Project Officer - Sports Education Johannesburg
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
South Africa
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 4
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 4 (Locally engaged contract) Remuneration: R15,212 per month /Post Duration: Indefinite / Eligibility: Pre-existing legal right to live and work in South Africa / Location: Johannesburg / Deadline for application: 21 January 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

The British Council in Johannesburg has an exciting Project Officer role in the Sports Education space. This position is ideal for someone who has at least 1 year working experience in project delivery support and experience of finance and administration work.

The role holder will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Project Officer provides project and administration support to Premier Skills and Connecting Classrooms of programmes as appropriate, managing project resources and activities to ensure that project objectives are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest level of quality to ensure impact. Supporting the project team to deliver a successful programme by ensuring programme knowledge and data is gathered, recorded and shared effectively.

Premier Skills Programme

Premier Skills uses football to engage youth and develop their leadership, entrepreneurial and citizenship skills.  In partnership with one of the UK’s biggest brands – the Premier League – and the South Africa Football Association the programme works with sports-based NGOs to empower grass roots coaches across the country and helps them achieve greater goals in their communities. 

Connecting Classrooms Programme

Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme of the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID).  The programme focuses on improving pedagogies and approaches around the key core and transferable skills, school leadership and inclusive education to enrich the learner experience and boost student performance.

This role requires a candidate that is well organised with great attention to detail and good communication skills.

The Role:
Project Officer – Sports Education  

The Opportunity:

This role holder will have the opportunity to gain experience in:

Providing the necessary day-to-day support required for the successful implementation and monitoring of project activity and achievement of client and customer satisfaction in a dynamic environment;

Securing quality assurance for projects through maintaining British Council standards in all processes;

Contributing to financial accuracy of projects through maintaining up-to-date financial data in a changing programme environment;

Building trust and credibility by providing a linking role between project team members and various stakeholder groups;

Improve the visibility and wider impact of the projects through support to impact communications and through co-ordination between the British Council and project beneficiaries

Role Requirements:

Professional working proficiency in English & ability to communicate effectively in English

Proficiency in a local language – advantageous  


Degree in Education, Sports Management, social development and/or project management advantageous

Minimum 1 year demonstrable knowledge and experience of finance and administration work

Excellent interpersonal skills – able to work cooperatively and effectively with other team members and project stakeholders

Knowledge of education and sports sectors in South Africa – Essential

Please refer to the role profile for more information on the role responsibilities/accountabilities and person specification.

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

Project Officer Sports Education Role Profile.pdf
British Council Behaviours.pdf
British Council Core Skills.pdf

Closing date for applications is 21 January 2019 (23:59 UK time)

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

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 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 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, 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.