Director Human Resources Bangladesh
South Asia
Country / Territory
Human Resources
Job Category
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade E
Vacancy Description
Director Human Resources Bangladesh, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Indefinite Contract, Band 8, Application Deadline- 2 July 2017
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 the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with 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. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body
 Geopolitical/SBU/Function Overview

The British Council is well-established in Bangladesh having opened its first office in 1951. This is a large, high priority British Council operation, part of the South Asia region, which has seven offices in three cities.

The aim of the HR team is to work as a business partner for the countrywide operation. The capacity of the HR team has recently been strengthened to help achieve this ambition along with the business benefit for the operation as well as to ensure high standards in compliance with the organisation’s policies and procedures.  

The HR team, which consists of five people currently, plays a key role in ensuring we have the right people, in the right place, at the right time in the operation. This is achieved by ensuring quality focused, innovative work in recruitment, performance management, learning and development, talent management, compensation and benefits and data while upholding British Council values and adhering to principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Role Purpose
  • Provide professional leadership and advice on all HR matters for Bangladesh, with responsibility for country and UK appointed staff as well as contract consultants
  • Lead and be accountable for the performance of the national HR team across Bangladesh.
  • Ensure that all HR strategies, policies and operations are aligned with corporate policy, local legal requirements,  market practice and that they support the operational delivery of all Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and support teams
  • nsure that the HR function is working as a strategic partner with businesses and helping them to achieve their business objectives.
  • The role acts as an adviser/business partner to country leadership, HR and business leads; interfaces with English, Education & Society and Arts Strategic Business Units (SBUs) and HR Centre of Expertise (CoE) colleagues to deliver corporate, regional and country results. 

British Council invites applications for the position of Director Human Resources Bangladesh
Number of positions- 01

Main Accountabilities:

Consultancy and HR service
  • Deploy a range of HR specialist or bespoke approaches to support the provision of services and advice
  • Lead and co-ordinate the annual people cycle, for performance management, talent management, succession planning, learning and development etc, engaging and communicating with key stakeholders to deliver in line with British Council timelines, policies and processes
  • Provide HR operations and ER support/advice on all people matters, ensuring service is delivered to maximise performance and minimise risks and costs
  • Act as a point of escalation for the Country Director and Country leadership team to resolve complex and/or sensitive employee relations issues
  • Manage recruitment/on-boarding/exit activity liaising with regional Resourcing & Reward leads eg interviews, selection, assessment, induction, transfer/transition, extensions and exit/termination procedures)
  • Manage health and wellbeing of employees
  • Work with the regional CoE team to organise support for globally mobile staff in region, eg advice on ER, mobility packages, employee tax support
  • In conjunction with Country Leadership Team, manage emergency planning and contingency and execute on withdrawal policy and procedures
  • Scope, plan, deliver and evaluate HR/OD and change projects/initiatives, working closely with regional CoE leads as required
  • Support, and when needed, manage and handle casework related to HR and disciplinary matters including handling complex and often sensitive personnel matters
  • Maintain a high level of professional knowledge and awareness.  Remain up to date with corporate HR and local market HR policies and initiatives as well as local employment laws
  • Monitor and evaluate HR risks on an on-going basis and ensure that they are duly recorded and mitigated
  • Work with the wider regional HR team and Regional HR Business Partner in order to ensure consistency and compliance to regional HR standards as well as to ensure that strategic support is provided at a regional level as and when needed
  • Lead the rollout of global or regional HR projects or initiatives working closely with the CoE as and when needed
Leadership and business partnering - Internal customer focus
  • As a member of the Bangladesh Leadership Team, contribute to the delivery of the country plan through the HR strategy, budgets and people plans - sharing expertise and learning and ensuring an integrated approach to delivering high impact HR advice and quality service delivery in country
  • Build an in-depth understanding of the particular operational context, opportunities and challenges facing operations and management, to ensure the development of new policies and practices based on informed business insight and joined-up thinking
  • Consult closely with internal customers and to understand current and future business needs, and plan work activities accordingly to ensure the services and advice provided meets those demands
  • Apply advanced HR generalist knowledge to solve a range of complex business issues. Devise non-standard or bespoke analytical approaches to understand complex problems and enable decision-making and/or the development of new or improved policies and practice
  • Provide expert HR advice, support and challenge to internal customers and other stakeholders to support the development of high quality, effective and continuously improving business practices within their area of expertise, ensuring service is delivered to maximise performance and minimise risks and costs
  • Partner with business leaders to create, implement and deliver the country people plan. Tracking, monitoring and evaluating the impact and value achieved via related budgets, projects, activities, teams and other resources
  • Act as a senior HR partner to the country leadership team, providing professional advice, guidance and coaching, to optimise people, culture and business impact at country level
Line management and functional expertise
  • Provide formal line management to the in-country HR team
  • Provide professional coaching/mentoring/guidance to internal customers and HR colleagues, to manage non-routine HR issues or guidance to implement project and change plans
  • Develop peer/personal networks within and outside the British Council to enhance own knowledge and expertise. update knowledge of developments in external policy, practice and regulation
  • Complete an annual cycle of formally recognised Continuing Professional Development to maintain and deepen their professional expertise
  • Build a network of external suppliers/providers/contacts to support effective service provision and knowledge exchange
And is required to have the following skills and experience: 
  •  At least 8 (eight) years’ work experience in similar role
  •  Excellent communication skills both in Bangla and in English 
  •  Masters degree in  Human Resources or relevant professional HR qualification
  •  Strong knowledge in all areas of the HR Life Cycle
  •  Significant HR business partner experience in an international context working in a multinational and multi-  cultural organisation

We can offer:
  • Monthly salary BDT 226,000 (Consolidated)
  • Transport allowance of Tk 8000.00 per month plus other benefits according to the organisation’s policy.
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Medical benefits upon confirmation on the post for the staff and their family members (spouse/declared partner and children)
  • Experience of working in an international organisation includes good work-life balance and flexible working hours

Application Pack

Role profile
BC Behaviours
Core Skills.pdf               

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and called for interview. We will only shortlist applications submitted on a British Council application form submitted electronically through jobs portal. No hard copies of the application will be accepted.

Submission starts 11 June 2017
Submission deadline 2 July 2017

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