Career Opportunities at British Council, Nigeria

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British Council is recruiting to fill the below position below:

Job Title: Regional Manager (NSRP)
Location:
Maiduguri
Directorate or Region: SSA
Pay Band: 7 (Local contract)
Reports to: Programme Manager
Duration of job: 18 months
Purpose of Job

  • To lead the technical delivery and operations of the programme
    in the North east, ensuring programme performance meets client,
    corporate and programme quality standards.

Context and Environment

  • NSRP is a DFID-funded programme managed by the British Council
    that aims to enhance collective efforts to identify and respond
    effectively to potential sources of violent conflict in Nigeria and
    reduce the negative impacts of conflict on the most vulnerable among the
    Nigerian population.
  • NSRP supports interventions to address conflicts at the national
    level and in 8 target states, namely Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Kaduna,
    Kano, Plateau, Rivers and Yobe. The programme has its headquarters in
    Abuja and also operates from four regional offices in Jos (Middle Belt),
    Kano (North West), Maiduguri (North East) and Port Harcourt (Niger
    Delta). Regional Manager will be based in the North East regional office
    in Maiduguri and will be required to travel to Abuja and other regional
    offices occasionally.
  • The programme’s operations in the North East region are largely
    concentrated in Borno and Yobe states. These two states are among the
    worst affected by the insurgency, which has led to the death of over
    20,000 persons and displacement of over 2 million people.
  • Although much progress has been recorded in military operations
    to defeat the insurgents, the environment remains fragile and many
    displaced persons are still in camps and not returned to deserted
    communities. Public infrastructure and services are being gradually
    restored and both governmental and civil society organizations face
    serious institutional and operational challenges. Therefore post holder
    must have the ability to work in difficult environments, often with
    limited infrastructure or support facilities.
  • The post holder will work closely with the Deputy Programme
    Manager (Results), Deputy Programme Manager (Resources), Output
    Managers, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Operations Manager,
    Security Manager, Programme Advisers and will report to the NSRP
    Regional Representative.

Accountabilities

  • Accountable for technical delivery of programme in region, ensuring client, corporate and
  • programme standards are fully met.
  • Accountable for management of the regional offices.

Responsibilities and Main Duties
Programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting

Main duties will include:

  • Oversee satisfactory delivery of technical outputs in the region
  • Provide management and oversight to the regional team comprising of 5 members.
  • Initiate and manage relationships with stakeholders, including
    state and local governments, state and local government advisory
    committees and partners organizations in the regions.
  • Support development and regular updating of risk management strategy including safety and security management in the region
  • Engage on public and media relations in the region.
  • Support regular conflict analysis and development of stakeholder engagement strategies.
  • Provide oversight to management of resources and logistics in the region.

Key Relationships

  • Internal: Deputy Programme Manager (Resources), Deputy Programme
    Manager (Results), Regional Representative North-east, Monitoring and
    Evaluation Manager, Output Managers, Operations Manager, Security
    Manager, Facilities and Procurement Manager, Programme Officers,
    Resources Assistant, Programme Assistant
  • External: DFID, British High Commission, consultants; external
    partner organisations; state institutions, academic institutions, Local
    NGOs, INGOs and other international agencies operating in Borno state.

Other important features or requirements of the job:

  • Periodic travel to high-risk areas is likely to be necessary
    following close liaison with British Council and after appraisal by the
    Security Manager.
  • Occasional unsocial and over-hours may be required to meet operational requirements of the post and programme.
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Person Specification
Behaviours (Essential):

  • Creating Shared Purpose (-More demanding). Creating energy and clarity so that people want to work purposefully together.
  • Connecting with Others** (Most demanding). Actively appreciating the needs and concerns of myself and others.
  • Working Together** (Most demanding). Creating the environment in which others who have different aims can work together.
  • Being Accountable** (Most demanding). Showing real dedication to the long-term mission of the British Council or the team.
  • Making it Happen** (Most demanding). Challenging myself and others to deliver and measure better results.
  • Shaping the Future (More Demanding). Exploring ways in which we can add more value.

Skills and Knowledge
See The Generic Skills Dictionary for details
Conflict Analysis:

  • Managing People (L3)
  • Managing Projects (L3)
  • Communicating and Influencing Skills (L3)
  • Planning and Organising (L2)
  • Managing Finance and resources (L4)
  • Knowledge of different tools of conflict analysis and ability to apply them in the context of conflicts in Nigeria.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of drivers of violence and conflict management institutions in target region.
  • Proficiency in any of the languages in North East

Experience
Project management:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in managing or 6 years supporting
    management of development, conflict management and peace-building
    projects in any part of Nigeria.

Team management:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in managing and supporting a team to achieve results

Public relations:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of managing relations with governmental and nongovernmental organizations.

Desirable:

  • Technical knowledge and/or experience of a sector relevant to the programme.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or other relevant fields and appropriate experience

Desirable:

  • Postgraduate diploma in peace and conflict studies, development studies.


Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Job Title: NSRP Regional Representative
Locations:
Maiduguri & Port Harcourt
Directorate or Region:
SSA
Pay Band:
8 (Local contract) (Senior Management)
Reports to:
Programme Manager
Duration of job:
18 months
Purpose of job

To provide leadership to the regional team and facilitate representation
and engagement of the programme with major governmental, diplomatic and
civil society stakeholders and ensuring that the programme very well
networked in the regional context to respond to emerging opportunities
for peace building and conflict prevention.

