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Project Officer - SEDR

Date: 01-Apr-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.

Pay band: PB 4 / Grade H
Location: Colombo
Department: Cultural Engagement / Education & Society / Society
Contract type: Fixed Term contract
Duration: 2 years
Closing date and time: Sunday, 18 April 2021, 23:59 CET (Central European Time)

Role Purpose: 

Supporting Effective Dispute Resolution (SEDR) is a four-year project implemented by the British Council. The aim of the project is to strengthen dialogue between the people and the state, with a focus on contributing to the resolution and upstream prevention of local disputes. 


The British Council is recruiting a Project Officer to support successful project management by providing high quality and effective project management support to the Senior Project Manager and the wider SEDR team. Responsibilities include drafting documents including contracts, ensuring accurate document management, supporting with events and procurement, and travelling to project locations when needed.

Challenges and Accountabilities: 


  • Planning and management of procurement services to effectively deliver the services through ensuring best value provided, and appropriate sourcing of services in the operations
  • Support the Project team with TORs preparation for external consultancies


Project Management

  • Ensure proper records management system is in place including records of inbound and outbound documents from project office
  • Management of documents, records, data security in line with corporate policies and /or the client contract
  • Assist team members to organise project activities (meetings, workshops, training etc) 
  • Ensure events management and logistical arrangements are delivered effectively and to British Council standards and expectations



  • Sri Lankan citizen or in possession of a valid work visa to work in Sri Lanka 
  • High proficiency in English and Sinhala and/or Tamil
  • Professional qualification or relevant experience
  • Diploma or equivalent professional qualification (desirable) 
  • Minimum 2 years of proven experience of project management for donor funded projects
  • Proven experience of logistics management for events, workshops, trainings etc.
  • Experience of preparing narrative reports, Terms of Reference, and/or contracts to set deadlines
  • Experience of document management, including managing online and offline document management systems
  • Experience of contract management (desirable) 
  • Experience of managing online data management systems such as SharePoint (desirable) 


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