will be accountable for strategic direction in leading portfolio strategy development and delivery ensuring the growth of the sector portfolio.

Portfolio Management: S/he is expected to Identify, track and resource forthcoming business opportunities within the sector while leading the technical conceptualisation, design and winning of proposals. The post holder will be accountable for providing sector expertise – either as management time or as consultancy input – to existing and new grant, partnership and client funded contracts within the SSA region.

Education Portfolio Manager will develop strategic responses to client needs which enable BC SSA to meet / exceed requirements as efficiently and effectively as possible, whilst maximising cultural relations impact for the British Council, including developing and promoting new ideas for products and services.

In addition, the post holder is expected to provide strategic responses to financial / risk management reporting for own portfolio, including the BC’s own Financial Control Compliance Framework (FCCF) and Enterprise Risk Management Framework (ERMF), ensuring the Director SSA E&S SBU has up to date and relevant information which facilitates transparent decision-making and reporting to the Regional Steering Group (RSG) and / or other senior corporate stakeholders, including the BC Executive Board.

M&E and learning: S/he will identify and contribute to the development of reusable intellectual assets, sector specific ‘products’ arising from delivery and ensure that lesson learning is captured and disseminated.

If you would like to see full details and understand more about this post then please see the documents below:

Education Portfolio Lead: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).pdf
BC Bahviours.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf

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Further details:  
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 24th April 2018 (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 project 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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