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Skills and Enterprise Portfolio Lead - SSA
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
Education & Society
Job Category
Senior Management
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Senior Management Broadband (SMB) Location: Any country where British Council operates in SSA Contract type: Fixed term contract (2 + 1 years) Eligibility: Rights to live and work in any country in SSA Closing date: 01 May 2018 (23:59 UK Time)

The Opportunity

 This is an exciting opportunity to lead the Skills and Enterprise portfolio across Sub Saharan Africa (SSA).  The Portfolio Manager will be responsible for all aspects of work within the Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (EEE) sector across the various funding streams i.e. grant, partnership and client funded.  The primary focus of this role is to harness the collective British Council technical offer to devise cost effective tailor made programmes which respond to needs of beneficiaries and the drivers of potential funders.

This opportunity is targeted at experienced professionals with good sector knowledge, demonstrable track record of winning new business and delivering results in a comparable role.

 The Organisation

 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.

Regional operating context - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)

 The British Council Regional Strategy for SSA is to focus on creating opportunities and enabling young people to fulfil their potential - improving their employability, resilience and networks. This is to be achieved through mutually beneficial partnerships between the UK and Africa that support prosperous and secure futures for both.

 By 2050 the population of Sub Saharan Africa will be 2 billion people, with the majority living in an urban environment. The region is predicted to have a middle class the size of Europe. 70% of the population is under the age of 25, and this demographic will grow at 15% year on year for the next 10 years. Generally the region is becoming more politically stable. There are on average 50 elections each year, many of which are more open and transparent than before. The majority of countries in SSA are developing economies. Gender inequality remains and life for women and girls on the continent remains challenging.

The Portfolio lead will be accountable for:

·         Strategic direction and Approach- S/he will lead the development of the portfolio with a clear articulation of expected outcomes, financial targets and milestones as well as a prioritisation of partnership pursuit. 

·         Business Development / Portfolio Management - The post holder is expected to Identify, track and resource forthcoming business opportunities within the sector; including developing strategic responses to client needs which enable the British Council to meet financial sustainability and impact targets, whilst maximising cultural relations impact for the British Council.

·         Stakeholder engagement and management - S/he is expected to develop strong relationships and professional networks with client, customer and corporate contacts, sector experts, partners and delivery teams across the region. Use these to maximum effect on behalf of the British Council.  

·         Monitoting, Evaluation and learning –The portfolio Lead will ensure robust monitoring, evaluation and learning is in place for all project and data and learning feed through into the results and evidence framework.


If you would like to see full details and understand more about this post then please see the documents below:

Skills and Enterprise Portfolio Lead (SSA)
BC Behaviours.pdf
BC Core skills.pdf 

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 01 May 2018 (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 behavior is consistent with our policies, and Education & Society as a function is absolutely committed to this.

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. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.