The main purpose of this role is to ensure that the British Council complies with all statutory and regulatory requirements of Nigeria, and with corporate requirements related to corporate governance and information management.
The role holder will provide legal advice and specialist support in ensuring timely availability of reports, minutes, records of decisions, analytics and business plans; and coordinate for smooth functioning of the Country Directorate.
The post-holder will be an active member of the Nigeria Senior Leadership Team (SLT), coordinate SLT meetings, engage with key stakeholders and act as a first point of contact for decisions and activity related to governance.
The purpose of this role is to develop and deliver the 2-year market led, integrated cross portfolio Business Development & Sales strategy aligned with Global/Regional Exams strategy working with other BC colleagues to leverage opportunities and create value.
This role is ultimately responsible for building and managing demand, ensuring capacity fill, delivering income/surplus targets, ensuring excellent B2B Customer Service and overseeing quality of B2C customer experience
The Regional Counter Fraud Advisor will provide regional leadership and support in the implementation and delivery of the British Council’s Counter Fraud strategy and investigative response.
The post will lead the development and delivery for the region, aimed at broad-based cultural change on fraud management through improved education, risk management and control.
The role will support the Counter Fraud team and MENA/SSA Regional Leadership Team(s) to implement new policies, systems and processes to embed a zero-tolerance approach to fraud management.
Working directly with the Facilities Manager, to pro-actively contribute to the achievement of the British Council objectives by supporting the effective and efficient planning, management, delivery and evaluation of facilities, the office and residential estate, office vehicles and maintenance of an appropriate working and living environment for staff and visitors
The post holder will have office and estates maintenance experience in an organisational context and will be willing and able to provide hands on technical support in the role
The Facilities Unit in the British Council Nigeria, under the leadership of Director Operations, supports the operations of the British Council through effective and efficient planning and management of all its facilities/resources
The post holder will be part of a strong Business Services team across the Nigeria operation with specific day-to-day responsibilities for the Lagos estate, where we currently employ approximately 70 staff with a plan to grow in the coming year.
Rivers State, Nigeria
We are looking for examiners to conduct one to one interviews with IELTS candidates to assess their spoken English according to set requirements, and assess written scripts produced by candidates under exam conditions.
To ensure that any test administered by the British Council runs smoothly on the test day/s and that all assigned test day duties and standards are met.
As an Invigilator, you will be part of a wider team of exams venue staff expected to support the delivery of a variety of tests in various locations.
You will be required to work very closely with British Council Examinations Services staff, other venue staff and venue service providers to ensure the test days run smoothly.
Nigeria is the British Council’s largest operation in sub-Saharan Africa with office in 4 cities – Port Harcourt in the south, Kano in the north, Abuja the Federal capital and Lagos the commercial centre. Our 150 staff work across a range of states delivering large scale contracts, partnership programmes, examinations, projects as well as services in Arts, Education & Society and English & Exams.
The Examinations business has grown significantly in recent year. We doubled our income and volumes between 2011 and 2013. In 2014/15 we delivered 90,000 examinations and by 2017-18 we expect to increase this to 95,000 examinations.
Main Opportunities/Challenges for this Role
Deliver exams in a highly regulated environment to a high quality of delivery and customer service.
Experienced staff can grow into supervisory roles
Successful candidate is expected to have access to and use his/her own internet and email for communication with British Council.
The Programme Officer will be responsible for managing the administrative and logistical support to programme activities to ensure quality and timeliness of delivery; good control of resources and compliance with agreed programme management systems and processes; ensuring full and complete budgets are prepared and met for all activities with variance reports prepared as and when required; utilize Monitoring and Evaluation tools for measuring results and impacts during the programme lifespan.
The British Council in Nigeria is implementing the European Union Conflict Management in Nigeria programme under their Trust Fund (EUTF) and the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption programme in Nigeria under their Development Fund programme (EUDF). We are in the process of agreeing with the EU to deliver the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation under the development fund. In partnership with COFFEY, we are delivering the Policing work under their Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and have plans to position ourselves for DFID’s forthcoming Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACorN) programme. To support our existing contracts as well as all future contracts, we are developing flexible structures that meet the global British Council standards to provide support to all our Full Cost Recovery (FCR) (Justice, Security and Conflict) work in Nigeria.
The Managing Conflict in North-East Nigeria (MCN) Programme is a €21m EUTF-funded Programme (2017-2021) and works with the overall aim of enhancing state and community level conflict management capability to prevent the escalation of conflict into violence in a number of locations in North-East Nigeria. The Programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and will work in 3 states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as in Abuja. The programme is being delivered alongside a partner (International Alert) with the British Council leading the contract.
