Senior Programme Manager, Manila (PHI-1682-2)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Contract: Two years, fixed-term | Salary: Payband 7 - Competitive | Start Date: As soon as possible | Deadline for Applications: 30 December 2018 (23.59 UK time)

Senior Programme Manager, Manila (PHI-1682-2)


We are looking for a Senior Programme Manager to be based in our Manila office.


Your role as a Senior Programme Manager is to be the strategic lead for the British Council’s portfolio of programmes, ensuring the delivery of high quality results across the sector areas we operate in. You will contribute to business development through proactive engagement with potential partners and donors, and through building in the learning from delivery.


You will monitor contractual obligation to the EU as well as manage the consortium partners ensuring they deliver on time and within budget according to their contracts and develop a strong working relationship with the partners for the benefit of the programme.  As the programme primarily delivers in ARMM, some travel to the region will be required.


To be considered a successful candidate for this post, you must have a first degree, preferably in public policy, political or social science, business or public administration, development studies or in another relevant area (such as economics, education, sociology, law, public health). It is essential that you have a minimum five years of relevant work experience in project or programme management in a development field or government, including line management and external representation. Ability to manage and hold project managers to the highest standards through all stages of the project life cycle will also be an advantage for this role.



For more information please see Role profile and British Council Generic Behaviours 


In our commitment to promote Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, kindly note that we are not interested in collecting any information that is irrelevant to the job such as marital status, age, photograph, etc. Applications lacking in information will not be considered when we shortlist for any roles.


If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before 30 December 2018 (23:59 UK Time).


About the British Council

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.


Philippines Operations

The British Council is committed to building engagement and trust through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide. East Asia is a diverse region with newly emerging countries, middle-income status countries with a variety of development needs and developed nations. The British Council’s significant network of offices and expert staff in all our key markets enable us to support change and implement sustainable solutions.


We have been operating in the region for over 70 years. This has enabled us to develop a solid understanding of the key issues and challenges facing East Asia and to build strong relationships and networks with national governments and their agencies, civil society organisations, schools, colleges, universities, and private sector partners.

Our work in the Philippines supports three main priorities up to 2020.

1.     English, Education and Science for Growth

2.     Good governance, more prosperous and empowered communities, and socialising the peace process in Mindanao

3.     Supporting the creative economy


Currently, our Society portfolio in the Philippines includes contracts/projects in social enterprise and justice, security and conflict resolution, currently EU co-funded CSO-SEED, EU-funded GOJUST, Support to Growing Social Enterprises in South East Asia and Bangsamoro Community Policing. Our Arts programme in the Philippines focuses on developing cultural and creative industries as a priority sector of the country. We do this through engaging art projects, policy dialogue, international exchange and professional development. We work with artists, creative hubs, cultural leaders, and policymakers within the Philippines and the ASEAN region to create more prosperous, creative and inclusive cities.


Our work on education focuses on Internationalising Higher Education (IHE) which supports higher education reform through facilitating international collaboration, dialogue and capacity building. We work with Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Transnational Education, with Philippine and UK higher education institutions on creating partnerships and research collaboration and with students and UK alumni in promoting UK education.


Enquiries about the post can be sent to the East Asia Regional Recruitment team ( based in Singapore.


Internal candidates only: please remember to include the full version of your most recent end-of-year-record of performance and confirm when the system prompts you to, and that you have discussed the application with both your line and centre manager.

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 try and 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 a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved level 1 child safe certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in Article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.