Skills and Enterprise Portfolio Lead – SSA at British Council

The British Council is looking for an experienced professional with strong sector knowledge to lead the Skills and Enterprise Portfolio in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). S/he will identify new opportunities, harness partnerships in an increasingly competitive market, support the achievement of key business outcomes within the sector. This is an opportunity to join our staff working to build trust and create opportunities in the UK and in more than 100 countries around the world. We are looking for people who believe in the integrity and value of what we do.Skills and Enterprise Portfolio Lead - SSA at British Council

Job Title: Skills and Enterprise Portfolio Lead – SSA

Job Details
This role is central to the realisation of our vision as a region. The successful post holder will be based in any country in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) where we have operations. The Portfolio Lead will have responsibility for all aspects of our work within the Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (EEE) sector especially business pursuit.


Our work in education and society helps transform national education systems, builds more inclusive and open societies and increases young people’s opportunities.
The bulk of activity and funding in SSA is focused on basic education – with emphasis on education systems reform to deliver learning outcome improvement.  Across SSA, government priorities are the interconnected agendas of economic growth, education and youth employment. The opportunity and challenge is to meet the needs of emerging societies and economies and the aspirations of the burgeoning youth population. Within this context, many governments seek to invest in education systems to raise standards
Sub-Saharan region currently has operations in 20 countries including Sierra Leone, Cameroun, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Botswana.

About Us



The British Council is the UK’s international organisation 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. Through our work in Education and Society, we provide opportunities for people to broaden their horizons and build sustainable futures. Our Society programmes enable individuals, communities and governments to work together to make positive transformation where it matters – from strengthening civil society, to widening access to justice and promoting the rule of law.

Key accountabilities for the role include: • Business Development and Portfolio Management • Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting • Stakeholder Engagement and Management • Financial and Risk Management Interested? To be considered for this role YOU need:
• Degree in related field (or equivalent by experience)  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in senior management in a comparable role
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience of delivering client funded projects or programmes • Familiarity with client policies and procedures • Experience of working in Sub Saharan Africa is highly desirable. **Please note that this is a senior management band (SMB) role which requires well developed sector knowledge and track record of results in a comparable role. 


(For full details please see the role profile included on the British Council jobs portal)
How to Apply
In order to be considered for this role, please complete the application form on the British Council jobs portal.
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Provide clear information on demonstrable skills and experience you possess as matched with the “Essential Experience/Skills & Knowledge” we are looking for.
Please note that applications which do not meet the format/ requirements will NOT be considered.  
Application Deadline Date



Please apply by 24 April 2018 (23:59 UK Time) using the details contained in the advert on the British Council Jobs portal via the link provided.

Short-listing is carried out against the essential knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience as specified in the Role Profile which accompanies this. Do ensure these essential requirements are addressed within your application and supporting statement.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online; applications submitted through other channels will not be accepted.

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