Project Officer (Maternity Cover) - Malawi

Date: 22-Sep-2022

Location: Lilongwe, Sub Saharan Africa, MW

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 Maternity Cover

Role Purpose

Support British Council Malawi TVET/Education projects planning and delivery to meet specific project targets and the wider projects portfolio objectives. The role will support the Programme manager and work alongside other colleagues to achieve an overall performance of programming that meets our strategic goals in Malawi and contributes to those of British Council Sub-Saharan Africa and globally.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • Provide planning, implementation, and administrative support to TVET and other projects, demonstrating drive and diligence to advance activities/issues in a timely manner and to a high standard. Lead on the Commonwealth scholarships programme; apply good judgement, ensuring that good practice and compliance across projects.
  • Support planning, management and monitoring of project finances and resources competently and in line with corporate standards. Partner the Programme manager, finance, and relevant colleagues to ensure financial rigour and overall budget management that is transparent, accountable and demonstrates value for money including on procurement and contract management.
  • Cultivate effective relationships with relevant stakeholders, communicate effectively in support of programme objectives, support identification of achievements and stories for ongoing stakeholder communication. Build and work collaboratively with a strong network or others for projects success.



Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Ability to manage self, to work independently and as part of the team.
  • Project Management (including professional networks engagement)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with diverse audiences
  • Digital skills- analysing/using social media platforms and digital technologies.
  • Projects delivery/co-ordination
  • Data analysis (for insight and in support of Key performance Indicators)
  • Partner and stakeholder management


Minimum requirements:

  • University Degree and 3 years’ experience in the TVET/skills/broader education sector and ideally in an international NGO.
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience leading or managing a small project



  • Project management qualification
  • Practical Knowledge and experience of Malawi’s TVET/skills/education sector
  • Experience in all aspects of project life cycle management
  • Familiarity with how professional networks function effectively 


Further Information

  • Pay Band – BRC-4-F
  • Remuneration: 849, 766 MWK per month
  • Contract Type – Six (6) Fixed Term Contract
  • Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Language requirements: Proficient in written and spoken English
  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
  • Role could require some out hours work and local and international travel.
  • Closing Date – 6 October 2022 applications will close 23:59 South Africa Time



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