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Team Assistant - For the Cultural Protection Fund (Feb 2020).
Country / Territory
Job Category
Administration, PA & Secretarial
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
Location: Edinburgh. Salary: £20,254 - £22,505 per annum. Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2021. Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying. Closing date: 20th February 2020 at 23:59 UK time.

Team Assistant - For the Cultural Protection Fund (Feb 2020). 

The Opportunity:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Cultural Protection Fund as a Team Assistant.

This role supports all aspects of the work of the Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) team, with the main responsibilities including:  Processing grant payments and grant agreements; Responding to expressions of interest; Maintaining databases and assisting with events and providing general administrative support.

The main areas of focus are, but is not limited to:

  • Provides general administrative and logistical support to ensure the smooth running of the grants management system.
  • Take responsibility for responding knowledgeably and professionally to enquiries about the Cultural Protection Fund work to ensure a high quality customer experience and maintains the team’s reputation internally and externally.
  • Builds professional networks and information channels that maintain an excellent understanding of relevant developments, stakeholders and opinion formers in the Culture and Heritage sectors (in both the UK and internationally), to support the aims of the Cultural Protection Fund.
  • Acts as the point of contact for internal inquiries and is responsible for ensuring good connectivity between the team and the rest of the British Council.
  • Processes grant agreements for grant recipients in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Managing competing demands on time and resource

What we require from the successful candidate, but is not limited to:

  • Experience undertaking financial tasks
  • Experience of working with email platforms and databases (proficiency in Microsoft Excel).
  • Experience in a client-facing role, assisting with ad hoc requests and enquiries.
  • Experience of office administration, e.g. organising meetings, minute taking, contract management, reporting, and diary management.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

 If you would like to understand more about the role, then please see the attached documents:        


If you are interested and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you.       

Please apply by 20th February at 23:59 UK time.      

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 9th or 16th March 2020   

In addition to a starting salary of £20,254 and eligibility to join the civil service pension scheme, the British Council offers an attractive holiday entitlement of 32 days per calendar year in addition to statutory holidays plus an additional half day on Christmas Eve.   Interest free season ticket loan Employee Assistance Programme Cycle salary sacrifice.  We also offer flexible working hours to support your work life balance.    

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 UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.       

We work in 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.   

Our Equality Commitment:  

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to 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.   

 The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.   

The British Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all of its partners to share this commitment. In line with the British Council’s safeguarding policies, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.