Programme Manager, Culture and Development, British Council

Deadline:Tuesday 15 September 2015. Paid, Full time.

Location: Belfast,Cardiff, Edinburgh,Manchester. Based in UK – Location negotiable.

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Culture and Development Programme Manager will work with the Director Arts Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Arts and Society teams, Regional Arts Leads worldwide and external consultants on the co-ordination of all aspects of the Arts and Development programme in order to develop and deliver an effective, high quality programme of work in culture and development across the British Council global network.

The British Council is developing a global Culture and Development framework of ambitious, innovative programmes that directly contributes to the building of creative, inclusive, open societies. The aim is to support and encourage innovative creative responses to development challenges and targeted social engagement through artistic interventions.

British Council Arts and Education and Society Strategic Business Units have worked together to create a clear strategy and a coordinated and researched approach to working through the arts in conflict affected and fragile countries, demonstrating and promoting the value of arts and culture for social development.

As a cultural relations organisation, the British Council works to build trust and understanding, and linkages with the UK. This contributes to the UK’s prosperity and security as well as contributing to development needs. In places where trust and understanding has broken down, whether between countries, peoples or individuals, the British Council can have significant impact and influence, contributing to the development of peaceful and stable societies.

About the opportunity:
We are now looking for an experienced Programme Manager to join the Cultural and Development team for the next year, to devise and deliver a series of cultural relations programmes. Whilst also supporting the management of finance, contracts, information and evaluations in relation to project delivery.

The successful candidate must have:
– A working knowledge of socially engaged arts practice and an understanding of the relevance of culture to international development.
– The ability to convene and coordinate diverse groups of people working in different countries and as part of different areas of the organization
– Understanding of the development sector and the culture sector
– The ability to monitor and interpret policy statements

Some of the main opportunities and challenges will include:
– To further develop the evaluation framework based on the culture and development Theory of Change and supported by the toolkit.
– To ensure that we have robust impact data from the evaluation of the 2015-16 ‘Golden Thread’ culture and development programme and are able to present the work in a clear, dynamic and appealing way.
– To identify major programme opportunities going forward that allow us to expand and scale up culture and development work.

Competitive Salary
Generous pension
32 days annual leave
Childcare vouchers
Cycling scheme
Flexible working policy
Season ticket loan

Our equality commitment:
Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.

All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.
The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.

How to apply:
If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before 23:59 UK time on Tuesday, 15 September 2015.

For further information and documents, please visit the website.