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Arts Manager- Ethiopia
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Addis Ababa
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Pay Band:6 / Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (East Africa Cluster) / Contract Type: Fixed Term 2 years/ Salary: ETB 31,193.00/ All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Ethiopia. The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits./ Deadline for application: 20 February 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

Regional operating context - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA): 

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. 

East Africa is one of the UK’s top priority regions for international engagement and is central to our programme of arts work in sub-Saharan Africa. In recognition of this, we have established an East Africa Arts programme of engagement through the arts, where Ethiopia is one of the countries of activity.


East Africa Arts consists of three programmes:

·new Art new Audiences (nAnA): an annual Open Call across East Africa and the UK for cultural partners to create new art to showcase to new audiences in the UK and East Africa;

·Creative Hustles: a series of skills and networking events across East Africa, which share creative knowledge between 18-35 year olds. As part of this programme, we work upon the European Union Film Festival and develop projects with European Union National Institutes for Culture in country;

·_in Motion:  travel grants supporting the movement of creatives and the building of partnerships across East Africa.


Working with Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa and Deputy Director Ethiopia, the Arts Manager will plan, manage, deliver and monitor, a compelling arts programme in Ethiopia that is in line with our strategy in East Africa and the sub-Saharan Africa region.

The Role:
Arts Manager, Ethiopia     

The Arts Manager will support Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa, Deputy Director Ethiopia, and the wider British Council team, to deliver an engaging Ethiopian arts programme that works within British Council’s East Africa Arts programme and builds knowledge and understanding between the UK and Ethiopia. This role is expected to make a major contribution to the successful delivery of the British Council’s East Africa Arts programme, as well as clearly deliver and communicate the impact of East Africa Arts in Ethiopia and to the British Council Ethiopia. It will focus strategy and time predominantly in Ethiopia but will have some key responsibilities across the East Africa cluster based on their specific skills and experience.


Role Requirements:

·        Diploma or Degree level qualification in Arts

·        Minimum of 3 years professional experience managing and producing projects in the cultural sector

·        Ability to work independently and as part of a team

·        Highly organised and deadline oriented

·        High level of accuracy and attention to detail.

·        Good knowledge and use of social media for the promotion of cultural activities 

Please refer to the role profile for more information on the role responsibilities/accountabilities and person specification, by clicking on the links for relevant document to support your application: 

Arts Manager – Ethiopia.pdf
British Council Behaviours.pdf

British Council Core Skills.pdf

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

Closing date for applications is 20 February 2019 (23:59 UK time)

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