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Head Arts – East and North East India
South Asia
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Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Pay Band: 7 / FCTC 1,205,100 INR per annum plus benefits / No. of positions: 1 / Duration: Indefinite / Location: Kolkata / Applicants must have the legal right to work in India / Closing Date: 16 February 2020 (23:59 UK time)
The British Council is the UK’s international organization 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.


To work with the UK and Indian arts and creative sectors to develop collaborative programmes and partnerships. These should deepen bilateral cultural understanding through the arts and reach significant audiences in India, while supporting the prosperity of the arts and cultural sectors in both countries. Specifically, to lead on the arts programme in the Area, including design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; achieving targets as outlined in area, country and regional strategies.  

This will include delivering large scale project-based activity through a complex network of resources and partners, overseeing a portfolio of projects and co-coordinating with country/area based teams

 Essential criteria: ·       
  •   Knowledge of and experience in working with the arts and culture sector at area level in India . ·        
  •   Experienced of delivering complex projects and programmes in the arts and creative sectors, ideally at an international level  
  •   Experience of working across matrix structure to drive and deliver a substantial change agenda     
  •   Experience of developing & embedding new ways of working  e.g. framework, approaches and processes of working.  

Desirable criteria:
  • Relevant Experience
  • Knowledge of the arts and culture sector at area level in the UK
  • Ability to set personal professional goals and those of Area Arts staff.
  • Confident and credible in developing new relevant Area relationships with the arts & culture sector

  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 accountabilities, responsibilities, main duties and essential requirements. For further information please see the documents below:

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

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  • Location for this role will be Kolkata.         
  • 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 16 February  2020­­­­­­­ (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.