Programmes Officer - Education, Malawi
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 4
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 4 / Location: Lilongwe, Malawi / Contract type: 6 months Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover) / Requirements: Applicants must have pre-existing legal status to live and work in Malawi / Closing date and time: 22 January 2020 (23:59 UK Time)
Role Purpose:

The post holder will contribute to the quality delivery of education projects and programmes funded by British Council and partners in support of the Malawi Country Plan. Currently this includes supporting implementation of Connecting Classrooms - a teacher development programme - which is in its fourth cycle and is co-funded by DFID; Rivers of the World which is an arts and education project; Commonwealth Scholarships pre-departure arrangements and alumni management. In addition, this role is the Child Protection Focal Point for the office, providing information, training and support to all parts of the operation on safeguarding children and adults at risk.

Main Accountabilities:

The role will work in project delivery and communications and support other needs when required, including in other teams, to support a co-operative working culture.

 Project Delivery

  • Delivers / implements assigned project activity and deliverables from annual work plan, using assigned resources efficiently and cost effectively to deliver required income, impact and finance targets for agreed service/product/programme delivery within country.
  • Works effectively with partners, clients and participants of projects, respecting them as our customers and providing a high-quality customer experience.
  • Supports contract management of contracted suppliers and delivery partners.
  • Contributes to risk management of programme activity.
  • Networks effectively with our target audiences, reporting back insight gained to management.

Finance and budgeting

  • Leads on all financial tasks for project activities such as vendor creation and making payments to suppliers as agreed with Project Manager in compliance with British Council financial standards.
  • Develops plans and budgets for activity, monitors progress against budget plan and adjusts accordingly.
  • Supports line manager and finance and resources colleagues with other finance duties as requested.

Child protection and adults at risk safeguarding

  • Produce the Child Safe Action Plan annually for Country Director approval.
  • Manage the relationship with the Child Protection regional lead and provide reports and data to her as requested.
  • Be the front-line response person for all child protection and vulnerable adults’ cases that are reported to the organisation, liaising closely with the regional CP lead and local service delivery organisations, to provide appropriate care and support to the affected individual/s.

Communications delivery for all programs

  • With line manager’s engagement and input, produce compelling content for communications from the Education team to high standards of English suitable for publication.
  • Work collaboratively with the other Comms team members to implement the Comms strategy: planning, budgeting for and delivering activity; producing content; engaging externals; and contributing imaginative ideas that create opportunities for young people to engage with our products, services and programmes.
  • Ensure British Council brand guidelines are followed by all staff and delivery partners and service providers for all communications.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), and Contact Database Management

  • Support results evidence framework (REF) reporting and MEL activity within projects working closely with partners and MEL consultancies.
  • Complete all assigned M&E tasks for project activities.
  • Maintain an accurate database of contacts and stakeholders engaged through projects with up to date contact details.

Role Requirements:

  • Project management advanced diploma or equivalent in a related field
  • University Degree in relevant field desirable
  • Previous and proven experience of successfully supporting small to medium scale projects in and across Malawi or another country with a similar operating environment
  • Knowledge of the education sector in Malawi
  • Experience in the delivery of events
  • Proven experience of communications work in national projects.
  • Working on international projects desirable.

Please refer to the role profile for a full list of the role responsibilities/ accountabilities and person specification.

Please follow the links for relevant document to support your application:

Programmes Officer - Education Role Profile.pdf

BC Core Skills.pdf

BC Behaviours.pdf

Closing date for applications is 22 January 2020 (23:59 UK time)

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

Due to the critical nature of this role, candidates who do not align their work experience and skills with the Role Profile and Guidance Notes will not be shortlisted. 

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organization 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 UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work in 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. 

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, recognizing 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 organization. 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.