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British Council Job Vacancy for Director Partnerships, Skills & Enterprise; Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Flexible Location

There is an exciting opportunity to lead British Council work in Sub- Saharan Africa on developing an Enterprise /Entrepreneurial Africa strategy focused on youth and jobs and to identify, pursue and deliver client service contracts.


For candidates coming in from outside the region, the role will be based in one of our priority countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa or Ghana. The location will be agreed in discussion between the Regional Director and the successful candidate

The Organisation
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust

The Context
The British Council’s Corporate Plan for the period 2016-2020 sets out a clear ambition to be partnering more and more effectively co-creating content and programmes, sharing learning and opportunities with partners and working with various sectors to achieve more together. SSA still remains on course to experience the second highest economic growth rate in the world this year, with 22 economies growing at a rate of 5% or higher. This offers one of the highest potential for partnership opportunities with private sector, trusts and foundations, UK Higher Education Institutions and UK suppliers.

The Team
The role reports to the Regional Director Sub-Saharan Africa and belongs to the Senior leadership team (Strategy Executive Group) within the region.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:
·         Lead the development of a refreshed and expanded private sector strand to the SSA partnerships strategy
·         Work flexibly and creatively with strategic business units, regional and country colleagues to develop new compelling, commercial partnership and value propositions
·         Set and agree regional and priority country targets for partnership and contract income from the sector


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 the host country whichever is the most appropriate option.

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.

For further information please see the documents below:
Role profile
British Council behaviours

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The closing date is Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 23:59pm UK time