Finance Manager Building Learning Foundations (BLF) - Rwanda
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Kigali Teaching Centre
Education & Society
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Pay Band: 6; Location: Kigali, Rwanda/ Duration: Fixed Term Contract (Two years) The post is on local terms, all applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Rwanda. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits/ Deadline for application: 17 November 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

About us:

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. 

Regional operating context -

To support this vision statement, the Government of Rwanda announced its decision to shift to English medium education in 2008 and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 2009.


The British Council has operated in Rwanda since 2008 becoming a full country directorate in 2012 with the aim of building cultural and educational relations between Rwanda and the UK. British Council Rwanda offers a range of British Council services and programmes including Exams, Education, English in Education Systems and Arts.


Since 2008, British Council Rwanda has been supporting the Government of Rwanda achieve its ambitions and has delivered a number of successful programmes and initiatives (both donor and British Council grant funded) to support improved teaching and learning in the basic education sector. As a result, relationships have been fostered and continue to develop with MINEDUC, REB, donors and development partners and British Council’s expertise, notably in the teaching, learning and assessment of English in Rwanda, is recognised

Role purpose

Building Learning Foundations (BLF) Finance Manager


The post holder is responsible for the provision of efficient and effective financial management support to the Building Learning Foundations (BLF) Team. The BLF Finance Manager will be responsible for the timely and accurate planning of project budgets, cash flow projections, recording of transactions and adjustments, and monitoring and analysis of actuals vs plans, making sure that all corporate and audit standards are achieved.


Main opportunities for the role include but not limited to;

  • Financial planning and analysis:
  • §  Support BLF Team Leader English Literacy to prepare and upload project financial plans and forecasts
  • Project Financial Management:
  • §  Participate in monthly review of Year to Date balances of Trial Balance and ensure that Month on Month movements have been analysed and exceptional movements investigated and explained or escalated as appropriate
  • Resources Management
  • §  Manage and record Project Support Officer (Payments) time across the project depending on need to reduce the budget spent on hourly paid staff and ensure submission of accurate monthly time sheets
  • Procurement and Contract Management
  • §  Monitor compliance with corporate procurement policies and standards, code of conduct, operating guidelines and local regulations


Role Requirements:

  • Good written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda (Aptis B2)
  • Degree level finance qualification or equivalent, addition qualification in finance is desirable
  • Part qualified chartered accountant (ACCA/CPA/CIMA or equivalent)
  • Basic accounting knowledge
  • Experience in comparable role(s) including working on donor funded development projects / programmes.
  • At least 2 years working experience in Finance managerial role.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft packages
  • Teamwork: ability to work collaboratively to achieve a goal.


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 Finance Manager BLF.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.


Further details:
If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 19 November 2019 (23:59 UK Time) 

Our Equality Commitment:


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. 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 is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks.

Child Protection

The British Council is a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved level 1 child safe certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.