Programme Manager Ignite Culture Fund

Role Purpose

To lead on the successful and compliant delivery of the Ignite Culture Fund Programme to be implemented in partnership with HEVA Fund across the wider Eastern Africa Region (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Seychelles, Somalia).

Main opportunities and challenges for this role:

This role is expected to work directly with the team leader, partner, and programme governance on the evolution of the programme vision, strategy and approach. The Programme Manager takes particular leadership of the relationship with the project delivery partner, oversight of compliance to British Council processes and systems (to include ongoing maintenance of centre of excellence mandatory planning tools, MCC and ACC checks, ensuring that the risk management framework is maintained, GDPR compliance etc), and leadership of the two regional support programmes for grant beneficiaries.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

The post-holder will Provide inspiring and motivational leadership that role-models the British Council’s values and behaviours, and empowers and enables staff to deliver excellence, whilst promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
Ensure that the activities under the project are delivered to a high standard of quality, aligned with the CCGF results frameworks and centre of excellence guidelines.
Ensuring that the project maintains internal coherence, resulting in positive annual and final client review of overall performance
Maintain oversight of the contracts with grant beneficiaries in partnership with HEVA ensuring they are delivered in compliance with EU requirements and following established corporate templates including ensuring that the grant scheduling report is maintained on a quarterly basis.
Provide guidance to Programme Partner in the contracting of project contractors, consultants and suppliers ensuring they clearly capture all roles and responsibilities following established corporate templates and that these are reported as part of their quarterly reporting.
Oversight and leadership of the communications across the region about the annual call for proposals. To include distribution of information across all 14 countries, translation where necessary, social media, and virtual or in-person information events held across the 7 countries in which the British Council have a physical presence.
Lead on the relationship with the Programme Partner, client and relevant stakeholders ensuring the programme acts on feedback from client, target groups and partners. To include engagement with the partner at least once every two weeks, client engagement at least once every quarter and internal stakeholders via the monthly internal governance board.
Provide inspiring and motivational leadership that role-models British Council’s values and behaviours, empowers and enables staff to deliver excellence whilst promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Demonstrate effective line management of Arts Manager Kenya and Arts Officer ICF in line with British Council corporate standards
Role specific knowledge and experience:

The ideal candidate should be skilled in the following areas:

Team management and line management
Evidence of successful programme / project management to high standards, consistently over time including (but not restricted to) evaluation management, financial management, stakeholder management, EDI and child protection.
Proven leadership of ambitious cultural projects and/or creative production with a range of partner organisations.
Track record in attracting partnership (in-kind and cash) from a range of partners and delivering benefit to same.
An innovative approach building audiences for activity particularly using digital and social media channels.
Experience of financial planning and management including budgeting, monitoring and reporting.
Further Information

Pay band: 7

Contract type: – Fixed Term Contract Until 30 April 2024

Alternative locations the role could be based: Kenya

Department: Arts

Essential Requirements–

The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

Fluency in written and spoken English
Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution or five years’ relevant experience in lieu
Desirable requirements

Formal arts management and / or project management qualification.
Closing Date – 18 August 2021 applications will close 23:59 Nigeria Time

Additional Information: Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.

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Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. 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.
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