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					                                                                                           Vacancy information: SAX-B-18
                                                                                            Teacher of English, Al-Kohbar



Section A
Information about the vacancy

 Location                                     Al-Khobar                             Job Title                             Teacher of English
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 Start Date                                   1 September 2010                      Closing Date                          17 May 2010

 Job type                                     ToE Full time                         Number of posts                       Male   2
                                                                                                                          Female 1


Job Specific skills, knowledge, qualifications & experience


 These posts are part of a group recruitment for the Middle East and North Africa region including posts in
 Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Tunis and Libya. You can apply for any number of posts with one application
 form, listing the posts in order of preference. Please note that some countries have restrictions e.g. UK
 passport holder. Your application will be considered in order of your preferences but if you do not meet the
 requirements for your first choice country, your application will automatically go to your second choice
 country.

 The British Council Centres in Jeddah, Riyadh and Al-Khobar provide English language training to thousands
 of young Saudi men and women each year in our own classrooms and on the premises of companies and
 partner training institutes. There is huge demand for English in this fast growing and dynamic economy, and
 we are now expanding our operations in the kingdom’s eastern province. Would you like to join us? We
 require two male teachers and one female teacher to start in September. If you can meet our qualification
 and experience requirements, then we can offer you a very good package, a supportive and friendly work
 environment, and a real boost to your career as you gain experience in a variety of interesting new courses,
 and perhaps study for a further ELT qualification.

 Essential requirements:

        Education to first degree level
        Recognised initial ELT certification equivalent to Cambridge CELTA
        Two years full time ELT experience, post qualification
        Familiarity with contemporary UK
        Demonstrable expertise and enthusiasm in the teaching of English
        Flexibility to work in a small new fast growing centre.

 Desirable requirements:

        Recognised advanced ELT certification equivalent to Cambridge DELTA
        Experience in business English and in-company training

 English teaching is just one of many British Council activities that aim to promote mutual understanding and
 intercultural dialogue. As a member of the British Council Saudi Arabia team, you will be contributing to our
 work in a priority one country.

 External applicants should download an application form from this website and complete offline, then send by
 email to teachthere@britishcouncil.org. * Internal candidates should email an internal application form with
 their two most recent performance evaluations to teachthere@britishcouncil.org. * The closing date for
 applications is 17 May 2010. The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and to
 safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of its partners to share
 this commitment. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on


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 thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal
 records checks.




Local restrictions on employment (if any)


 Saudi society is strictly segregated, and all teaching currently takes place single-sex
 groups. Accompanying partners must be married; there are work opportunities for suitably
 qualified spouses. There are some limitations on our ability to get work visas for non-UK
 passport holders: please contact TCM for more information if you are in this category.




Section B
Information about the Teaching Centre. A brief overview.


  Teaching in Eastern Province has had a chequered past, with security and premises issues preventing the
 centre from reaching its potential. It is currently in an interim period offering women’s teaching in the
 evenings, but this will expand to all-day teaching April 2010, with women’s classes during the day and men’s
 classes in the evening. There is considerable interest among the corporate community in Eastern Province
 and offsite teaching will be the main area for development once RPC is re-established.




Section C

Information about the terms and conditions of service.

Job Overview


 To facilitate the effective learning of English inside and outside the classroom, in order to enable students
 communicate more effectively in English.

 1. To prepare and deliver up to 24 contact hours of English language lessons to adults, or other on-site or off-
 site training as required. To use materials effectively, taking into account individual learning styles, and to
 provide an environment conducive to learning. To set, correct, and provide feedback on homework

 2. To carry out placement testing and assist with other registration duties as required

 3. To maintain registers, records of work, student reports and other administrative documents

 4. To manage the student learning experience, and relationship with the British Council

 5. To abide by the Council’s Code of Conduct and Equal Opportunities and Diversity policy




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 6. To assist with the development of courses, resources, teaching materials and professional development in
 the centre

 7. To keep updated professionally and contribute to development of BC reputation for excellence in ELT




 Contract Length                              2 years                                    Renewable Period                           1 year

 Contract Type                                Network full time                          No. of Staff Managed                       0

 Contract Hours                               37.5                                       Contact Hours                              24 (see additional
                                                                                                                                    information below)

Annual Salary


 12,200 – 14,900 Saudi riyals per month including transport allowance (2,121 – 2,591GBP at April 10
 exchange rate)




Income Tax & National Insurance


 None currently payable




Fares & Travel


 Economy class fares for post-holder and family to post. Return fares to UK after each year in post.




Baggage Allowance


 1,200 pounds (single) or 2,000 pounds (couple/family) at beginning and end of posting, accountable.




