Office Administrator

at British Council- CSSP2
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 30, 2021
Category Administration
Business Administration
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Pay band: 4

Department: Business Delivery

Contract type: Locally Engaged   

Duration: Fixed Term contract ending March 2022

Role Purpose:

The Office Administrator will support all aspects of programme delivery from the Addis Ababa Programme Hub. The post holder will provide administrative, financial and logistical support to programme activities and facilitate strong day to day working relationships between programme staff, consultants, partners and grant recipients. The post-holder will need to apply a very strong understanding of control principles, procedures and policy frameworks within very tight timescales to ensure that programme activity being delivered by British Council staff and partners is adequately supported.

Main opportunities/challenges for this role:

The Office Administrator will need excellent organisational and communication skills to coordinate and support the activities of the regional hubs, Addis based staff and partner representatives and

Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

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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Job Requirements



  • Fluency in English (C1 or IELTS 6.5 or equivalent), Amharic and/or a language spoken and used in one of the regional states of the country
  • A first degree or equivalent professional experience in logistics management. project management, business administration, finance or related discipline
  • At least three years’ experience in a similar role managing client funded projects and/or grants


  • A professional logistics management qualification

Role Specific Skills:

  • Office Administration - Ability to maintain and organise data, paper records and office resources and make logistical and travel arrangements under time pressure
  • Financial Management – a thorough understanding of procurement and financial control principles within the British Council / donor funded environment


Applying Instructions

Additional Information: All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Ethiopia.

Closing Date: 8 July 2021 applications will close 23:59 South Africa time

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