The British Council seeks EU Affairs and Development Manager – MENA Region

British Council 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 13 Jul 2016

Job Description

The British Council is the world’s leading cultural relations organisation and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. We see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all. We build trust and understanding between different countries and cultures and develop strong international links that are of benefit to people in Britain and the rest of the world. We call this work – cultural relations.

The British Council seeks

EU Affairs and Development Manager – MENA Region


Education & Society

  • The Education and Society Strategic Business Unit (SBU) is one of 3 SBUs. The others are Arts and English and Examinations.
  • Our vision for Education and Society is: A world where all people have opportunities to broaden their horizons and build their futures through international education and more open societies.
  • By 2020 E&S will be working with over 250 million people through various income streams (contracts, partnerships, paid for services and products).
  • We work in the following eight platforms to engage people across the world with the UK and develop new and deeper relationships that deliver impact overseas and in the UK: Education – Higher Education, Schools, Science and Research, Skills; Society – Access to Justice, Civil Society and Governance (including Sport), Social Enterprise, Gender and Inclusion.

Equality Comment

  • 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.


  • We have an excellent opportunity for EU Affairs and Development Manager
  • As a part of the Brussels team and in cooperation with colleagues in the UK and globally, the post holder will work to ensure successful pursuit of EC and other client funded contracts globally. This post is critical to the achievement of the external funding strategy of the British Council.
  • The purpose of the role is to support British Council’s contract growth ambitions, working in partnership with Strategic Business Units (SBUs), Regions and BC teams globally to identify, position for, and secure contracts that deliver the sought impact for the organisation.
  • The post holder will lead the identification and tracking of individual opportunities in the assigned Regions. She/he will identify and monitor market and client trends, and support business development through the entire proposal management cycle of a portfolio of opportunities;
  • The post holder will be expected to share best practice on EU programming of aid (identification, conceptualisation and formulation of interventions under Delegated Cooperation) and Procurement (tendering, call for proposals, contracting and pursuit methodologies) with colleagues to build the capacity of the global network in EU funding mechanisms.
  • The post holder must be able to work with a high level of autonomy and flexibility, drawing on previous practice and policies whilst creating new and innovative solutions that enhance opportunities to develop new business.
  • This post holder will report to Head of EU Affairs and Development Services in Brussels.

The successful candidate must have the following experience

  • Professional experience in the area related to development cooperation within a donor funded context, within a public or private sector international consultancy organisation or similar;
  • Understanding of the European Union, its instruments, and specific aid delivery modalities (PAGODA, Service contracts, Grants, etc.);
  • Demonstrated experience of business development and business pursuit in the EU funding setting;
  • In depth experience in funding opportunity pursuit, proposal management/coordination and business development for public sector contracts, including a proven track record in leading all stages of tendering processes to secure new business with the EU.


Generic Statement

If you are interested and feel you are suitable for the role, please apply before 23:59 UK Time 31 July 2016. We aim to interview for this post early September 2016.

Equality of Opportunity

Desirable criteria may be used during the selection process and only short-listed candidates will be contacted. The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and welcomes applications from all sectors 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.

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