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Programme Officer - GO JUST II

Date: 14-Sep-2021

Location: Taguig, East Asia, PH

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 Purpose:
The Programme Officer will support the management of the European Union (EU) funded Governance in Justice (GoJust) II Programme administered by the British Council (overall value EUR 5.8 million over 54 months) in the Philippines. S/he will provide support to the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) and Team Leader to ensure compliance with British Council policies and standards related to client contract management, programme delivery management, resource management, including administration of the Technical Assistance Provision Plan (TAPP).

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following: 
Operational delivery 
•    Support the successful delivery of the GoJust II PACA contract to the highest quality and as efficiently as possible, in line with EU requirements and British Council policies, procedures and systems. 
•    Provide inputs to the design and oversee the delivery of the Technical Assistance Provision Plan (TAPP), including forecasting, tracking, monitoring and reporting. 
•    Implement the British Council’s Project Management Framework and project management tools, to ensure contract compliance and efficient and successful delivery.
•    Ensure effective PACA contract management, that all contractual requirements are met, co- ordinating/inputting on client reporting, ensuring inputs from the senior advisers and project team are timely, quality assured, and submission deadlines met. 
•    Participate and deliver programme and business planning and reporting for GoJust II through annual workplans, including risk and issue management, regional management information requests are met and programme and business management assurances in place and appropriately escalated to the SRO and Team Leader, as appropriate. 
•    Implement effective and compliant sub-contract and consultancy contract management procedures and ensure an accurate records management system is maintained; 
•    Working with the Programme Director to ensure effective mechanisms for project office management are in place, including procurement management, IT solutions, information management, ensuring overall remote working and office (on reopening) functionality in order to meet audit and PACA contract requirements.
•    Support efforts at career planning, development planning and continuous professional development in the programme team, develop a performance portfolio and manage learning and development needs.
•    Line manage key programme support staff, as required.
•    Under the direction of the SRO and Team Leader, coordinate the recruitment and capacity development of human resources for the GoJust II programme team. 


Commercial and/or financial management 
•    Supporting the Programme Director to ensure sound financial management of the PACA contract: working with the Finance Officer to oversee external and internal reporting, financial administration, forecasting and invoicing. 


Risk and compliance 
•    Support the establishment and maintenance of effective GoJust II governance arrangements, including co-ordinating inputs into the Management Control Checks (MCC) platform, internal Programme Board meetings, British Council/UNOPS Coordination Forum meetings and Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meetings. 
•    Ensure child protection, duty of care and security considerations for staff are up to date, well communicated, accountabilities across the team are clear and issues and incidents are managed and escalated appropriately. 
•    Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times. 


Relationship and stakeholder management 
•    Provide office management and secretariat support to the Technical Assistance Team (TAT), including communications, copy editing, preparation of presentations and briefing materials etc., supporting TAT members and other members of the implementation team to understand programme-related responsibilities, and providing ongoing support to the secretariat of the Justice Sector Coordination Council (JSCC).
•    Coordinate events management and logistical arrangements in close liaison with the UNOPS team, GoJust II beneficiary institutions and civil society partners, as appropriate. 
•    Liaise with the British Council Manila country office and East Asia Regional Human Resources and Finance teams, as required. 


Role specific knowledge and experience:
•    Continued experience (approximately 3yrs) in managing complex programmes
•    Experience of contract and client management for British Council’s clients (e.g. EU/DfID)
•    Office management and support functions in a comparable context
•    Managing partners and subcontractors/consultants in delivering programme objectives and activities.
•    Operating successfully in a development project.
•    Knowledge of EU contracts management (desirable)
•    Experience working on justice or governance reform programmes in the Philippines (desirable)


Role specific skills: 
•    Good skills and knowledge in programme delivery, management, and evaluation of full cost recovery contracts. 
•    Strong understanding of programme management principles and governance arrangements
•    Office management and secretariat functions
•    Knowledge of project management methods and tools


Further Information:
Pay Band: 6/G (starts from Php 60,804 per month)
Contract Type: Fixed term (3 years)
Location: Taguig City, Philippines
•    You must have the right to live and work in the country in which the role is based.
•    First degree, preferably in social science, public administration, or development studies.


Closing Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2021- 23:59 Philippine Time (GMT +8)


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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.


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