Arts Mananger Ethiopia

British Council

East Africa Arts is the British Council’s framework for working between Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and the UK. Working predominantly with 18 – 35-year olds, the programme: connects new audiences to new art; shares skills of creatives; and ignites partnerships between the creative sectors of the UK and the East African region.

The Arts Manager will support the Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa, and the wider British Council team, to deliver an engaging Ethiopian arts programme that works within British Council’s East Africa Arts programme and builds knowledge and understanding between the UK and Ethiopia

This role is expected to make a major contribution to the successful delivery of the British Council’s East Africa Arts programme, as well as clearly deliver and communicate the impact of East Africa Arts in Ethiopia and to the British council Ethiopia. It will focus strategy and time predominantly in Ethiopia but will have some key responsibilities across the East Africa cluster based on their specific skills and experience.

East Africa Arts consists of three programmes:

• new Art new Audiences (nAnA):

an annual Open Call across East Africa and the UK for cultural partners to create new art to showcase to new audiences in the UK and East Africa

• Creative Hustles:

a series of skills and networking events across East Africa, which share creative knowledge between 18-35-year olds;

• in Motion:

travel grants supporting the movement of creatives and the building of partnerships across East Africa.

If you would like to see full details and understand more about this post then please see the documents below: 

Project Management

  • Work with Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa, Deputy Director Ethiopia, and the British Council’s UK arts advisors to plan, deliver and monitor, and evaluate the East Africa Arts programme in Ethiopia;
  • Manage activities to agreed timelines, budget and performance indicators;
  • Oversee the creation and management of contracts for Ethiopian stakeholder groups;
  • Work with multimedia partners to document and communicate all arts activities widely both online and in print;
  • Identify and record Ethiopian cultural partners for the British Council to engage with through the East Africa Arts programme;
  • Maintain strong connections with Ethiopia’s creative sector, and work with the Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa and Deputy Director Ethiopia to broker relations between the UK and Ethiopian art sectors;
  • Support the British Council’s cultural partners to deliver East Africa Arts projects in Ethiopia and in communication with the UK and East African art sectors; 
  • Work with Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa to secure and manage monetary and in-kind sponsorship for Ethiopian East Africa Arts activity; 
  • Manage, communicate and coordinate with key cultural, media and financial stakeholder groups in Ethiopia;


  • Reach new audiences for the East Africa Arts programme through the delivery of digital and print communication strategies in Ethiopia;
  • Establish audiences for the East Africa Arts programme through British Council Ethiopia Facebook and Twitter page;
  • Manage Ethiopian digital arts content and ensure content is well communicated across East Africa Arts social media and press channels;
  • Communicate with Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa and the British Council UK communications team to ensure East Africa Arts is well represented and reaching new UK audiences;
  • Generate and edit press releases for Ethiopia’s East Africa Arts programme;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Ethiopian media/journalists/communicators;
  • Identify new media partners to maximise the reach and promotion of the Ethiopian and East Africa Arts programme;
  • Review, summarise and archive, online and printed press highlighting and related to East Africa Arts.

Equality, diversity and inclusion and Child Protection standards:

Support Head of Arts Kenya and East Africa, and Deputy Director Ethiopia, to ensure project delivery and activity reflect British Council EDI policy;


 ▪ Ensure that child protection policy and standards are followed and maintained for all relevant projects.