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We are recruiting to fill the below position below:
Job Title: Examinations Officer
Lagos and Port Harcourt
Reports To: Assistant IELTS Administrator, Lagos / Exams Operations Manager, PH
Duration of Job: Fixed Term Contract (6-9 months)
Pay Band: PB4
Start Date: As soon as Possible
Purpose of Job
Accountabilities and Responsibilities (including people management and finance)
- To support Examination Services in Nigeria in delivering exams and tests and to maintain them at the highest professional standards as set out in the British Council's EQCA (Examination Quality & Comliance Standards), examinations boards and partner standards.
- As Exams Officer, the post holder will be line managed by an Operations Manager or IELTS Administrator in Lagos.
- This role will support delivery of all examinations administered from the Lagos office.
- This role will ensure that assigned tests are delivered in a timely manner
- All administrative procedures are in full compliance with examination boards, partners and EQCA standards.
- Reliability: to ensure examinations are delivered securely according to board requirements
- Quality and Compliance: to deliver a high standard of customer service to our schools and their candidates. As measured by our own Exams Quality Standards, Customer Service Standards, and inspection visits from Cambridge International Exams, IELTS and other examination boards as required.
- Finance: all British Council standards for managing finances are met with relation to income reconciliations, cash handling, managing purchase orders, managing contracts and procurement.
Administration of Examinations (pre-test):
- Overseeing the taking delivery of examinations materials and checking them prior to exams commencing, packing and returning scripts, maintaining logs appropriately.
- Answering enquiries about exams.
- Exam registration procedures including receiving and collating registration forms, entering and retrieving data on exam board registration portals, payments and exams correspondence including dispatch of results.
- Assist with recruitment and management of venue staff (invigilators, examiners and inspectors).
- Assist with evaluation of new associate schools, agents and other educational institutions.
- Assist with searching for and evaluation new venues.
- Delivering Examinations on test days which includes:
- Supervision of venue staff
- Ensuring adherence examination day procedures
- Delivering speaking tests
- Overseeing practical examinations
- Secure and accurate despatch of test answers and materials to the examination board. Maintaining accurate logs of examination paper movements.
- Effective delegation of duties when absent on leave or through illness etc.
- Venue staff creation, scheduling and payment.
- Assist with monitoring and training of invigilators.
- To be part of the recruitment, training and monitoring team for venue staff.
- To act as liaison between examiners and the relevant operations managers and trainers.
- To assist in planning agent briefing events, and to support agents in the registration and preparing candidates for exams.
- To assist schools with becoming associate centres, as necessary.
- To assist Exam/Grant Funded Services (GFS) project managers in delivery of Education/Skills-specific events, including assisting with managing relationships with stakeholders.
- To assist with managing administration of exams with professional bodies partners, as necessary.
Marketing & Customer Service:
- To assist in providing data for marketing action plan and business planning.
- Seeking and using customer feedback to improve service delivery.
- To assist the Regional Sales Manager in appropriate marketing of examinations in Nigeria.
- To follow a programme of visits to schools/educational institutions/training providers to build relationships with existing and potential clients to expand the business.
- To assist in customer service, delivery of other examinations and other duties as required in this small office, especially in times of staff absences.
- To assist with preparation and submission of income reconciliations to agreed timescales.
- To record income correctly on the FABS (Finance and Business Support) system and in a timely manner.
- To comply with Contract and Procurement standards.
Continuing professional development:
- To ensure that elective and mandatory training is completed. To contribute to centre and national meetings and working groups.
- Internal: Country Exams Manager, Deputy Country Exams Manager, Examination Officers elsewhere in Nigeria and globally, Customer Service Staff Nigeria, Finance Manager Nigeria, Regional Exams Team, IELTS team, Professional Exams Team, Schools Team
- External: Vocational and higher education training providers in Nigeria and the UK. IELTS Regional Team. School Principals, Educational Agents, AISEN, APEN, ELTAN and other professional teaching associations; venue staff, enquirers, candidates
- A First Degree or equivalent (including via work experience).
- A qualification in examinations management.
- Providing and monitoring service within quality standards.
- Working quickly and accurately to tight deadlines.
- Experience of handling and reporting on payments from customers.
- Training and managing a team to deliver to quality standards.
- Arranging meetings with stakeholders.
- Experience of delivering examinations in a timely and secure manner.
- Short listing & Interview
- Working together
- Establishing a genuinely common goal with others.
- Making it happen
- Being Accountable
- Creating Shared Purpose
- Shaping the future - Look for ways in which we can do things better
- Connecting with others - Making regular opportunities to understand others better.
Skills and Knowledge
- These behaviours will be needed to successfully carry out the role, but will not be assessed for recruitment purposes
Developing Business Level 1 (Analytical skills):
- Applies a range of standard analytical techniques to support business development – e.g. pricing tools, revenue tracking, monitoring sales prospects, audience figures or profit margin.
Using Technology Level 1:
- Able, with adjustments if necessary, to use office software and British Council systems to do the job and manage documents or processes.
- English Language proficiency to IELTS band 8.0, CEF C2 in all areas (or equivalent).
- Strong Attention to Detail.
- Customer Service Focus.
- Strong Organisation Skills.
- Ability to deal with conflict.
- Knowledge of the education and qualification systems in the UK and Nigeria
- Short listing & Interview
Other Important Features or Requirements of the Job:
(e.g. travel, unsocial/evening hours, restrictions on employment etc)
Application Closing Date
- Travel to administer/monitor examinations in centres outside of Lagos may be required. Early morning starts, overnight stays and weekend working is required.
- Flexible working hours during peak periods is required. Examination delivery deadlines are absolute; therefore, out of hours working may be required in order to meet these deadlines.
- Please specify any passport/visa and/or nationality requirement:
- Right of abode and right to work in Nigeria
- Please indicate if any security or legal checks are require for this role:
- The British Council believes that all children have potential and that every child matters - everywhere in the world.
- The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC 1989.
- Successful candidate will have to satisfy British Council Child Protection check requirements.
4th August, 2017.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online
Click here to download job details (MS Word)
Click here to download BC Behaviour (pdf)
Click here to download BC Core skills (MS Word)
- There are two roles. One role is based in Lagos and the other is based in Port-Harcourt. Please signify preferred location in your supporting statement.
- As part of the recruitment exercise, shortlisted candidates will undergo recruitment tests and interviews in Lagos and Port-Harcourt only.