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The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways - directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Senior Programme Manager - English & Exams (based UK, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa)
2 year fixed term contract
Pay band SMP (S)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is central to the British Council's cultural relations purpose. Our Equality Policy and EDI Strategy describes the importance of ensuring that our staff and the people we work with are not discriminated against and that we promote equality in everything we do. The Senior Leadership Team launched an Anti-Racism Vision and Action Plan for staff in July 2020 setting out the principles in which we will work within British Council and with our audiences globally, and areas we will work on internally to address racism.

This is a newly created opportunity to actively lead on the development of EDI strategy for English & Exams (E&E) globally. As Senior Programme Manager you will partner with the Diversity Unit and the broader EDI network, to develop an EDI programme for E&E that is robust and underpinned by the British Council's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.

The programme will be broad ranging, and will include Leadership and Performance, Recruitment, Talent and Career Development, Training, Research and Insight, Communications and Engagement, and internal/external benchmarking.

Collaborating with colleagues across E&E, you will drive and support implementation of the programme globally, ensuring there are on-going opportunities for minority ethnic staff to share their experiences and contribute to its development. You will ensure the programme scope stays within focus, is achievable, and is aligned to other initiatives and teams including the Futures programme and SLT Anti- Racism Action Plan.

Leading on developing a network of EDI resources across E&E globally, you will work closely with E&E Leadership Team, managing all aspects of the programme including governance, resource planning, financial and risk management, monitoring, evaluation and learning, staff engagement, research and insight to ensure change is embedded into day to day working practice.

We are seeking an individual who has robust experience of working on complex culture change programmes, or programmes where you have supported different teams to work towards a shared goal. Essentially, you will have an understanding of and strong commitment to EDI. Ideally you will combine strong practical skills, knowledge and experience of EDI, and will be able to demonstrate how EDI has been applied to a professional role or project.

The role is offered as a 2 year fixed term contract and can be based in any of the following regions: UK, Europe, Wider Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa. It is open globally to colleagues who have the right to work in these locations. A successful applicant already based in one of these regions will remain in their present post location. A relocation package is not offered.

A Role Profile is available on request to angela.richmond@britishcouncil.org.

Please apply by 9th November 2020 (23:59 GMT).

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. 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 has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council's Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org
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