Branch Manager - Jaffna, Sri Lanka
South Asia
Country / Territory
Sri Lanka
Teaching Centres
Job Category
Teaching Centre Management
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Location : Jaffna Job type : Local pay band 7 Duration : 3 years Number of posts : 1
Purpose of job: 
To manage the British Council’s centre in Jaffna including the library, meeting our cultural relations objectives and the operation’s business targets.    

Context and environment:
Purpose of job:

To manage the British Council’s centre in Jaffna including the library, meeting our cultural relations objectives and the operation’s business targets.

Context and environment:
Located in the capital of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, the Jaffna Teaching Centre is recruiting a Branch Manager to start work in January 2020.  

In Sri Lanka, the British Council enjoys considerable prestige and an excellent reputation. Demand for English is strong and therefore we opened our 5-classroom centre in Jaffna in April 2014 in order to provide access to a full range of our products and services. Initial responses to our adult and young learner courses have been positive, with approximately 300 students per term and there is a healthy contracts business. Course development is mostly co-ordinated in partnership with the other teaching centres on the island.  

The office also delivers a variety of grant and partner-funded projects, in general managed from Colombo though not exclusively and an exams operation. It also has a library with nearly 600 members and 4,000 books which the post holder manages.  

This is your chance to lead a small, dedicated team working in an evolving centre. Whilst the majority of the post holder’s work and responsibility remains to build the capacity of the teaching centre business and strengthen its viability, you will have the opportunity to develop operational and strategic management skills across various SBUs and activities as the Branch Manager plays a support role for the centre’s Exams business, manages the library operations and has a remit to expand our cultural offer in the Arts.

There will be opportunities to develop the centre’s contracts business, particularly with local government agencies and private companies/organisations.    

Sri Lanka is a key member of the South Asia Teaching Region and works closely with centres in India and Bangladesh, and it is anticipated that the role will contribute to regional activities and work with managers from these centres. The region is currently trying to align more closely around global products and it is possible that this role may take on some regional responsibilities in the future.

Away from work, Sri Lanka provides a comfortable lifestyle and the chance to explore one of the world’s most beautiful island destinations.
The closing date for applications would be 06th October 2019.

Role Profile

Vacancy Information

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