Head of Arts - Nigeria and West Africa
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Job Category
Senior Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 8 (Locally appointed post) /Post Duration: Indefinite / Eligibility: The post holder will need to hold a Nigerian or ECOWAS passport or have existing right to work in Nigeria / Location: Lagos, Nigeria / Deadline for application: 31 October 2018 23:59 GMT

About the Job:

The British Council in Nigeria currently has a need for a dynamic, senior Arts professional who will be the team leader for the delivery of our West Africa Arts Strategy which is derived from our global and regional arts strategies. The Arts programme in Nigeria delivers more than 25% of our overall programme impact and Nigeria is a priority country for the region. This post plays a key role in the achievement of this impact through leadership of the Nigerian team and will support the team to manage a diverse range of relationships in the sector. This post will lead on the delivery of the regional arts strategy across the cluster.

Role purpose:
The post holder will set, enable and deliver the strategic direction and leadership of the Arts Programme in Nigeria and the West Africa Cluster and contribute to the objectives of the British Council in Nigeria.

The Opportunity:

The main opportunities and challenges for the role are:

Leadership: Joining the regional arts leadership team to bring insight and energy to our work across the region.

Programme Delivery: managing a diverse team in delivering impact for the UK and West Africa across our expanding programme

Business Development: Developing large scale, multi country, multi-year partnerships for the programme that result in income as well as increased reach and impact.

External and Internal Communications: Strengthening the communications and profile of the programme with internal and external stakeholders

Role Requirements:

  • Written, spoken and aural English at graduate level  
  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Extensive experience in the arts and creative sector either within an institutional, government or non-government setting in Nigeria and at least one other context,  preferably the UK or another West African country
  • Experience of programme planning, monitoring and management in at least two formal / organisational contexts
  • Previous experience managing a large team or a small organisation
  • Proven experience of commissioning and managing consultants and partner organisations
  • Sector knowledge in the field of arts and programme management
  • Partnership development and fundraising
  • Managing relationships with stakeholders
  • Knowledge of digital media tools
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience with previous programmes

**This is a locally appointed post and so the post holder will need to hold a Nigerian or ECOWAS passport or have existing right to work in Nigeria.**

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

Head of Arts - Nigeria and West Africa Cluster Role Profile.pdf
British Council Behaviours.pdf
British Council 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.


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

As this is a business critical role, applicants that do not include examples that meet minimum requirements will not be shortlisted.  


Please apply by 31 October 2018 (23:59 GMT)

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, and human resource 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.