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Head of Teaching and Learning - Algeria
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
English & Exams
Job Category
Teaching Centre Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: FTC 2 + 1 years Location: Algiers, Algeria Pay Band 7 (Country Plus) Closing date: 27 February 2020
Role Purpose

The post holder will lead on ensuring Quality in the Classroom through performance management and professional development of Teaching Professionals.  They will ensure learning methodology is consistent with British Council Brand standards and teaching delivery exceeds customer expectations and is in line with latest thinking in pedagogy.  

This post will also play a key role in delivering the Maghreb Cluster’s (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) ambitious vision to become a hub for innovation and creativity in teaching and learning; while delivering on rapid expansion plans and working with colleagues across the three countries to realise the significant opportunities unlocked by greater alignment and collaboration. 

Function Overview

The UK is committed to developing further its partnership with Algeria. After the ‘dark years’ of the 1990s conflict, the country is now one of the more stable nations in MENA. The UK aims to foster cooperation across a range of  interests including security, defense, trade, prosperity, English language and Higher Education. English is a priority for the Algerian Government which has turned to the UK to realise its ambitious agenda. More recently the government is developing ambitious plans to strengthen English language in the national curriculum with the realisation of its role in opening up the country to foreign partners. Plans to start teaching English in Primary schools and to expand its use in higher education are being debated. Since February 2019 people across the country have been protesting weekly in an attempt to to change the government which has been in place since 2003. These peaceful protests, called by some the “Revolution of Smiles”, led up to December 2019 elections . The newly elected President is under pressure to deliver reform.

Population and Economics:
Algeria is the largest country in Africa with a population of 40.4 million, 70% of whom are under 30 years of age, the second largest in MENA, speaking Arabic, French and a significant number of Amazight (Berber) languages. Algeria is rich in natural resources and, until the sharp fall in oil prices in 2015, had large foreign exchange reserves ($200bn) and no debt. This wealth was built on oil and gas deposits constituting 60% of revenues and 97% of export earnings.  Since 2015 a period of deepening austerity has been in place, impacting the level of subsidies provided to much of the population. The Algerian government is under pressure to create economic growth and jobs to meet the aspirations of young people, and to improve ‘employability, increase access to scientific research and to retain and attract foreign direct investment’.  

Market opportunities:
Algerians are seeking English to integrate more into international business, industry and academia. There is a huge and growing demand for English, it is seen as a key skill required by employers who complain many school and university leavers lack the skills to enter employment successfully. Youth are seeking to learn English, driven by a perception that it improves career prospects as well as a desire to engage in film, music and social media. The average salary gap between English and non-English speakers is close to 10% (Euromonitor, 2011).  The British Council maintains a very high reputation from its teaching centre activities and its work supporting school reform.  We are seen as a trusted partner and service provider to those wishing to access English language expertise, UK education, international qualifications and entrance to the global workforce.

For more information about the role requirements, British Council core skills & behaviours, kindly refer to the documents attached below;

Role Profile
British Council Core Skills
British Council Behaviours

Additional Information:

If you are interested in this vacancy, kindly submit your application by 27 February 2020.
Relocation assistance will be provided to candidates based outside the advertised location.

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