Programme Support

Date: 02-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.

Purpose of Role:


To support the development and delivery of the Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme, which forms part of the Alumni UK global programme.

The Warm Welcome Scholarship team is seeking an Assistant Consultant to work with a small internal team and a wider team of external partners to support the delivery of the programme.

The Assistant Consultant will play an important role within the Warm Welcome Scholarship team, supporting key areas of the programme development and delivery.  The role requires good organisational skills to independently manage multiple demands and deadlines, together with strong team-working and communication skills.  A high level of attention to detail is needed to manage work to meet internal and client project management requirements.  The role also requires experience of working with financial management systems.


Role context

On 1st September 2021, a significant UK cross-government effort was announced, dubbed ‘Operation Warm Welcome’, to ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education, and integrate into their local communities. As part of this support package, a Department for Education (DfE) ‘Warm Welcome’ scholarship scheme has been created to support those affected to access undergraduate and postgraduate university places in the UK. The Warm Welcome Scholarship scheme seeks to meet the needs of different groups who have links to Afghanistan in the UK and who have been affected by the change of regime in Afghanistan, through scholarships providing access to higher education. The scheme will target a selection of those for whom an undergraduate or postgraduate degree will help rebuild their lives and use their skills to fully contribute to life in the UK or where desired, to support an eventual return to Afghanistan. This scheme will contribute further to the cross-government commitment to Operation Warm Welcome.


Main Accountabilities:


Product/Programme/Service delivery

  • Issuing and processing grant agreements and quarterly payments to the Higher Education Providers.
  • To undertake financial tasks including invoicing, raising purchase orders, and maintaining relevant spreadsheets.
  • Update project management documentation and ensure the documentation is appropriately mapped and stored to meet British Council and client requirements.
  • To participate as an active member of the Warm Welcome Scholarship team in the application of programme policies and processes such as grant management, outreach and engagement, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).
  • Providing general event administration and support.

Customers & stakeholders

  • Responding to the Warm Welcome Scholarships mailboxes.




Role specific knowledge and experience




•           Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of project management

•           Experience of working with financial management systems




•           Experience of using SAP financial management system

•           Understanding of UK Higher Education sector

•           Experience of working on a global programme



Further Information


Pay Band – Pay band 6

Contract Type – Fix Term Contract for 12 Months

Location – United Kingdom

Requirements – Candidates must have the legal right to work in United Kingdom

Closing Date – 17th of August 2022

Interview Dates – 23rd – 24th August 2022


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