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Operational Lead - SED, Education and Society

Date: 10-Jun-2021

Location: Bogota, Americas, CO

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Pay Band and salary: G - $5,178,000 COP
Contract Type: Fixed term for 6 months approx.
Location: Colombia

Number of vacancies: 2
Right to Work Requirements: Right to Work in Colombia. The British Council is not able to support or sponsor work visa applications from non-Colombians.

Closing Date: advert will close on Sunday June 20, 2021 at 23:59 Col time.


Role Purpose

To support the Senior Project Manager in the implementation, monitoring and delivery of a large-scale project within the English for Education Systems (EES) unit of the British Council Colombia. The post holder is expected to align the planning, delivery, and implementation to the project’s strategic objectives and to the British Council internal policies.


Main opportunities and challenges for this role

  • Build relationships with key stakeholders in the Education sector.
  • Access to British Council global standards on project management.
  • Access to professional development across all areas of the British Council.
  • Equal opportunities policy applied to all our activity in Colombia and globally.
  • Challenging, large scale project to be delivered in a short time framework.
  • Some weekend and evening work might be necessary depending on project’s deadlines.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following

  • Creating an implementation plan that integrates the requirements, detailed schedule of activities and deliverables, financial resources, quality management, communications plan, risk assessment and mitigation, indicators, amongst others that might emerge during the implementation of the project
  • Working hand in hand with the Senior Project Manager to make strategic decisions thus mitigating possible risks during the implementation.
  • Liaising with other British Council strategic units that need to take part during the implementation of the project.
  • Leading an academic and administrative team on the delivery and monitoring of the project in line with the corporate policies and stakeholder’s requirements.
  • Leading all the assigned components of the project assuring quality through the coordination with the Technical Lead.
  • Co-leading teacher training sessions for trainers and beneficiary teachers from the project.
  • Oversee online English classes addressed to beneficiary students from the project.
  • Monitoring budget and expenditure making sure of a strict alignment to the plan.
  • Monitoring the cash flow and budget forecast for the assigned project according to the stakeholder’s requirements and British Council’s policies.
  • Supervising and approving the financial reports including supporting documents to external partners under the supervision and approval of the Senior Project’s Manager, including detailed reports of withholding taxes to DIAN, and according to the stakeholders’ and British Council policies.
  • Supervising and approving internal financial reports.
  • Monitoring the technical implementation of activities in coordination with the technical lead.
  • Ensuring that the Monitoring and Evaluation component of the project is implemented in accordance with Corporate Reference Evidence Framework standards and to report likely variations from target.
  • Ensuring quality feedback is captured and assessed when appropriate and in accordance with corporate Reference Evidence Framework standards
  • Liaising with the British Council comms teams to plan and deliver the most appropriate communications strategy for the project.
  • Ensuring that brand guidelines of both the British Council and partners are followed.  


Requirements of the role

  • 3 years of relevant project management experience at large scales. 
  • 2 years of proven experience managing people.
  • 1 year of proven experience in stakeholder management.
  • University degree in, Administration, Education, Communications, or related areas.
  • Post graduate studies in related areas.
  • Ability to operate in Spanish and English (both written and spoken) at a business level. Non-native speakers of Spanish should demonstrate a CEFR C1 level. 


A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


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. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


  If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org

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