Executive Assistant Intern Job at British Council Nigeria


Executive Assistant Intern Job at British Council Nigeria

British Council Nigeria invites applications form suitably qualified and interested applicants to the fill the following vacant positions.

Job Title: Executive Assistant Intern Job at British Council Nigeria

Date: 31-Dec-2022

Location: Lagos, Sub Saharan Africa, NG

Company: British Council

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 work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities.

We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.

These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share.

This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.


Arts Intern Lagos

Role Purpose

The British Council in Nigeria works in three strategic business areas; Arts and Culture; English; Education. We are looking to recruit interns to join our Business Support Services (“BSS”) Unit which will provide general administrative support to the Country Director, the senior leadership team in Nigeria and the Company Secretary in Lagos.

The BSS unit provides products or services to frontline teams. Those products or services are in turn utilised to create deliverables for the external customer.

 The BSS unit focuses on:

  • Strategic decision making which involves other business units and BSS as a whole
  • Ensuring all logistics and administrative support are provided as at when required
  • Negotiating deliverables with the preferred suppliers and approved suppliers; and
  • Driving down costs and creating efficiencies across the business.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Country Director (“CD”) and the Company Secretary the intern duties will include:

  • Attending to selected high level visitors to the country directorate, providing advice and support to teams on processes and priorities.
  • Scheduling of meetings as will be directed by the CD and the Company Secretary
  • Managing of the Country Director’s calendars and ensuring meeting prioritisation.
  • Managing of correspondence on behalf of the CD and the Company Secretary to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Responding to emails and letters on requests for British Council engagement, sponsorship, partnerships, attendance at events and meetings
  • Organising internal meetings and workshops including logistics planning


Learning and development opportunities for the intern

  • General understanding of the work and mission of the British Council (and international, not-for-profit organisation) and how it contributes to the development of the Nigeria’s prosperity and stability
  • Insight and hands-on experience in administrative functions, contact management and stakeholder management in a formal setting
  • Becoming familiar with working in an International Organisation and in a multicultural environment


Profile of Intern:

Essential: The ideal candidate should:

  • Be a recent graduate (graduated within the last 4 years) with excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask.
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills in English
  • Be computer literate with proficiency in the use of MS Outlook, Word, MS Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Have good organisation, time management and scheduling skills
  • Be confident in communicating with senior stakeholders on behalf of the Country Director and senior team.


  • Proven work experience as an Administrative Officer, Administrator or similar role and ideally Executive Assistant experience


Management and Support for the role:

The intern will report to the Company Secretary based in Lagos. S/he will be expected to work closely with other members of the Nigeria Country Leadership Team (SLT).

Duration: 12 months (March 2023 – February 2024)

Remuneration and benefits:

  • The intern will be paid equivalent N130,000 per month
  • Health Insurance (HMO) will be provided for interns who are on 6 months or more
  • Group Life Insurance will be provided for all interns during throughout the duration of their internship.

Contract Type – Locally Engaged

Location – Lagos

Requirements – All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in country of application.  The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.

Closing Date – 31 December 2022 (23:59 South Africa Time)



This is a short-term intern position; intern roles are not a prelude to longer term employment with the organisation. If opportunities for further paid employment arise, these will be advertised and interns who apply will be considered against the same criteria as other applicants.

Necessary adjustments will be made for staff with disability where necessary.


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.


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.


Visit British Council Job Portal to apply. CLICK HERE TOAPPLY ONLINE.

If you have any problems with your application please email [email protected].


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