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Pay band: 8
Department: Cultural Engagement  
Contract type: Locally Engaged   
Duration: 2-Year Fixed Term Contract (with possibility of extension based on business needs)  

Job Description:
  • This role will lead the identification, positioning and pursuit of donors, trusts, foundations, and corporate funding for British Council Nigeria in line with Regional, Country and Business Unit priorities.

Main Opportunities / Challenges for this Role
The Head of (Programmes) Business Development and Partnerships will:

  • Gather market intelligence across West African Cluster countries in liaison with country-based colleagues
  • Be connected to and engage consistently with the donor, trusts and foundations and corporate sectors to ensure they have their finger on the pulse of funding and business development opportunities
  • Provide an opportunity to engage with the themes of the Nigeria and West African cluster programmes including livelihood strengthening, social inclusion and connections and internal exchange with the UK.
  • Lead on and coordinate the production of high-quality proposals and bids that are competitive and representative of the British Council’s value, brand and profile, and when needed, to provide support on provision and delivery of specific content for pitches/presentations made to target clients by the in-country teams.
  • Develop a business development strategy and plan for the cluster
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution or five years’ relevant experience in lieu
  • 7 – 10 years recent, relevant, professional experience working with or within the development sector with an international donor, trust, or foundation in Nigeria
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (Shortlisted candidates will either demonstrate they have met the required standard through presentation of an agreed English language certificate or will be required to take the APTIS test and demonstrate a B2 level of English proficiency).
  • Demonstrable experience of pursuing and winning funding from donors and trusts or foundations using strong project management discipline
  • Strong understanding of development funding landscape and good knowledge of funding approaches by a range of international donors particularly in education, skills, and livelihoods for youth
  • Proven experience working in a compliant and regulated environment


  • Formal Business development or fundraising qualification
  • Marketing or Business Development – Related Academic Background
  • Project management certification
  • Business development experience outside Nigeria, ideally in another African context.
  • Access to existing donor networks or community of practice
  • Experience developing or managing network of consultants or technical experts for the purpose of proposal development and management.

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Head of Arts, Nigeria and Regional Lead, SSA Creative Economy

Job Specifications:

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Pay band: 8
Department: Cultural Engagement  
Contract type: Locally Engaged   
Duration:  Fixed Term Contract ending March 2025

Job Description:
  • The post holder will set, enable and deliver the strategic direction, leadership, and governance of our Nigeria Arts programme, Regional Shared Creative Economy Programme and contribute to the objectives of the British Council Arts Programme across Sub Saharan Africa.

Main Opportunities / Challenges for this Role
The Head of Arts will:

  • Hold primary responsibility for our arts programme and arts strategy in Nigeria and will be responsible for the arts portfolio there working closely to identify new partners with whom to deliver the strategy.
  • Contribute to shaping our regional approach to engagement of Creative Economy Policy.
  • Give priority to raising (co) funding and developing partnerships to scale up the Creative Economy programme
  • Significant knowledge and experience of the arts in Nigeria is a requirement as is a deep understanding of Creative Economy and models that make this work in a Nigeria and regional / global context.
  • Regular attendance at evening and weekend events are a normal part of the job
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Strong knowledge of UK creative sectors and creative sectors in Nigeria  
  • Sector knowledge in the field of arts and programme management with a strong Creative Economy specialism
  • Demonstrable experience managing a large team or a small organisation
  • Experience in delivering arts work in more than one country in Sub Saharan Africa  
  • Experience of commissioning and managing consultants and partner organisations
  • Proven experience raising funding for arts and creative economy projects

Role Specific Skills
Required candidate will need to possess:

  • Proven leadership of ambitious arts and creative economy projects with a range of partner organisations.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively with tight deadlines
  • Strong knowledge and use of Monitoring and Evaluation skills
  • Partnership development and fundraising
  • Managing relationships with stakeholders


  • Degree or HE qualification in relevant arts, cultural, heritage, or humanities field
  • An innovative approach to the use of digital and social media to connect audiences.
  • Experience of working with both large and medium organisations

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Important Information and Notice

  • All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria.
  • A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Deadline: September 1, 2021

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