British Council Job in Abuja for a Project Manager, Society

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We are recruiting to fill the below position of:

Job Title: Project Manager Society

Region: SSA
Location: Abuja
Department: Programes, Nigeria
Pay Band: 6
Reports to: Society Programme Manager

Purpose of Job

  • To work with the Director Society, Society Programme Manager and other members of the Education and Society team to manage delivery of projects in the Society Strategic Business Unit.
  • To support the delivery of other activity in Abuja and the north of Nigeria across our entire SBU portfolio.

Context and Environment

  • The British Council in Nigeria works in three strategic business areas; Arts, English and Exams, Education and Society.
  • Working with partners across the justice sector and with civil society to strengthen the rule of law, ensure access to justice and address and resolve conflict.
  • Working to contribute to improved opportunities for women and girls through all our programmes.
  • The Society portfolio in Nigeria is delivered through a mix of large scale donor funded contract work including the Justice for All (J4A) and Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation (NSRP) programmes as well as partnership projects, including Active Citizens, Northern Nigeria Girls’ Enrolment Programme and Premier Skills. Our work focuses on three key areas:
  • Working with civil society to enable the development of more inclusive, open and stable societies.

Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Main Duties
Project Management and Coordination:

  • Manage project activity to agreed timelines, costs and established performance indicators
  • Responsible for reporting project performance using British Council corporate M&E systems
  • Responsible for organising and managing training, dissemination and programme management events.
  • Manage regular reporting on financial, delivery and impact performance from partners, contractors and suppliers.
  • Support external programme partners and consultants delivering activity by providing guidance on appropriate British Council policies and guidelines including Child Protection, EDI, security and data protection.

Financial Management:

  • Responsible for programme procurement in line with established corporate policies and guidelines
  • Responsible for developing detailed activity and event budgets and managing delivery and reporting of programme activity against agreed budgets with an emphasis on value for money
  • Support the Programme Manager in preparing monthly financial performance reports.

Internal Communications:

  • Work with British Council Nigeria Marketing and Communications team to develop and disseminate case studies, reports and impact stories for internal communication channels including intranet, blogs and newsletters

Contract and account management
In compliance with corporate standards, processes and templates for contract and fund management:

  • Support Programme Manager in drafting agreements for all project contractors, consultants and suppliers
  • As part of Country CRM framework, maintains and updates the CRM, recording contacts/ leads and outcomes of meetings , ensuring follow up action is carried out in a timely and efficient manner
  • Monitor proper invoicing and payment schedule from donors
  • Develop and manage relationship with project delivery partners, contractors and suppliers.

Person Specification
Behaviour (Essential):

  • Connecting with others (more demanding)
  • Making it happen (more demanding)
  • Other behaviours needed for the job but not evaluated at interview
  • Shaping the future essential
  • Working together (essential)
  • Being accountable  (essential)

Key Relationships:

  • Society Programme Manager, Director Society, Nigeria Programmes team, Nigeria Communications team, regional and global Education and Society team

Skills and Knowledge
Managing Projects:

  • Works with project management systems and procedures, and has a track record of compliance with them as a project team member.
  • Examines project data and performance, reporting on progress and recommending corrective action as needed.
  • Analyses requirements with the sponsor/stakeholders, defining the specification with awareness of equality and diversity impact, planning, revising, implementing and evaluating on small-to-medium scale and/or low risk projects.

Communication Skills:

  • Displays good listening, writing and speaking skills, setting out logical arguments clearly and adapting language and form of communication to meet the needs of different people/audiences.

Planning and Organising:

  • Organises own work over weeks and months, or plans ahead for others, taking account of priorities and the impact on other people.

Managing Finance and Resources:

  • Monitors and controls an agreed budget within a defined area, producing reports and analyses and contributing to planning.


  • Experience of project design, management and monitoring (Essential)
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector (desirable)


  • Project Management Certification (PMP, Prince2, APM or other) – Essential
  • Bachelor’s Degree – Desirable
  • Post-graduate degree in Education, Humanities or Social Sciences – Desirable

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

Click here to download job details MS Word 
Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)
Click here to download BC Core Skills (pdf)


  • Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered. Please apply using the materials on the website.
  • We are unable to process applications that do not conform to the required format, and we will not accept Cvs.
  • Candidates with special needs should please ask us for this information in alternative formats

Application Deadline  30th October, 2015.

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