Grants and Evaluation Manager, Cultural Protection Fund.
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Location: Manchester, Cardiff or Edinburgh. Salary: Payband 7, starting from £26,934 per annum, Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date: 18th November 2019 at 23:59 UK time.
Grants and Evaluation Manager -  Cultural Protection Fund.

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.   

The Opportunity:   

This is an important role for the delivery of the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, which is itself a key element of the wider Arts SBU. The Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) Grants and Evaluation Manager will be responsible for two distinct areas of work:   Working closely with three other Grant Managers and the Senior Manager on the development and assessment of applications to the fund. There will also be a small caseload of projects currently in delivery to monitor. Careful monitoring of project progress and financial expenditure is an important aspect of the role to ensure that all grant conditions are met.

The role will include but is not limited to:  

Programme development and delivery - Contributes to the development of the Cultural Protection Fund including aspects of design, planning and delivery so that it meets the highest professional and technical standards and contributes optimally to the achievement of the British Council and UK government objectives. 

Customer/market focus - Represents the Cultural Protection Fund professionally at stakeholder events and providing excellent customer service to potential applicants and grant recipients.Sector/subject expertise - Contributes knowledge of the cultural heritage sector and best practice in grant-making to support the development of awarding of relevant, high-quality cultural protection projects. 

Relationship & stakeholder management - Develops trust-based relationships with a range of key practitioners, partners, organisations, opinion formers and stakeholders (in the UK and overseas) to promote the Cultural Protection Fund and British Council’s cultural relations strategies. 

Commercial, financial & resource management
- Outlines clear expectations for grant recipients with regards to financial expenditure and monitors this carefully to ensure that agreed targets are met.  

Leadership & management - Manages and liaises with any contract staff employed to advise on or otherwise support the Cultural Protection Fund as well as potentially line managing staff both within and beyond the local office base. 

Risk & Compliance - Ensures that funded project(s) are delivered in line with BC quality standards and BC Project Management methodologies, including adherence to all process and procedures, governance requirements and communication procedures 

What we require of the successful candidate:

·  Knowledge of research and evaluation theory and practices related to the arts
 · Demonstrable experience within the cultural heritage sector and knowledge of current practice.
 · Experience of grant-making and/or project management.
·  Experience of writing analytical reports and presenting information verbally in a formal setting.

If you would like to understand more about the post, then please see the documents attached:   


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. Please apply by 18th November 2019 at 23:59 UK time. 

 Interviews are planned for the week commencing 2nd or 9th December 2019.   

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. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.