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Northern Ireland Advisory Committee Member
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Northern Ireland
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Position: Member, Northern Ireland Advisory Committee Location: Belfast Pay band: Unremunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses reimbursed Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: 12.00 midday, 15 February 2019

About us

The British Council was founded to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence. 


British Council Northern Ireland brings the best of international education and arts to Northern Ireland and helps students, teachers, artists and others connect professionally with people around the world. We enrich people’s lives here in Northern Ireland and abroad by encouraging and supporting this interplay of ideas, skills and experiences.


The British Council draws on strategic advice from three Country Advisory Committees - for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - which report to the Board of Trustees.


The opportunity

The Northern Ireland Advisory Committee advises the Northern Ireland Country Director and acts as an advocate for our work in Northern Ireland. As a member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee, you will contribute to the development of the British Council’s strategic objectives and corporate priorities on behalf of Northern Ireland and reflect the needs of one or more of the British Council’s target sectors in Northern Ireland.


Terms and Conditions

Committee members are appointed for a three year term, renewable for a further three years.  Positions on the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee are not remunerated but reasonable UK travel and expenses will be reimbursed at standard British Council rates. Candidates must have the right to work in the UK.


Key focus areas of the post include

·      Participating in committee meetings, normally three a year (and possibly an away day)

·      Contributing to the committee’s purpose and objectives outlined in the terms of reference

·      Acting as advocates for the British Council’s work in Northern Ireland and in the UK as a whole

·      Providing advice on strategy

·      Keeping the British Council in Northern Ireland abreast of major developments in the public, educational, economic and cultural life of Northern Ireland

·      Serving as a channel of professional advice within his/her own area of expertise, and identifying new opportunities

·      Providing access to communities within Northern Ireland for whom the British Council’s work has particular relevance


What we require of the successful candidate


·         Commitment to the mission of the British Council to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and wider world

·         Ability to contribute to one or more of the British Council’s three strategic business units – Arts, Education and Society, and English and Exams

·         Strong belief in, understanding and knowledge of, what Northern Ireland can contribute

·         Good team working skills

·         Effective communication skills



·         Experience and expertise across one or more of the British Council’s strategic business units - Arts, Education and Society, and English and Exams

·         Experience and expertise in international cultural relations

·         Understanding and knowledge of one or more of the main geographical regions in which the British Council works


If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents attached:


Role Profile - NIAC Member.doc
Terms of Reference.docx
Equality Monitoring Form.docx


Further details

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


Please apply by sending:

1)    a copy of your CV

2)    a Supporting Statement (up to 600 words) highlighting how you meet the criteria as set out in the role profile for this position

3)    a completed Equality Monitoring Form


to: Sarah Brisbane, Operations & Equality Manager, British Council Northern Ireland, sarah.brisbane@britishcouncil.org by 12:00 UK Time on 15th February 2019.

Our equality commitment

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and 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. 


We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as women are currently under-represented on our Advisory Committee, we would particularly welcome applications from women.