Head of English Programmes - Egypt
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Contract Type: 2 years (Country Plus) / see details in body. Location: Cairo, Egypt Pay Band 7/F Salary: 23,215 EGP / medical insurance / accommodation allowances Closing date: 13 January 2019
Role Purpose
  • To lead and manage the development, implementation and evaluation of English for Education Systems (EES) projects in Egypt.
  • To promote the UK as a world leader in education and cultural relations through managing the delivery of successful and high-quality EES projects to achieve maximum impact with target audiences in Egypt. 
  • The post-holder will work with Egypt programmes team, EES project managers and regional EES colleagues to manage the delivery of the EES portfolio at the country level.    
  • The post-holder will also be required to apply sound project management methods over the life of the project, including reporting, implementation and activity planning, financial management, risk and resources management, monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance of all EES project activities in Egypt.
Function Overview

English for Education Systems Projects Overview
  • The NTTP project is a three-year project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The project aims to further improve the quality of the provision of English in primary classrooms (grades 1-6) and will ultimately reach 37,000 teachers including teachers of English as a subject and maths and science English Medium Instruction teachers across Egypt and will focus on improving language skills as well as methodology for ELT and EMI provision. The project is now at the stage of selecting teachers from government schools to be Teacher Educators. They will then receive training to support them to set up and facilitate monthly continuing professional development (CPD) sessions called Teacher Activity Groups (TAGs), where teachers will practise their English, learn about and discuss learner-centred teaching ideas and techniques and make action plans to try out these ideas in their classrooms. 
  • The Al Azhar project builds on ten years of continuous partnership between British Council and Al Azhar University. The project aims at providing educational and professional development opportunities for Al Azhar students. British Council has established and maintained an English Training Centre (AAETC) for undergraduates and junior staff of the Faculty of Islamic Studies as well as teachers in the school system.  The centre provides teacher training to Al Azhar graduates, together with English and specialist courses for undergraduates of Islamic Studies. As part of the project we have We also manage the UK Al Azhar Scholarship programme which supports Al Azhar scholars to study for a PhD in a theology related subject at a UK university. In 2019 we aim to expand our work with Al Azhar by supporting the establishment of a new English Training Centre at the Al Azhar Women’s College in Tiba, near Luxor. We will also develop a new teaching and learning strand that will focus on English for Interfaith Dialogue. This will involve developing a teacher training programme and courses for students which will be piloted in the new training centre in Tiba.  
  • Other English projects including related conferences, fairs, training events, policy dialogues and roundtables etc.
The post will be based in the British Council office in Agouza, Cairo, working alongside the rest of our dynamic and professional Programmes Team. It is expected that the post holder will spend one day a week working at the Al Azhar English Training Centre (AAETC). 

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.

In 2018, the British Council is proud to mark its 80th anniversary in Egypt. For decades, we have been building educational and cultural links between the UK and Egypt. 

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Additional Information:
  • If you are interested in this vacancy, kindly submit your application by 13 January 2019
  • Interviews will be taking place during the 3rd week of January 2019. 
All mobility packages will include accommodation, education for children (if the posting allows accompanying families) and transfer assistance

No mobility package is paid:
  • If you are returning or moving to your home country
  • If you are not currently on a mobility package and you are changing to a new role within the same country 

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