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Director UK/Pakistan Season

Date: 19-Feb-2021

Location: Islamabad, PK

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.

Pay band: 8
Location: Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi)
Department: Arts
Contract type: March 2021 - December 2022
Closing date: 7 March 2021 (23:59 PKT)


Role Purpose:


The purpose of this role is to ensure that all the strands of activity involved in UK-Pakistan 2022 are developed and delivered effectively with maximum impact. The UK-Pakistan Season objectibes are:

•    A real, improvement and updating of the visceral understanding of the young people of Pakistan of the Arts, Education and English of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and of the young people of the United Kingdom of the Culture and Education of Pakistan 
•    Through mutual partnerships strengthen cultural, diplomatic and trade relations between UK and Pakistan 
•    Development of skills and capacity through co-creation and new market opportunities for collaboration in Culture, English and Education
•    Influence perception change around shared values – enterprise, environmental, opportunity for all. 
•    Give platform and amplify those shared values via delivery of a season programme from January 2022 to and possibly beyond Independence Day celebrations in August 2022


Challenges & Accountabilities:


- Develop and deliver a detailed delivery plan and effective marketing strategy to ensure the effective implementation of UK-Pakistan 2022, using and contributing to existing Pakistan programme/Arts activity 

- In collaboration with Deputy Director Pakistan as SRO and the UK Festivals and Seasons Team, manage a range of senior relationships with the cultural sector in the UK and Pakistan (and donors and partners), identify and cultivate sponsors, shape projects that meet British Council and external funder requirements, and manage relationships with Director-level staff of corporate supporters and individual supporters.

- Lead on delivery of the UK-Pakistan 2022 programme plan, ensuring that agreed projects are led by British Council Pakistan Arts Team or partners , delivered to agreed standards, that governance arrangements are functioning effectively, members of the Programme Board and/ or Advisory Board are involved appropriately and that their expertise is used as required and develop and deliver an effective evaluation plan with the support of a competent external partner.

- Lead a diverse team of internal and external partners around a clear and compelling vision for UK- Pakistan 2022, achieving a set of shared goals. 
- Provide mentoring and support to Director Arts Pakistan and engage the local Arts team to enhance their abilities through the programme so as to lead a Pakistan Arts Strategy post 2022 that builds on the success of the UK-Pakistan season.




- Significant understanding and appreciation of current arts trends and practices in the UK

- Senior professional experience in the creative sector in Pakistan or elsewhere at leadership level 

- Understanding and appreciation of current arts trends and practices in Pakistan
- Strong skills and experience of leading large scale Cultural projects & including partnership building, raising funds, managing, risk and Monitoring and Evaluation (experience of leading/managing international arts projects or an arts organization/insitution will be an advantage)

- 14 years of education (field relevant academics will be an advantage)

- Excellent communication skill both verbal and written

- Considerable Leadership experience (leading a diverse team)

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


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