Senior Programme Manager

Date: 15-Mar-2023

Location: Addis Ababa, Sub Saharan Africa, ET

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Senior Programme Manager


Role Purpose


The role is expected to make a major contribution to the successful delivery and management of the Better Migration Management (BMM) programme technical outputs and results to the satisfaction of the British Council/GiZ/EU standards in Ethiopia/Uganda/Sudan). This programme is jointly funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund and BMZ. The role will include and require a strong aspect of financial management, project management, and stakeholder management skills to meaningfully participate in the migration dialogue.

The tasks will be defined at the outset of the mission and will include (but will not be limited to):


  • Set up the project team in liaison with the HR team and project offices where needed as well as the programme governance arrangements;
  • Establish the Financial and staff resource planning; mapping incurred and upcoming costs against WBS structure in close coordination with the Finance Controller East Africa and Regional Project Finance Manager (BMM);
  • Develop the project’s operations manual; complete the risk register; establish a knowledge management system (with all team members able to access the site);
  • Lead the development of a Project MEL approach and project log frame in coordination with the Regional Programme Manager (BMM) and SSA MEL Manager;


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:


Leadership & management


  • Accountability for project finances and grant management to ensure that financial planning supports the delivery of project results and demonstrates value-for-money
  • Providing overall strategic direction and policy guidance to the project in close liaison with the British Council country teams in Uganda/Ethiopia/Sudan, Internal Programme Board, and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO)
  • Leading and coordinating the preparation, implementation, quality assurance, monitoring and reporting (both technical and financial progress reports) of all Programme activities at the regional level as foreseen in the Description of Action (DoA), annual workplans and in line with the project’s evolving Theory of Change and Logframe.


Programme delivery


  • Make recommendations to senior managers/SRO/project board team members on procedural improvements, resource requirements and other programme initiatives to drive enhance team performance, cost-effectiveness, quality and efficiency
  • Undertakes regular quality checks and reviews, following agreed corporate or relevant external protocols, to monitor the quality, consistency and effectiveness of programme delivery.  Reports on findings and recommends appropriate remedial actions as required.
  • Identifies and shares examples of process/procedural best practices with appropriate colleagues in the country/region/SBU to drive continuous improvement in the BC’s Cultural Engagement capability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


Risk & compliance


  • Use standardised processes to monitor team/unit compliance with agreed corporate risk management procedures relevant to service delivery (e.g. child protection, security policies, financial protocols, anti-fraud measures) to protect the interests of the BC and its customers at all times.  Highlights to senior managers any instances of non-compliance.
  • Ensure team/unit members receive and maintain appropriate induction/training in all relevant risk management procedures.
  • Lead on project risk assessment and management, including a regularly updated risk management strategy in line with British Council corporate standards.


Analysis & reporting


  • Conducts analysis using a range of standard methodologies and across multiple data sets to provide high-quality and evidence-based recommendations on procedural improvements and/or highlight resource requirements needed to enhance operational performance
  • Presents complex information clearly, using an appropriate combination of written, graphical and financial data/analysis, to enable evidence-based operational decision-making and planning.


Programme development


  • Lead in the development and presentation of specific project or programme proposals, including the subject or sector specialism-related component of wider programmes, to ensure these are soundly based and gain approval
  • Oversees and, as necessary, advises on the implementation of approved programme activities to ensure these are efficiently and effectively delivered
  • Advises and works with colleagues to ensure the relevant parts of the British Council’s knowledge management systems, websites and marketing materials are up to-date and comprehensive in relation to BC’s work within the specific subject/sector specialism


Role-specific knowledge and experience:

Essential requirements:


  • Relevant university degree
  • Experience in managing the delivery of projects delivered through partners and / or using outsourced providers – through client/partner funds.
  • Proven experience in large-scale programme coordination and management during all stages of the project cycle in developing country contexts.
  • Four Years’ experience including at least one year in a managerial role (project management)




  • Relevant Project management certification, APM, PMP, Prince 2 and/or Project Management for Development (PMD) , or any other project/programme management certification


Further Information


  • Pay Band – 8
  • Contract Type – Two-Year Fixed Term Contract – with the possibility of extension
  • Location – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Language requirements: High level of English language (IELTS 6 or above equivalent).
  • The role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country in which the role is based.
  • Closing Date – 29 March 2023. Applications will close at 23:59 East Africa Time


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