Annual Leave Allowance


 40 days plus public holidays. Total about ten and a half weeks




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Medical Allowance


 Full BUPA cover




Settling-In Allowance


 2 weeks salary (or three weeks if accompanied by spouse/family) paid in riyals on arrival




Accommodation Allowance


 Free accommodation provided with utilities




Any Other Allowances


 Mobile phone, and local calls paid up to 300 SR

 Terminal gratuity payment on leaving the Council in Saudi Arabia: 50% of monthly salary for each year
 worked.

 1,800 pounds per year matching contribution to approved pension scheme.



Additional Information


 The Council takes good care of staff, and provides full assistance with settling. However, some patience is
 required with arrival procedures (id card, exit-entry visa, bank account) which can be slow.

 The Saudi Riyal is fully convertible, and to remit funds to the UK is straightforward.

 There are opportunities for overtime, and also for IELTS examining

 If the post holder is engaged in off-site company teaching, the teaching load will be heavier in some weeks
 than others. Overtime will be calculated on a monthly, not weekly basis.



Section E
Information about the place
Country Overview




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 Arabia, birthplace of Islam and home of the Arabic language, has always had a very special appeal as an
 unknown and exotic kingdom of legend. Today Saudi Arabia is still difficult to enter, but if you have the
 chance to work here, you will find it diverse and surprising: from traditional Bedouin encampments deep in
 one of the world's greatest deserts, to large modern cities. Plunging landscapes of mountains in the south,
 sculpted sand dunes of the empty quarter, and palm trees around oases offer amazing travel possibilities, as
 does Medain Saleh, the sister city to Petra in Jordan, and the abandoned tracks of the Hejaz railway, with
 echoes of T.E. Lawrence. For divers, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf offer some of the best opportunities
 in the world.
 Modern Saudi Arabia is full of contradictions. Proud of its Islamic heritage, life is organised according to a
 deeply fundamentalist religious interpretation. On the other hand, there is debate, and some desire for
 change, particularly regarding the role of women in business. King Abdullah (Custodian of the Two Holy
 Mosques) is leading his country to (slow) political reform, and (fast) economic development, investing
 massively in infrastructure and education. Saudi Arabia enjoys longstanding friendship with the UK, and
 looks to us as a key partner working to shared objectives of a better educated and skilled young population,
 as well as a safer world, achieved through intercultural understanding. The Council's many projects support
 the Saudi reform agenda while building relationships for the UK.



City Overview


 Al-Khobar is a modern cosmopolitan urban centre, next to the causeway that links Saudi Arabia with Bahrain
 (popular for weekend trips). Together with the adjacent centres of Dhahran and Dammam, it is the hub of
 Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas industry. Life in Saudi Arabia is comfortable, and the BC office, led by Director
 Eastern Province, is supportive and friendly. Al Khobar has some top quality restaurants, deserts and
 beaches. For bars and nightlife, Bahrain is not far away.



Climate


 Summer: very hot and dry
 Winter: cool, usually sunny and pleasant



Accommodation


 Fully furnished apartment provided on expatriate compound.



General living costs & conditions


 There are impressive modern shopping centres in Al-Khobar – Dammam – Dharan, with goods from all over the world.
 Prices are very reasonable and the cost of living is lower than that of the UK.
 There are bookshops/stationers which sell a limited selection of books in English as well as censored international
 magazines and British newspapers (sporadically censored), which are generally available one or two days after
 publication. Three English language newspapers are published in Saudi Arabia, and with Internet and satellite TV, it is
 very easy to stay in touch with the world outside the Kingdom.
 There is an excellent choice of well-stocked supermarkets, where just about everything is available with the obvious
 exceptions of alchohol and pork. Household goods, home decorations and furniture are particularly good value, as are


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 handicrafts and Persian or Arabic carpets from the many colourful souqs (markets). Increasingly, locally produced fruit,
 vevegetables and dairy products are available at very reasonable prices. Bread and rice are very cheap.




Transport & Communication


 Taxis are plentiful and reasonable.
 Cars are cheaper to buy than in most other parts of the world, and petrol is extremely cheap. This is a very
 car based society, so acquiring a license and buying a car are recommended for male staff. It remains illegal
 for women to drive.



General Health, Medical & Dental Care


 High standard




Job Opportunities for Partners


 There are a lot of opportunities for those who are flexible and proactive



Schooling & Childcare


 Good quality schooling is available. However, the best are expensive, and this post does not come with a
 school fees allowance



Any Other Information (Shopping facilities, entertainment, leisure.)


 As is well known, Saudi Arabia has no cinemas or night clubs, and alcohol is strictly prohibited. Despite this,
 many western expatriates find the social life to be lively and varied. The kingdom is fast changing, and this is
 a good time to be here.




                               Whilst the information above was accurate at time of writing,
                                 specific details and entitlements are subject to change.




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