Assistant Consultant - Language Assistants.
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Education & Society
Job Category
Education (non-teaching)
Pay Band
Pay Band 6
Vacancy Description
2 x Posts (1 Indefinite and 1 fixed term contract for up to 12 months). Payband 6, starting salary of £19,857 per annum. Locations: 1 x Edinburgh and the other role to be based in either Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester or Belfast. Closing date of 21st August 2019 at 23:59 UK time. Candidates must have the legal right to work in the UK at the time of applying.

Assistant Consultant - Language Assistants.

1 role based in Edinburgh
1 role based in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast or Manchester. 

The Opportunity:

We are recruiting for two Assistant Consultants to join the Language Assistants team, within Education & Society.

The Assistant Consultant is responsible for supporting the management and delivery of a project or internal service/function. You will gain a track record in developing and delivering projects or paid/internal services and will work within and across diverse teams.  You'll develop essential level knowledge and skills in a sector, Monitoring & Evaluation, contract management, business analysis and/or capability building.  

The Language Assistants programme delivers against a series of bilateral inter-governmental agreements between the UK and Education Ministries in 14 other countries worldwide.  The programme aims to improve modern foreign language skills and intercultural awareness in participating countries through the direct interaction of learners and educators with native speakers.  

 The programme supports the recruitment and placement of Modern Language Assistants in schools in the UK. Modern Language Assistants are native speakers of French, Spanish, German, Italian and Mandarin, who assist with the teaching of their native language in host primary schools, secondary schools, further education and higher education institutions.

The main areas of focus, but are not limited to, are:

Business Management and Delivery -  Undertakes administrative tasks for a project or internal service/function.

People Management -  Ability to work within a diverse team working across different offices.

Commercial Business management - Supports the Consultant in drafting performance reports (including results and impact, risks etc).

Stakeholder Management - Supports broader team in managing the logistics of client/partner meetings and project boards.

What we require of the successful candidate:
  • Competence at B2 level ( Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in either French, German, Italian, Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Experience of managing relationships effectively with a variety of stakeholders. 
  • Experience of having lived, worked or studied abroad and/or knowledge of other cultures     
  • Experience of delivering excellent customer service through a range of media and platforms to diverse audiences
  • Strong communication and presentation skills. 
  • Proficient I.T. skills. 

If you would like to learn more, please see the role profile below:

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 21st August 2019 at 23:59 UK time. 

Interviews are planned for the week commencing 9th September 2019

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 UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work in 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.  

About Education & Society: 

Through our work in Education and Society we provide opportunities for people to broaden their horizons and build sustainable futures. Our work in Education aims to raise the quality of education globally and connect people across the globe to share perspectives, best practice and ultimately improve learning outcomes. Our work contributes to global education policy, supports international mobility and collaboration and promotes the UK as a world leader in education and research. 

Our Society programmes enable individuals, communities and governments to work together to make positive transformation where it matters - from strengthening civil society, to widening access to justice and promoting the rule of law. Our work also includes social enterprise, girls’ and women’s inclusion, youth and sport. The aim is to help build stronger, safer and more inclusive societies. 

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 behaviour is consistent with our policies.  

 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.