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Vacancies at The British Council

Abuja and Lagos

Company Info

Large organization

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.

200 + Employees

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.

1). Head of Higher Education

Location: Abuja

Role Purpose

  • To lead 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. It could also lead on specific components of large programmes. Acts as Senior Responsible Officer, if required, on programmes with an appropriate level of complexity and may manage large and geographically dispersed programme delivery teams.

Main Accountabilities
Leadership & Management:

  • Lead the delivery of Innovation African Universities (IAU) programme in Nigeria (as part of Going Global Partnerships), International Student Mobility and Marketing, Insight and Engagement, Alumni UK, GREAT Study UK Campaign and any other HE programmes in the country.
  • Could act as SRO on programmes or projects with some complexity and ambiguity.
  • Leads large, diverse and geographically dispersed teams
  • Builds capacity and capability in programme management in delivery teams.
  • Champions Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) within the programme and empowers team members to effectively identify opportunities for mainstreaming EDI in the programme delivery.

Relationship & Stakeholders:

  • Responsible for relationships with partners/funders clients and internal stakeholders at a programme/project level.
  • Holds delivery partners, team members and consultants to account including through effective supply chain management.
  • Communicates on a variety of platforms about the programme or project.

Business Development:

  • Contributes to concept notes, proposals and bid documents as required, including partnership work in HE.
  • Understands the market in which our programmes operate, plays a proactive role in co-ordination with other organisations/funders, spots opportunities and shares. intelligence about the market through appropriate channels

Commercial and Financial Management:

  • Monitors and reports on project life-cycle.
  • Ensures sound internal/external financial management, planning and reporting is in place
  • Oversight of Client invoicing process (if this is a contract).
  • Ensure effective management of project profit and loss accounts.

Programme Management:

  • Ensures that programme/project is delivered according to all corporate (and where relevant, client) standards of quality and compliance (for example safeguarding, EDI, supply change management, social value and conflict sensitivity).
  • Work with multiple colleagues to support design of results-based and impact-driven programmes and is responsible for planning and re-design as required
  • Responsibility for managing all contractual obligations on programme or project
  • Convenes risk meetings, updates risk register and either mitigates or escalates risk
  • Manages procurement, grants management and due diligence on programmes
  • Responsible for project/programme management reporting

Role Specific Knowledge and Experience
Essential requirements:

  •  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 frrameworks 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
  • Significant understanding and experience in Higher Education in Nigeria.

Application Closing Date
28th May, 2024.

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2). Organisation Development Lead

Location: Abuja

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About the Role

  • The Organisational Development Lead role is a new role for us in the British Council.  The role will drive delivery of key initiatives across our businesses, addressing the biggest talent and organisational challenges, using enterprise frameworks developed by the People Experience teams to activate our Employee Value Proposition and desired culture.
  • Appointed candidate will consult on and lead a variety of projects, sometimes simultaneously, spanning multiple People specialisms and business areas addressing the biggest talent and organisational development priorities. By applying design thinking, project delivery methodologies, People function subject matter and change management expertise they create sustainable impact.
  • The British Council has recently undertaken a significant Transformation programme across all areas of the business, with departments across the organisation at varying stages of maturity in implementing and embedding their new operating models.
  • The Talent and Organisational Development team (T&OD) exists to bring focus to the development of our people and organisation, partnering with leadership teams to build the diversity, future skills, capabilities, and ways of working we need so that we continue to renew and strengthen our global impact. It also has a significant role in the activation of our EVP (Employee Value Proposition) and in influencing our culture and the experience of working within the British Council through the work with leadership teams and colleagues in other People teams.
  • The Organisational Development Lead works within a team of peers as part of the Organisational Development Practice team, consulting with People business partners, CoEs and organisation stakeholders to design and deliver solutions. This is a flexible and dynamic team, which can be deployed to projects based on the talent and organisation development challenges and opportunities that arise in the business.
  • Members of the team work directly with People business partners, business leaders and CoE teams to hypothesize, test and build solutions to talent and organisation challenges and opportunities, using project management methodology and taking an agile approach. As a flexible pool, the team helps the People team to achieve goals of agility, customer centricity and operational efficiency.

What we require of the successful candidate:

  • Please see below a summary of the knowledge and skills required for this role however for the detailed role profile, providing a more in depth understanding of all the role entails, please send an email to [email protected]

Language Requirements:

  • The British Council systems and global processes operate in English. Written and verbal proficiency in English is required.

