Posted on :
21 Feb, 2017
21 Feb, 2017
The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. The organisation uses English, arts, and education and society to bring people together and to attract partners to working with the UK.
British Council Ghana operates from Accra and Kumasi. The organisation focuses on “creating and enhancing learning opportunities and building access and understanding between Africa and the global community.”
Job Title: TGSS Alumni Manager
Pay Band 6 Locally Appointed Nine(9) Months Fixed Term Contract(Till 31 December 2017)
Location: Accra, Ghana
Purpose Of Job
This role will work closely with the Programme Manager to deliver aspects of the project closure activities which involve ensuring that the alumni sustainability plans are developed and approved including delivering regional alumni events in the UK, to complete all M&E data processing for client reports and ensuring on-going engagement on alumni with maintenance of the social media activity including maintaining a 50% increase on blogs and articles and maintaining 15k Facebook likes.
Accountabilities, Main Duties And Responsibilities
Regional and Country management
With reduced input from Project managers responsible for scholars in Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Suriname, Uruguay and Ivory Coast, the role will make use of corporate financial systems and processes to appropriately monitor and control the TGSS alumni budget for the various countries. This has included negotiating and defining specific budget allocations for the various countries, producing reports and contributing to overall project planning and forecasting with the UK Finance team.
Engaging Senior Managers And External Stakeholders
With reduced input from Project managers responsible for scholars in Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Suriname, Uruguay and Ivory Coast, the role will employ the use of a range of non-standard and creative approaches to communicate and influence relationships especially with senior managers, country directors and external stakeholders including the client to persuade for new thinking and ideas to be formed about alumni activities in the various countries and clarifying the objectives and expectations for all. This has included the development of detailed and data heavy reports which have analysed the progress of scholars over the period.
Complete tasks on all outstanding issues – university contracts, other vendor contracts, website, publicity contracts for all countries
The scholarship currently has an alumni network of over 400 individuals in Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Mauritania, Suriname, Uganda and Uruguay. In managing the intricacies of such a large group of people, the role will utilize a progressive approach for activity to evolve and this has helped bring about solutions mainly through the use of social media platforms to overcome challenges with connecting and communicating with the network members.
Specific Regional Duties
As a result of the project closure, the role has to take on new responsibility for developing, implementing and driving a strategy for building a sustainable alumnus across all those countries for over 400 individuals. This implies taking lead in developing budget projections, analyzing requirements with the participants and the stakeholders, defining the specification, planning, revising and finally implementing.
In light of the changes following the project closure and with the role working directly with the alumni and scholars especially from the Francophone countries, a level a proficiency in French (especially written) is required in order to engage with scholars and providing solutions on various issues including welfare.
Given the timing of the project closure, a clear demonstration of its impact has been requested by both internal and external stakeholders. This has required further skills in storytelling, describing and showing relevant evidence, how the project is influencing change, where quality has been established and calculating the social return on investment especially to the client.
Reporting and working with the client
Special Requirements For The Job
The remit includes coordinating delivery across a number of countries with key events taking place across the region for which visits may be required for preparation and attendance. Training may be required for certain aspects of the job such as using SAP and impact reporting etc. The post can be based anywhere in the network. Some travel will be necessary on occasions.
Skills And Qualifications