Project Manager – Arts at the British Council

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The British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Project Manager – Arts

Location: Lagos, Sub Saharan Africa, NG
Pay band: 6 (Locally engaged)
Alternative locations the role could be based: Lagos, Nigeria
Department: Arts
Contract type: Fixed Term
Duration: 12 Months

Role Purpose

  • Working with the West Africa Arts cluster and the wider British Council team to deliver programmes, audiences and partnerships which contribute to the British Council’s SSA Arts programme.
  • The projects will be delivered through close liaison with Head of Arts – Nigeria and West Africa, the Arts team in Nigeria, and the West Africa cluster.

Challenges & Accountabilities

  • The ideal candidate will join the Arts Team to facilitate new engagements between artists in the region as well as artists and audiences in SSA and the UK through supporting region wide programmes. He/she will have the opportunity to contribute to work around presenting new narratives of West Africa in the UK and engaging audiences in both places. And will raise the profile of the British Council Nigeria through consistent reporting of our Arts programme activity on regional intranet, bulletin, and other internal media, updating events calendar, as well as externally through website and social media.
  • The appointed candidate should have proven experience in Project Planning and Delivery, as you will be responsible to implement a portfolio of projects within the West Africa Arts programme with the support of internal project officers, UK project managers and/or external delivery partners to meet agreed project targets. You will be the dedicated point of contact for assigned projects managed in Nigeria, and will also manage relationships with project partners, representing the project to other external stakeholders.
  • You should also have experience managing finances as you will be responsible to prepare and manage detailed expenditure budgets for projects to British Council standards. You will manage cash flow, profiling and monthly, quarterly and annual reporting of budgets managed Manage procurement in accordance with corporate procurement policy and processes.
  • Working with the Marketing and communications colleagues, you will develop and manage digital marketing and audience development campaigns including but not limited to social media platforms. And be responsible for providing content to the Marketing and communications team for communications materials for distribution internally and externally in Nigeria, the region and UK.
  • Experience in research methods and a clear understanding of the Arts sector in Nigeria is required as part of the work will be market intelligence and information gathering, while maintaining and developing a close understanding of and links with the sector in Nigeria.
  • Working with other members of arts team, the post holder will maintain and expand knowledge of the Nigerian arts sector. And also develop and sustain relationships with key practitioners and organizations, both established and emerging talent. As with any business that experiences peaks and troughs of activity, there is likely to be a need to work outside office hours from time to time.

Essential Requirements
The successful candidate will need to possess the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution or five years’ relevant experience in lieu
  • At least three years’ recent professional experience of working in a creative, producing, programming or management capacity in the Arts sector in Nigeria, ideally with international links.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English – Shortlisted candidates will either demonstrate they have met the required standard through presentation of an agreed English language certificate, or will be required to take the APTIS test and demonstrate a B2 level of English proficiency
  • Proven ability to identify, develop, and manage relationships with major partners and stakeholders
  • Planning and delivery of events to specific groups of people
  • Works with project management systems and procedures and has a track record of compliance with them as a project team member.
  • Monitors and controls an agreed budget within a defined area, producing reports and analyses and contributing to planning.
  • An understanding and appreciation of current trends and practice in at least one art form in Nigeria

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience of working on projects between UK and Africa
  • University degree in related area and/or post-graduate courses in relevant areas

Additional Information:

  • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.

Salary
NGN 8,106,739.85 (per annum).

Application Closing Date
19th May, 2021.

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

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