Invigilators Job Openings at British Council – 4 Positions

British Council is seeking outstanding candidates to fill the four vacant positions in Lagos, Ibadan and Port Harcourt.

1.) Invigilator Job Vacancy at British Council – Lagos Mainland.
2.) Invigilator Job Vacancy at British Council – Lagos Island.
3.) Invigilator Job Vacancy at British Council – Ibadan.
4.) Invigilator Job Vacancy at British Council – Port Harcourt.

Job Title: Invigilators

Location: Lagos, Ibadan & Port Harcourt
Region: Sub Saharan Africa
Department: English & Exams
Job Category: Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band: Contractor

Purpose of Job

  • To ensure that any test administered by the British Council runs smoothly on the test day/s and that all assigned test day duties and standards are met.

Context and Environment
The British Council provides access to English Language and other UK qualifications through its Examinations Services. The UK qualifications and assessments that we provide have the power to change people’s lives, enabling them to access life, study or work opportunities overseas or in their own countries. Qualifications and examinations are one of the most powerful drivers of improvements in teaching, learning and professional practice.

The British Council Examinations Services administers a wide range of UK exams on behalf of UK based Exam Boards and awarding bodies. These include English proficiency exams such as IELTS, Cambridge English and Aptis, school exams such as IGCSE, O and A levels for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel International, a range of professional and university qualifications such as ACCA (accounting). 

In Nigeria, we run exams in 18 States across the nation.

As an Invigilator, you will be part of a wider team of exams venue staff expected  to support the delivery of a variety of tests in various locations. You will be required to work very closely with British Council Examinations Services staff, other venue staff and venue service providers to ensure the test days run smoothly.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • You will be accountable for maintaining the integrity and reputation of the British Council and the various examination boards by ensuring that tests are delivered to prescribed standards for customer service, security and administration.
  • You will also be accountable for promoting a positive image of the British Council by providing a high standard of customer care on the test day.


  • Report promptly to test venue at agreed time. In case of any delays or if unable to get to the test venue, inform the appropriate test day or British Council Examinations Services staff in a timely manner.
  • Follow all relevant standards & procedures, based on training and reference materials provided by the British Council Examinations Services and the relevant Exam Boards.
  • Enable good customer flow by giving candidates clear direction and answering their enquiries.
  • Ensure that candidates follow the agreed exam procedures regarding the location and security of their belongings.
  • Conduct candidate entry, exit, identity checks and Test Day Photography procedures according to exam requirements.
  • Ensure special arrangements are provided as required.
  • Be familiar with the emergency procedures for the test day venue.
  • Invigilate examinations to the standard required by the British Council Examinations Service and the relevant Exams Boards.
  • Actively monitor candidates during tests to make sure that there is no violation of test conditions.
  • Support the supervisor to ensure that candidates have a positive and consistent test day experience and a positive image of the British Council.
  • Ensure all material is accounted for and handed over securely to the supervisor.
  • Complete and maintain accurate records of exam assignments. Complete all reports, logs and claims accurately as required by British Council Examinations Services.
  • Follow all relevant guidelines and policies in the areas of: Data Protection, Child Protection, Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, and Anti-Fraud.
  • Report any incidents, emergencies or breaches of security to the appropriate test day supervisor.
  • Work with the test day supervisor to promote and ensure the wellbeing of candidates at all time. In case of emergencies, follow correct procedures.
  • Additional duties in line with the role may be required

Training and development:

  • Attend all briefing and training sessions as requested by the British Council
  • Examinations Services Centre.
  • Complete all mandatory training modules: Data Protection, Child Protection, Health &
  • Safety, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Anti-Fraud, Identity Checks as required.

Other important Features or Requirements of the role
(e.g. travel, unsocial/evening hours, restrictions on employment etc)

  • You will be paid as per the terms and conditions of your contract.
  • You may be required to work weekends (Saturdays and /or Sundays), public holidays, extended hours in the early morning or late evening, as this is when many examinations take place. You must have the flexibility to work beyond the prior agreed work schedule.
  • Some invigilators may be required to travel, including overnight stays. The majority will not have this requirement. During the recruitment process you will be asked to indicate your willingness to travel.
  • You are required to be very vigilant when observing candidates; to watch and hear what is going on in the exams room.
  • You must be able to legally work in the country of appointment.
  • British Council pre-recruitment checks will be required for shortlisted candidates, including background checks & police verification.
  • Although there may not be a prescribed uniform for your role, while carrying out your duties, you must always be dressed in line with the cultural expectations of the country you are working in and your position in accordance with your role as representing the British Council.  However, it is recommended that you wear soft comfortable shoes.
  • Noisy shoes and distracting jewellery are not permitted.

Person Specification


  • Working together – Essential
  • Works well with others, is approachable and flexible.
  • Being accountable – Essential
  • Delivering my best work in order to meet my commitments

Assessment stage

Skills and Knowledge

  • Using technology level 1: Operates as a basic user of information systems, digital and office technology. Able to use British Council systems and software, and the internet, to do the job and manage documents or processes.
  • Planning and organising level 1: Is methodical. Able to plan own work over short timescales for routine or familiar tasks and processes. Has a good attention to detail to follow strict instructions. Is punctual and reliable.
  • Communications in English level 1: Communicates clearly and effectively. Listens to others and expresses self clearly, with grammatical accuracy and awareness of a diverse audience in speaking and writing.
  • Awareness of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Assessment stage
Shortlisting and Interview


  • Customer service: experience of responding to children/ young adults and parents’ needs (as customers) in a professional manner, to a high level of quality.

Assessment stage
Shortlisting and Interview


  • Education to Senior Secondary School Certificate level

Assessment stage

Application Closing Date
1st April, 2016.

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)

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email.

About The British Council.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

For more information, please visit: You can also keep in touch with the British Council through and

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to employing disabled people. The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).

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