Head of Programmes & Partnerships UAE
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
United Arab Emirates
Education & Society
Job Category
Business Development/Partnerships
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Fix Term Contract: 1 year Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates Pay Band 7/F (Locally appointed) Salary: 18,162 AED / medical insurance / annual flight Closing date: 16 February 2019
Role Purpose

To ensure that British Council programmes in Arts, Education & Society (essentially our portfolio of ‘Next Generation’ activity) and International Education Services (IES) in UAE are market-led, aligned with corporate, regional and country planning frameworks and leverage maximum impact and income; to develop and implement partnership and external relations strategies that build and maintain strong relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, partners and influencers in the UAE and UK to maximise impact and grow business across all activity areas; to actively line manage, inspire and develop staff; to develop and oversee the implementation of  marketing and digital strategies that are consistent with corporate and regional strategies and ambitious in their contribution to impact and outcomes; to improve planning and contribute to increasing British Council’s public profile in UAE; to lead and champion our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work across the UAE operation

Function Overview

We are ambitious in UAE to build on the British Council’s respected and trusted brand by responding to new opportunities from both UK and UAE governments, business and individuals for high quality English language learning and qualifications, development of public education systems, engaging new audiences through arts collaboration with the UK, strengthening higher education collaboration with UK in science and research partnerships and providing marketing services to UK higher education institutions. 

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 the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work in over 100 countries, connecting millions of people with the United Kingdom through programmes and services in the English language, the Arts, Education and 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 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.

The British Council believes that all children have potential and that every child matters everywhere in the world. The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989.

  • If you are interested in this role, kindly submit your application by 16 February 2019
  • There will be no transfer/mobility allowance provided for this role. 
  • Applicants outside UAE are welcome to apply but will have to cover their relocation costs.

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 try and 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.