Contracts Finance Partner - Egypt
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: 31 March 2021 Location: Cairo, Egypt Pay Band 7/F (Locally appointed) Salary: 28,494 EGP / medical insurance / annual leave Closing date: 21 September 2019
Role Purpose

The purpose of the Contracts Finance Partner is to oversee and manage the financial systems, processes and budget of donor funded programmes in the Region. This includes effective management of financial risk, compliance, planning, grants provision mechanisms, management reporting and financial analysis for specific programmes.  S/he will ensure that finance-related activities within the programmes are established and delivered to the required standards of the financial control framework to enable successful delivery of the project and meet British Council and Donor standards, requirements, audit and reporting needs.

S/he will act as the main point of contact for the project, Country and MENA Regional Teams for all queries relating to the project finances, planning and forecasting and commercial information.

S/he will work with a range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure that the programme is managed in a way that maximises:
  • Value for money
  • Donor satisfaction
  • Compliance with British Council internal policy
  • Compliance with the donor contract requirements
  • Contribution to cultural relations impact.
  • Promoting transparency and integrity in dealings with stakeholders and advocating best practice at all times
Function Overview

Politics, population, economics

There are deep historical ties between the Middle East and North Africa and the region remains critically important for UK security and prosperity as well as a high priority for the British Council. 

The region is currently blighted by conflict and instability, rooted in the geopolitical struggle between regional powers and weakening of the social contract between governments and their populations. The Iran-Saudi and Shia-Sunni conflict is playing out in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and is having a huge impact more widely in the region. It shows no sign of abating.  The breakdown in the social contract that drove the 2011 anti-government uprisings has occurred due to a number of longstanding barriers to political, economic and social progress. 
  • Dominance of ruling monarchies, authoritarian regimes, and limited democratic institutions. 
  • Exclusion of young people from political processes and few opportunities for them to express themselves freely.
  • A very young demographic and mounting youth unemployment at 30%, twice the global average. 
  • Poorly performing education systems and low learning outcomes against international benchmarks.
  • Inequality of opportunity for women; most development indicators show that women have an increasing participation in education but are under-represented in economic and political life. 
  • An under-developed sense of citizenship and weak civil society.
  • An economic model heavily dependent on oil.  Lower oil prices are already having an impact on the social contract in the Gulf. 
The majority of young people are finding their path to economic independence and self-fulfilment blocked and given the limited legitimate outlets available to express their grievances and create change, radical thinking and radical action has powerful appeal.

The region is now at a crossroads in its transition, with huge generational shifts taking place in politics, society, geopolitics and the economy. As well as creating conflict as different parties contest the direction of this transition, it is also generating significant opportunities - the new generation is more connected, more educated, more entrepreneurial, innovative and expressive than previous generations. They have the potential to drive sustainable economic growth and stability. Moreover, governments have greater impetus to engage with youth due to their rising numbers and the end of the oil boom, which has increased their need to diversify their economies away from oil and towards a model based around harnessing the region’s human capital.

British Council response

British Council MENA contributes to the following corporate plan objectives: 
  • Greater stability in priority countries in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and countries affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
  • International opportunities and connections for young people and institutions in the UK
Our regional vision in MENA is:

‘Changing young people’s lives, inspiring hope, connecting opportunity’

For more information regarding the role profile, British Council core skills and behaviours, please refer to the documents attached below;

Role Profile
British Council Core Skills
British Council Behaviours

Additional Information

If you are interested in this vacancy, kindly submit your application by 21 September 2019. 
Applicants are kindly requested to fill out their applications as we do not accept CVs or resumes.

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