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English for Education Systems Country Lead, Jordan and Iraq

Date: 15-Jul-2021

Location: Amman, Middle East and North Africa, JO

Company: British Council

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.


About us:


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.


We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
Role Purpose


This role will lead on the design, development and delivery of English programming in Jordan and Iraq, by developing relationships with partners and leading a small delivery team.


The role will focus on delivering existing programming in Jordan and developing future programming in Iraq, in both the informal and formal education sectors. The postholder will work 70% on Jordan programme development and delivery and 30% on Iraq research programme development.


Area of impact: Effective English programming


With what result: Improved systems of English teaching and learning that contribute to better learning opportunities for young people, irrespective of any disadvantage, and more stable, secure and prosperous societies


Main opportunities/challenges for this role:


  • To shape and support research into ELT in both countries, with an emphasis on building an evidence base for programming in Iraq.
  • To lead on partnerships working with a range of key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • To oversee and provide technical support for the academic design and delivery of existing and expanding programmes in Jordan; the Language for Resilience Community Language Support Programme (CLSP), and the English in Education TTPELT programme.
  • To lead on the scoping and development of new, evidence based English programming in Iraq, in both the formal and non-formal education sectors, and where sector goals are clearly aligned to wider goals of Country Business Plan in this priority country.
  • To oversee the design and delivery of, and engagement with digital teacher development content as part of programming in the Language for Resilience, English Connects and English in Education impact areas


Main Accountabilities:



  • Oversight of development, design, academic management, delivery, evaluation and impact reporting of country projects for the three EES impact areas in the two countries
  • Delivery of country research and Thought Leadership agenda
  • Impact reporting against relevant EES KPIs and individual project outcomes and delivery of communications plan
  • Leading on stakeholder management, risk management, project governance and communication 
  • Leading on securing partnership income leveraging the grant
  • Commissioning and quality assuring consultancy input from external UK providers
  • Leading on country-based business development


About You (essential requirements for the role):


  • English teaching qualification
  • University graduate
  • Significant understanding of education and its link to social development 
  • Project management experience, especially stakeholder management experience


Desirable requirements


  • TEFL-Q - a diploma level qualification in teaching English as a foreign / second language which meets accreditation UK requirements
  • Masters in ELT, education or digital education related
  • Qualification in M&E design and delivery
  • Understanding of ELT in education policy, current trends and research internationally
  • Significant academic management experience
  • Experience developing learning content, including digital content, for teachers 
  • Working with refugees/vulnerable students 
  • Significant teacher development experience

Further Information 

Pay Band – 7/F
Contract type: Fixed term contract up to March 2022 (extendable) 
Location: Jordan
Number of positions:1
Other requirements: This role is open to candidates who have the legal right to work in Jordan
Salary offered for the position: JOD 1708/- per month along with 13th month salary and 14th month salary paid in June and December respectively of each year pro rata to hiring date. 
Allowances: Health Insurance, 24 days of annual leave pro rata to hiring date, social Security and Income tax as per Jordan Labour Law
Closing date and time: 31 July 2021 (23:59 GST Time)


Please note that all applications for this post should be submitted in English. It is advisable to apply in advance to avoid any technical issues at the last moment.

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Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to 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. 
The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

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.


  If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org

Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.