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Grant Coordinator

Date: 19-Feb-2021

Location: Colombo, LK

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.


Grant Coordinator – Integrated Rural Development “Enterprise” project
Pay band: PB 4
Location: Badulla, Sri Lanka
Department: Education & Society
Contract type: Fixed Term contract
Duration: Until 30 November 2021
Closing date and time: Sunday, 28 February 2021, 23:59 Sri Lanka time

Role Purpose: 

To assist Team Leader to plan and successfully deliver the British Council’s components of the ‘Support to Integrated Rural Development in the Most Vulnerable Districts of the Central and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka’, project funded by European Union (EU), CARE Germany-Luxembourg and the British Council, and implemented in partnership with Chrysalis ensuring that it meets the agreed time, cost, quality, output and outcome targets. She/he will be based in Badulla.     

Challenges and Accountabilities: 

•    Prepare the required documentation for call for proposals, including but not limited to an overview of the overall project, the opportunity structure for proposals and the objectives of the projects, financing agreements and other documentation as required by British Council procedures and in line with EU guidelines for financial support to third parties.
•    Facilitate the call for proposals and information sessions that will be made available to prospective grantees/ partner organisations.
•    Build and maintain effective relationships with grantees/ partner organisations to ensure effective delivery of project outputs.
•    Manage all financial reporting and the payment distribution process which may include at times a transactional role and assist in preparing internal financial reports in the British Council system and external financial reports for Care Germany and the Delegation of the European Union.
•    Assist in internal audits, client audits and the expenditure verification audit and also assist in conducting due diligence assessment of grantees/ partner organisations, and monitor compliance and financial management of the grants disbursed.
•    Monitoring visits to ensure the quality delivery of the programmes by the partner organisations.
•    Support to implement all the project activities delivered by the British Council and to ensure regular communication with government stakeholders & other project implementing partners to ensure appropriate coordination.



•    Sri Lankan citizen or in possession of a valid work visa to work in Sri Lanka with high proficiency in English and Sinhala and/or Tamil.
•    Diploma in Financial / Project Management.
•    Minimum of 3 years of proven /experience in NGOs, INGOs or donor funding agencies (Preferable experience of working with EU funded projects)
•    Ability to monitor and hold others to account and to maintain standards and quality in a project with multiple partners and keeping to deadlines.

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


Equality Statement


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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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