Regional Higher Education Insights Manager SSA

Date: 13 Feb 2024

Location: Lagos, Sub Saharan Africa, NG

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 Context:


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. 


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language and education. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. 




Regional Higher Education Insights Manager, SSA (Sub Saharan Africa) 


 Role Purpose


The post holder will develop and deliver the HE Insights Hubs in SSA.  Delivering corporate and regional outcomes and ensuring that benefit is achieved overseas and for the UK. Provides sector expertise at country/regional level. Manages senior partner and stakeholder relationships. He/she will  lead the production and editorial management of British Council’s research portfolio in education. This role will have focus on conducting, commissioning and analysing quantitative and qualitative education research, ensuring that the output is highly relevant and of practical value to the international higher education customer audience and producing high quality products to reflect a rapidly developing marketplace.



Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

The appointed candidate will have the following accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

  • Lead the commissioning and production of high quality and scientifically robust research  and report efficiently and within tight deadlines
  • Gather and analyse quantitative and qualitative data using industry standard software and technology, with high proficiency
  • Set and maintain global quality standards
  • Leads an inclusive organisational culture where staff have opportunities for continuous professional development and are actively contributing to the British Council’s anti-racism action plan and EDI strategy to mainstream EDI and become anti-racist in our cultures and practices within our organisation and in our programmes, particularly through a time of change.
  • Leads on planning process for designated portfolio within region according to global sector strategy and programming
  • Contributes to pillar/region business strategy
  • Strategic leadership of design, development, delivery and closure of projects and or programmes as needed
  • Builds and maintains business critical relationships with key clients and partners and with leading partners in the sector with a view to identifying new business opportunities and partnerships for the British Council
  • Builds and maintains the government and institutional relationships that the UK needs to succeed in region/country
  • Uses sector expertise to provide insight and content for corporate responses to public consultations, representing British Council’s perspective and demonstrating our thought-leadership in relevant external fora 
  • Provides up-to-date and well-informed senior-level briefings on current and emerging matters in area of expertise, conducting detailed analysis and research, contributing cutting-edge sector knowledge and content to proposals, potentially contributing to the body of literature in their area of expertise 
  • Promotes and positions the UK education sector in country/region
  • Ensures British Council’s value proposition and support to the UK sector is clear, agreed and communicated.
  • Lead on business and partnership development strategy for the portfolio, aligning with regional and corporate priorities, systems and processes 
  • Contribute to the development of strategic responses to partner/ client needs as efficiently and effectively as possible, including developing and promoting new ideas for services

As with any business that experiences peaks and troughs of activity, there is likely to be a need to work outside office hours from time to time.


Role specific knowledge and experience:

The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • Degree in economics, statistics or a social sciences / business -related field, or equivalent
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Demonstrable experience in data collection, analysis and insightful research report –writing 
  • Project management experience
  • Extensive knowledge of UK and international policy in the sector, reform and policy and approaches to internationalisation
  • Previous experience of building effective networks across organisations 
  • Able to lead digital events on basic platforms (Microsoft Teams) ensuring all corporate standards are met, including those for accessibility and safeguarding  
  • Ability to analyse relevant equality issues



Further Information

Pay band: 8

Contract type: Locally Engaged 

Contract Duration: 2 Years Fixed Term 

Locations the role could be based: Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda 

Department: Cultural Engagement

Essential Requirements– Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country of application.


Additional Information: 

  • Closing Date – 4 March 2024 applications will close 23:59 South Africa Time


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.


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