Director Programmes Nigeria At British Council

Director Programmes, Nigeria

Role Purpose

The Director Programmes is responsible for the oversight and management of a portfolio of English, Education, Arts and Culture programmes in Nigeria.

The primary focus of this role is to provide strategic leadership to the existing portfolio and to generate new and continued business across all three sectors. The Director will accomplish this through demonstrating sector understanding, business development capabilities and programme delivery strengths. The Director has overall responsibility for the quality assurance of implementation and capture of new business and will draw on country and regional staff and external technical resources to do this.

As a member of the Nigeria Senior Leadership Team (SLT), this post will also actively contribute to the development and delivery of the Country Strategy and Plan for Nigeria, ensuring they meet the required cultural relations, business and operational objectives and are appropriately aligned to wider regional, portfolio and corporate strategies. The role will support the wider British Council offer across Nigeria through contribution to the operation’s objectives and raising the profile, reach and engagement with core audiences in Nigeria and the UK.

Main Accountabilities for Director Programmes:

Strategy & Planning: Develop, articulate and lead the strategy for cultural engagement work in Nigeria, ensuring a coherent theory of change and vision straddling the varied programmes. This role will also be part of the Nigeria Senior Leadership Team and contribute to country-wide strategic initiatives.

Business Development: positioning, pursuit and partnership development (liaison with partners including EU, FCDO, GIZ, relevant government ministries and counterparts, CSOs and identification of new partnerships with donors, Trusts, Foundations and Philanthropists). Leading / supporting (as appropriate) the acquisition of specific opportunities.

Programme Management – overall portfolio leadership and accountability, ensuring that programmes meet agreed British Council and client / partner standards and targets. May be required to act as SRO (Senior Responsible Officer) on a number of agreed programmes and strategic oversight of all.

Monitoring and evaluation / Impact – ensure that the Nigeria programmes’ portfolio reports impact against client and British Council targets and produces compelling programme impact storiesBritish Council

Role specific knowledge and experience:

The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:

  • Written, spoken and aural English at graduate level
  • Graduate degree in relevant field
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in international development including with at least two major partners (e.g. EU, FCDO, World Bank, GIZ)
  • Proven portfolio / large scale programme management experience, including the leadership of large teams
  • Knowledge and expertise in at least one relevant sector (English, Education, Arts &Culture)

Role Specific Skills:

Required candidate will need to possess:

  • Business Development skills – Ability to identify opportunities, write bids and speak credibly to donors/clients.
  • Risk Management experience in emerging economy/ developing country or other challenging environment
  • Inter-cultural fluency – leading a highly diverse team and navigating a complex cultural environment
  • Stakeholder management (internal and external)
  • Public speaking ability

Desirable Experience:

  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) or equivalent programme management qualification
  • Experience working in fragile states

Further Information

Pay Band – SMP

Contract Type – Locally engaged**

Contract Duration – 3-year Fixed Term Contract

Location – Lagos or Abuja, Nigeria

Requirements – All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.

Closing Date – 30 January 2022 (23:59 South Africa Time)

How to apply