Regional Team Leader – 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: PB8/E
Post Location: Khartoum

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Regional Project Team Leader – University Partnerships for Peace Education and Research in East Africa

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Role Purpose

To lead and direct the implementation of the University Partnerships for Peace Education and Research in East Africa (UPPER) Project – an ambitious and innovative peace education programme – in a manner that is politically smart, technically sound and which delivers against the programme’s stated objectives.

Main opportunities and challenges for this role:

The Regional Team Leader will be responsible for direct delivery of the Action, leadership of the programme implementation team, the management of relationships with key stakeholders, while ensuring that the Action delivers the expected results and complies with British Council and policies and procedures.

You will be supported by full-time Sudan and Ethiopia Project Managers who are 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.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • The post-holder will lead and supervise the project delivery team, both technically and managerially, at the regional level overseeing both Ethiopia and Sudan and the liaison across Africa and with partners in the EU/UK. 
  • You will drive innovation, learning and evidence through the management and oversight of robust project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems and processes.
  • Also you will lead and coordinate the preparation, implementation, quality assurance, monitoring and reporting (both technical and financial progress reports) of all Programme activities at the regional level
  • You will oversee the recruitment and performance management of all project staff and consultants (both short and long term) in support of the delivery of project results.
  • Leading on project risk assessment and management, including a regularly updated risk management strategy in line with British Council corporate standards.
  • Ensuring effective skills transfer and capacity building through mentoring and coaching of local counterparts by all project staff (both long and short term) during the Programme lifecycle.
  • Ensuring the capture and documentation of lessons/stories/case-studies and evidence related to the delivery of the project results, as part of the broader policy engagement communication, publicity and visibility effort, both locally and internationally

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:

  • 10 Years of proven strategic-, advisory- and team leadership experience in peacebuilding and education sector in developing country contexts.
  • Strong profile and technical credibility, including proven thought leader abilities, and a clear understanding of peace education.
  • Knowledge and experience of the peacebuilding sector: working with civil society in fragile and conflict-affected context, working on peace education and with high education institutions or informal education structures.
  • Knowledge of interventions around conflict prevention and, peacebuilding particularly in fragile and conflict affected communities.
  • An in depth understanding of the various roles and responsibilities of higher education sector and of their interface with civil society organisations and local communities.

Essential Requirements–

The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • High level of English language (IELTS 6.5 or above equivalent).
  • Bachelor’s degree in development management or peace education or any other similar qualification with at least 3 years of experience

Desirable requirements

  • Familiarity with EU policies and procedures
  • Experience of working on conflict prevention or peace education in the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia and Sudan in particular.
  • A strong grasp of relevant international standards on peace and higher education.
  • Familiar with the use of political economy and conflict sensitivity analysis and theory of change in programme design and development.

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 travel and evening working within Sudan and Ethiopia
  • Some unsocial working hours.
  • The job requires medical, criminal records and/or child protection checks.

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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.

The 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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