Teacher/Trainer/Curriculum Developer, North Korea (DPRK-S-1579)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Teaching Centres
Job Category
Senior teacher
Pay Band
Senior Teacher
Vacancy Description
Contract: Until 31 March 2019 | Start Date: 1 October 2017 | Deadline for applications: 18 August 2017 (23.59 UK time)

Teacher/Trainer/Curriculum Developer, North Korea (DPRK-S-1471)


The British Council is recruiting an English Teacher/Trainer/Curriculum Developer for a unique role in DPR Korea.


The DPR Korea English Teaching and Training programme is the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and British Embassy flagship project in DPR Korea. As such both have a strong interest in the success of the project and take a keen interest in it. The programme is jointly funded by the FCO and the British Council.


The British Council does not have an office in the DPR Korea, so the project receives support from its Beijing office.


The programme has been operating in the DPR Korea for 16 years, commencing with partnerships with three leading universities in Pyongyang. This has subsequently been expanded to ten universities and schools from 2014. It has also extended the reach of its training both in Pyongyang and beyond through intensive teacher training events with teachers from other universities and schools. Building on our continuing and expanding engagement with stakeholders in the country, we aim to be a partner of choice at national level for the DPRK government’s English teaching and learning developments in the longer term.


The roles of the trainers have evolved significantly over the years, and in 2008 the project team grew to include a Pyongyang-based project manager, which has given the project more focus and direction. The project team is now comprised of three Teacher / Trainer / Material Developers who are line managed by the project manager. The main projects that the team is currently involved with are: direct English teaching to groups of university students; language and methodological improvement for secondary and tertiary English teachers; giving advice and support on curriculum development and delivering an annual two-week intensive teacher training workshop.


To be considered, you should be a highly proficient user of English with an undergraduate degree from an English-native speaking country. Please note the original degree transcripts are essential for immigration and registration purposes. You should also have an internationally recognised TEFL-Q qualification (i.e. Cambridge DELTA/ Trinity DipTESOL) and a minimum of 2 years full-time relevant post-diploma experience.


Enquiries about the post can be sent to the East Asia Regional Teacher Recruitment team (EAteacher.Recruitment@britishcouncil.org.sg) based in Singapore.


Start date: 1 October 2017

Closing date for applications: 18 August 2017 (23.59 UK Time)


In your application, please include evidence of the relevant experience which you possess, matched against the criteria listed in the Role Profile and Person Specification for this post.


Vacancy Documents

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Internal candidates only: please remember to include the full version of your most recent end-of-year-record of performance and confirm when the system prompts you to, and that you have discussed the application with both your line and centre manager.

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