View Vacancy - MNL - Prosperity Fund Education and Skills Adviser (maternity cover), C4 (L)

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Provide high quality policy and technical advice on, and help define and implement a £19 million multi-year Prosperity Fund programme supporting Higher Education and Skills in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines, which:

  • Reduces poverty and stimulates inclusive, sustainable economic growth.
  • Opens new markets for international businesses, including UK companies.
  • Is aligned with equivalent UK programmes in other middle-income Overseas Develoment Assistance (ODA) - eligible countries.
  • Is coherent with wider Embassy/HMG efforts to build education links with the UK.
  • Has impact and is good value for money.

The cross-government Prosperity Fund’s (PF’s) primary aim is supporting growth in recipient countries and thereby reducing poverty. It represents a key component of the prosperity pillar of the UK Aid Strategy. The Fund uniquely focuses on promoting growth in ODA-eligible middle income countries, which are home to nearly 70% of the world’s poor and where the development challenges remain significant, but at the same time are important business partners and drivers of prosperity. By delivering high impact, strategic multi-year programmes, across high opportunity countries, regions and sectors, the Fund will help create opportunities for international business, including UK companies. As the UK leaves the EU, an even more outward-looking global Britain investing and trading with the fastest growing markets will become increasingly important.


Roles and responsibilities:

Prosperity is one of the UK’s three Foreign Policy Priorities.  We seek to ‘build the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth’.

One tool for achieving this objective is a £1.2 billion ODA five-year Cross-Government Prosperity Fund, which was launched in April 2016 to help promote economic growth in developing countries.  The purpose of the Prosperity Fund is to:

  • Promote economic reforms and remove barriers to trade
  • Strengthen policy capacity and build strong institutions
  • Develop sectors which support growth such as education

In ASEAN, a country grouping of 650 million consumers and growing, education, especially technical vocational education and training (TVET) and upgrading skills is a crucial element of national economic development strategies.  As part of this, we plan to invest in a £19 million multi-year Prosperity Fund programme on higher education and TVET called the Skills for Prosperity programme, which is a priority sector for UK Ministers. The programme will be implemented by a contracted out external entity, and the implementation contract will be managed centrally in London. Your job will focus on The Philippines, to provide high quality programme management, coordination and advice to help design and implement this programme. You will lead on,

  • Contributing to the design of the PF Skills programme, participating in the selection panel for the implementing entity; engaging with government, private sector, academia and civil society. Supporting programme monitoring, performance and risk management, and reporting.
  • Keeping abreast of education, particularly TVET policy developments at post, regionally, in the UK and internationally (for example World Bank and Asian Development Bank policy and operational reviews), using this knowledge to spot opportunities for sharing lessons and best practice with other ASEAN and prosperity fund priority countries.
  • Supporting gender equality act compliance and PF’s policy and guidance on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and inclusive growth.
  • Build links across the Embassy.
  • Deepen the Embassy’s education engagement beyond the capital cities, at sub-national levels.
  • Maintain a strong network with your colleagues in the UK, and counterparts in ASEAN and other priority Education Prosperity Fund countries, adapting the programme on the basis of lessons learnt (this may involve local, regional and international travel).
  • Support the Head of the Prosperity team in Kuala Lumpur to contribute to education and skills policy and the wider objective of the Prosperity team.

In all the above areas of work you will,

ODA (Official Developent Assistance) activity - 90% of role:

a)  Ensure the Philippines programme complies with the International Development Act, including the International Development (Gender Equality) Act 2014; meets the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)’s criteria; is untied; meets UK government transparency commitments on ODA spend; and complies with HMG audit requirements.

b)  Identify and manage risks to successful programme implementation.

c)  Keep abreast of skills policy developments in Philippines and the UK, using this knowledge to spot opportunities for programme interventions which support better skills in Philippines.

d)  Support gender equality act compliance and support PF’s policy and guidance on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and inclusive growth.

e)  Maintain a strong network with your colleagues in the UK, and counterparts in other countries in the Skills programme, adapting the programme on the basis of lessons learnt (this will involve international travel).

Non-ODA activity – 5% of role:

f)  Oversee a small non-ODA fund to build UK/Philippines trade/investment links in education.

g)  Support the wider Prosperity team, and

Corporate activity – 5% of role:

g)  Take on Prosperity team related corporate roles.

We are looking for a proactive, creative self-starter who can prioritise to operate in a fast-paced environment, largely unsupervised, delivering to deadlines.  S/he will need excellent interpersonal and communications skills to build strong relations within the Embassy, in the regional and with stakeholders in the UK. 

  • Qualified to degree level
  • Knowledge of the higher education, TVET and skills sector from having worked in the public/private sectors.
  • At least 2 to 3 years work experience in the public or private sectors.
  • Passion for education, TVET and skills, and a desire to improve education.
  • Experience in developing policy advice/analysis; delivering successful programmes and managing budgets.
  • A strong understanding of international development, poverty reduction, inequality and gender issues.
  • Good programme, contract and financial management skills and experience.
  • Can work independently and a strong team player at the same time.
  • Computer literate, working with Microsoft Windows and able to manage information effectively with available computer systems.
  • Excellent working levels in English and Tagalog (Philippine), both written and spoken

The successful candidate will be expected to embody the UK civil service’s values and FCO’s mission objectives.


Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money
18 January 2019
C4 (L)
Fixed Term
6 months
Asia Pacific
British Embassy
87, 140
18 February 2019

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed): Relevant job related training will be provided as required. The Embassy has a strong L&D offer (including L&D Weeks, language training and the possibility of securing funds for personal L&D).  Additionally the Prosperity Fund is likely to provide central training for programme managers.

The British Embassy offers a competitive compensation package, 36-hour work week, guaranteed 13th and 14th month pay, 20 days paid annual leave (calculated on Pro-rata basis if joined after 1 January), extensive medical insurance, life insurance and access to a guaranteed 5 days of learning opportunities a year. 

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have work authorisation for the Philippines in order to apply.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy Manila is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Philippine employment law.

Candidates are expected to have a valid NBI Clearance.

As the interview will be based on the required competencies listed above, a guide can be found on the following links:

All applications must be received before 23:55 Manila time on 18 January 2019. 

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

The successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.