Assistant Consultant - Schools (JAN 2020)
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Location: Manchester Payband: 6. Salary: £20,254 per annum. Contract Type: 12 month Fixed Term Contract Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date: 23rd January 2020 at 23:59 UK time.

Assistant Consultant- Schools.

12 month Fixed Term Contract, based in Manchester. 

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. 

About Education & Society:   

Through our work in Education and Society we provide opportunities for people to broaden their horizons and build sustainable futures. Our work in Education aims to raise the quality of education globally and connect people across the globe to share perspectives, best practice and ultimately improve learning outcomes. Our work contributes to global education policy, supports international mobility and collaboration and promotes the UK as a world leader in education and research.  

Our Society programmes enable individuals, communities and governments to work together to make positive transformation where it matters - from strengthening civil society, to widening access to justice and promoting the rule of law. Our work also includes social enterprise, girls’ and women’s inclusion, youth and sport. The aim is to help build stronger, safer and more inclusive societies.   

The Opportunity: 

The Arabic Language and Culture programme supports the delivery of a variety of activities that comprise the QFI funded Arabic Grants programme.    This is an exciting opportunity where you will be responsible for supporting the delivery of UK processes for Arabic grant projects and with planning and logistics for various outreach events and conferences. Focus will be on ensuring that all grant processes are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest of standards, ensuring that stakeholder requirements and customer standards are met. 

The Assistant Consultant will have an opportunity to build and strengthen relationships within the British Council and with key external stakeholders. The individual in this role will have essential level skills, knowledge and technical expertise in Education, programme and project management, stakeholder engagement, and an interest for the British Council schools portfolio. 

The main areas of focus, but are not limited to, are: 

Supporting the Consultant in the delivery of the Arabic Curriculum and Start Up grants.  This will include:       

Answering queries 
Supporting logistics        
Conducting budget checks for applications       
Documentation management       
Collating grant agreements and schedules for successful applicants       
Reconciling financial reports       
Processing grant and honorarium payments and recoveries       
Supporting monitoring and evaluation 

Customer & Stakeholder management - Manage customer service for current and potential grant recipients who are typically MFL teachers in UK state secondary schools. 

What we require from the successful candidate:

Experience of working with a range of different stakeholders
Experience of supporting a grants project or programme
Good ICT skills, including Microsoft Office
Good experience of financial procedures

If you would like to learn more, please see the role profile below: 


If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 23rd January 2020 at 23:59 UK time.

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.    

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