Temporary Team Assistant post available from January 2019

The Cultural Protection Fund team is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic temporary Team Assistant to support the team through the busy end of financial year period for an immediate start at the British Council’s Manchester or Edinburgh offices. Interested candidates should submit a CV to culturalprotection@britishcouncil.org. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The successful candidate will be employed through a recruitment agency. 

Role Information


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Temporary Team Assistant Cultural Protection Fund (FT - 36 hours per week)

British Council Pay Band 6

Manchester or Edinburgh

4 months until the end of April 2019

Grants Manager

About the Cultural Protection Fund

The Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) is a partnership with the DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport). The £30 million fund supports efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. CPF supports projects to protect heritage at risk in twelve target countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. CPF also provides opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long-term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage. 

Main opportunities/challenges for this role

  • Completing financial tasks to enable grant payments to be made;
  • Assisting with the administration of grant award contracts and other documentation;
  • Maintaining databases of information relating to funded projects;
  • Assisting with the planning and delivery of events;
  • Carrying out other administrative tasks as required.

Role Requirements

Minimum / essential


  • A demonstrable interest in the cultural heritage sector.

  • Experience undertaking financial tasks.

  • Experience of working with email platforms and databases (proficiency in Microsoft Excel).

  • Experience in a client-facing role, assisting with ad hoc requests and enquiries.

  • Experience of office administration, e.g. organising meetings, minute taking, contract management, reporting, and diary management.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • A degree in Heritage, Arts or International Development (or similar), or work experience in these fields.

  • Relevant professional experience within the cultural heritage, arts and / or development sector.

  • Experience of working in the funding / grant-management sector.

  • Project management experience.