Education and Qualifications

  • University Degree or equivalent professional experience
  • Organisational development or design qualification / certification (desirable)
  • Agile trained (desirable)
  • Formal project management qualification (desirable)

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Experience in delivering projects or initiatives within a People function environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience using project management methodologies
  • Design thinking knowledge and experience
  • Experience of modern project management methodologies (desirable)
  • Experience of consultancy within People function disciplines (desirable)
  • Knowledge of user-experience design (desirable)

Role Specific Skills
Data Literacy:

  • Data Driven – Grasps and uses data to make decisions and inform practice (developing).

Business Acumen:

  • Customer Understanding – Understands customer needs and applies user-centric principles (developing).

Digital Agility:

  • Digital Adoption – Creates an environment ready for digital adoption (developing).
  • Technology Empowered – Integrates tech to build efficient, scalable, & impactful HR solutions (Novice).

People Advocacy:

  • Change Navigation – Builds the change structures and capacity to promote change and resilience (developing).

Execution Excellence:

  • Action Orientation – Implements actionable and adaptive plans to achieve results (developing).
  • Interpersonal Skills – Achieves shared goals using effective interpersonal skills (developing).
  • Culture and Wellbeing- Shapes inclusive performance culture prioritizing wellbeing (developing).

Application Closing Date
28th May, 2024.

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3). Content Manager, Marketing

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

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Role Purpose

  • To support with regional social media and website scheduling and management needs, working closely with the Regional Content Managers and Regional marketing and communication teams.
  • The Part-Time content manager will be responsible for updating SOLAS pages, creating and scheduling posts on our social channels, working on reports under the guidance of the Marketing Hub and the regional communication team.
  • The content manager will ensure that all posts are aligned with our brand guidelines, properly tagged and scheduled in a timely fashion.

Main Accountabilities
Project Support:

  • This role will be regional, or cluster based depending on the requirements of the business.
  • The main role of the content manager will be to create and manage our social media and website updates.

They will:

  • Work closely with regional content managers and marketing & communication teams
  • Manage website and social media updates for specific projects.
  • Write, edit and update imagery, captions and tags under the guidance of the regional marketing team and the Hub for social media channels and our SOLAS website pages.
  • Monitor the social media accounts and offer constructive interaction with users.
  • Will participate in SEO activities and updates.

Managing self and others:

  • Maintains brand standards/creative quality in region, supported by the Regional Content managers and regional marketing teams.
  • Keeps abreast of new social trends in the markets.
  • Supports the implementation of the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) framework for social media and website by demonstrating inclusion of diversity in creatives across both print and digital and implementing EDI recommendations.

Relationship and Stakeholder Management:

  • Proactively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal peers and stakeholders to ensure integrated, joined up and future-proofed working.
  • Acts as a Brand Ambassador, helping deliver a strong British Council brand.

Minimum / Essential Qualifications

  • Relevant Degree or demonstrable equivalent level of experience

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Proven experience in social media management and tools
  • SOLAS certified.
  • Creative with some knowledge of design/editing tools
  • Content writing and proofreading skills
  • Able to follow instructions clearly to achieve desired results.

Desirable:

  • Stakeholder management and influencing
  • Ability to assess creative projects and assets.

Application Closing Date
16th May, 2024.

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4). Design Manager – Consultant

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Role Purpose

  • To support regional/local design needs, working closely with the Hub Design Manager and marketing teams.
  • The Part-Time Design manager will be responsible for assisting in managing a regional design roster on an ongoing basis, ensuring all creative assets align with our brand guidelines and in localizing creative assets for our digital campaigns and social channels.
  • They will drive a focus on standardisation and templating while still ensuring materials meet local needs.

Main Accountabilities
Project Support:

  • Creating designs/templates for our campaigns according to specifications provided by the marketing teams and the design manager and improving design tasks.
  • Implementing design tasks for local initiatives and branding activities.
  • Manages regional permissions, copyright and asset storage as required.
  • Supports the management of regional agencies on an ongoing basis, updating them about new materials and guidelines coming from the Brand Team.
  • Works closely with the creative team in the Brand Team sharing and discussing creative work, making recommendations around what is and isn’t working. Takes learnings back into the region to drive quality and consistency.
  • Provides guidance to marketing colleagues on the best approach to their creative requirements.

