Arts Programmes Officer, Malaysia (MAL-AES-0023)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Kuala Lumpur
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 4
Vacancy Description
Contract: One-year fixed term (renewable based on mutual agreement) | Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | Salary: Pay band 4 (from MYR 2,884 per month) | Start Date: As soon as possible | Deadline for Applications: 16 September 2019 (23.59 UK time)

Arts Programmes Officer, Malaysia (MAL-AES-0023)


In Malaysia, the British Council is known primarily as an English Language teaching service provider as well as promoters of the higher education sector of the UK. Our work in the arts and creative industries focuses in the next 3 years on crafts, creative hubs and brokering and connecting. This includes capacity development, international exchanges, advocacy and policy development. Besides the key programmes, we broker partnerships between UK and Malaysian stakeholders in the arts and creative sectors and will be launching a UK- South East Asia arts mobility programme, Connections through Culture.

Our arts programme fits into the British Council's regional programme priorities and the global key pillars of: Sharing UK arts with the world; Fostering collaborations and networks; Art for social change; capacity building; policy and research.

The Programme Officer provides project and administration support to a range of projects/ programmes/contracts as appropriate, managing resources and activities to ensure that project objectives are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest level of quality and impact. The role will also support programme team deliver a successful portfolio by ensuring that project knowledge and information are gathered, recorded and shared effectively.


This is a fantastic opportunity of working in an international organisation involved in Arts in Malaysia. There will be opportunities for the postholder to work with regional colleagues and external stakeholders across East Asia. You will be involved in interesting and challenging programmes with a new programme targeted to start in August 2019. This role will be suitable for someone who wish to move into programme/project management in Arts in future.


You will bring along at least one to two years of relevant experience working in project or programme management in the NGO or development sector or enterprise; experience working with artists and cultural institutions is a plus. You should also possess knowledge and experience of finance and administrative work. Good interpersonal skills with excellent written and verbal communication skills is a must as the postholder will be working with a wide range of stakeholders. Fluency in both Bahasa Malaysia and English is essential.


We are looking for someone who is very organised and diligent. You need to be able to deal with high volume administrative and events delivery tasks. Good knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite and IT is preferred.

- Flexible working opportunities (working from home / flexible hours)
- Smart working (most of us hot-desk!) 
- Enjoy 18 days of Annual leave (depending on role grade)
- Year-end bonus and annual bonus scheme
- Professional development opportunities – we offer a broad range of professional courses to large corporations and that is available for our staff members too!

Our work makes a lasting difference by building more inclusive societies and supporting people’s prospects.

Together, we can do more.


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