The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme in Nigeria is a €25m EUDF-funded Programme (2017-2021) and has the overall aim of enhancing good governance in Nigeria by contributing to strengthening of the rule of law, curbing corruption and reducing impunity. The programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and will work in 4 states – Adamawa, Anambra, Kano and Lagos as well as in Abuja.
The Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation Programme is a €15m EDF-funded Programme (2018-2020) which aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria through enhancing the credibility of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and enhancing their role as independent development actors and drivers of change. The programme will be implemented at the Federal and in selected states where EU programmes concentrate.
The Nigerian context is generally challenging, having poor infrastructure and currently facing a volatile security situation. Three states remain under an extended State of Emergency – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. In addition, there is still a significant reliance on the cash economy, corruption is high and the regulatory and compliance structures that exist are highly ineffective. The overall economic situation is not good with the low oil prices leading to high unemployment, increasing inflation and a shortage of foreign currency causing the value of the Naira to weaken considerably. This makes Nigeria a very challenging environment in which to deliver programmes of this size and value. The State Office is located in Yola, Adamawa State.
The post holder must therefore have the ability to work in an ambiguous and difficult environment in which British Council processes need to be adapted or developed to cope with unusual requirements and difficult context. The post holder will work closely with the programme delivery and management teams as well as having significant interactions with the technical teams and Nigerian partners.
Lead British Council work on developing an impactful and sustainable portfolio relevant to SSA (i.e. recognising the significance of the informal sector) and focused on employability, jobs, enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Requiring definition of success indicators, timelines, delivery partners and financial targets.
To harness the collective British Council technical offer (regional SBU staff, UK headquarters and with other regions e.g. Middle East and North Africa [MENA]) to devise cost effective tailor made programmes, which respond to needs of beneficiaries and the drivers of potential funders.
Take full accountability as senior reporting officer (SRO) for the development and delivery of the portfolio including implementation and financial performance, human resources, line management, continuous professional development (CPD) and mentoring.
Technical representation of the British Council and relationship management.
Organizational Context & Background This position will be with the WFP Nigeria Area Office Maiduguri and requires the engagement of a competent Civil Engineer, who will work with and report to Logistics. The main tasks required of the position will include engineering supervision of construction works, quality control on site, evaluation of construction works, resolution of construction issues and contract management for construction activities to support WFP’s programmes and other operations in Nigeria.
The Civil Engineer shall be able to demonstrate in-depth technical knowledge and experience required to identify, analyze and resolve complex engineering issues, manage and direct projects and work streams, provide technical expertise, advice and solutions that support strategic results, and formulate new strategies and technical approaches where appropriate.
The Civil Engineer assigned to this position will require experience in construction contract management, including knowledge and experience of construction contract law or related construction contract formats.
The Civil Engineer reports to the Head of Supply Chain in Maiduguri, or other staff member(s) designated by the WFP Head of Area office, and shall take technical directions from the WFP Chief Engineer in Maiduguri/Nigeria, in relation to all aspects of design, construction and contract management for projects in Nigeria, as required.
To provide construction and engineering expertise and contribute to the efficient delivery and quality outputs.
The Driver will be responsible for providing safe, secure and efficient transportation of personnel and resources and taking proper care of vehicles in accordance with the organisation’s policies and standards.
Lead on the delivery of high profile research in support of British Council Nigeria’s country strategy, programme delivery and external role and profile.
Represent the British Council externally, positioning the British Council as a thought leader in our three strategic business areas (SBUs): Arts, English, Education and Society; and contributing to business development.
Secure research funding
Support delivery of high impact programmes through line management of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Results Manager and overview of the corporate results framework in Nigeria; and supporting teams to monitor, evaluate and learn from the projects and programmes they manage.
Lead our strategy for supporting the capacity and growth of Nigeria’s early career researchers
Be the senior responsible manager for the British Council operation in Kano, providing leadership and guidance to the team, and engaging with key stakeholders for the British Council in Northern Nigeria.
When required, commission market research for business growth
Nigeria is one of the largest economies in Africa. It is also the most populous country with over 170 million citizens. The UK is its largest trading partner. Nigeria holds significant political power in the region and internationally and its society retains a positive attitude to the UK. There are therefore major opportunities for the UK and BC to increase influence, income and, through this, our impact by building on our strong existing relationships with the Nigerian government, institutions and customers/audiences. However, there are complex and substantial risks to this work i.e. security and compliance.
