Country Director Malawi
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Global Network
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: 3 years | Location: Lilongwe - Malawi | Post Start date: January 2020 | Pay Band: 8 (Locally appointed terms) | Reward: Country enhanced package (Only applicable when moving from base country) |Vacancy Closing date: 30 August 2019 at 23.59 (UK time)

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 UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. .

We work in 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.

The Opportunity:

Through an in-depth understanding of Malawi and the UK, lead the development and delivery of effective, sustainable and corporately aligned cultural relations between the two geographies, drawing on the UK’s cultural assets and thereby strengthening awareness of, positive attitudes towards and collaboration with the wider UK.

The Country Director role provides leadership and management to the country teams, provides clear direction in order to achieve strategic, financial and impact objectives. As an active member of the Southern Africa (SA) cluster leadership team, the successful postholder will contribute to shaping the cluster operating model, cluster plan and identified priority programme areas. This is ideal for individuals with commensurate experience and currently operating effectively at this level.
S/he will increase cultural relations impact and build on efforts to position our work strategically in Malawi.  Emphasis is placed on business development to align with regional targets and priorities.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Country Leadership, Risk and Compliance Management
  • Develop and provide UK and country insight
  • Shape, monitor and deliver the strategy and narrative for the British Council in Malawi
  • Identify and leverage partnership / contract opportunities
  • Ensure positive relations with UK stakeholders (FCO, other UKDs, devolved administrations, representatives of UK culture and education institutions)
  • Southern Africa Cluster Leadership team

Experience Required will include: (To be assessed at shortlisting and / interview stages)  

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent by experience
  • Senior level management experience leading a (British Council) operation or business area
  • Track record in business development and management of senior external relationships and partnerships 
  • Experience of pursuit – particularly in low income and disparate donor environments with analytical skills to assess opportunities, funding partners and develop pipeline
  • Knowledge of the contemporary cultural assets of the UK (creative industries, education, English language, etc)
  • An understanding of ‘cultural relations’ and how it is delivered effectively
  • Experience of living or working in another country and understanding / adapting to its cultural norms and differences

 For full details about the role, please review the attached documents:
Country Director Malawi_2019.pdf
 BC Core Skills.pdf
British Council behaviours

Please note that this vacancy closes on 30 August 2019 at 23.59 GMT. 


Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. 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, and finance as a function is absolutely committed to this.


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.