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Programme Manager, Arts - Ghana and West Africa
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Locally Appointed Fixed Term Contract. Ends March 2020 Pay Band: 7/F Location:Accra, Ghana

Purpose of job:

To support the Head of Arts – Nigeria and West Africa, through management of project management team in Ghana and across the West Africa Cluster, oversight and quality assurance of processes, coordination across cross cluster projects in West Africa and management of interdependencies to ensure the portfolio is delivered in line with organisational programme management requirements.   

Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties: 


All duties and responsibilities will be in line with British Council’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Child Protection and other overarching corporate policies:


Team Leadership and Management:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership of programme team managed and ensure that line management of staff is to British Council standards.
  • Coach, Mentor and support team.
  • Model appropriate leadership styles and British Council behaviours and ensure that staff work in alignment with the British Council Values at all times


Programme Management

In Ghana and across the West Africa cluster as assigned:

  • Work with project managers and partners to develop and implement effective project management plans that will achieve project targets within the time frame agreed.
  • Lead responsibility for ensuring project management information is up to date at all times
  • Ensure targets (financial and non-financial) are in place for and provide overall monitoring against them
  • Responsible for ensuring effective management of programme budgets by project managers including internal monthly reporting on budget performance and external reporting on budget performance to the requirements set by funding partners and clients 
  • Responsible for overseeing procurement by project managers in accordance with established corporate policies and processes
  • Responsible for ensuring that risk is managed appropriately across programme portfolio managed
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating project risk registers for programme managed 


Contract and Grant Management

In Ghana and across the cluster:  

  • Prepare contracts for all partnerships ensuring they capture all elements of the partnerships and outline clearly all partner responsibilities and benefits following established  corporate templates
  • Monitor and ensure delivery of partnership benefits to funding and non-funding partners
  • Provide guidance to project managers in the contracting of  project contractors, consultants and suppliers ensuring they clearly capture all roles and responsibilities following established corporate templates
  • Monitor contract records management by project managers to ensure up to date  at all times
  • As part of Country CRM framework, ensure the maintenance and update the CRM database, recording contacts/ leads and outcomes of meetings , ensuring follow up action is carried out in a timely and efficient manner
  • Monitor proper invoicing and payment schedule from partners.


Equality, diversity and inclusion and Child Protection standards

In Ghana and across the West Africa cluster as assigned:

  • Ensure that programme delivery, training events and activity are appropriately screened, including conflict sensitivity screening,  and reflect British Council EDI policy
  • Lead on programme reporting portfolio management for British Council Diversity Assessment Framework
  • Ensure that child protection policy and standards are followed and maintained for all relevant projects, including the training of partners in child protection standards


Communications and Brokering

In Ghana and across the West Africa cluster as assigned

  • Support project managers to develop and disseminate case studies, reports and impact stories for external and internal communication channels including digital and print media.
  • Develop high quality content for use in fundraising, partnership development and advocacy.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Programmes team to share intelligence and opportunity that creates added benefit to project partners and contacts


Project Management

In Ghana and across the West Africa cluster as assigned

  • Project manage project activity as assigned. This will include but not limited to, roll out of new processes, programme evaluations, one –off strategic projects etc.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution or five years’ relevant experience in lieu
  • Team management and line management
  • Evidence of successful programme / project management to high standards, consistently over time including (but not restricted to) evaluation management, financial management, stakeholder management, EDI and child protection.
  • Proven leadership of ambitious cultural projects and/or creative production with a range of partner organisations in West Africa.
  • Track record in attracting partnership (in-kind and cash) from a range of partners and delivering benefit to same.
  • An innovative approach building audiences for activity particularly using digital and social media channels.
  • Experience of financial planning and management including budgeting, monitoring and reporting Logistics management skill

For more details on the job, see attached below: 

Role Profile

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The British Council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.

The British Council believes that all children have potential and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC 1989

Application Deadline: 11 June 2018 at 23:59 UK Time  


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