Project & Support Officer: Newton Fund

Date: 02-Aug-2022

Location: Cape Town, Sub Saharan Africa, ZA

Company: British Council

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Role Purpose:

Provides operational support in the management of the legacy of the Newton Fund programme and future Science activity in South Africa. The selected candidate will be working with the Newton Fund Programme Manager to ensure optimal delivery of Newton legacy activity and will take the lead on closure related communications and events coordination.

 The selected candidate will have the opportunity to participate in larger scale programme development and management. Additionally, this role will be expected to support the development of any future Science activity by producing data and relevant insights through management of legacy projects.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • Assisting with all aspects of the Newton Fund legacy work ensuring compliance with project management standards, corporate policies and in accordance with key contractual and reporting obligations from the client (BEIS).
  • Supporting with tracking and monitoring income and expenditure targets. This includes periodic and identification / reporting of risks or variations.
  • Monitoring legacy projects and their outcomes to generate success stories for publication in newsletters, social media and other external platforms.
  • Liaising with existing grantees and project leads in partner institutions


Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Experience supporting financial operations and contract management.
  • Experience delivering communication strategies.
  • Record of managing programme and user data according to corporate standards.



Essential Requirements:

  • Professional in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Administration, or related areas.
  • 2-3 years of experience in financial, administrative and logistics management of projects
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in contract and supplier management.



  • Degree and/or equivalent
  • Project Management Certificate/ Qualification
  • Experience working in Science, Higher Education or Education programmes.
  • Knowledge of the South Africa Higher Education landscape.



Further Information

  • Pay Band – BRC-4-F
  • Remuneration: ZAR 16,373.00 per month
  • Contract Type – Two Year Fixed Term Contract with the possibility of extension
  • Location: Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Language requirements: English at proficiency level
  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
  • Role could require some domestic and international travel as required by the programme and some out of hours and evening work.
  • Closing Date – 16 August 2022 applications will close 23:59 South Africa Time



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