Programme Manager, TMTE

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Pay Band – 7/F
Contract Type – 12 months Fixed-term contract
Location – Dhaka, Bangladesh
Closing Date – Saturday, 11 September 2021

Role Purpose:
To work with the Team Leader in the delivery of the Training of Master Trainers in English (TMTE) project funded by the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education. You will complete instructed tasks and achieve agreed objectives to deliver the project successfully, meet British Council corporate and client standards of compliance, provide pastoral care to international project staff, and meet the needs of key stakeholders and counterparts.

Main opportunities and challenges for this role:
The Training of Master Trainers in English (TMTE) project is the result of a realisation by MoPME that the level of primary teachers' English and the quality of English teaching in Bangladesh primary schools are not of sufficiently high standard to produce a workforce capable of serving the needs of national development.

To support this ambition, the British Council has been requested by MoPME to create a pool of Master Trainers from their existing staff through a cycle of training. The focus will be on creating a cadre of Master Trainers who will be proficient and skilled in English, have a clear understanding of effective teaching practice at primary level, and the skills and knowledge necessary to support the development of English teachers in primary schools. Ultimately, this cohort of Master Trainers will contribute to addressing the problem of inadequate English language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking and presentation) and understanding of effective language teaching practices among teachers, and therefore indirectly support the learning of their students. We have already delivered a small pilot (Cohort 1) in two selected Primary Teacher Training Institutes (PTI’s). We are now looking to upscale from October 2021 onwards.

To facilitate this the postholder will:

  • Supporting the delivery of quality face-to-face training
  • Providing pastoral care to international staff and participants
  • Ensuring compliance with British Council policies, procedures and processes
  • Enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world leader in English education

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

Programme Management

  • Agree, clarify and communicate targets and milestones to project team
  • Be accountable for overall adherence to quality standards
  • Clarify and communicate the activities necessary to deliver agreed outputs
  • Control allocated resources (including financial) to deliver agreed results
  • Contribute to the incremental improvement of procedures and processes
  • Lead effective day-to-day communication with identified stakeholders and counterparts

Human Resources

  • Lead and manage the finance and administrative project staff
  • Ensure best practice in line management is implemented in accordance with HR policies
  • Manage staff relationships, engagement, and wellbeing (pastoral care)
  • Ensure academic staff have appropriate support to enable project to achieve aims and objectives
  • Participate in the recruitment and induction of project staff to corporate standards

Compliance Management

  • Manage procedures and processes relating to project administration, finance, and procurement
  • Ensure compliance with British Council financial management systems and processes
  • Ensure safeguarding guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policies for the following areas:
    • Child protection
    • Equality, diversity, and inclusion
    • Health and safety (Covid-19 protocols)
  • Conduct regular review of project compliance practices and report findings to Team Leader (implementing changes where necessary)

Stakeholder Management

  • Identify and effectively manage relationships with key stakeholders and counterparts
  • Ensure quality customer service is provided to key stakeholders and counterparts
  • Maintain intelligence on PEDP4 and work with Team Leader to identify and develop new opportunities


  • Work with marketing and communications team to develop an overall marketing and communications plan
  • Ensure effective dissemination of project success internally and externally

Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Undergraduate university degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience of working in programme management in development sector
  • Worked in same or similar role in Bangladesh for at least 2 years
  • High proficiency in English (written and spoken) to at least IELTS 7


  • Attractive salary and benefits will be offered to the deserving candidate
  • An inclusive and engaging work environment encouraging cross-team collaboration and building connections with colleagues from different disciplines around the world
  • Flexible working opportunities to support employee aspirations, personal activities and pursuits
  • A learning environment with plenty of opportunities to develop skills and knowledge
  • Experience of working in an international organisation which fosters work-life balance and commitment to smart working

Additional information:

Candidates are expected to have researched whether they have the right to live and work in the country in which the role is based. Given that our offices have different legal status depending on the work we do in those countries, we recommend that you contact HR in country for additional information on the likelihood of securing a visa. Only at its discretion will the British Council provide support so please check first whether visa support is offered.

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