Job Vacancy for a Driver at The British Council, 29th April, 2019
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, education and civil society. 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.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Driver
Role Type: Business Delivery
Pay Band: 1/K
Duration: Fixed term (till January 2021)
Reports to: State Office Admin & Resource Assistant
- The Driver will be responsible for providing safe, secure and efficient transportation of personnel and resources and taking proper care of vehicles in accordance with the organisation’s policies and standards.
The British Council in Nigeria is implementing the European Union Conflict Management in Nigeria programme under their Trust Fund (EUTF) and the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption programme in Nigeria under their Development Fund programme (EUDF).
We will be implementing the Agents for Citizen-driven Transformation (ACT) Programme under the European Union development fund. In partnership with COFFEY, we are delivering the Policing work under their Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and are managing the Programme Coordination Office for DFID’s Deepening Democracy in Nigeria Phase 2 (DDiN2) Programme.
To support our existing contracts as well as future contracts, we are developing flexible structures that meet the global British Council standards to provide support to our FCR (Justice, Security and Conflict) work in Nigeria
The Conflict Management programme in North Eastern Nigeria is a €21m EUTF-funded Programme (2017-2021) and works with the overall aim of enhancing state and community level conflict management capability to prevent the escalation of conflict into violence in a number of locations in North-Eastern Nigeria. The Programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and work in 3 states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as well as in Abuja. The programme is being delivered alongside a partner (International Alert) with the British Council leading the contract. The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme in Nigeria is a €25m EUDF-funded Programme (2017-2021) and has the overall aim of enhancing good governance in Nigeria by contributing to strengthening of the rule of law, curbing corruption and reducing impunity.
The programme has an annual turnover of around £5-£6m and work in 4 states – Adamawa, Anambra, Kano, Lagos, as well as in Abuja. The RoLAC programme will be extending to Edo State. The Agents for Citizen-Driven Transformation Programme is a €15m EDF-funded Programme which aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria through enhancing the credibility of CSOs and enhancing their role as independent development actors and drivers of change. The ACT programme has completed its inception phase and will be proceeding to its implementation phase. The programme will be implemented at the Federal and in selected states where EU programmes concentrate. The Nigerian context is generally challenging, having poor infrastructure and currently facing a volatile security situation.
There is still a significant reliance on the cash economy, corruption is high and the regulatory and compliance structures that exist are highly ineffective. The overall economic situation is not good with the low oil prices leading to high unemployment, increasing inflation and a shortage of foreign currency causing the value of the Naira to weaken considerably. This makes Nigeria a very challenging environment in which to deliver programmes. The State Office will be located in Awka, Anambra State. The post holder must therefore have the ability to work in an ambiguous and difficult environment in which British Council processes need to be adapted or developed to cope with unusual requirements and difficult context.
The post holder will work closely with the programme delivery and management teams as well as having significant interactions with the technical teams and Nigerian partners.
Accountabilities, Responsibilities and Main Duties
- Clearly providing timely communication regarding transport arrangements and any changes to transport users and the State Programme Coordinator.
- To undertake logistical support to designated workshops, meetings and events according to stated requirements.
- Carry out routine mail dispatch service as may be required.
- Raising advances relating to journeys and making retirements according to agreed time standards for same.
- To render transport assistance to officers and or consultants involved in programme delivery activities.
Vehicle Maintenance and Record Management:
- Ensure vehicles are serviced in line with the service schedule and that periodic routine vehicle checks are made and that defects and damage are reported promptly. Vehicles are clean and refuelled regularly.
- Daily internal and external maintenance checks on all programme vehicles to ensure all vehicles are roadworthy before the start of any journey.
- Carry out driving and transportation duties in relation to travel bookings, activity and event management and maintain vehicle log books, journey and fuel records.
Team Support and Contribution:
- To assist in taking photographs in events and assembling newspaper and magazine clips where necessary and practical
- To seek to understand the interdependencies and connections that the FCR programmes have with other organisations and manage such relationships within own work area.
- Excellent customer service delivery as the first point of contact to British Council visitors and colleagues at the airport.
- Provide ad hoc advice and information to visitors regarding the local area and transport facilities (programme and non-programme).
Continuous Professional Development:
- To ensure personal development on IT skills for wider adminstrative assistance.
- Regular Defensive Driver Training courses to be arranged by the British Council
- National Programme Managers, Technical Lead, Operation Managers, State Programme Coordinator (SPC), Procurement and Estate Manager, HR Manager, Finance Manager, Programme Officers, Admin and Resource Assistants.
- Other members of the Support Team
- All Visiting National and International Consultants
- Other Project Teams External
- External relationship management where appropriate (i.e. linked to function of role), to include: EU, consultants, external partner organisations, MDAs etc.
- Passport requirements/Right to work in country: All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Nigeria. British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.
- Notes: Some unsocial hours, weekend work and travel may be required where the need arises. Knowledge of the security situation in the state is required as post holder may be required to make prompt decisions in close liaison with SPC and Operations Manager.
- An eye-sight test and medical fitness for driving will be required A valid Nigerian Driving Licence
- Direct contact or managing staff working with children?: Appropriate child protection assurance checks in accordance with British Council policy
- National Diploma or equivalent
- Intermediate level driving certificate
Role Specific Knowledge & Experience
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a driver with an international organization
- Knowledge of traffic rules and road network in the region.
- Experience of working as part of a successful team/function
- Experience of work in an FCR project
- Experience of operating in a complex, multi-cultural context
- Basic mechanical knowledge Shortlisting and interview.
Role Specific Skills:
- Basic IT skills including word and excel
- Advanced driving skills Customer services.
- Participation in previous defensive driver training
British Council Core Skills
Communicating and Influencing (Level 1):
- Communicates clearly and effectively – Listens to others and expresses self clearly, with grammatical accuracy and awareness of a diverse audience in speaking and writing
- Planning and Organising (Level 1) Is methodical – Able to plan own work over short timescales for routine or familiar tasks and processes.
British Council Behaviours
- Being accountable (Essential): Putting the needs of the team or British Council ahead of my own
- Working together (Essential): Ensuring that others benefit as well as me
- Creating a shared purpose (Essential): Communicating an engaging picture of how we can work together.
- Making it happen (Essential): Challenging myself and others to deliver and measure better results
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline 13th May, 2019 (23:59 UK time)