Project Manager – UPPER – British Council


Job Description

Company:British Council
Date: 17-Jun-2021
Closing Date: 1 July 2021
Location:Khartoum, Sub Saharan Africa, SD
Contract type:Fixed Term– until 31 January 2024
Pay band: 6
Post Location: Khartoum

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Project Manager – UPPER, Sudan

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Role Purpose

British Council will implement the University Partnership in Peace Education and Research (UPPER) Project – an ambitious and innovative peace education programme in Sudan and Ethiopia. We are seeking a Project Manager to lead the project delivery in Sudan and deliver against the programme’s stated objectives.

Main opportunities and challenges for this role:

The Project Manager will be responsible for the successful delivery and management of the British Council’s Sudan activities as part of the regional programme of the University Partnership in Peace Education and Research (UPPER) project. You will also be responsible for managing the financial, granting, contracting and operational functions of the programme team, ensuring compliance with the British Council’s policies and project management framework as well as the PACA contractual requirements. The ideal candidate should be skilled in building partnerships and have the ability to drive dialogues that will build the capacity of Higher Education institutions and civil society organisations in contributing towards meaningful participation of young people in peace building.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • The post-holder will deliver and monitor projects to highest British Council and client standards. You will manage Sudan’s project finance as per British Council policy and client requirements
  • Contribute to building of long-term partnerships for the British Council and manage a range of relationships with external stakeholders (e.g. government, sponsors, customers, partner agencies) to achieve positive outcomes for the British Council and facilitate effective operational delivery
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with coalition partners and other key players
  • Line manage project staff and lead on their professional development and effectively manage resources for programme delivery
  • To identify, assess, report and monitor progress in addressing risks to the achievement of project objectives
  • Deliver the monitoring and evaluation plan for Sudan, using the programme’s monitoring and evaluation framework developed by M&E lead
  • Liaise with regional communication team, responsible for the effective communication and dissemination of the programme
  • Support the Deputy Director to ensure that programme delivery and activity reflect British Council EDI policy

As with any business that experiences peaks and troughs of activity, there is likely to be a need to work outside office hours from time to time.

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Four years’ experience including two years in a managerial role
  • Experience of managing client / partner funded projects
  • Experience of managing the delivery of projects including those delivered through partners and / or using outsourced providers.
  • Experience in M&E of projects.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively with tight deadlines

Essential Requirements–

The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • University Degree in project management, business or social studies including in development or Social Studies.
  • High level of Arabic and English language (IELTS 6 or above equivalent).

Desirable requirements

  • Project Management for Development (PMD)
  • Financial Management for Development (FMD) equivalent
  • Management of Risk (MoR)

Closing Date – 1 July 2021 applications will close 23:59 Nigeria Time

Additional Information: 

  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
  • Some evening working and travel within Sudan or outside Sudan.
  • Some unsocial working hours.
  • The job requires medical, criminal records and/or child protection checks.
  • Knowledge of local languages

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Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. 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. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

he British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

 If you have any problems with your application please email [email protected]

Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.

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