Director Education & Society - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Senior Management Broadband (SMB) Location: Nairobi - Kenya Contract type: Fixed term contract (3 + 1)years Eligibility: Contract terms will be determined by successful post-holder (UKA/ Country plus/ Locally appointed) Closing date: 08 February 2019 (23:59 UK Time)

The Opportunity

 This is an exciting opportunity to lead the entire Education & Society portfolio and provide strategic direction across Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). This opportunity is targeted at experienced professionals with good sector knowledge, transferrable skills and demonstrable track record.

 The Organisation

 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.

Regional operating context - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)

 The British Council Regional Strategy for SSA is to focus on creating opportunities and enabling young people to fulfil their potential - improving their employability, resilience and networks. This is to be achieved through mutually beneficial partnerships between the UK and Africa that support prosperous and secure futures for both.

 By 2050 the population of Sub Saharan Africa will be 2 billion people, with the majority living in an urban environment. The region is predicted to have a middle class the size of Europe. 70% of the population is under the age of 25, and this demographic will grow at 15% year on year for the next 10 years. Generally the region is becoming more politically stable. There are on average 50 elections each year, many of which are more open and transparent than before. The majority of countries in SSA are developing economies. Gender inequality remains and life for women and girls on the continent remains challenging.

The Director will be accountable for: 

·         Strategic Planning

·         Leadership & Management

·         Business Development & Commercial Management

·         Client, Partner & Stakeholder Relationship Management

·         Staff Management

·         Risk Management & Corporate Compliance


The role is based in Kenya and contract terms will be dependent on successful post-holder. The indicative timelines for the recruitment process are as follows:

 - Application screening - w/b 11 February 2019
 - Outcome notification - w/b 18 February 2019
 - Interviews - w/b 25 February 2019

If you would like to see full details and understand more about this post then please see the documents below:

Director E&S SSA_rp_January 2019.pdf
Country Plus Package_SSA.pdf
BC Behaviours.pdf
BC Core skills.pdf 

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 08 February 2019 (23:59 UK Time) 

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 avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behavior is consistent with our policies, and Education & Society as a function is absolutely committed to this.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.