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BLF Project Support Officer (Payments) Rwanda
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Kigali Teaching Centre
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Pay Band 4
Vacancy Description
Pay Band:4 / Location: Kigali, Rwanda / Contract type: Two Years / Requirements: Applicants must have pre-existing legal status to live and work Rwanda / Closing date and time: 19 November 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

Regional operating context -

To support this vision statement, the Government of Rwanda announced its decision to shift to English medium education in 2008 and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 2009.


The British Council has operated in Rwanda since 2008 becoming a full country directorate in 2012 with the aim of building cultural and educational relations between Rwanda and the UK. British Council Rwanda offers a range of British Council services and programmes including Exams, Education, English in Education Systems and Arts.


Since 2008, British Council Rwanda has been supporting the Government of Rwanda achieve its ambitions and has delivered a number of successful programmes and initiatives (both donor and British Council grant funded) to support improved teaching and learning in the basic education sector. As a result, relationships have been fostered and continue to develop with MINEDUC, REB, donors and development partners and British Council’s expertise, notably in the teaching, learning and assessment of English in Rwanda, is recognised.



Building Learning Foundations (BLF)

The Building Learning Foundations Programme (BLF) is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and aims to improve the quality of teaching and leadership in all of Rwanda’s government-aided primary schools. The programme is implemented by a consortium of organisations; Education Development Trust (lead), British Council, and VSO in all 30 Districts of Rwanda and benefits all Primary 1 – Primary 3 (P1-P3) English and Mathematics teachers in all of Rwanda’s 2,510 government-aided primary schools. The British Council is responsible for BLF’s English component, and since beginning implementation in early 2018 has trained more than 15,500 English teachers, mentors, school leaders, and education officials and has produced and distributed 600,000 English activity books for lower-primary pupils. As a planned extension to original BLF activity, and subject to confirmation of funding, the programme is to be extended to reach all P4-P5 English and Mathematics teachers to support them with the transition to English medium instruction from P4 on wards, as per current government policy.

The Roles:

To provide general business and administrative support to British Council staff in the delivery of the foundational skills in English component of a large scale Department for International Development (DFID) funded programme of technical assistance (Building Learning Foundations, BLF) to the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and Rwanda Education Board (REB) working in close collaboration with the programme lead organisation Education Development Trust (EDT) and partner organisation Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), key stakeholders (e.g. DFID, MINEDUC, REB) and development partners.



Main opportunities/challenges:


Reporting to the BLF Finance Manager and working in close collaboration with the BLF project team, project partners, and key stakeholders in primary education in Rwanda, the post-holder is expected to provide financial and administrative support for the delivery of BLF.

Financial support

Working to the BLF Project Support Manager and in collaboration with the Team Leader Teacher Development and Academic and Training Manager your duties will include, but not be limited to:

·        support Finance Manager to prepare and manage all transport reimbursements
·        support Finance Manager to manage all project financial records in accordance with British Council and Client requirements

Administrative support:


When project activity levels require it, the post holder may be directed to provide support to other BLF project team managers including, but not limited to.

•              support project team in planning, preparation, communication and delivery of all project activities including managing logistics (e.g. booking venues, accommodation, transport)

Role Requirements:

  • English proficiency (Aptis – B2)
  • Fluent Kinyarwanda
  • First degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • Previous proven experience of working to support projects
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines and targets, giving close attention to detail throughout
  • Understanding of ICT tools and Media
  • Experience in finance administration


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: 

RP Project Support Officer Payments.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 19 November 2019 (23:59 UK time)

In your application form, please clearly explain how you meet the essential and desirable skills, qualification and experience criteria mentioned in the person specification section of the role profile. This will help us determine your fit for the role and increase your application's chances of success.

About us:

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.   We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. 

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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.