Higher Education Project Manager; South Africa
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
South Africa
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade G
Vacancy Description
Pay band: 6/G (Locally engaged contract) Remuneration: R 27,483 (Company benefits include contribution to Medical Aid, Provident Fund and 13th Pay Cheque ) Post Duration: 2 Years Fixed Term Contract / Eligibility: Existing legal status to live and work in South Africa / Location: Johannesburg/Cape Town / Deadline for application: 28 January 2020 (23:59 UK Time).
The British Council in South Africa has a 2-year fixed term contract opportunity for an experienced Higher Education Project Manager. This position falls under the Education and Society strategic business unit within the Science and Higher Education programme. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects of operational projects within the Higher Education portfolio, including the Commonwealth Scholarship pre-departure and alumni engagement programme and coordinating Global Education Dialogues which contribute to strengthening our work in supporting HE Policy and Advocacy.

The preferred candidate would have a history of working in the Higher Education sector. Strong project management skills and a sound understanding of the key issues facing the South African higher education sector are other key competencies for this role. S/he should be above average in terms of communication skills (verbal and written) as well as experience in supporting project communications through writing press releases and use of digital and social media is also a requirement. Time management skills and the ability to multi-task are also essential.

The post holder will be based in Johannesburg/ Cape Town, South Africa.

The Role:

Higher Education Project Manager; South Africa (2 years fixed contract)

What we require of the successful candidate:
  • English at proficiency level
  • Degree or demonstrable equivalent qualification in Education, Social Sciences, Humanities and Project Management
  • Knowledge and understanding of the higher education sector
  • Experience of managing the delivery of projects with other partners
  • Experience in managing partnerships
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in public speaking, facilitating workshops and making presentations at sector events, and/or conferences
  • Financial planning and management
  • Planning and forecasting; risk management; receipts and payments process; impact of financial transactions on statutory reporting and other obligations.

Please refer to the role profile for more information on the role responsibilities/accountabilities and person specification.

Please follow the links for relevant document to support your application:

Higher Education Project Manager; South Africa.pdf

British Council Behaviors.pdf

British Council Core Skills.pdf

Closing date for applications is 28 January 2019 (23:59 UK time)  

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

Due to the critical nature of this role, candidates who do not align their work experience and skills with the Role Profile and Guidance Notes will not be shortlisted.

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 UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work in 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.

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.

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.