TVET Programme Manager

British Council

TVET Programme Manager -Malawi

Location: Lilongwe, Sub Saharan Africa, MW

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

Role Purpose

Lead on British Council Malawi TVET/Skills and education projects delivery to meet specific project targets and the wider projects objectives. The role will require working with partners, clients and stakeholders to achieve a strong performance of programming that meets our strategic goals in Malawi and contributes to those of British Council Sub-Saharan Africa and globally.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • Project delivery: Lead implementation of TVET and other education projects, including workplanning, tracking deliverables, applying good judgement to pre-empting, solving delivery challenges, demonstrate accountability for high quality outputs, good practice,  compliance, being an effective point of contact on project management issues.
  • Financial management. Planning, managing and reporting on project finances and resources competently in coordination with relevant colleagues and in line with guidelines and standards. This includes accurate forecasting, financial controls,  ensuring procurement plans in place in line with project plans, promoting value for money, accountability and transparency.
  • Stakeholder management –  Establish, nurture and sustain productive, trusting relationships with key internal and external stakeholders that facilitate quality and timely delivery; working collaboratively in support of project and organisational objectives, competently presenting projects to stakeholders, identifying project success stories for stakeholder communications.
  • Risk and issues management. Leading on managing project delivery risks, proactively identifying challenges and issues recommending remedial action as appropriate, ensuring delivery operates within projects’ risk appetite, escalating risks and issues as appropriate.
  • Monitoring, Learning. Track, monitor and identify learning, tracking projects’ performance and results including generating, utilising evidence to improve the effectiveness of the projects. Adapting interventions as necessary in line with lesson learning to maximise value for money.
  • Managing people. Line manage Project Officer(s), their performance and development ensuring appropriate skillsets deepened to meet current and future projects and business needs.

Person specification

Minimum requirements:

  • University Degree in relevant field
  • 5 years’ experience in the TVET/skills sector or broader education sector
  • Strong experience of  education/skills or education to employment international development sector
  • Experience of successfully managing small to medium scale donor-funded projects in Malawi or another country with a similar operating environment
  • Business writing skills


  • Practical knowledge and experience of Malawi’s Education or TVET sector or that of a country with similar context
  • Experience with client-funded Education or Employability focused projects.

Further Information

  • Contract Type – 2 years fixed term contract
  • Pay Band – 6
  • Department: Cultural Engagement 
  • Remuneration – MWK 1,999,232 gross salary per month
  • Location – Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Language requirements: Strong written and oral English communication skills.
  • Locally engaged: Applicants are required to have the legal rights to live and work in the location of this role
  • Closing Date – [19 April 2024] Applications will close 23:59 West African Time

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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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