Job Vacancies At The British Council

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.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

  1. State Office Admin and Resource Assistant
  2. Test Day Delivery Coordinator
  3. Programme Finance Manager – Justice, Conflict & Stability

State Office Admin and Resource Assistant

Job Type: Full Time

Experience: 2 years

Location: Kano, Nigeria

Pay band: 4

Contract type: Fixed Term- up till 31 July 2022

Department: ESS

Role Purpose

  • To oversee the resources function in the EU state Programme offices in line with the programme strategy, implementation plan and financial plan and to client and corporate standards.

Main Accountabilities

  • The post-holder be Accountable for ensuring that the state office resources/administrative functions support the operations of the state for the EU programmes.
  • Handle arrangements for all incoming visitors to the state office including transport and accommodation arrangements
  • Assist with the running of the logistical arrangements for all workshops, events and meetings
  • All workshop logistical arrangements are in line with agreed standards.
  • Procurement of workshop items are in line with procurement policy.
  • Maintain appropriate filing system, accountable stationary register and asset register (in liaison with the Facilities & Procurement Manager) so that all contracts, reports and correspondence are filed properly and all stationery and equipment is recorded correctly.
  • Liaise with all outside contractors and service suppliers concerning all services/utilities supplied to the state office
  • Ensure the state office meets all the British Council’s standards around Health, Safety and Security.
  • Carry out basic finance duties as required in the state office in line with British Council policy.
  • Assist with the maintenance of regional office IT infrastructures liaising with the IT and Web Support Officer.

Essential Requirements
The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • National Diploma level education.

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working on programme logistics for an international organization.
  • Experience of working as part of a successful team/function.
  • i yea Experience working with SAP.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context.
  • Experience of managing fleet of vehicles.

Additional Information:

  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.

Salary
N5,431,443 per annum.

Application Closing Date
6th June, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Test Day Delivery Coordinator

Job Type: Full Time

Experience: 2 years

Location: Lagos

Pay band: 4

Department: Exams

Contract type: Indefinite

Role Purpose

  • The purpose of this role is to ensure effective and efficient delivery of Exams within a specified location.
  • To manage Venue Supervisor engagement, relationship and performance. To co-ordinate and manage any risk or issue resolution, including co-ordination of customer (candidate) communication directly or through customer services. To be point of contact for Venues/Venue Supervisors on the day.
  • This role will be required to work test days which will involve weekend work as part of the contracted hours.
  • To work closely with Operations staff colleagues to ensure exam registration and paper delivery are in place for test day and oversight on post-test activities.

Main Opportunities and Challenges for this Role

  • There is a new Global Operating Model for Exams being implemented across the business and this role will be key to ensuring delivery of our exams operations at test centre level, working with new systems and processes and ensuring that new ways of working are taken up and adhered to.
  • Acting in unforeseen situations to solve problems to ensure Test Day is successfully executed.

Main Accountabilities

  • The post-holder will undertake the related planning and delivery functions in preparation for Test Days in line with BC process
  • Receives instructions and requests from cluster operations, 5 days before (or as specified) Test Day itself and plans and organises given resources accordingly (often at short notice) to ensure that work is carried out efficiently and effectively
  • You will Receive and respond to enquiries from/to customers (candidates) in relation to test day incident reporting and may be a specific point of reference on queries relating to an area of nominated expertise or responsibility. Attention to detail is important as you will be responsible to identify where more complex issues require resolution by others and refers them on accordingly
  • Recognises and understands the impact of incidents arising (e.g. complaints, resourcing problems, logistical or technical difficulties) and proactively alerts the team leader to any issues of concern that are likely to impact service/project/task delivery or customer experience.
  • The appointed candidate will support continuous improvement in the efficiency/cost effectiveness/quality of service delivery/systems in the unit or department
  • And proactively work with Operations Managers to deliver satisfactory and timely resolution of customer (internal or external) complaints, coordinating input from other team members as required. Ensures the customer is kept informed throughout the process. (Complaints focused on test day incidents).
  • You will undertake contingency and risk management on the ground, liaise with Customer Service, Examiner or Venue Staff to ensure alignment on communications; and also lead in providing support related to compliance or investigations on Test Day and related issues.
  • You will follow agreed corporate risk management processes and procedures when delivering services (e.g. child protection, security policies, financial protocols, anti-fraud measures) to protect the interests of the BC and its customers at all times.
  • Use standard procedures and templates, regularly records, analyses and reports on operational activity such as venue staff performance to support senior managers in making timely and effective business decisions that respond to operational needs.
  • Lead wash-up meetings to review Test Day performance delivery, continual improvement and corrective actions.

