British Council recruitment for an Exam Manager in Abuja

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.

The British Council is recruiting to fill the below position of:

Job Title: Exam Manager
Department: English &Exams
Pay Band: PB6
Purpose of Job

  • To support Examination Services in Nigeria in delivering examinations on behalf of UK examination boards.
  • To provide high quality customer experience for our clients and
    to maintain these relationships at the high professional standards as
    set out by the British Council’s Quality and Compliance Standards (QCA),
    examinations boards and partner requirements.
  • To manage day to operations of assigned product service portfolio and associated financial budgets.
  • To line manage product team and monitor venue staff.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities (including people management and finance)

  • Financial control, monitoring and reporting: to manage assigned
    exams services business to target by monitoring and reporting income and
    costs on a monthly basis
  • Quality: to deliver a high standard of customer service to our
    candidates as measured by our own Exams Quality Standards (EQS) and
    inspection visits from exams boards.
  • Leadership: to manage and motivate assigned exams team to achieve challenging objectives
  • Establish and maintain positive relations with current and future stakeholders and partners in order to meet business targets.
  • Business growth: to support business growth through capacity
    enhancements and assist with setting country business strategy with
    Assistant Country Exams Manager, Country Exams Manager and Deputy
    Country Exams Manager. 
  • Reliability: to ensure examinations are delivered securely according to board requirements

Main Duties
Examination delivery:

  • Responsibility for the full cycle of operations of relevant examinations.
  • To ensure that these examinations are delivered to examination board, partners’ and QCA/EQS standards.
  • To respond to and implement appropriately recommendations from exam boards, partners and QCA/EQS reviewers.
  • To identify areas for increased efficiency and security in
    examination delivery and prepare plans to implement these. Oversee
    implementation of these plans across Nigeria.
  • To keep a database of malpractice cases, to monitor these nationally and investigate cases further where necessary. 
  • To work towards minimising cases of suspected malpractice.
  • Compliance: To manage inspection visits from examination boards
    as well as for carrying out regular inspections of examination
    venues/schools, monitoring security processes against standards set by
    the examination board and QCA.
  • To conduct spot checks of venues/schools and venue staff where necessary. Good recordkeeping is essential of all visits made.
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Business Development, Marketing & Customer Service:

  • Planning for Growth: support senior management in development
    and implementation of Marketing Action Plan (MAP) and other annual
    planning documents, as required
  • To issue a quarterly newsletter to all attached centres.
  • To collect and analyse qualitative/quantitative marketing data in order to development activities
  • Seek and use customer feedback to improve service delivery
  • To develop and manage a programme of visits to schools/tuition
    providers or professional bodies to build relationships with existing
    and potential clients to meet business targets.

Stakeholder Management, Training & Educational Projects:

  • To support development and management of relevant stakeholders on assigned portfolio. 
  • To work with exams and other British Council colleagues across
    Arts and Programmes teams in the planning and delivery of
    schools/partner-specific events
  • will encompass either a network of teacher/schools, or portfolio of professional bodies
  • To plan teacher training and schools co-ordinator development events for attached and potential attached schools, if required

Venue Staff:

  • To oversee the recruitment, training and monitoring team for exams venue staff for Nigeria.
  • To ensure appropriate training of venue staff in Nigeria for
    relevant examinations is done and takes into account feedback from
    partners and quality checks.

Budget Management:

  • To assist Assistant Country Exams Manager/Heads of product
    services in planning activity and then to assist on monitoring and
    managing income and expenditure to agreed targets.
  • To report on these targets monthly.
  • To line manage assigned staff according to essential HR standards.
  • To proactively manage staff performance to ensure targets are met and delivered according to British Council behaviours
  • To identify areas for budget savings while retaining value for money.
  • Line Management:

General Management:

  • To contribute to Nigeria Exams team objectives by attending and contributing to staff meetings.
  • To substitute for management team members.
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Key relationships:

  • Internal: Exams Officers, Customer Service Officers, Assistant
    Country Exams Manager, Country Exams Manager, Deputy Country Exams
    Manager, Operations Manager Port Harcourt; Facilities Manager and
    Assistants; Country Director; Programmes Team – Education, Arts Team.
    Regional Exams colleagues. UK based global exam colleagues.
  • External: Exams Board representatives in the UK and SSA region;
    venue staff, enquirers, CIE, UK Professional Qualification Bodies,
    Partners School Global Network (PSGN), Teachers/Principals, test

Other important features or requirements of the job (e.g. travel, unsocial/evening hours, restrictions on employment etc)

  • Travel to administer/monitor/promote examinations and training
    events in centres outside of Abuja is required, as are overnight and
    weekend stays. Examination delivery deadlines are absolute; therefore,
    out of hours working may be required in order to meet these deadlines.
  • Assisting across all exams services as required during peak times.

Person Specification

  • Working together (essential): Establishing a genuinely common goal with others.
  • Making it happen (more demanding):
  • Connecting with others (essential)
  • Shaping the future (essential)
  • Being Accountable (more demanding)
  • Creating shared purpose (essential)

Assessment Stage:

  • Interview only

Skills and Knowledge

  • Developing Business – Level 2
  • Using Technology – Level 1
  • Communicating and Influencing – Level 2
  • Managing People – Level 2
  • Knowledge of the education and qualification systems in the UK and Nigeria.
  • English Language proficiency to IELTS band 8.0 in all areas (or equivalent).
  • Planning and Organising – Level 2
  • Managing Accounts and Partnerships – Level 1
  • Managing Finance and Resources – Level 2

Assessment Stage:

  • Short-listing and interview


  • Two year’s line management and/or leading a team.
  • Demonstrated experience managing relationships with external partners and stakeholders
  • Monitoring service to quality standards and implementing improvements.


  • Three year’s work experience in a related field – exams delivery and/or customer service.
  • Developing or managing IT solutions for distance learning and testing.
  • Organising and delivering training events.

Assessment Stage:

  • Short listing and Interview


  • Education to degree level or equivalent.


  • A business-related degree.
  • A qualification in examination delivery.

Assessment Stage:

  • Short listing

Starting Salary per annum: NGN 4,946,060.00 Gross. (Negotiable)

Start Date  Asap.

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

Click here to download job details MS Word 

Click here to download BC Core Skills (pdf)

Application Deadline  19th August, 2016.

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