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Assistant Director, English for Education, Bangladesh

Date: 19-Jul-2021

Location: Dhaka, BD

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.


Role Purpose: 
To lead the English for Education Systems (EES) portfolio of contracts and programmes in Bangladesh, providing technical sector expertise. 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 Bangladesh with the regional and global EES teams and externally.


Main opportunities and challenges for this role:
Our ambition for the EES programme in Bangladesh over the next five years is to continue to increase our profile and maintain a strong pipeline and live portfolio of at least one large-scale, externally funded projects, utilising UK expertise where appropriate to meet outcomes agreed with our partners. We aim to engage with and influence policy makers and decision makers (including funders) focused on improving models of English teacher education and language policy, positively impacting on the education system. We will utilise appropriate educational technology through our English Connects programme to reach and support 130,000 English teachers across the country by 2025. This focus will contribute significantly to the improvement of English language teaching, learning and assessment, indirectly impacting over 4,550,000 learners.


To facilitate this the postholder will:

  • Provide expertise on the design, delivery and successful implementation of high quality and compliant EES projects in Bangladesh in line with global and regional strategic and financial objectives. This will involve providing sound input on realistic objectives and outcomes, appropriate content, partnerships (including UK expertise) and impact evaluations.
  • Lead the business development process including proposal writing for large scale, externally funded teacher education projects and developing concepts for policy-level engagement and influence.
  • Manage and develop high level external stakeholder relationships with both the Ministry of Primary & Mass education and the Ministry of Education as well as other agencies active in the education sector.
  • Coordinate internal and external communications on project impact, including writing case studies and reports and presenting at country, regional and global-level forums.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

Business development

  • Identify potential new clients/partners and manage initial scoping and research. Use networking opportunities to develop contacts with business potential in country/regional context. 
  • Manage the development of commercial proposals and support the technical writing for evidence-based bids/proposals which are appropriate to the context, ensuring mainstreaming of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and a minimum of gender sensitive programming.


Project and programme development

  • Design teacher development programmes using our organisational Teaching for Success approach and standards.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to the design and implementation of EES activity, appropriate to the local context.


Monitoring, evaluation and learning

  • Design and support robust monitoring and evaluation plans for EES projects, working in collaboration with the regional evaluation advisor 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.


Networks and partnership development

  • Proactively build and maintain relationships with specific stakeholders in the UK and local ELT and education sectors and develop professional networks.
  • Assume role of Project Director/Manager as required for specific EES projects. This may include planning and managing:
    • teacher education projects for English language teachers at primary, secondary or tertiary levels, including online
    • teacher education content development projects.


Grant and contract management

  • Participate in contract negotiations with partners and clients (in conjunction with the UK Contract Management team) and ensure the mitigation of risks.
  • Ensure timely reporting and communication on externally funded contracts/grant funded initiatives, and internal monthly reporting. 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.


Team leadership and people management

  • Lead, mentor and manage the EES team, familiarising them with EES strategy, policy and practice.
  • Ensure British Council performance management, mandatory training, HR, and equality, diversity and inclusion standards and procedures are adhered to and applied consistently. 


Thought leadership and sector expertise

  • Contribute to the academic visibility of the British Council through research and the publication of papers and articles.
  • Oversee market and academic research and market scoping exercises as required. Contribute to the development of a bank of EES 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.


Commercial business 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.


Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Qualified to postgraduate degree level in ELT or other English-specific qualification.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience of managing teacher education projects.
  • Minimum 5 years' 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.
  • Excellent English communication skills at Proficiency Level to at least IELTS band score 7.5.


Further Information:

Pay Band – 8/E

Contract Type – 3 years fixed-term contract

Location – Dhaka, Bangladesh

Closing Date – Tuesday, 3 August 2021


Additional information:

You will need the right to work in Bangladesh. If you do not have pre-existing right to work, appointment will be subject to your ability to obtain a visa to Bangladesh. We will facilitate your visa process.



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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. 
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