Multiple Positions at British Council Nigeria 2018 Job Recruitment

 Employment Nigeria 28-Sep-2018 ANAMBRA , ABUJA , YOBE , Administrative  


The British Council is the world's leading cultural relations organization and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: State Office Admin and Resource Assistant (Maternity Cover) 

Location
: Anambra 
Role Type: Advisory, Policy & Expertise 
Pay Band: 4/H 
Duration: Fixed Term (6 months October 2018 - April 2019)  
Reports to: State Programme Coordinator 
Eligibility: Right to live and work in Nigeria

Role Purpose

  • This is a temporary role for maternity cover during which the job holder will be expected to oversee the resources function in the Anambra Office in line with the programme strategy, implementation plan and financial plan and to client and corporate standards.

Geopolitical/SBU/Function Overview
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 have agreed 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 future contracts, we are developing flexible structures that meet the global British Council standards to provide support to our FCR (Justice, Security and Conflict) work in Nigeria. 

The Conflict Management programme in North Eastern Nigeria 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-Eastern Nigeria. The Programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and 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 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 which aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria through enhancing the credibility of 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 ACT programme has commenced with a 6 months inception phase from July 2018.

The Nigerian context is generally challenging, having poor infrastructure and currently facing a volatile security situation. 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. The State Office is located in Awka, Anambra 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.

Accountabilities

  • Accountable for ensuring that the state office resources/administrative functions support the operations of the state for the EU programmes.

Responsibilities and Main Duties
Logistic and Facilities - 15%:

  • Handle arrangements for all incoming visitors to the state office including transport and accommodation arrangements

Main duties will include:

  • Ensure transport arrangements for all incoming staff/consultants to the state offices are in line with British Council policies.
  • Ensure hotel accommodation reservations are made on time and that staff and consultants are informed on arrangement of their transport and hotel arrangements.
  • Ensure that appropriate service contracts are in place for the state office and necessary services of the equipment are carried out in line with the agreed schedule.

Workshops and Events - 15%:

  • Assist with the running of the logistical arrangements for all workshops, events and meetings

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • All workshop logistical arrangements are in line with agreed standards.
  • Procurement of workshop items are in line with procurement policy.
  • Logistical support is provided to workshops, meetings and events according to stated requirements so that all workshops and events are carried out successfully and to agreed standards.

Office Management - 15%:

  • Maintain appropriate filing system, accountable stationary register and asset register (in liaison with the Facilities & Procurement Manager) so that all contracts, reports and correspondence are filed properly and all stationary and equipment is recorded correctly.

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • All documents are accurately filed.
  • The Accountable Stationary register is up to date.
  • The Asset Register and Inventory is up to date and all the required items are correctly recorded .

Procurement - 15%:

  • Liaise with all outside contractors and service suppliers concerning all services/utilities supplied to the state office.

Main duties include:

  • Ensure that all procurement is held in line with British Council’s procurement policy.
  • Ensure that Purchase Orders (PO) are raised before any services are carried out or goods are supplied by selected vendors, and all payments and approvals are in line with British Council policy and delegation of authority.

Health, Safety and Security - 15%:

  • Ensure the state office meets all the British Council’s standards around Health, Safety and Security.

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • Fire drills are completed and fire equipment is maintained.
  • Any security issues are reported promptly back to the Abuja office team
  • The office vehicle fleet is maintained and that drivers complete and record details of all the vehicle safety checks

Finance - 15%:

  • Carry out basic finance duties as required in the state office in line with British Council policy.

Main duties will include:

  • Holding and maintaining the office Petty Cash
  • The correct filing of all finance documentation
  • Distributing the monthly WHT and PAYE payments to the necessary state authorities.

IT Management - 10%:

  • Assist with the maintenance of regional office IT infrastructures liaising with the IT and Web Support Officer.

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • All IT equipment is properly maintained and serviced when due.
  • GTI laptops are functioning well and that state office staff have the appropriate access.
  • Back-ups are completed in line with agreed standards.
  • Escalate on timely basis any IT issues to be resolved - either to the IT and Web Support Officer or via Service now.

Staff Management:

  • Line manage the state office drivers.

Other administrative work:

  • As required.

