Executive Manager to Country Director
South Asia
Country / Territory
New Delhi
Business Support Services
Job Category
Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Pay Band: 6 / FCTC 807,500 INR per annum plus benefits / No. of positions: 1 / Duration: Indefinite contract / Location: Delhi / Applicants must have the legal right to work in India / Closing Date: 14 November 2019 (23:59 UK time)
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. The South Asia region is of high priority for the UK and includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran (non-represented) and Nepal.

  1. To provide proactive and effective management of the Director’s office so that British Council business is transacted in a timely, appropriate way.
  2. To provide support to the Country Director and the India Leadership Team (ILT) ensuring the effective management of all meetings, including creating agendas, gathering reports and presentations, minute taking and follow up on action points with ILT and other colleagues across the operation.  
  3. To provide and co-ordinate support across all offices for Country Director visits to ensure the Country Directorate functions efficiently and effectively.

Essential criteria: ·
  • Must have experience in assisting senior executives
  • Should have advanced knowledge of Microsoft Outlook as well as strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point and CRM systems Strong organisational, problem solving skills
  • High levels of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information. Ability to work flexibly and deal with ambiguity
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and experience of managing senior stakeholders and partners. Experience of working across matrix structure
  • Strong data analysis skills with experience of presenting data to support management decision-making and excellent administrative skills
  • Ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information.
Desirable criteria: ·   
  • Certification in Communications, Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Arts or related field
  • Relevant experience
Work with us and we will support you to try new ideas, and develop your skills, knowledge and career.  

Please refer to the role profile for accountability, responsibilities, main duties and essential requirements. For further information please see the documents below: 

Role Profile.pdf
BC Behaviors.pdf
Core Skills.pdf

If you want to have more information, please click on the two links below:   

  • This role will be for Delhi location  
  • The role would be for Indefinite contract duration
  • As per India Recruitment Policy (applicable to internal staff only) - “Staff on fixed term or indefinite contract must have completed 1 year in their current post in order to be eligible for applying against internal vacancies”.  
  • Additionally: If you are applying for a job in another location, this will be considered as voluntary relocation and not an Organisation initiated transfer. 

  • Free library membership  
  • The Council provides 14 Public Holidays each year which is published at the beginning of each calendar year
  • Annual leave entitlement is 21 working days in a year ·         
  • Hours of work including 1-hour lunch break will be 40 hours per week. The British Council Division may at its discretion vary these timings as the needs of the Division dictate. ·         
  • BCD has a Group Medical Insurance policy of INR 500,000 as a family floater amount ·         

Our work makes a lasting difference by building more inclusive societies and supporting people’s prospects. Together, we can do more.  

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply by 14 November ­­­­­­­2019 (23:59 UK time). 

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity. Our policy aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, marital status, race, colour, creed, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability. 

British Council has a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with including a duty to protect them from abuse (Abuse falls into four categories: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect). In the context of our work, child protection therefore means putting in all reasonable measures in our activity planning and work practices to protect children engaging in British Council activities from abuse. We believe in establishing a child safe environment one that has a careful and thorough staff selection process, child friendly policies, clear guidelines and management systems in place.