Programme Manager - Arts

Date: 24-Nov-2022

Location: Johannesburg, Sub Saharan Africa, ZA Cape Town, Sub Saharan Africa, ZA

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.

 

Role Purpose

To enable the delivery of South Africa’s Art Programme across Africa and the United Kingdom by contributing to programme strategy, leading programme delivery, and providing operational leadership (including finance, M and E and compliance). To Implement multi-country programmes or large single county project or programme funded by British Council and other partners or clients in compliance with British Council policies and procedures. Could play a leadership role on a specific component of a larger project or programme.

 

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership of programme team managed and ensure that line management of staff is to British Council standards.
  • Holds delivery partners to account including supply chain management where applicable.
  • Manage and control the agreed budget, expenditure, and income against plans, ensure accuracy of reports and ensure sound financial management and analysis across the portfolio through monthly finance reviews and quarterly business reviews.
  • Prepare contracts for all partnerships ensuring they capture all elements of the partnerships and outline clearly all partner responsibilities and benefits following established corporate templates
  • Identifies risks in a project or programme and puts together mitigation strategies with SRO.
  • Ensure that programme delivery, training events and activity are appropriately screened, including conflict sensitivity screening, and reflect British Council EDI policy
  • Project manage board engagement (programme Board and working groups for each work stream/pillar) sending out meeting papers, recording decisions, and ensuring all board activities are supported effectively.

 

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Experience of managing multi country or large in-country programmes that have met project closure and audit standards.
  • Knowledge and or experience of working with at least two types of funding sources within a structured compliance regime.
  • Experience of client management, partner management and/or contract management.
  • Experience of managing a wide range of stakeholders. 
  • More than 5  years’ experience managing projects or managing aspects of programmes.
  • Experience in spotting risk in a project or programme and putting together successful risk mitigation with SRO
  • Understanding of MEL principles
  • Experience of managing teams and line management.
  • Experience of conducting lessons learned reviews/After action reviews to inform future programme design and management.
  • Evidence of successful programme / project management to high standards, consistently over time including (but not restricted to) evaluation management, financial management, stakeholder management, EDI and child protection.
  • Experience working on Narratives and Storytelling Projects
  • An innovative approach building audiences for activity particularly using digital and social media channels.
  • Experience of financial planning and management including budgeting, monitoring, and reporting

 

 

Essential Requirement:

  • Foundation level Project Management qualification (in-house training or evidence of CPD in this area could be considered)
  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised institution or five years’ relevant experience in lieu

 

Desirable:

  • Experience of managing dispersed teams
  • Formal project management qualification
  • Track record in attracting partnership (in-kind and cash) from a range of partners and delivering benefit to same.

 

Further Information

  • Pay Band – BRC-7-F
  • Salary- ZAR 57,954.00 per month
  • Contract Type – Two (2) year Fixed term contract with the possibility of an extension based on mutual agreement
  • Location –South Africa
  • Language requirement: C1 English
  • Role could require some domestic and international travel as required by the programme and some out of hours and evening work responding to or driven by programme/portfolio needs.
  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
  • Closing Date – 6 December 2022 applications will close 23:59 South Africa Time
  • Role Profile- Akhona Tsube

 

 

 

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.

 

If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org

 

Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.