Senior Communications Manager – Gulf Cluster
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
English & Exams
Job Category
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: 2 years (renewable) Location: UAE or Saudi Arabia or Oman or Qatar or Kuwait or Bahrain Pay Band 7/F (Locally appointed) Closing Date: 17 September 2019
Role Purpose

The role will be responsible for leading the implementation of the long-term marketing strategy for MENA in relation to a specific cluster of countries. They will need to have the capability to interpret and deliver the strategy with the support of a dedicated team of professionals. They will be responsible for internal and change communications; external communications planning and delivery, including media, PR, events and stakeholder communications within several countries. 

They will work closely with internal and external key stakeholders, implement strategies that strengthen and integrate marketing initiatives to continue to engage current audiences, identify and attract new ones and create greater awareness of the British Council.

This is an important role that will suit an experienced communications professional with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, proven strategic thinking capability, the ability to make things happen, as well as specific project management experience.

They will have a good understanding of emerging technology and its role in modern communication techniques. They will be assertive, driven, and accountable. The post holder will be enthusiastic and passionate about what they do, be innovative and creative, and have a strong outcome focus and commitment to a high level of professionalism. They can maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion. 

Function Overview

Marketing at the British Council is a strategic function which drives awareness, understanding and engagement with us across our diverse audiences. We use insight, knowledge and analysis of our market and our customers to engage them with the British Council’s international cultural relations mission, our products and services in the most impactful and effective way. We lead the development of our brand and use our expertise to tell inspiring stories to enhance our global reputation, build lifelong relationships, engage our staff and prove the impact of what we do.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Marketing Directorate plays an essential role in helping us to make a positive contribution to the UK and the communities where we work - 17 dynamic and diverse countries in MENA. The Directorate is driving an approach to marketing excellence through an integrated team of marketing professionals that include specialists working in communications, insights and analysis, marketing performance and digital communications. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding, and supports a portfolio of work in English language teaching services, examinations and professional qualifications, education programmes, and arts and society initiatives. 

To join this high functioning team, we are looking for candidates who are adaptive and innovative. Prepared to think differently, drive value and demonstrate high levels of expertise and professionalism. They will be dedicated to growing the impact and reputation of the British Council and work seamlessly across many countries, supporting the requirements of multiple business units.

For further information regarding role requirements and British Council core skills and behaviours, please refer to the documents attached below.

Role Profile
British Council Core Skills
British Council Behaviours


  • This role will be based in one of the following locations: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait or Bahrain.
  • The successful applicant must already be based in one of the aforementioned location.
  • Applicants from other MENA countries will be considered, however, will have to bare the cost of relocation, if successful. 
  • If you are interested in this role, kindly submit your application by 17 September 2019

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 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.

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, 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.