Higher Education Manager MENA
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: 3 years Location: Cairo, Egypt Pay Band 8 (UKA / Locally appointed) Closing date: 29 September 2019
Role Purpose

To lead the development, delivery and evaluation of British Council’s Higher Education programming in MENA which includes overall responsibility for Newton Science and Innovation programme in MENA currently being delivered and managed in Jordan and Egypt.  The role will be responsible for ensuring alignment with UK HE priorities of supporting internationalisation of UK HE sector, financial sustainability and impact for partners and stakeholders thus enhancing the UK’s and British Council’s reputation in the region in the field of higher education.  

The role will be responsible for providing technical inputs and quality assurance for HE projects and programmes, with a specific focus on HE policy and regional/consortium partnership initiatives, including acting as Programme Director for the new GPF project supporting quality assurance in higher education to improve teaching and student outcomes contributing to improved employability and prosperity in North Africa and other projects as agreed.

The post holder will work towards three main outcomes:
  1. To create an enabling environment for UK HE engagement/opportunities with MENA 
  2. To scope, design and develop sustainable and high impact initiatives that align to market needs of UK and MENA strengthening the British Council’s reputation and credibility as an organisation with expertise in the internationalisation of higher education 
  3. To ensure continuous improvement and financial sustainability of our higher education portfolio.
The post will ensure that MENA’s HE education portfolio is managed in line with E&S global and regional standards, client (internal/external) satisfaction, British Council’s Results and Evidence Framework (REF) and wider KPIs.  The role will also be responsible for contributing to wider cultural relations impact.

The postholder will develop and manage relationships with existing stakeholders and clients in UK and MENA.  Building capacity of country teams will be an important part of the job supporting to embed best practice systems and processes into programme management and providing overall quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation to ensure global delivery standards are maintained and risks managed effectively. 

The post reports directly to the Principal Consultant Education and English. 

Function Overview

The Middle East and North Africa is home to eight percent of the world’s population, five percent of global GDP, and 58 percent of global reserves of oil and gas. It is also one of the most unstable regions of the world, characterised by protracted conflicts and complex issues around refugee and displaced communities. It has the highest rate of youth unemployment, and double the global average for female unemployment. Collectively this is placing a huge strain on existing political, social and economic structures, adding to the uncertainty and fragility of the region. It is also a region of contrasts where the Gulf countries are of increasing importance to the UK’s trade agenda as well as of increasing interest to UK HEIs.  

The British Council retains an on-the-ground presence in all 17 MENA countries. This includes maintaining operations and programmes in Libya, Yemen and Syria, working through partners and locally engaged staff. Over the last five years we have extended the scope of our work by aligning our cultural relations activities to UK and international priorities affecting the region, namely the Syrian refugee crisis, and contributing to the stability and security of the region.  We do this by facilitating access to inclusive economic possibilities for young people through improved and more internationally connected tertiary education contributing to more prosperous, sustainable and equitable societies.

The British Council continue to provide support to individuals, institutions and governments helping them address some of the underlying long-term demographic, societal and systemic features which have been holding back reform, stifling growth, and blocking opportunities for young people. Our work takes a long term approach to engagement, helping to build trust and influence for the UK. 

Higher education science and innovation is one of four areas in the education portfolio alongside Skills, Schools and IES.  Education is part of the ELE&S.  Our work in higher education includes programmes in the Gulf (GSKIE), OPT (HESPAL), Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia all of which receive discretionary grant.  Newton and GSKIE, are contracts and the largest programmes in the region providing significant partnership income from UK government.  These are managed separately, but the successful candidate will be expected to develop an overarching strategy incorporating all programmes which will increase the impact, quality of the programmes and opportunities for UK engagement.  

For more information regarding the job requirements, British Council core skills and behaviours, please refer to the documents attached below.

If you are interested in this vacancy, kindly submit your application by 29 September 2019

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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.

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