British Council Job Vacancy : Director Education & Society


The Organisation

The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work – cultural relations.

By 2050 the population of Sub Saharan Africa will be 2 billion people, with the majority living in an urban environment. The region will have a middle class the size of Europe. 70% of the population is under the age of 25, and this demographic will grow at 15% year on year for the next 10 years.

In a world where three billion people today are under 25 years old and where 40 per cent of the estimated 160 million unemployed worldwide are young people,providing high-quality educational opportunities and skills is one of the most pressing issues of our time.The link between education attainment and economic opportunity is clear. Young people want quality education and skills and countries that provide them are more likely to haveprosperous and stable societies.

Through our global network and platform of activities we make a vital contribution to cultural relations through:

•Enhanced UK leadership of and shared learning from international education

•Societies whose young people, citizens and institutions contribute to a more inclusive, open and prosperous world.

Weconvene,collaborateandcreateinsight, understanding and innovation to enable individuals, institutions and societies to live and work in our complex world, to embrace opportunities and to achieve solutions to the challenges we jointly face. We work in partnership to co-create with those who share our values and we provide client-funded products and services that further our mission and enhance the reputation of the United Kingdom. We sustain our engagement with people, institutions and decision makers through sector and subject content and its communication including through digital channels.

We achieve this through five platforms of activity and content areas that work across all platform areas.

· Internationalising Higher Education

· Schools

· Skills

· Youth and Society

· Governance and Civil Society

Equality Comment

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.

All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.


We have an excellent opportunity for Director Education & Society SSA Region.

The Director E&S for SSA is responsible for translating and aligning our corporate and regional strategy into plans, both within the areas of education and society and across the wider portfolio, as a senior member of the regional and global leadership teams. Within SSA, the role is accountable for the pursuit, winning and successful delivery of £60m of full cost recovery, grant and partnership activity. This represents two-thirds of regional turnover in 2015/16. The business pursuit pipeline is currently in the region of £140m in order to sustain this level of activity.

Some of the main duties include:

Strategic planning

As a member of the Global Education & Society team, ensure the vision and narrative for the Strategic Business Unit (SBU) is in alignment with regional objectives; ensuring a balanced and corporately aligned portfolio is achieved.

As a member of the regional Strategy Executive Group (SEG), contribute to the development of strategies and plans which ensure the Sub-Saharan Africa region maximises opportunities to generate value for the UK and achieve Brtitish Council corporate objectives.

Leadership & management

Lead a multidisciplinary team of specialists and operational staff across the region

Business development and commercial management

Lead management of regional client relationships and strategic partnerships

Quality assurance

· Overall quality assurance and technical monitoring and evaluation of the delivery of the portfolio to ensure that all impacts are appropriately documented and disseminated

Resource management

Ensure standard operating procedures for the implementation of projects based on best practice.

Develop increased capability in region to pursue, design, deliver and evaluate programmes; and succession planning for senior E&S roles.

Risk management & corporate compliance

Monitoring and reporting on regional compliance with all corporate policies and procedures, (e.g. HR, Finance, Legal, Security, EOD etc), intervening where required, to ensure effective management of risk.

We require the successful candidate to have the following experience:

§ Business Development and account management with donors on large scale programmes

  • Experience of setting strategic direction for a business, department or region
  • Knowledge and experience of education or civil society in a development context
  • Credible at providing leadership at government and institutional level


Role profile

British council behaviours

Core skills


Salary: Pay band

Senior Management Broadband – Senior Managers & Professionals

UK Benefits

· Mobility Package

· Generous pension

· Generous annual leave

Clarifications (Optional)

For Overseas Posts Only

Applicants who are UK based will be paid in pounds sterling from the UK. Applicants who are not UK based will be paid from their current home base or from the UK Headquarters, whichever is the most appropriate option. The mobility package offered, irrespective of which country it is delivered from, is designed to protect standard of living at the new location and to ensure that the assignee is no better or worse off from a tax perspective.

The package offers a range of benefits including a mobility allowance, (location allowance for certain countries), transfer assistance, housing and school fees for children at post. For internal staff adverts only To be eligible for a mobility package you must be moving location . Please note that a mobility package is not applicable for roles based in the UK. More information is available on request.

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