View Vacancy - Education Programme Manager

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
CSSF - Conflict Stability and Security Fund

The British Embassy in Tunis currently has a vacancy for an Education Programme Manager to start as soon as possible.

The purpose of this role is to strengthen the UK Government’s education policy partnership with Tunisia through the development, management and implementation of the education pillar of the Tunisia Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programme (£10 million in financial year 2018/19) in support of the National Security Council’s vision for a more stable, secure and economically sustainable Tunisia.  In partnership with others the successful applicant will steer and deliver the UK Government’s education strategy in Tunisia to build UK-Tunisian engagement on education and to increase potential direct bilateral economic and commercial opportunities through education sector relationships.

Main duties and responsibilities:

This is an exciting opportunity to promote long term stability and opportunities for young people in Tunisia through effective programme management and helping to boost UK-Tunisia bilateral engagement on education. Your responsibilities will include:

Programme management

  • Working with the Deputy Head of Programmes to coordinate our vision for education programming in Tunisia. Set the strategic direction of UK-Tunisia education policy delivery and enhance UK-Tunisia education links. Ensure that our education programming delivers against these shared objectives.
  • Overseeing the delivery of our key education-focused projects. This means ensuring best practice across our education programming, including: project management, financial management, commercial procurement, risk management, monitoring and evaluation, cross-cutting themes (gender, conflict sensitivity, human rights), due diligence and managing relationships with new and prospective implementing partners. A continual focus on effective and rigorous monitoring and evaluation of projects will be essential. Working closely with implementers to adapt and build upon existing projects to ensure that they deliver against the National Security Council’s objectives for Tunisia. Developing the M&E components of projects and embed best practice M&E throughout the programme.
  • Ensuring the UK is visible and engaged in the education community (both Tunisian government and other donors), strengthening coordination with our partners.
  • The Programme Manager may be required to work flexibly across the broader CSSF programme, such as on communication, economic and governance policy where necessary.

Stakeholder management

  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with relevant Government teams based in London, ensuring we make the best opportunity and strategic use of their resources and expertise.
  • Building and maintain a strong network of contacts including senior Tunisian officials and policy advisers, universities, NGOs, industry and international organisations. 
  • Representing the British Embassy at donor meetings, government meetings and other events related to education. 

Education advice

  • Keeping abreast of and providing analysis on education reform in Tunisia.
  • Providing ad hoc expertise and analysis on education to other parts of the embassy and Whitehall colleagues.

Staff management

  • Line management and developmental responsibility for x1 B3L education project officer.

Key competencies required

  • Collaborating and Partnering - Creating and maintaining positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation to help get business done. It requires working collaboratively, sharing information, and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.
  • Making Effective Decisions - Using sound judgement, evidence, and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice. Showing clarity of thought, setting priorities, analysing, and using evidence to evaluate options before arriving at well reasoned justifiable decisions.
  • Seeing the Big Picture - Having an in-depth understanding and knowledge of how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives and the wider public needs, and focusing your contribution on the activities which will meet the organisation’s goals and deliver the greatest value.
  • Delivering Value for Money – This involves the efficient, effective and economic use of taxpayers’ money in the delivery of public services.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • At least 5 years experience working in education policy or a related discipline in Government, think tanks or industry
  • Previous experience of project and programme management
  • Proven application of monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written in English
  • Experience of education policy in the Middle East and North Africa region
  • Language requirements:  English, French, Arabic (operational level)
  • Experience of working in an international context
  • Experience of staff management and development
  • Experience of applying gender and conflict sensitive approaches to programming
Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money
14 April 2018
C4 (L)
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Middle East & North Africa
British Embassy
1 May 2018

Working hours and remuneration:

Conditioned working hours are 40 hours gross per week. Standard working hours are from 08:00-16:30 from Monday to Thursday and 08:00-13:00 on Fridays.

The British Embassy in Tunisia offers an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role. Initial salary will be TND 4992 per month while on probation. Salary after probation is TND 6210.

This is one year contract with possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

The appointment will also be subject to satisfactory local and UK security clearances


Candidate must be eligible to work and reside in Tunisia immediately.

Application process:

Interested candidates must include the following items along with the completed online application form:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  2. Examples of when you have demonstrated the key competencies outlined above.

Applications that do not include these will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is at 23:55 (local time) on 14 April 2018. Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large amount of job applications the Embassy receives, only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two months.

The start date mentioned is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.