View Vacancy – University Alliance Programme Manager (RUS20.407)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Public Diplomacy

Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The British Embassy in Moscow is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is looking for a University Alliance Programme Manager, to be based in Moscow, Russia.

The purpose of the role is to make a positive and lasting difference to the relationship between Russia and the UK by delivering the University Alliance programme which connects UK and Russian universities, research organisations and early career researchers.

The purpose of the University Alliance programme is to engage the leadership of Russia’s top universities and connect the next generation of Russia’s science leaders with the UK by expanding research collaboration and academic exchange.

The University Alliance Programme Manager will develop and deliver the following activities within the programme

  • Professional development grants for early career researchers

  • University partnerships

  • Policy forums and events


The Programme Manager will be responsible for development and delivery of the programme in the following areas: project management, financial planning and management, communications and knowledge management, evaluation and reporting.

Project Management (60% of time)

  • Programme development and delivery with the support of British Council science higher education teams

  • Identifying, approaching and building relationships with Russian and UK partners

  • Identifying and approaching service providers for the programme, preparing and agreeing terms of reference and contracts for Russian partners and venues and UK trainers and consultants

  • Coordinating events

  • Ensuring adherence to standards and policy for the following areas in all of our activities: child protection, equality diversity and inclusion, health and safety, environmental framework

Financial Management  (10% of time)

  • Planning, managing and reporting on the budget for the programme in line with British Council corporate standards and client requirements: planning and forecasting, tracking expenditure, monthly and quarterly reporting, initiating and running tenders for suppliers

  • Working in SAP

  • Managing all financial documentation and retaining data for accounting and audit

Communications and Knowledge Management (10% of time)

  • Mediating between Russian partners and UK partners

  • Working on communications strategies and media campaigns

  • Assessing and monitoring risks related to communications

  • Preparing press-releases, announcements, publications

  • Collecting audience data

Risk Management (10% of time)

  • Ensuring that risks are identified and monitored

  • Agreeing actions to mitigate risks

  • Escalating risks as appropriate

Evaluation and Reporting (10% of time)

  • Agreeing the format for reporting to the client

  • Collating and analysing data for the report: audience data, financial data, media statistics, feedback from partners and participants of the programme

  • Completing reporting documents

  • Experience of working with education and science sectors
  • Experience of managing international programmes
  • Experience of working effectively as a member of a team
  • Experience of financial management and reporting
  • Understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Proficient written and spoken English (C1 according to the Common European Framework* of Reference for Languages) and proficient written and spoken Russian

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Demonstrating Resilience

4 November 2020

B3 (L)

Fixed Term, Full-time


4 months

Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia



British Embassy



1 December 2020

This is a fixed-term contract  full time position (35 hours per week) ending 31 March 2021. Monthly salary for this grade is RUB 102,263 paid 13 times per year.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.

All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Russia. The British Embassy does not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Russia are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Russian employment law.

We also offer:

  • An interesting and varied job in an open, modern management culture
  • Performance related pay scheme
  • Comprehensive learning and development opportunities
  • Excellent working environment in central location with on-site facilities including cafeteria, bar, gym, tennis court, squash court and swimming pool
  • Private medical cover including dentistry

*I can speak and write English according to CEFR Framework*: a) Basic user (range from A1-Breakthrough/beginner to A2-Waystage or elementary); b) Independent user (range from B1-Threshold/intermediate to B2-Vantage or upper intermediate); c) Proficient user (range from C1-Effective operational proficiency to advanced C2-Mastery or proficiency)

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Additional Information (due to Covid 19):

  • You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption
  • Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action
  • Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.

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