Key Relationships
Internal:

  • National Programme Managers, Operation Managers, State Teams, Procurement and Estate Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, IT and Web Support Officer, Programme Officers, Admin and Resource Assistants in other locations.
  • All Visiting National and International Consultants.
  • Other Project Teams

External:

  • External relationship management where appropriate (i.e. linked to function of role), to include: EU, Civil Society Organizations,Facilitating Organizations,Vendors and other Suppliers, etc.

Person Specification
Qualifications:

  • Essential: Graduate level education
  • Desirable: Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Assessment Stage: Shortlisting

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working on programme logistics for an international organization - Essential
  • Experience of working as part of a successful team/function - Essential
  • Experience working with SAP - Essential
  • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context - Desirable
  • Experience of managing fleet of vehicles - Desirable
  • Assessment Stage: Shortlisting.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Click here to download Job Details (pdf)

Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

Click here to download BC Core Skills (doc)

 

Job Title Admin and Resource Assistant 

Locations:
 Abuja 
Role Type: Advisory, Policy & Expertise
Pay Band: 4/H
Duration: Fixed Term (till December 2020)
Reports to: Procurement and Estate Manager

Role Purpose

  • To provide logistical and administrative support to the FCR programmes managed through the Abuja office that will enable the programmes to achieve their outcomes and targets including close collaboration with the State Offices.

Geopolitical/SBU/Function Overview
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 have agreed 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 future contracts, we are developing flexible structures that meet the global British Council standards to provide support to our FCR (Justice, Security and Conflict) work in Nigeria. The Conflict Management programme in North Eastern Nigeria 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-Eastern Nigeria.

The Programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and 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 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 which aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria through enhancing the credibility of 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 ACT programme has commenced with a 6 months inception phase from July 2018. The Nigerian context is generally challenging, having poor infrastructure and currently facing a volatile security situation. 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. The Programmes Support Office is located in Abuja, but in an office separate from the main British Council office. 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.

Main Accountabilities
Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

  • To support all administrative processes affecting the arrival, presence and exit of programme staff (internal and external) to ensure they can carry out their duties effectively
  • Receipt and despatch of international staff personal effects on arrival and departure
  • To support the effective delivery of the programme through knowledge of key processes and official organisations applicable to incoming international staff including immigration, National Planning Commission (NPC) residence registration, driving licences, etc.
  • Lead in documenting appropriate processes/procedures for various residence permits for visiting international staff and consultants
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships with key individuals who facilitate the official status of expatriate staff in country
  • Facilitating all clearances necessary to ensure effective entry, presence and exit of international staff and consultants
  • Make key programme policy documents available to visitors, e.g. Equality policy; IT Usage Policy Code of Conduct and ensuring that necessary papers/documents required from visiting consultants/staff are submitted on time and filed appropriately.
  • Provide Visa application and processing support to programme staff on official duties; provide relevant visa letters and liaise with relevant embassies and visa agents to obtain visas
  • Handle all hotel accommodation, venue and flight booking arrangements for staff and consultants as requested and to raise the relevant purchase orders (PO)
  • Seek feedback from visitors and staff to check quality of and satisfaction with arrangements (hotels, transport etc)
  • Develop and update data of various contact details of the hotels and ticketing agents used by the programme (including immigration and National Planning Commission)
  • Lead in providing timely data on costs (hotel accommodation, hall/venue and flight) to the technical team to support preparation of budgets and analysis of VFM ratios
  • Line management of Abuja Driver/Office Assistants including overseeing the maintenance office of the vehicle fleet and ensuring that drivers complete and record details of all the vehicle safety checks
  • Raise purchase orders and process vendor invoices on time
  • Cover the Abuja front desk and ensuring mobile phone top-up is available for staff and visitors
  • Provide support to the Procurement & Facilities Manager around Inventories, Procurement, Office and Residential issues etc including being the first contact point for any maintenance issues required at the office or any of the residences
  • Ensure that appropriate service contracts are in place for the state office and necessary services of the equipment are carried out in line with the agreed schedule
  • Ensuring that fire drills are completed and fire equipment is maintained and that any security issues are reported promptly back to the Management team.