Managing self and others:

  • Maintains brand standards/creative quality in region, supported by the Design Manager.
  • Continually looks for new ways to better use creative content, identifying new formats, technologies and channels for presentation of content.
  • Keeps abreast of production software and technology to ensure industry standards.
  • Supports the implementation of the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) framework for design by demonstrating inclusion of diversity in creative across both print and digital and implementing EDI recommendations.

Relationship and Stakeholder Management:

  • Proactively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal peers and stakeholders to ensure integrated, joined up and future-proofed working.
  • Acts as a Brand Ambassador, helping deliver a strong British Council brand.

Minimum / Essential Qualifications

  • Relevant Degree or demonstrable equivalent level of experience

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of modern graphic design technology and experience in aspects of graphic design.
  • Understanding of modern production methods, including those in other countries.
  • Experience in the management of corporate identity standards and branding.

Desirable:

  • Presentation skills
  • Microsoft Office suite including PowerPoint.
  • Stakeholder management and influencing.
  • Ability to assess creative projects and assets.

Application Closing Date
16th May, 2024.

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5). Marketing Manager – Consultant

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Role Purpose

  • To support with regional marketing and communication teams with local marketing day-to-day management activities.
  • The Part-Time marketing manager will be responsible for overseeing and implementing marketing strategies to drive business growth, increase brand awareness, and achieve marketing objectives.
  • This role requires a blend of creativity, strategic thinking, leadership, and analytical skills to effectively promote products or services to target audiences.

Main Accountabilities
Project Support:

  • This role will be regional or cluster based depending on the requirements of the business. The main role of the marketing manager will be to create and manage our local campaigns for specific projects
  • Develop Marketing Strategies: Collaborate with senior management and regional marketing teams to develop comprehensive marketing strategies aligned with business goals and objectives. This includes identifying target markets, defining positioning, and outlining tactics to reach and engage customers.
  • Campaign Management: Plan, execute, and oversee marketing campaigns across various channels such as digital, print, social media, email, events, and traditional advertising. Ensure campaigns are delivered on time, within budget, and meet performance targets.
  • Brand Management: Maintain and enhance the company’s brand image through consistent messaging, visual identity, and customer experience. Monitor brand perception and competitor activities to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Market Research and Analysis: Support market research to gather insights on consumer behavior, industry trends, and competitive landscape. Analyze data to identify market opportunities, customer segments, and product positioning strategies.
  • Digital Marketing: Oversee digital marketing initiatives including website optimization, SEO/SEM, content marketing, social media management, and online advertising. Stay updated on digital marketing trends and emerging technologies to maximize online presence and engagement.
  • Budget Management: Develop and manage marketing budgets, ensuring resources are allocated effectively to achieve desired outcomes. Monitor expenses, track ROI, and adjust strategies as needed to optimize marketing spend.
  • Stakeholder Communication: Collaborate cross-functionally with sales, product development, and other departments to align marketing efforts with overall business objectives. Communicate marketing plans, results, and recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Performance Measurement: Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and initiatives. Track and analyze performance data to identify areas for improvement and inform future strategies.
  • Compliance and Ethics: Ensure all marketing activities comply with relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards. Uphold ethical standards in marketing practices and promote transparency and integrity in all communications.

Managing self and others:

  • Maintains brand standards/creative quality in region, supported by the Regional Content managers and regional marketing teams.
  • Keeps abreast of new social trends in the markets.
  • Supports the implementation of the equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) framework for social media and website by demonstrating inclusion of diversity in creatives across both print and digital and implementing EDI recommendations.

Relationship and Stakeholder Management:

  • Proactively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal peers, agencies, external partners, and stakeholders to ensure integrated, joined up and future-proofed working.
  • Acts as a Brand Ambassador, helping deliver a strong British Council brand.

Minimum / Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, or a related field; MBA or advanced degree preferred.

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Proven experience (2+ years) in marketing roles
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across teams and influence stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in digital marketing tools and platforms, including Google Analytics, CRM software, email marketing software, and social media management tools.

Application Closing Date
16th May, 2024..

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6). Insights Officer – Consultant

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Role Purpose

  • To support the execution of market insight and analytics tasks at a regional level, co-ordinate activities, and ensure consistent implementation of activities, processes, systems and approaches.
  • This role will support the tracking, collection and analysis of internal and external data through primary and secondary research.
  • The research and insights officer will work closely with the regional Head of Insights SSA and SSA SBU Marketing teams to ensure analysis is linked to SBU insights and Marketing plans driving clear findings against set objectives.

