The British Council Partnerships Manager – Africa

Partnerships Manager – Africa

Partnerships Manager Africa – Partnerships in Higher Education 

The British Council is seeking a dynamic, experienced programme manager to join an international team responsible for the launch and delivery of an exciting new DFID fund for Partnerships in higher education. The post will be based in Nairobi and responsible for the launch of the programme initially in East Africa in early 2016.  This is an ambitious programme aiming to transform the delivery of Higher Education in Africa, and further afield, through international partnerships that harness higher education’s critical contribution to socio-economic development. Applications are encouraged from experienced programme managers who possess a thorough knowledge and understanding of Higher Education issues in a range of settings. The successful applicant will help develop and manage an innovative portfolio of partnerships across the region. The programme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and aims to support around 12 partnerships each worth £1m – £5m over four years.

Key Responsibilities of the post

– To be the principal point of contact for the successful launch and effective delivery of partnerships within the region, working as an integral member of a wider consortium and programme management team based in the UK.
– To work closely with designated Lead Partners to ensure efficient & effective delivery of partnership outcomes
– To build effective relationships with key stakeholders in the region, including Ministries, HE institutions, the private sector, DFID and the donor community
– Monitoring & evaluation of funded partnerships.
– Preparation of quarterly and annual reports to DFID

Key Requirements of the post-holder

You will need to demonstrate that you have the following: ·
– A thorough understanding of how Higher Education systems work in the East African region and beyond, including but not limited to governance, financing, teaching and learning, research and innovation.
– Experience of managing people and resources within an international project environment and successful delivery of project milestones and outcomes.
– Qualifications, confidence and experience that will gain you the respect and cooperation of key stakeholders in the programme.
– The ability to work both independently and as part of an international team.

Further details of the post are provided in the Role Profile which can be accessed at and

Also find attached the following: –

Partnerships Manager – Africa.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf
BC Behaviours.pdf

The post offers an attractive employment package with a competitive salary dependant on experience & qualifications

The post is available from 1 February 2016. The successful applicant is expected to take up post as soon as possible after that.

The supporting statement should be no more than 1,500 words and should demonstrate the skills, knowledge and experience specifically mentioned in the Role Profile. A full CV should also be attached covering your education, qualifications, work history, publications, and contact details.  These documents should be submitted to no later than 13 January 2016 at 23:59 UK Time.

The British Council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We welcome applications from all sections of the community and we guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.