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British Council is hiring for an Exams Director Southern Cluster: APPLY NOW!


South Africa and Zimbabwe

Host Organization

British Council

Target audience

Local and International applicants

Application Deadline: 12 October 2022


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.

Exams Director Southern Cluster, Sub Saharan Africa

Role Purpose

The purpose of this role is to set the three-year Exams strategy and deliver income and surplus for the Southern Exams cluster, SSA, aligning with Global and Regional Exams strategy. The lead is ultimately responsible for overall team management, team and business performance, customer experience and reputation with a primary focus on leading business development to maximise market opportunities and create value, working collaboratively with other BC colleagues on shared interests/ mutual opportunities, ensure compliance with British Council and awarding body standards, and add value to customer and partner relationships

Role specific knowledge and experience:

The main essential knowledge and experience points that we are looking for you to evidence are:

  • English Proficiency (Level C1)
  • University Degree or relevant qualification  
  • Extensive experience managing a large-scale commercial business across a number of different countries/geographies
  • Operating in international and multi-cultural organisations
  • Building relationships at all levels of the organisation
  • Responsible for cluster performance, customer experience and reputation
  • Initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment

Further Information

Pay Band – 8

Contract Duration – 3-year fixed term contract with possibility of 1 year extension based on mutual agreement  

Contract Type – 

Locally Engaged – If the candidate is currently located in South Africa or Zimbabwe.  

International Transfer – If the candidate is outside of South Africa or Zimbabwe, candidate is eligible for International Transfer into Zimbabwe. This role is open to all applicants including those who need to relocate to undertake the role. Candidates who do not have a natural right to work in the country will be provided with immigration clearance and visa support.  Please note Visa approvals are beyond the British Council’s control so any job offer will be subject to securing the required right to work. Relocation support as set out in the British Council international relocation policy is available.

Long Term Strategic International Assignment – If an internal candidate is currently on an International Assignment, they will remain on International assignment terms and be based in Zimbabwe (LTSIA). This role can be offered on long-term strategic international assignment terms which includes visa and transfer support and benefits such as assignment allowances, housing and utilities, and schooling. Please note Visa approvals are beyond the British Council’s control so any job offer will be subject to securing the required right to work. 

The full International Assignment package is offered at the discretion of the British Council and may not be available to candidates who are currently already based in another location but have significant connections to the host location. Applications for locally hired candidates are welcome but if successful will not qualify for the international assignment package and will continue on local terms and conditions of service.

Location – The postholder can be based in South Africa or Zimbabwe – dependent on contract type  

Requirements – All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in country of application.  The British Council will not facilitate/sponsor visa applications and work permits.

Closing Date – 12 October 2022 (23:59 South Africa Time)

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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

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

Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.



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