Main Accountabilities
Insights Support:

  • Supports the daily collection and entry of competitor data across key markets for Exams and Cultural Engagement.
  • Supports the collection of markets/segment/audiences data from central internal and external sources.
  • Supports the data collection/entry for quarterly Cultural Engagement and Exams insights packs.
  • Support in admin tasks, tools, design and execution of inhouse primary/secondary research exercises (surveys, polls, etc).
  • Conducts basic desk research.
  • Supports the creation of data analysis summaries for regional, cluster and country marketing teams.
  • Iterates data as required based on regional and country specific needs.
  • Supports regional insights requirements, using existing templates and working with the insights and marketing team to develop new templates if required and providing support.
  • Tests data accuracy and interference to gauge effectiveness and implements improvements based on results.

Managing self and others:

  • Builds an understanding of the data context, opportunities and challenges, to ensure that data management and reporting is based on business needs.
  • Seeks feedback from regional insights on data collection and analysis, making amendments based on that.
  • Maintains and updates insights database across all regional platforms, ensuring it is up-to-date.
  • Ensures all data is, consistent in terms of categories, quality and accuracy and optimised for use in insights and marketing plans.

Relationship and Stakeholder Management:

  • Collaborates with the marketing teams in the regional insights and marketing teams to define, measure and improve data collection and analysis.

Minimum / Essential Qualifications

  • Relevant Degree or demonstrable equivalent level of experience

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of data collection methodologies within a complex organisation
  • Experience in analysing different sets of data.
  • Experience using Microsoft excel or different database software.
  • Stakeholder engagement

Desirable:

  • Experience in managing and commissioning market insight and analytics tasks/projects and initiatives within a large and complex organisation.

Application Closing Date
16th May, 2024..

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7). Photographer – Consultant

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Part Time

Role Purpose

  • To support local photography needs, working closely with the Hub Design Manager and Regional marketing and communication teams.
  • The Part-Time photographer will be responsible for attending key British Council events and managing projects which involve taking pictures and editing them for social media and press, ensuring all pictures taken align with our brand guidelines.
  • They will drive a focus on standardisation of the images while still ensuring pictures taken meet the objectives of our events.

Main Accountabilities
Project Support:

  • This role will be limited to the country in which the photographer will be based. The main role of the photographer will be to capture relevant images at events and at British Council offices which are in line with our brand guidelines.
  • They will Work closely with external partners and colleagues to produce high quality photographic images.
  • Use different techniques to enhance the photographs as required.
  • Use photo manipulation software such as Adobe Suite to get desired results.
  • Recommend creative ideas to exceed expectations of goals and objectives.
  • Use artistic knowledge to enhance and compose photographs.
  • Review sets of photographs and select the best results.
  • Operate various photographic equipment such as single lens reflex cameras and film or digital cameras and lighting.

Managing self and others:

  • Maintains brand standards / creative quality in region, supported by the Design Manager.
  • Keeps abreast of production software and technology to ensure industry standards.
  • Supports the implementation of the equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) framework for photography by demonstrating inclusion of diversity in creatives across both print and digital and implementing EDI recommendations.

Relationship and Stakeholder Management:

  • Proactively builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal peers and stakeholders to ensure integrated, joined up and future-proofed working.
  • Acts as a Brand Ambassador, helping deliver a strong British Council brand.

Minimum / Essential Qualifications

  • Relevant degree or demonstrable equivalent level of experience.

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Proven experience as a photographer (please submit portfolio).
  • Detailed knowledge of photography art and lighting.
  • Strong creative presence and artistic flair.
  • Able to follow instructions clearly to achieve desired results.
  • Able to stand and move around for long periods at a time and willing to work post 5.00 pm.

Desirable:

  • Stakeholder management and influencing.
  • Ability to assess creative projects and assets.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Additional information
Payment Terms:
Freelancers and non-permanent workers will be paid either:

  • A fixed fee for the entire project, based on their submitted rate card.
  • An hourly rate for the time dedicated to the project, based on their submitted rate card.
  • The rate card will be agreed upon at the time of contracting and will not be negotiable for the duration of the contract (maximum 2 years).
  • Final payments will be made within one month of project completion, following the submission and approval of all deliverables.

Project Completion:

  • Project completion is defined as the successful delivery of all agreed-upon deliverables, which may involve up to three rounds of feedback and revisions.

Deadline: 16th May, 2024.

How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should use the links below to apply:

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