Project Officer, Premier Skills

Date: 17-Nov-2022

Location: Kampala, Sub Saharan Africa, UG

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.

Project Officer, Premier Skills

Role Purpose

The post holder will provide efficient and effective administrative support for the Premier Skills Programme. They will also support the delivery of Premier Skills programmes to agreed targets, impact, customer service standards and financial management standards with and through project partners to meet the project objectives within the defined timeline and targets and partner expectations. This requires a well organised, adaptable, self-starter with great attention to detail and good communication skills.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • Support the administrative and financial as well as procurement delivery as per British Council policy and client requirements.
  • Processing documents such as but not limited to (Visa application, vendor payment, letters etc.)
  • Contribute to building of long-term partnerships for the British Council.
  • Support in managing the delivery of the monitoring and evaluation plan for the Premier Skills Programme in Uganda, using the programme’s monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • To identify, assess, report, and monitor progress in addressing risks to the achievement of project objectives.
  • Support the sourcing of quotations for below 5,000 GBP threshold.
  • Liaise with communication team, responsible for the effective communication and dissemination of the programme
  • Support administration of related contracts i.e., managing performance and risk and assist in resolving operational issues with suppliers.
  • Process invoices and timesheets in liaison with vendors, budget managers and the finance hub
  • Support the management of financial resources to implement project activity accurately allocated, forecasted, monitored, and reported
  • Ensure that relevant business processes (procurement, sales, travel, and expenses, etc.) carried out in line with corporate standards using SAP where appropriate.


Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Professional experience in project delivery, grant funding or general administration and logistics management.


Essential requirements:

  • Diploma in a relevant field



  • Degree/ Equivalent in Business Administration, social works, development studies, or in a relevant filed.
  • At least 2 years working experience as a Project Officer in the development sector


Further Information

  • Pay Band – BRC-4-H
  • Renumeration: UGSH 3,199,036.00 per month
  • Contract Type – Five (5) Months Fixed Term Contract
  • Location – Uganda
  • Occasional unsocial hours and weekend working. Some domestic travel is to be expected.
  • Language requirements: Strong written and oral English communication skills
  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
  • Closing Date – 1 December 2022 applications will close 23:59 East Africa Time


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