Assistant Consultant

Date: 05-Aug-2022

Location: Cardiff, UKM, GB

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.


Assistant Consultant – Grants Officer


Payband: 6

Salary: £20,254 per annum plus excellent British Council benefits such as 32 days annual leave plus bank holidays. 
Location: Cardiff, London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast. (The UK Only).
Department: Erasmus+
Contract type: FTC until 01/12/22 or 31/03/23 
Closing Date: 21st August 2022 at 23:59 UK Time. 


 You must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of application. 

The Context:
Erasmus + is a large E.U. education programme providing funding opportunities for international exchange and linking for all sectors of education, training and youth across Europe and beyond. The programme is worth €940m to the UK over 7 years (2014-2020). The British Council is the UK National Agency for Erasmus +, working in partnership with Ecorys UK. The National Agency and programme activities sit with the Education and Society Strategic Business Unit (SBU), and directly support both our cultural relations objectives and our financial targets.


The National Agency delivers the programme according to an annual Work Programme agreed with the E.C., to strict contractual and compliance frameworks, and in the context of annual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) agreed with BIS. The Erasmus + National Agency team delivers grants to beneficiaries in all education and training sectors in the UK, across 3 Key Actions or types of activity, plus the e-Twinning online platform for schools and a number of smaller E.C. contracts. The British Council Erasmus+ team has its delivery hub in Cardiff, with smaller number of posts located in all other UK offices.


This is the largest contract the British Council has ever managed and is critical in terms of the impact it can deliver and the stakeholder relationships it supports. The programme also has challenging delivery targets including delivery of substantial savings through the use of technology and process standardisation.

The Opportunity.
 Role Purpose:


As Assistant Consultant (Grants Officer) you'll report to Grants Manager (Consultant), this is a client relationship role, managing a large volume of tasks where you will need to be confident in prioritising and making decisions, have strong customer service, communication and IT skills to ensure Grants are processed in line with our contractual obligations.



Delivery of Grant Awards


•    Administration of Erasmus + grant awards to National Agency (NA) and E.C. standards: eligibility checks, financial capacity/organisational capacity reviews and support to Evaluation Committee; production and dispatch of grant agreements; reporting: checking of reports; closure of grant agreements/projects; raising purchase orders; requesting clarification of reports.
•    Managing external experts: standard emails, grant agreements, answering queries on assessment processes, setting up meeting and training etc.
•    Updating Erasmus+ and other contractual I.T. tools are required.
•    Preparation of documents for audits and site visits as required.

Team Membership and Contribution


•    Support the delivery of operational plans for own area of work.
•    Ensure professionalism is demonstrated in your area and customer/client needs and perspectives are reflected in your behaviours and focus.
•    Support the embedding of continuous learning and improvement into the team.
•    Seek to understand the interdependence and connections the team has with other functions and teams within E&S and the wider organisation

Key Challenges / Opportunities:


•    Applications Administration – completion of eligibility, financial checks, and quality of grant applications, maintaining systems and informing grant applicants of progress.
•    Project Monitoring and Reporting – monitoring compliance of projects against European Commission (E.C.) and British Council guidelines to grant holders as well as reviewing quality and supporting evidence of grant holder reports.

•    Financial Administration – reconciling grant awards, including assessing invoice and receipt standards. Raising payments through SAP and data entry and record keeping.

•    Compliance – ensuring programme beneficiaries adhere to the Erasmus + regulations.

•    Time Management – working to deadlines to meet contractual requirements.

•    Problem Solving – being able to solve problems and think critically are key skills for the role.


Requirements of the role:
•    Experience of relevant elements of Erasmus+ Grant Management: Key Action 1 / 2 / 3, eligibility checking, financial capacity checking, quality assessment, budget checking, final reporting etc.

•    Delivered products and services in line with agreed standards.

•    Managed relationships effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including Senior Managers.
•    Strong communication skills 

Additional Information:


Closing Date:  Applications will close at 23:59 on 21st August 2022 UK Time. 


Interviews will be held around the beginning/middle of September 

You must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of application


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


Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


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.


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