Director Society (Portfolio Lead) (EA-1755)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Senior Management
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Contract: 3+1 | Location: Philippines | Salary: SMP - Competitive | Start Date: As soon as possible | Deadline for Applications: 20 January 2019 (23.59 UK time)

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional who is well-versed in the field of Society to take on the post of Director Society (Portfolio Lead).


You will be thrilled to find yourself leading, developing and delivering a balanced portfolio of high profile and complex partnerships, programmes and contracts across mixed funding streams and business models across the region. The portfolio has a current annual turnover of approximately 16m; 80% is made up of large-scale EU-funded contracts, 20% is ODA and partnership funded.

The primary focus of this role is to win new business and partnerships through demonstrating in-house and associated sector strength, leading regional sector development thinking and strategy development, both internally and externally. The portfolio manager has overall responsibility for compliance and quality assurance of implementation but will rely on project delivery teams and the Business Services team to ensure that standards are met.

You will have the fantastic opportunity of leading an exciting portfolio with an established track record and building a new strategy for 2025. You will get to shape new initiatives and build a technical cadre of specialists while building a strategic partnership and engagement with the UK sector.

You will be an esteemed member of the regional E&S Senior Leadership Team and you will set your hands on leading a large dispersed team across the region.

You should bring along a First Degree and preferably a management / leadership qualification. You need to demonstrate proven sector knowledge in an area of Society relevant to East Asia: Justice, Civil Society and or Social Enterprise. You should have proven experience of business development (client management strategies, designing and developing proposals etc), and delivery for a range of clients and partners, with specific focus on EU and DfID. Proven experience of developing and managing a range of strategic and financial partnerships is also essential.
Analyzing complex data and writing academic and policy related reports and speaking at events should be your forte.

Beyond all of that, you will enjoy operating in highly ambiguous strategic context and maintaining a systematic and integrated approach. You should also have a natural flair in influencing senior internal and external stakeholders.


At the British Council, we value equality, diversity and inclusion; we value our staff even more.
We believe in the quality of work you can bring to the table without rigid working hours and we work on a 37.5-hour work week.
You will find yourself having the opportunity to sit with various departments in office because we hot-desk!
Last but not least, the rest of the standard corporate benefits will apply.


If this sounds like what you are looking for, apply today – or before we close this on Sunday 20th January 2019 (UK Time 23:59).

For more information please see Role profile and British Council Generic Behaviours

We are funded through a mix of Government grant and earned income, which enables us to scale our impact and best serve our UK stakeholders and those we engage with. Our business model is to lead surplus generating business in English and our multi-million-dollar Exams business and growing self-sustaining and partnership-driven programmes in Education, Society and Arts fields. We are increasingly focused on generating maximum impact with our audiences with minimum draw on UK government funds. The balance of programmes, products and services that we offer, and the scale of businesses that we operate in each country, varies in response to the specific markets of this diverse region. Increasingly, we are working across countries and business fields, to maximise impact and the return on investment.

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 try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognizing discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.


All staff worldwide is required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.


The British Council is a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved level 1 child safe certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.