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Arts Manager – Lagos, Nigeria
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Pay Band:6 / Location: Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa Cluster) / Contract Type: Fixed Term Eight months All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits. Deadline for application: 26 July 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

Geopolitical/SBU/Function overview: 

The West Africa socio-political context is one with democratic governments but often unstable transition / election cycles, relatively small middle class with high levels of inequality, significant national and international migration, large youth population, a weak skills base and high unemployment, low broadband penetration but growing fast, and rapid mobile phone penetration.


The arts and creative industries in Nigeria and Ghana are rapidly growing and increasingly recognised as economic powerhouses and job creators for young people across music, film, fashion, and the performing and visual arts, leading to increasing public and private support for the sector. In Sierra Leone, (partly influenced by Ghana and Nigeria), and due to a lack of cultural infrastructure for performative arts, there is growing interest in video and film and the music industry. Street art is also a significant part of the arts scene.

Role purpose
Arts Manager, Nigeria       

Maternity cover for current Arts Project Manager, working with the West Africa Arts cluster and the wider British Council team to deliver programmes, audiences and partnerships which contribute to the British Council’s SSA Arts programme. The projects will be delivered through close liaison with Head of Arts – Nigeria and West Africa, the Arts team in Nigeria, the West Africa cluster and supported by one intern.

Role Requirements:

·        At least two years’ experience in similar role (covering key elements of this job)

·        Fluency in written and spoken English

·        Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·        Highly organised and deadline oriented

·        High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

·        Good knowledge and use of social media for the promotion of cultural activities 

·        Experience of working with arts sector


Please refer to the role profile for more information on the role responsibilities/accountabilities and person specification, by clicking on the links for relevant document to support your application: 
RP-Arts Manager.pdf

British Council Behaviours.pdf
British Council Core Skills.pdf

Note that you should only fill out the application after thoroughly reading through the ROLE PROFILE & GUIDANCE NOTES.

Closing date for applications is 26 July 2019 (23:59 UK time)

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