Programme Manager - Youth and Civil Society
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Project Management
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Pay Band 7/F (locally appointed) Contract Duration: One year (renewable) Location: Lebanon, Beirut Salary: 4,140,824 LBP Closing date: 18.09.2019
Role purpose

Working closely with Director Programmes and Partnerships, the role will support in the design and development of our Syria programme portfolio - entailing civil society and youth development - by working with relevant partners, stakeholders and wider  target audiences in Syria and the United Kingdom (UK) to deliver successful country plan priorities.

The post holder is required to ensure high impact and quality delivery of all projects through sound project management and financial sustainability. He/she should assist in income generation through the pursuit of full-cost recovery contracts and co-funded partnerships.
Moreover, he/she should ensure regular and effective coordination with regional leads for coherence and alignment with country, regional and global strategy and outcomes for the British Council and that benefit is achieved for both Syria and the UK.

The primary focus of the role is, therefore, to position our work on youth and civil society internally and externally, share knowledge and learning, communicate impact to key stakeholders and maximise the use of resources and value for money.

Function Overview

In Syria, the British Council closed and suspended its operations in its Damascus office in 2012, having been present on the ground since 1943. Nonetheless, we have continued to deliver cultural relations programming in support of displaced Syrians through our neighbouring country offices and remotely through local partners still operating inside Syria.

The current Syria Directorate is based in Beirut, Lebanon. It has a mandate to support host country offices to develop multi-country responses to the Syrian crisis, for overall coordination of the regional response to the crisis, and to develop viable long-term models and programmes for delivering impact back inside Syria.

Our vision is for young Syrians to feel less isolated and have greater access to opportunities to connect with the world and participate in conversations and learning experiences that give them hope for a better future. We are working towards this vision by initiating greater connections, knowledge sharing and collaboration between the people of the UK and Syria.

Our primary focus in the current context is supporting the long-term enablers of peace, security and recovery at the community level: values-based civil society organisations and networks, youth and women community leaders, artists, citizen journalists, social entrepreneurs, teachers and school leaders.

Our key priority areas for the next three years (2021) are as follows: 

- To increasing spaces for reflection and exploration of UK and Syrian values, identity and culture.  
- To equip Syria youth and professionals with skills to improve their economic opportunities and employability 
- To strengthen value-based youth led and civil society networks to influence social change and local peacebuilding

The post holder will be a member of the Syria programmes team based in Beirut. He/she will be held accountable for design and delivery of the British Council Syria programme portfolio focusing on youth and civil society.

Please refer to the Role Profile attached below for further details.

Role Profile 
British Council Core Skills 
British Council Behaviors
  • If you are interested in this vacancy, kindly submit your application by 18 September 2019.
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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.

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