Senior Project Manager Zantchito

Date: 22-Nov-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.


Senior Project Manager Zantchito Malawi 


Role Purpose


The post holder will enable the successful delivery of the EU-Funded Zantchito- Skills for Jobs project Technical Assistance (TA) component through robust project leadership and day to day management that progresses achievement of project targets and maximises outcomes.


The purpose requires a dynamic, competent individual with experience of effectively managing, co-ordinating and implementing a GBP multimillion, multi-year project demonstrating strategic project execution acumen, budget management capability, especially with donor funding and people leadership.


Role specific knowledge and experience:


The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:


  • University degree
  • At least 7 years recent project manager experience including at least 3 years on a complex medium size (<£2m) donor-funded project through project life cycle
  • Experience of budget management and financial management oversight of multi-million project (< £2m)
  • Leadership and line management experience
  • Practical experience of managing operations
  • Experience of managing a donor client
  • Experience of using technology in project delivery



Desirable Criteria

  • Project Management qualification
  • Strong experience of education/skills international development sector
  • Leadership of a 3–4-person team


Role Specific Skills:


  • Line management of individuals and a small team of project delivery staff
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and competing priorities efficiently and effectively
  • Strategic and analytical skills to make/recommend choices and trade offs
  • Systems thinking- managing work and interdependencies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with diverse audiences
  • Management, mitigation and reduction of material risk
  • Knowledge management
  • Ability to manage the operational side of a GBP multi-million project and drive results



Further Information

Pay Band – 7

Remuneration – MK 2,211,549 per month

Contract Duration – 2 years with possibility of renewal

Contract Type – Locally appointed

Location – Lilongwe, Malawi

Requirements – All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in country of application.  The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.

Closing Date – 4 December 2022 (23:59 South Africa Time)




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