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									                                                                  Candidate Information
                                  Director Society, Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
                                                                         Based in Cairo
                                                                                  2 years


              Section                                                                                                   Page

              Background Information                                                                                        2
              Who can Apply
              Selection Process                                                                                             3
              How to Apply
              Equal Opportunities
              Terms and Conditions                                                                                          4

The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We are registered in England as a charity.

As the UK’s leading cultural relations organisation, the British Council plays a crucial role in
building overseas influence for the UK by developing mutual understanding between peoples,
societies and countries. Our activity and programmes deliver benefits for Britain at home and

We operate at arm’s length from Government and are governed by a board of trustees. We
are registered as a charity in England and are thus regulated by charity law. We are also a
Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB). Our sponsoring department in Whitehall is the FCO
which ensures that the overseas work contributes fully to the international reputation of the
UK. The Foreign Secretary is responsible to Parliament for the activities of the British

The British Council has unique experience, built up over 75 years, of how to make
relationships succeed. We now enable more than 20 million people both in the UK and in
over 100 countries and territories worldwide to experience the UK’s creativity and to discuss
issues that affect a shared global future. In the process, we enhance international
understanding of the United Kingdom as it is today, and build lasting relationships of mutual
benefit to those who will become the next generation of leaders and influencers in their
countries. In education, science, the arts, English language learning, sport, governance and
human rights, we make the connections to help millions of people make a difference.

How we are governed
The organisation receives strategic direction from a board of trustees. The board elects its
own members with the exception of one, who is nominated by the Secretary of State for
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. All members serve for a term of three years and may
stand for re-election. The executive direction of the British Council is carried out by Martin
Davidson, its Chief Executive and supported by an Executive Board.

The Executive Board
The Executive Board, led by the Chief Executive, is made up of eight interdependent roles:
Director Education and Society, Director Global Human Resources, Director English, Director
Global Network, Chief Financial Officer, Director Arts, Director Corporate HQ and Director
Partnerships and Business Development. This team works closely together to deliver
individual and team goals for the benefit of the organisation.

The British Council Advisory Bodies
Strategies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are each supported by National
Committees. In addition, strategies for our work in the arts, knowledge and information,
education and training, science, engineering and environment, governance, and English
teaching, are each supported by Advisory Committees. The organisation also has an
Advisory Board; this is a policy forum that supports the Board of Trustees and the
organisation by providing perceptions and insights into its work and the context in which it is,
and will be, operating. The Advisory Board meets once a year.
Our performance targets
The British Council operates a performance scorecard. Through it we assess our
performance in a range of dimensions including customer and stakeholder satisfaction, our
reputation, the perceptions of our staff and the impact of our projects.
For more information please visit:

Annual report http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/about-us/annual-reports/

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This job is open to UK and Egyptian passport holders. Please note that the postholder must
be able to travel to all countries across the region and the UK (with visas if required).


Candidates will receive communication after each stage of the selection process, informing
them whether they have been successful or unsuccessful.

Application Form

The application form is in 3 separate parts: parts 1 and 3 contain personal information and
are confidential documents, which will only be seen by Human Resources; part 2 relates
specifically to the post you are applying for and will be seen by those making selection
decisions. Guidance Notes for completing the Application Form can be found at the bottom of
the Application Form

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. We guarantee an interview
to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria on their application forms.


The interview will be behaviour based, but will also focus on specialist knowledge and


The closing date for applications is Monday 13th August 2012 at 07:00 BST.

Please return completed applications to UK-Resourcing@britishcouncil.org. If you have any
problems downloading the application please email the above address.

Applications should be submitted by the closing date. Applications received after this time
will not be considered. Please do not attach a CV or any other document; they will not be
used to make selection decisions. This is to ensure that all candidates are treated equally.

The application form is available in other formats on request.

Contact Details

If you have any queries regarding the completion of your application, please email UK-


We ask that you complete the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Monitoring Information
within the application form. Provision of this information is voluntary but will assist the
British Council in its commitment to a policy of equal opportunity and the development of
positive policies to promote equal opportunities in employment. Monitoring is recommended
by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and supports us in meeting our legal

We welcome applications from all sections of the community as we believe that a diverse
workforce gives added depth to our work.

We monitor all stages of our recruitment and selection processes to ensure there is no
potential for unjustified discrimination on irrelevant grounds. Our monitoring data is externally
analysed each year, and recommendations are published and acted upon.

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The post will be on a 2 year fixed term contract.


Salary: £47,000 per annum*

Mobility allowance: £5,000

Notional tax: £11,381

* Salary is paid monthly in arrears. Annual salary increases are determined by performance.

Annual leave

Annual leave is earned at the rate of 35 days per calendar year.

Other benefits and allowances

Items                Amount/descriptions

Healthcare           Healix managed FCO scheme or Bupa scheme

Transfer Grant       £2,000 accompanied, £3,000 unaccompanied

Fare paid leave      One journey per year

Car loan             Interest free loan, £10,500 or 90% of cost of car, whichever is lower

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