Head of Communications
South Asia
Country / Territory
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Head of Communications, Bangladesh, Dhaka, Indefinite Contract, Band 7/F, Application deadline- 3 November 2018
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.

British Council invites applications for the position of Head of Communications

Number of Position/s- 01

Purpose of the role:

The purpose of this role is to lead the development of an integrated communications strategy (internal and external) and implementation of the action plans. The post is responsible to identify the target audiences and various stakeholder groups, select appropriate communications channels, and manage the consistency of messages. The role leads on relationship management with press and media, and stakeholder communications within the country. Ensure that both online and offline communications are measured, so their success can be analysed. Ensure events represent value for money, meet corporate objectives and opportunities offered by the event are maximised. Ensure the British Council brand is at the core of everything we do so the brand is delivered to customers, partners, stakeholders and colleagues. 

The efforts of this role will reinforce our position as a cultural relations organisation with high quality products, services and events that positively change lives.

Main Accountabilities:
  • Develops the country communications strategy and plan and manages implementation, ensuring alignment to the global and regional communications strategy and plan, and effective impact.
  • Leads the development and delivery of internal and external communications campaigns that supports the national, regional and global communications strategies as part of overall Marketing strategy and plans
  • Liaises with country business leads and programme teams to ensure buy in and alignment with the Country Communication Strategy. Proactively works with business leads and programme teams to ensure an integrated and coordinated approach to campaigns and generation of communication outputs
  • Identify opportunities for high profile events to strengthen reputation and profile. Ensures aims and objectives of the event link to our overall stakeholder engagement strategy. 
  • Leads and manages country media relations and public relation activities. Designs a media segmentation strategy aligned to the corporate communications plan, to ensure media is effectively targeted at key audiences
  • Ensures that communications messages are consistent, strengthening the reputation of the British Council brand. Identifies risks and issues in advance to effectively manage and mitigate with support from the regional Head of Communications, and in consultation with the Marketing Director and Country Directorate. 
  • Acts as a champion for communication throughout the organisation. Focuses on corporate SDG priorities and sustainable development interventions. Identifies opportunities for cross-SBU collaboration for higher results and greater impact.
  • Applies advanced communications expertise to provide advice to the Country Director and country business leads and develop and deliver agreed programmes of work
  • Applies analytical approaches to identify and assess current state of country communications, including programme monitoring and evaluation data, and defines opportunities for improvement, 
  • Develops and implement agreed projects and appropriate communications initiatives to meet country operational need, ensuring consistency with regional communications strategies, plans and approaches and global strategy where appropriate 
  • Provides advice and support to country business leads on market costs for external communication support, and expertise on managing the briefs and the relationships with external communication experts
  • Ensures consistent application of agreed global communications and brand standards, templates and processes

And is required to have the following skills and experience   

  • Graduate in Communications/ Journalism/Marketing or relevant field.
  • Overall seven years of experience with at least three years’ in a similar role. Demonstrable experience in providing expert advice and guidance on internal and external communications 
  • Demonstrable experience in managing and mitigating internal and external communications risks and issues
  • Demonstrable experience in providing professional input on high-profile events
  • Demonstrable experience in managing online SharePoint and intranets  
  • Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of children.

We can offer 

  • Monthly salary BDT 196,000 (Consolidated). 
  • Transport allowance of BDT 9,000 per month plus other benefits according to the organisation’s policy.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Experience of working in an international organisation includes good work life balance and flexible working hours.

Application Pack

Role Profile.pdf
BC Behaviours
Core Skills

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted and called for interview. We will only shortlist applications submitted on a British Council application form submitted electronically through jobs portal. No hard copies of the application will be accepted.

Submission Starts        16 October 2018
Submission deadline    3 November 2018
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