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Project Manager EES

Date: 02-Sep-2021

Location: Lahore, PK

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.

Payband: 6

Location: Flexible [Preference Lahore]

Duration: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract, Extendable

Department: EES


Closing Date: Application will close by 15 September 2021, 23:59 PST Time


Role Purpose:

  • The post holder will manage EES projects, including the large scale English as a Subject for Teachers & Educators (EaSTE), English and Digital for Girls’ Education (EDGE) and English Connects (technologically enabled professional development for teachers) by supporting delivery, ongoing development and evaluation of these projects and other future projects
  • The post holder will build and maintain relations with key stakeholders, including education authorities, training departments, education institutions, foundations and other partners involved in the delivery of EES projects
  • The post holder will also support the pursuit and development of new contract opportunities to ensure greater impact through our work and to meet EES business targets in line with our EES 2025 strategy


Challenges and Oppurtunities:

  • Ensuring that new projects, EaSTE and EDGE, are set up and implemented effectively
  • Liaising with partner organisations to ensure that British Council delivery is in line with their expectations
  • Managing risks, particularly in the context of the Covid pandemic


Main Accountabilities:

Manage the delivery of EES contracts within the following project management functions:

  • Activity scheduling – ensuring activities are delivered on time, to the required standard and within budget
  • M&E - developing instruments, overseeing their deployment, overseeing the collection, collation and storage of M&E data, contributing to the interpretation and presentation of results, in line with M&E plans
  • Risk - implementing the risk mitigation plan and updating the risk register on a regular basis
  • Quality assurance - organising self-assessment, review visits and any required action planning
  • Stakeholder engagement – ensuring stakeholders remain informed of progress against milestones and involved in decisions around project delivery, in line with governance approach
  • Internal and external communications – ensuring messaging around the delivery and impact are delivered to the correct audiences using the most appropriate channnels
  • Financial monitoring and reporting – using SAP to provide monthly reports on expenditure and income and cross referencing these against the CPMs
  • Performance of consultants – ensuring that consultants deliver training and support to the standards required
  • Research, policy and insight – support intitiatives that provide the evidence base for our work

Oversee specified aspects of business delivery administration that include: logistics; record-keeping; deployment of  consultants; maintaining records of procurement procedure

Support specified aspects of business development and pursuit that include positioning, proposal writing, assessing risk, complying with the Contracts Approval Process, bid submission

Contribute to general EES activity by:

  • Supporting colleagues within the EES project team, British Council colleagues from other teams and external experts to deliver their expertise effectively and efficiently
  • Developing and strengthening the British Council’s role with networks of English teaching professionals and education experts in order to improve standards of English teaching and learning
  • Building and managing partnerships with the corporate, development and government sectors to ensure sustainability of the English programme in the long term.
  • Supporting an effective integration/interface with other relevant Council programmes such as Schools and Higher Education


Role Requirements

  • Must have the right to work in Pakistan 
  • 3 Years Project Management experience
  • Experience in Education sector
  • Risk Assessment Capability


Essential Core Skills for the Role:

  • Finance and Resource Management (Level 3)
  • Managing Projects (Level 3)
  • Planning and organising (Level 3)


Desirable Skills

  • Business Development (Level 2)
  • Communicating and influencing (Level 3)
  • Analysing data and problems (Level 3)


Our Values and Behaviours

British council values and behaviours are applicable across our organisation, in all roles and at all levels. They are important because they say what we stand for at the British Council and help us to deliver our strategy. We use them to guide our decision making, as well as guiding how we treat one another and the people we work with. These will be assessed in the selection process. Our values are:

Open and Committed; Expert and Inclusive; Optimistic and Bold.

The behaviours for each values pair can be found on our Intranet SharePoint site for internal staff and at our Careers portal for external applicants.


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

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.