In recent years British Council Nigeria has delivered a number of research projects that have contributed to national debate on critical issues notably Next Generation research (2012), Gender in Nigeria (2012) and Gender in Education in Nigeria (2014). As well as these large scale publications we also produce a range of research and action research projects linked to programme activity such as the Gender in Teacher Education project in partnership with the
MacArthur Foundation, research on the impact of language in the classroom and action research on teaching employability skills in secondary schools (also with the MacArthur Foundation). A common feature of our own research projects is an element that builds research skills in early career researchers and sector practitioners (such as teachers, Ministry officials and arts audiences) to contribute to the increase in quantity and quality of Nigerian research.
This development coincides with the increased use of research by governments and the development sector internationally and the British Council’s corporate decision to enhance its role as a thought leader in the strategic business units (SBUs) of education and society, arts and English.
By putting this research capacity in place we also strengthen our own internal monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
This role is central to driving these developments forward.
This role exists to monitor the effectiveness of financial controls, using corporate frameworks as specified; to monitor risk levels and take corrective action where this is required. It also acts as the first point of contact within the region for counter-fraud activity, and will participate in and lead regional investigations as needed drawing on the expertise of the Central Fraud team and acting on their advice. The role holder is accountable for recommending appropriate action to the Regional Finance Director.
The post-holder is accountable for Financial Risk Responses, supporting the implementation of and monitoring the adherence to, Finance policy and process in the cluster, providing a critical part of the feedback loop to Regional Head Risk and Compliance.
They will proactively analyse the control environment, identify hot spots and ‘trouble shoot’ as needed.
They will make recommendations to Regional Head Risk and Compliance for remediation and drive through change to meet required standards.
They will also lead on counter-fraud planning and initiatives within their cluster, working closely with the central counter fraud team.
Context and Environment:
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, education and civil society. 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.
Internal Operating Context-Regional:
The SSA Business Plan sets out ambitious growth targets for both the number of people we will work with and the income that we will generate. Turnover by 2020 is expected to be over to £90 million in SSA, driven predominately by growth in Contract income as well as Exams and Teaching centres, despite a declining grant funding from centre. We also expect to be more profitable, reinforcing financial sustainability. At the same time we aim to achieve a step-change in the quality and performance of the
British Council’s Finance function by April 2018. This will be achieved through more consistent standard of financial reporting enabling more informed decision making and satisfy the standards demanded by external stakeholders.
The organisation will achieve this by becoming increasingly efficient and commercial in its approach whilst maintaining its public service ethos and charitable purpose. This will be done through the implementation of a number of change programmes, which will result in more efficient and simpler processes.
This inevitably will expose the region to increased risks, which must be carefully mitigating in a manner that allows business to continue seamlessly.
The successful candidate must be collaborative and proactive in approach to successfully manage this large portfolio.
Abuja and Lagos
To support the Regional Head Financial Planning and Analysis in providing professional guidance in Financial Planning and Analysis, supporting regional Business Development Managers and providing assurance on the underlying business financial performance.
The post holder will be in charge of analysing and interpreting long - and short - term financial and operational plans through management reporting, analysis and interpretation of financial trends, impact assessment in conjunction with the Regional Head in order to enable informed decisions.
This post will be part of the SSA regional FP&A team that is dispersed across the region.
The role will support all countries and SBUs within the cluster.
The SSA Business Plan sets out ambitious growth targets for both the number of people we will work with and the income that we will generate. Turnover by 2020 is expected to be over to £90 million in SSA, driven predominately by growth in Contract income as well as Exams and Teaching centres, despite a declining grant funding from centre.
We also expect to be more profitable, reinforcing financial sustainability. At the same time we aim to achieve a step-change in the quality and performance of the British Council’s Finance function by April 2018.
This will be achieved through more consistent standard of financial reporting enabling more informed decision making and satisfy the standards demanded by external stakeholders.
The organisation will achieve this by becoming increasingly efficient and commercial in its approach whilst maintaining its public service ethos and charitable purpose.
This will be done through the implementation of a number of change programmes, which will result in more efficient and simpler processes.
The post holder will play a key leadership role in supporting the delivery of the business plan through accurate annual planning, monitoring, analysis and management reporting to the Regional Head of Financial Planning and Analysis.
Main Opportunities/Challenges for this Role
The Finance function is structured along functional lines with the aim of embedding the ‘three lines of defense’ model at its heart, clearly separating the financial control (first line) and risk and assurance (second line) functions, ensuring the integrity of our results and the strength of our controls.
This will allow the organization to focus more easily on business decision making, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting on the basis of accurate monthly results.
This is a critical advisory role where effectiveness is dependent on ability to influence.
Personal confidence and credibility is required to ensure advice is seriously considered by senior members of the Regional team.