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Director Arts, Pakistan (NAT/P/074/1920)
South Asia
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Flexible Location
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Pay Band 8
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Pay band: Pay band 8 Salary: 480,000/- Contract: Indefinite Region: South Asia Country: Pakistan Location: Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi Department: Arts
The British Council Pakistan is looking to recruit a Director Arts to lead it's Arts team across Pakistan. This position can be based in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi. 

Purpose of job: 
To provide leadership of the Pakistan Arts team and to support the strategic development of the British Council’s Arts programme in Pakistan. Working as a member of the British Council Pakistan’s Senior Leadership team and as a senior member of the Regional and Global Arts team, this role will develop, deliver and evaluate the Arts strategy and programmes for Pakistan, which contributes to the British Council’s Cultural Relations mission. The Director  Arts will lead a team of country Arts staff to ensure high quality delivery of programmes which are linked to agreed priorities, with a focus on impact and sustainability of the portfolio.
Context and environment:

Pakistan is one of the UK’s strategic priorities and is a key operation for the British Council. Pakistan is a middle income country with a fast growing and increasingly more youthful population of around 200 million. It is a complex socio-political environment with severe challenges and inequalities in access to services (e.g. education) and infrastructure. Pakistan oversaw the first successful democratic handover of power in 2013 and a second one in 2018. Despite this the civil-military relationship remains complex - as are the regional relationships with India, Afghanistan and Iran, and the ever expansive role of China.


The British Council offer has grown significantly in the last few years. We deliver a blend of large scale and high impact exams and programmes work – including FCR projects. The British Council has close to 300 staff working in Pakistan with teams based in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. The Islamabad office is co-located with the British High Commission, and the Karachi office with the British Deputy High Commission. The Lahore office is a stand-alone site managed by the British Council.

Pakistan is a social enterprise model with the surplus from exams being re-invested in Pakistan. This has created a unique space for the British Council to build extensive partnerships between the UK and Pakistan. Alongside expansion of our exams and programmes work throughout Pakistan. The very well-received opening of our modern library/convening spaces are a clear statement of our intent to better engage with our audiences in Pakistan and are at the forefront of the wider outreach strategy called ‘Moving Beyond Walls’ which underpins this ambition.


We are now moving to the next stage of development and this means getting even greater leverage, impact and scale from our work. Aside from opportunities to build on our work with young people through schools, universities and civil society we will be expanding our arts presence, our work in English and our engagement through physical and digital libraries.

Main opportunities/challenges for this role:

▪ The post-holder will be excellently networked within the Pakistan Arts sector, and will use these relationships and expertise to fully connect the Arts sector in Pakistan with the relevant UK counterparts, working closely with our UK Arts Advisors to achieve ambitious partnerships and curatorial excellence.
 ▪ To 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.
▪ A primary role for this post holder is to lead and develop the Pakistan Arts team ensuring that ambition, operational standards are high, and that staff are supported in their own learning to grow and develop.
Important to the success of this role will be building internal relationships across the organisation in the country, region and UK Arts teams.
 ▪ The post-holder will take accountability for the operational of the Arts team, ensuring resourcing, reporting, compliance and sound financial management of grant funds within the frameworks of British Council guidelines.
 ▪ This role is a senior member of the regional Arts team and will support Director Arts, South Asia, to raise the profile of our work in the region and the UK

If you are interested to apply, for further information please see the documents below:
Role Profile.pdf 
British Council Core Skills.pdf 
British Council Behavior Guide.pdf

Closing date:   
UK time:  23:59, 02 February 2020   
Pak time: 04:59, 03 February 2020   

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. British Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of its partners to share this commitment. 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.