Head English Programmes Pakistan
British Council
6d ago

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.

Role Purpose :

To lead the English Programmes portfolio of contracts and programmes in-country. To oversee business development and quality, compliant delivery of programmes and contracts to improve standards of the teaching, learning and assessment of English.

To share knowledge, expertise and best practice from the country with the regional and global English Programmes teams and externally.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following :

Leadership and management

  • Lead, mentor and manage the English Programmes team, familiarising them with English Programmes strategy, policy and practice.
  • Directly line manage specific posts, as appropriate.
  • Ensure British Council performance management, mandatory training, HR, and equality, diversity and inclusion standards and procedures are adhered to and applied consistently.
  • Develop and implement strategic staffing plans to meet current and future business needs.
  • Advise and support project teams on funder guidelines, policies, procedures and contractual obligations, particularly on reporting, procurement, matching funds, spending rate and visibility requirements to ensure compliance.
  • Relationship and stakeholder management

  • Proactively build and maintain relationships with specific stakeholders in the UK and local English language teaching (ELT) and education sectors and develop professional networks.
  • Business development

  • Build relationships with strategic clients / partners in Pakistan
  • Use insights to understand current and prospective business development opportunities for the British Council.
  • Own the English pipeline for Pakistan, ensuring high quality pipeline data and documentation to the Partnerships and Contract Approvals Board.
  • Lead the development of bids, proposals and business cases in country.
  • Lead and / or ensure appropriate assessment, technical and commercial quality assurance and evaluation procedures for programmes and tender submissions in country.
  • Provide direction and support on contract negotiations and delivery on individual contracts.
  • Ensure internal and client compliance including legal finance, procurement, contract management and reporting
  • Contribute to the development of internal and external communications materials to highlight impact and support positioning for new opportunities.
  • Brand and market positioning

  • Design and manage the production of marketing / communications collateral with attention to brand standards.
  • Sector / subject expertise

  • Ensure evidence-based principles are embedded into project design and development of project-related content and resources.
  • Contribute to English Programmes priorities (including English language teacher education, Language for Resilience, English for Empowerment) through involvement in relevant research projects, conference presentations and publications.
  • Contribute to the academic visibility of the British Council through research and the publication of papers and articles.
  • Contribute to the development of a bank of English Programmes data for the region, including trends in the field of English in education systems and data on competitor and partner landscapes.
  • Participate in the insight analysis process associated with this and make recommendations from this which informs and supports discussion on country strategy.

  • Use sector expertise to represent the British Council’s perspective and demonstrate the UK’s thought leadership in relevant external forums.
  • Commercial and / or financial management

  • Produce business performance reports, including income, cost management, results and impact of portfolio.
  • Manage the Income and Expenditure accounts for programmes / individual projects and contribute to business planning exercises.
  • Programme management

  • Design and support robust monitoring and evaluation plans for English Programmes projects, working in collaboration with internal and external evaluation advisors and drawing upon their expertise.
  • Undertake monitoring reviews of contracts and programmes in the portfolio to check for delivery against targets. Escalate to senior management where delivery issues are arising.
  • In partnership with delivery teams, develop strategic responses to any perceived or actual failings identified.

  • Quality assure reporting and support dissemination of findings.
  • Identify and contribute to the development of reusable intellectual assets and sector specific products’ arising from delivery.
  • Ensure that lesson learning is captured and used to inform future programming.
  • Assume role of Project Director / Manager as required for specific English Programmes projects. This may include planning and managing teacher education projects for English language teachers at primary, secondary or tertiary levels, including online and teacher education content development projects.
  • Product development

  • Develop and implement strategy for teacher education content.
  • Ensure design of teacher development programmes using our organisational approach and standards.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to the design and implementation of English Programmes activity, appropriate to the local context.
  • Ensure the mainstreaming of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and use of relevant EDI planning tools.
  • Role specific knowledge and experience :

  • Postgraduate qualification in related field
  • English teaching qualification and / or Diploma ELT (TEFL-Q) (desirable)
  • Masters in ELT or Educational Technology (desirable)
  • Project Management qualification (desirable)
  • Experience of managing education projects
  • Experience of delivering externally funded projects or programmes
  • Direct experience of client funded contract pursuit
  • Experience of overseeing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) within projects and incorporating lessons learned from MEL into programmes and strategy
  • Experience of engaging with diverse stakeholders including multilateral agencies, donors, government officials, academics
  • Able to lead on strategy and process development for innovative English / education solutions
  • Able to lead on the development and implementation of quality standards for English / education
  • Able to lead on strategy and commissioning of global thought leadership outputs, such as publications
  • Able to lead on relationships with UK sector
  • Experience of managing teacher education projects for English language teachers (desirable)
  • Experience of managing online teacher education projects (desirable)
  • Experience of contributing to research projects, conference presentations and publications in the field of English language teaching (desirable)
  • Experience of leading on quality assurance of teacher education projects (desirable)
  • Further Information :

    Pay Band Grade E / Pay band 8

    Contract Type Indefinite contract - Local

    Location Pakistan

    Requirements - Candidates must have the pre-existing right to work in location.

    Right to work - You will need the right to work in Pakistan where the role is based. If you do not have pre-existing right to work, appointment will be subject to your ability to obtain a visa.

    We will facilitate your visa process.

    Candidates from outside Pakistan (if they have right to work in Pakistan) will be offered a one-off relocation package in line with our international relocation policy

    Closing Date Sunday 2 October 2022, 23 : 59 IST

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    Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

    The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do.

    We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.

    All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status.

    We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

    The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

    We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

  • 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.

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