Context and Environment

  • NSRP is a DFID-funded programme managed by the British Council
    (in partnership with International Alert and Social Development Direct)
    that aims to enhance collective efforts to identify and respond
    effectively to potential sources of violent conflict in Nigeria and
    reduce the negative impacts of conflict on the most vulnerable among the
    Nigerian population.
  • NSRP supports interventions to address conflicts at the national
    level and in 8 target states, namely Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Kaduna,
    Kano, Plateau, Rivers and Yobe.
  • The programme has its headquarters in Abuja and also operates
    from four regional offices in Jos (Middle Belt), Kano (North West),
    Maiduguri (North East) and Port Harcourt (Niger Delta). Regional
    Representatives will be based in the North East and Niger Delta regional
    offices in Maiduguri and Port Harcourt respectively and will be
    required to travel to Abuja and other regional offices occasionally. The
    programme’s operations in the North East region are largely
    concentrated in Borno and Yobe states.
  • These two states are among the worst affected by the insurgency,
    which has led to the death of over 20,000 persons and displacement of
    over 2 million people.
  • Although much progress has been recorded in military operations
    to defeat the insurgents, the environment remains fragile and many
    displaced persons are still in camps and not returned to deserted
    communities. Public infrastructure and services are being gradually
    restored and both governmental, private sector and civil society
    organizations face serious institutional and operational challenges.
  • The Niger Delta is also faced with security and developmental
    challenges that have affected capacity of government, private sector and
    civil society organizations.
  • Therefore, the post holder must have the ability to work in
    difficult environments, often with limited infrastructure or support
    facilities.
  • The post holder will work closely with the Deputy Programme
    Manager (Results), Deputy Programme Manager (Resources), Output
    Managers, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Operations Manager,
    Security Manager, Programme Advisers and will report to the NSRP
    Programme Manager.
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Accountabilities

  • Accountable for quality representative of the programme in
    region, ensuring client, corporate and programme standards are fully
    met.
  • Accountable for effective stakeholder engagements in the region,
    ensuring that programme’s stakeholder engagement strategic objectives
    are met and programme is not highly visible but is adapting to emerging
    opportunities.

Responsibilities and Main Duties
Programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee satisfactory delivery of programme in the region
  • Provide leadership to the regional team and support to the Regional Manager
  • Lead engagement with stakeholders, including international
    development partners, federal, state and local governmental actors and
    institutions, state and local government advisory committees and
    partners organizations in the regions.
  • Lead development and regular updating of stakeholder management
    strategy and risk management strategy including safety and security
    management in the region
  • Lead on public and media relations in the region.
  • Lead regular conflict analysis and development of strategic options for the programme in the region.

Key Relationships

  • Internal: Regional Manager, Deputy Programme Manager
    (Resources), Deputy Programme Manager (Results) Monitoring and
    Evaluation Manager, Output Managers, Operations Manager, Security
    Manager, Facilities and Procurement Manager, Programme Officers,
    Resources Assistant, Programme Assistant
  • External: DFID, British High Commission, consultants; external
    partner organisations; state institutions, academic institutions, Local
    NGOs, INGOs and other international agencies operating in North east and
    Niger Delta ..

Other important features or requirements of the job:

  • Periodic travel to high-risk areas is likely to be necessary
    following close liaison with British Council and after appraisal by the
    Security Manager. Occasional unsocial and over-hours may be required to
    meet operational requirements of the post and programme.

Person Specification
Behaviours (Essential):

  • Creating Shared Purpose (More demanding). Creating energy and clarity so that people want to work purposefully together.
  • Connecting with Others** (Most demanding). Actively appreciating the needs and concerns of myself and others.
  • Working Together** (Most demanding). Creating the environment in which others who have different aims can worktogether.
  • Being Accountable** (Most demanding). Showing real dedication to the long-term mission of the British Council or the team.
  • Making it Happen** (Most demanding). Challenging myself and others to deliver and measure better results.
  • Shaping the Future (More Demanding). Exploring ways in which we can add more value.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Managing People (L4)
  • Managing Projects (L4)
  • Communicating and Influencing skills (L4)
  • Planning and organising(L3)
  • Managing Risk (L4)

Relationship management:

  • Excellent skills in leadership and relationship management.
    Should have experience of managing high level relationships with key
    governmental actors and programme stakeholders.

Local knowledge:

  • Grounded knowledge of the regional and state contexts and ability to drive proactive response to opportunities

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of drivers of violence and conflict management institutions in target region.
  • Proficiency in any of the languages in North East

Experience
Leadership:

  • Minimum of 5 years of leading a private or public organization.

Communications:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience of leading visibility and
    branding of organizational mandates and results to critical audiences
    and stakeholders

Stakeholder relations:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience of managing relations with organizational/programme stakeholders

Desirable:

  • Technical knowledge and/or experience of a sector relevant to the programme.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or other relevant fields and appropriate experience

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply for this Position

Application Deadline 27th September, 2016.

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