Role Specific Knowledge and Experience:

  • Experience working in a busy operational environment delivering high levels of customer service.
  • Ability to ensure compliance, risk and security standards are monitored and maintained.

Essential Requirements
The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • University Degree in any subject.
  • Shortlisted candidates will need to demonstrate that they meet the required standard through the APTIS test which will be administered as part of the recruitment and selection exercise.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience working in Exams
  • Experience of supporting on delivery of computer-based exams
  • Alternative locations the role could be based: Lagos, Nigeria.

Additional Information:

  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.

Salary
N5,431,443 per annum.

Application Closing Date
6th June, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Programme Finance Manager – Justice, Conflict & Stability

Job Type: Full Time

Experience: 2 – 3 years

Location: Abuja

Department: Financial Accounting and Reporting

Contract Type: Locally Engaged

Pay band: 8

Duration: 1 – year Fixed term contract with possibility of 1-year extension

Role Purpose

  • British Council Nigeria is currently recruiting a Programme Finance Manager – Justice, Conflict & Stability (JCS) who will manage all financial and commercial aspects of the full cost recovery programme (FCR) in line with corporate and funders requirements using appropriate standards, policies, processes, systems, and procedures.
  • The role will lead the end to end accounting process across the operation (including month and year end close), client reporting, and ensure consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes.
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring all financial activity is carried out accurately and effectively for the programmes.
  • The post holder will lead on the development and improvement of efficient and effective standards, policies, guidance, process and systems, act as the first point of advice and support for all teams working on specific projects, and lead on the financial aspects of the set-up of new work, renewals, extensions and the implementation of existing programmes and projects to ensure the EU-funded programmes effectively manage their financial risks, meets client requirements and maximises income generation.
  • Whilst reporting to the Head of Finance (Nigeria), the role will work closely with the Operations Managers, and the Regional Commercial Finance Manager. S/he will manage a team of finance officers (3 Finance Officers) and assistant (1 Finance Assistant).

Main Opportunities / Challenges for this
Role

The Programme Finance Manager will:

  • Lead on the delivery of a range of financial planning, management and reporting services required by clients / funders, partners, suppliers, management and programme team to the required British Council and EU standards.
  • Responsible for providing relevant, accurate, complete, and timely financial accounting and management information in line with British Council and funder’s requirements.
  • Lead on Financial Risk Management, Control and Compliance processes – including managing the annual audit process, Financial Control and Compliance Framework (FCCF), Enterprise Risk 3 Management Framework (ERMF), management Control Checks (MCS), Financial Control Standards (FCS) processes, etc.
  • Oversee the financial aspects of all grants’ activities (e.g. strategy and manual development / review, due diligence, selection support, contracting, disbursement, financial management and reporting, compliance checks, capacity building, etc.) – including capacity building for external staff of partner NGOs and CSOs in line with Client’s expectations and British Council standards.
  • Act as the key finance business partner to senior managers across the operations.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant local statutory regulations, including tax-related legislations, foreign exchange policies, etc.
  • The organisation requires the financial function to have a level of commercial finance acumen as we expand our income generating activities, streamline our portfolio and target more partnership income.
  • As a result, the role holder will play a key role in driving income target / performance.

Requirements

Essential:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CFA, CMA) with at least 4 years post-qualification experience.
  • Graduate of Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration, or other related fields.
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a relevant managerial and project finance environment with evidence of continuous professional development.
  • A very detailed understanding of financial control processes applicable to client funded project work.
  • Track record of managing key finance function in international / multinational organisation in similar context; and leading an efficient, innovative and result oriented team.
  • Direct experience in monitoring and supporting financial management capacity building of Civil Society Organisations in receipt of client funded grants.
  • Financial reconciliation for high value contracts.
  • Ability to interpret financial data and support non-financial managers to deliver against financial performance indicators.
  • Experience of an ERP system (SAP preferably).
    Excel – expert skill level.

Desirable:

  • Project Management Qualification.
  • Experience of applying financial controls and procedures within complex and high-risk operating environments to meet challenging contractual standards.
  • Experience of overseeing, supporting and significantly improving financial management capability and performance of individuals and teams outside of formal / direct line management control.
  • Demonstrable track record of planning and tracking performance and business modelling through the analysis and reporting of complex financial data.
  • Experience working in EU-funded, FCDO-funded, etc. related projects.

Additional Information:

  • All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria.
  • A technical assessment and presentation to a panel will be part of the recruitment process.

Application Closing Date

3rd June, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: Click here to apply online

Note

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.

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