Standards:

  • Programme team and external contacts are satisfied with logistical and administrative support
  • Financial administration is prompt and in line with British Council and EU standards
  • All logistic arrangements for staff, consultants and visitors are made in accordance with agreed standards, in good time and communicated effectively to the persons concerned
  • Effective relationships are maintained with external contacts in relation to visit management, visas, flight bookings etc.
  • Positive feedback from visitors and other team members about arrangements for workshops and Events
  • Service is delivered in line with Equality Diversity and Inclusion standards to internal and external stakeholders
  • Personal information is stored in compliance with data protection legislation and agreed standards
  • Detailed vendor contacts documented, filed and shared with other resources team members
  • Line management is carried out in accordance with the British Council standards
  • Inventories are maintained to global standards as verified through audits.

Staff Management:

  • Line manage the Abuja drivers

Other Administrative Work:

  • As required.

Key Relationships:

  • Internal:
    • Portfolio Lead, National Programme Managers, Technical Lead, Operation Managers, Procurement and Estate Manager, Finance Manager, Programme Officers, Admin and Resource Assistants in Abuja and other locations, Drivers
    • All Visiting National and International Consultants
    • All programme staff – MCN, RoLAC, ACT, and DDiN2
  • External:
    • External relationship management where appropriate (i.e. linked to function of role), to include: Immigration Office, Officers of the National Planning Commission, Vendors, Hotel Account Managers and other Suppliers, etc.

Person Specification
Qualifications:

  • Essential:
    • Graduate level education
  • Desirable:
    • Evidence of continuous professional development.

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience:

  • Essential:
    • Minimum of 2 years experience of working on programme logistics for an international organization
    • Experience of working as part of a successful team/function
    • Experience working with SAP.
  • Desirable:
    • Experience of managing fleet of vehicles
    • Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Click here to download Job Details (docx)

Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

 

Job Title: State Office Admin and Resource Assistant 

Location:
 Yobe
Role Type: Advisory, Policy & Expertise   
Pay Band: 4/H     
Duration: Fixed Term (till December 2020)   
Reports to: State Team Lead 

Role Purpose

  • To oversee the resources function in the Yobe Office in line with the programme strategy, implementation plan and financial plan and to client and corporate standards.

Geopolitical/SBU/Function Overview
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 have agreed 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 AntiCorruption in Nigeria (ACorN) programme. To support our existing contracts as well as future contracts, we are developing flexible structures that meet the global British Council standards to provide support to our FCR (Justice, Security and Conflict) work in Nigeria. 

The Conflict Management programme in North Eastern Nigeria 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-Eastern Nigeria. The Programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and 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 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 which aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria through enhancing the credibility of 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 ACT programme has commenced with a 6 months inception phase from July 2018. 
 
The Nigerian context is generally challenging, having poor infrastructure and currently facing a volatile security situation. 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. The State Office is located in Damaturu, Yobe 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. 

Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Main Duties
 
Accountabilities

  • Accountable for ensuring that the state office resources/administrative functions support the operations of the state for the EU programmes.

Responsibilities and Main Duties
Logistic and Facilities - 15%:

  • Handle arrangements for all incoming visitors to the state office including transport and accommodation arrangements

Main duties will include:

  • Ensure transport arrangements for all incoming staff/consultants to the state offices are in line with British Council policies.
  • Ensure hotel accommodation reservations are made on time and that staff and consultants are informed on arrangement of their transport and hotel arrangements.
  • Ensure that appropriate service contracts are in place for the state office and necessary services of the equipment are carried out in line with the agreed schedule.

Workshops and Events - 15%:

  • Assist with the running of the logistical arrangements for all workshops, events and meetings

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • All workshop logistical arrangements are in line with agreed standards.
  • Procurement of workshop items are in line with procurement policy.
  • Logistical support is provided to workshops, meetings and events according to stated requirements so that all workshops and events are carried out successfully and to agreed standards.

Office Management - 15%:

  • Maintain appropriate filing system, accountable stationary register and asset register (in liaison with the Facilities & Procurement Manager) so that all contracts, reports and correspondence are filed properly and all stationary and equipment is recorded correctly.

Main duties include ensuring that: 

  • All documents are accurately filed.
  • The Accountable Stationary register is up to date.
  • The Asset Register and Inventory is up to date and all the required items are correctly recorded .

