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Director Arts, Pakistan

Date: 22-Feb-2021

Location: Karachi, 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: Indefinite
Closing date: 7 March 2021 (23:59 PKT)


Role Purpose:


The purpose of this role is to provide leadership to the Pakistan Arts team and to support the strategic development of the British Council’s Arts programme in Pakistan. As the organisation continues to adapt to the post-Covid situation, this role will require the post-holder to have a greater focus on business development and increased digital delivery. 


Challenges & Accountabilities:


- As a member of the British Council Pakistan’s Senior Leadership team and as a senior member of the Regional and Global Arts team, develop, deliver and evaluate the Arts strategy and programmes for Pakistan, which contributes to the British Council’s Cultural Relations mission.

- Design a strategy and deliver a programme portfolio in Pakistan which is delivered through collaboration between the creative sectors in the UK and Pakistan, creating links and helping both to develop and prosper.

- Lead and develop the Pakistan Arts team ensuring that ambition, operational standards are high and ensure resourcing, reporting, risk and compliance and sound financial management of grant funds is within the frameworks of British Council guidelines. 

- As a senior member of the regional Arts team, will support Director Arts, South Asia to raise the profile of our work in the region and the UK and expected to build internal relationships across the organisation in the country, region and UK Arts teams. 

- Lead on the Arts strategy, programme portfolio management and effective marketing and communication of projects and programmes internally and externally





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

- Understanding and appreciation of current arts trends and practices in Pakistan and a network of contacts in the arts, creative industries with an understanding of practice, policy and partnerships
- 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 (Proficiency in Urdu will be an advantage) 

- Considerable experience of demonstrating leadership at a senior level and managing 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