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 currently have a vacancy for a Project Manager English in our Cultural Engagement Department.

Pay band: 
Contract Type:  Fixed term for 4 months approx. (possibility of extension for 1 month)
Location: Sao Paulo
Right to Work Requirements: Right to Work in Brazil. The British Council is not able to support or sponsor work visa applications from non-Brazileans
Closing Date: Advert will close on Thursday November 3, 2022 at 23:59 Colombia time.

Role Purpose

The Project Manager is expected to successfully manage a complex programme/project - more particularly the Observatory for ELT with GSI as a crosscutting component - for the implementation and reporting stages of the project life cycle, coordinating and the day-to-day operations and providing services to the different key stakeholders.

The job holder is responsible to produce/update the project documents and have a thorough understanding of the terms, conditions, and the respective roles and responsibilities of internal and external stakeholders to ensure the project outputs and outcomes are aligned between all consortium institutions and with the business case and reporting requirements.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following

  • Support the Senior Manager English by producing and delivering key outputs in providing technical advice in the areas covered by the programme, especially the Observatory for ELT with GSI as a crosscutting component
  • Support the team with the development and implementation of the designated portfolio at all stages of the project life cycle – especially the Observatory for ELT with GSI as a crosscutting component, using agreed project management processes and tools according to FCDO and British Council’s requisites, always performing the necessary quality assurance
  • Support the team in budget profiling and planning in line with FCDO and corporate standards requirements.
  • Establish solid working relationship with the project board, client and key stakeholders. Manage communications and various reporting requirements ensuring stakeholders are aware of project activities and progress, plus advise stakeholders on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes.
  • Identify, assess, report and monitor progress in addressing risks to the achievement of project objectives in line with corporate risk policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that evaluation processes are built into all projects from the start, reviewing results and feedback to inform best fit, in line with agreed outputs and targets.
  • Ensure that programme outcomes and impacts are measured and reported according to corporate standards and programme guidelines.

Requirements of the role

  • Bachelor’s degree in international relations, business, social sciences or related areas.
  • Proven relevant experience in project development and management, with focus on monitoring, reporting, development and coordination in either public or private sector organisations.  
  • Proven relevant experience in coordinating and managing stakeholders, clients and/or suppliers.
  • Basic IT skills.
  • Portuguese (both written and spoken) at IELTS level 6.0 / CEFR B2 or equivalent/Good knowledge of English (both written and spoken). Non-native speakers of Portuguese may be required to take a Portuguese language test.
  • C1 English level proficiency

Additional information

The working week will be Monday to Friday. An occasional Saturday may be required to accommodate specific circumstances linked to corporate contracts.

Note: you are welcome to upload your supporting statement in English, Spanish or Portuguese, whichever you prefer; however, if invited to interview, this will be fully in English and with an interview panel. English proficiency may be assessed before inviting for interviews.

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Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

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.

If you have any problems with your application please email

Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.

How to apply

Please visit our e-recruitment page to learn more about the post and its requirements and apply online.