Director Programmes & Partnerships Ghana

British Council
  • Location
    Accra, Ghana
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 20

Position description

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


Director Programmes & Partnerships Ghana 

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.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language and education. 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. 


Role Purpose 

The Director Programmes & Partnerships will support the Country Director in the effective running of the Ghana directorate and deputise for the CD as appropriate.  The role includes contributing to the design, implementation and evaluation of the country strategy and plans, and ensuring that ambitious plans (including operational, governance, financial and non-financial plans and targets) are met, ensuring full compliance with relevant standards and policies in so doing.  This senior management role will also take the lead in actively securing and managing key partnerships, leading on business development opportunities and income generation aligned to the British Council’s strategy and vision.  The post-holder will also support the delivery of any change programmes.


Main Accountabilities: 

Operational management: Responsible for operational delivery of the cultural engagement portfolio, including resourcing and finances. Leading on any efficiency programmes / new delivery models

Compliance & risk management: Establishing full compliance in the work of the Directorate with all corporate values and standards, including implementation of policies such as EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), Child Protection, Health & Safety, Environmental Framework Tool, security and incident management


Business development/pursuit: Cultural engagement business development and pursuit, working with SBU colleagues


Staff Leadership: Line-management of grant-funded programme teams and client/co-funded programme managers as appropriate in line with British Council brand and values. Coaching and supporting individuals and teams involved in delivering outcomes. Modelling appropriate leadership styles and behaviours. 


Managing Change: Identifying what changes in processes, procedures and practices are needed to achieve change and deliver the planned benefits and ensuring that managers have the necessary information to communicate changes and the impact to staff. Working on the ground to meet staff and user groups to discuss change and encourage and motivate them to embrace the change to realise the benefits.


Role specific knowledge and experience:

The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are: 

  • Graduate degree in relevant field or work equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience leading and managing programmes or large projects


Role Specific Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience of managing multi country or large programmes that have met project closure standards and passed audits
  • Proven experience of working with several different funding sources and knowledge of different programme frameworks and compliance rules
  • Experience of working within a consortium arrangement or with other funding partners or sponsors and management of associated contracts
  • Extensive experience of managing complex, senior, client, stakeholder and partner relationships and reporting requirements
  • Experience of identifying risk, mitigating risk and monitoring risk and reporting risk through appropriate channels
  • Experience of developing MEL frameworks and designing data collection mechanisms 
  • Experience of leading a large, diverse, dispersed project or programme team  
  • Experience of presenting and communicating programme success to a range of external audiences  


Desirable Experience: 

  • Financial control or programme management qualifications
  • Project management qualification
  • Experience on client funded work eg FCDO, EU, World Bank

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