Procurement - 15%:

  • Liaise with all outside contractors and service suppliers concerning all services/utilities supplied to the state office.   

Main duties include: 

  • Ensure that all procurement is held in line with British Council’s procurement policy.
  • Ensure that Purchase Orders (PO) are raised before any services are carried out or goods are supplied by selected vendors, and all payments and approvals are in line with British Council policy and delegation of authority.

Health, Safety and Security - 15%:

  • Ensure the state office meets all the British Council’s standards around Health, Safety and Security.

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • Fire drills are completed and fire equipment is maintained.
  • Any security issues are reported promptly back to the Abuja office team
  • The office vehicle fleet is maintained and that drivers complete and record details of all the vehicle safety checks     

Finance - 15%:

  • Carry out basic finance duties as required in the state office in line with British Council policy.

Main duties will include:

  • Holding and maintaining the office Petty Cash
  • The correct filing of all finance documentation
  • Distributing the monthly WHT and PAYE payments to the necessary state authorities 

IT Management - 10%:

  • Assist with the maintenance of regional office IT infrastructures liaising with the IT and Web Support Officer.

Main duties include ensuring that:

  • All IT equipment is properly maintained and serviced when due.
  • GTI laptops are functioning well and that state office staff have the appropriate access.
  • Back-ups are completed in line with agreed standards. 
  • Escalate on timely basis any IT issues to be resolved - either to the IT and Web Support Officer or via Service now.

Staff Management:

  • Line manage the state office drivers

Other administrative work:

  • As required.

Key Relationships
Internal:

  • National Programme Managers, Technical Lead, Operation Managers, State Teams, Procurement and Estate Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, IT and Web Support Officer, Programme Officers, Admin and Resource Assistants in other locations.
  • All Visiting National and International Consultants. 
  • Other Project Teams

External:

  • External relationship management where appropriate (i.e. linked to function of role), to include: EU, Civil Society Organizations,Facilitating Organizations,Vendors and other Suppliers, etc.

Role Requirements

  • Passport requirements/ Right to work in country: Right to live and work in Nigeria (Shortlisting)
  • Direct contact or managing staff working with children?: Appropriate child protection assurance checks in accordance with British Council policy

Notes:

  • Some unsocial hours, weekend work and travel may be required where the need arises.
  • Knowledge of the North East region of Nigeria, preferably Yobe State.

Person Specification

  • Essential: Graduate level education - Shortlisting
  • Desirable: Evidence of continuous professional development - Shortlisting

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience 
Essential:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working on programme logistics for an international organization. - Shortlisting
  • Experience of working as part of a successful team/function. - Shortlisting
  • Experience working with SAP. - Shortlisting

Desirable:

  • Experience of operating in a Shortlisting complex, multi-cultural context. - Shortlisting
  • Experience of managing fleet of vehicles. - Shortlisting

British Council Core Skills 
Managing People (Level 1):

  • Support people - Provides support to less experienced members of the team and is aware of individual differences. Helps colleagues perform tasks and use systems and processes. - (Shortlisting and Inteview)

Planning and Organising (Level 1):

  • Is Methodical - Able to plan own work over short timescales for routine or familiar tasks and processes. - (Shortlisting and Inteview)

Communicating and Influencing (Level 1):

  • Communicates clearly and effectively - Listens to others and expresses self clearly, with grammatical accuracy and awareness of a diverse audience in speaking and writing. - (Shortlisting and Inteview)

Managing Risk (Level 2):

  • Supports a risk management culture - Has track record of identifying and highlighting risks and suggesting mitigating actions - (Shortlisting and Inteview)

British Council Behaviours

  • Creating shared purpose (Essential): Creating energy and clarity so that people want to work purposefully together.
  • Being accountable (More demanding): Putting the needs of the team or British Council ahead of my own. 
  • Working together (More demanding): Ensuring that others benefit as well as me. 
  • Connecting with others (More demanding): Actively appreciating the needs and concerns of myself and others
  • Making it happen (More demanding): Challenging myself and others to deliver and measure better results. 
  • Shaping the future (Essential): Looking for ways in which we can do things better. 

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Click here to download Job Details (pdf)

Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)

Click here to download BC Core Skills (pdf)



Click here to download BC Core Skills (pdf)



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