Ben jij de onderwijs professional die in het vo, vmbo of het mbo de Engelse lessen verzorgt?

Ontbreekt er nog iets in je carrière? Dan is dit de vacature die je niet wilt missen!

De sectie Engels van Levende Talen is namelijk op zoek naar een nieuwe sectretaris en algemene bestuursleden.

Wij zijn op zoek naar een leraar Engels die:

  • Passie voor taal en onderwijs hebben
  • Het vak Engels verder willen brengen
  • Willen en durven delen
  • Regelmatig met elkaar aan tafel gaan zitten om ideeën te bespreken en uit te voeren

Wij bieden je:

  • Invloed uitoefenen op het taalbeleid Engels bij OCW, CvTE en
  • Toegang tot ons netwerk van leraren en onze partners British Council en Nuffic
  • Inspraak in onze doelstellingen en toekomstplannen

Pitch jezelf of schrijf een motivatie aan:

Head of Education

Date: 05-Jul-2022

Location: Amsterdam, European Union, NL, 1016 XK

Company: British Council

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.


Role Purpose

The purpose of the role is to lead the British Council’s work in Higher Education & Science in the specified country.  In some countries this will include a broader remit across Education to include Schools & Youth & Skills as appropriate.

The role will implement our Education strategy that helps British Council to achieve its strategic priorities in that country and also supports the regional/global Education strategy.

The person in this role will ensure we develop, design, deliver and evaluate a highly impactful portfolio of programmes, products and services in Education with a particular focus on Higher Education, all aligned within the global programmes for Higher Education and Science.  They will lead on business development and help to ensure that there is a financial model in place for the Education portfolio. Targets for the relevant KPIs will be set on an annual basis to be met and exceeded.

In some countries this role will focus entirely on Higher Education, depending on the country and market requirements in others it will also work across Schools & Youth & Skills as appropriate and as agreed with regional leads.

Role Context

The British Council’s education work is far-reaching and covers nearly all 110+ countries in which we do business. Our education programmes, which are core to our charitable purpose, are built to give people opportunities, make connections to the UK and ultimately engender trust. The British Council believes that by delivering education programmes that are mutually beneficial to the UK and other countries, we will create more understanding and links between peoples, making a brighter future for all of us.

The role in some instances will lead the education country team working closely with the Country Director, in other countries the role will be the only Cultural Engagement representative in country working closely with a Designated Country Director located in another country. In all instances the role will work closely with the regional Higher Education Head and other regional Education Heads as appropriate. The postholder will act as the voice for Higher Education in the country.  The postholder will also be a member of the regional Education team as well as other relevant country/regional and/or global working groups.

As a Country Education Lead, the postholder will be an active member of the wider country Cultural Engagement team and will be actively looking for ways to work together across Cultural Engagement to align our Higher Education Strategy and collaborate on cross sector programming.

The postholder will support our inclusive organisational culture where staff have opportunities for continuous professional development and are actively contributing to the British Council’s anti-racism action plan and to our aspiration to become anti-racist in our cultures and practices within our organisation and in our programmes.


Main Accountabilities

Market building & brand positioning
•    Build and maintain excellent knowledge of the UK and Higher Education sector (and Youth & Skills/Schools as relevant to the country portfolio) in country to enable the development of opportunities and partnerships that will deliver the British Council’s cultural relations and financial sustainability  objectives.
•    Ensure that programme evaluation and insight from the country and the UK is built into programme development and brand positioning.

Relationship, stakeholder and key account management
•    Identify, cultivate and manage strategic alliances with key partners and stakeholders in country to ensure achievement of British Council Education objectives.
•    Build and maintain excellent relationships with internal partners and stakeholders, to champion Higher Education’s strengths while ensuring effective, integrated and joined-up delivery of the country portfolio.
•    Monitor, review and ensure that the Education programme in the country is achieving agreed impact measures, and monitoring, evaluation and learning and reporting is in place against Cultural Engagement’s Strategy 2025 and FCDO key performance indicators.
•    Share key internal and external issues, including risks and insight with the regional Higher Education Head and work to resolve challenges quickly and at the right level.
•    Provide regular reports on the performance of the portfolio at business reviews and other points as required by region and the SBU.

Business Development
•    Supports the development and management of relationships with strategic clients and partners.
•    Applies due diligence requirements to potential partners.
•    Coordinates research in country/regional context such as analysis of client and partner trends and opportunities.
•    Manages network of associate advisors, consultants and partners.
•    Embeds effective processes, standards and tools to support pipeline and consultant and partner relationship management.
•    Manages or supports the development of high-quality bids/ proposals.
•    Participates in contract negotiations with partners and clients, and prepares agreements such as non-disclosure, pre-bid, contract and partner and consultant agreements.
•    Ensures timely reporting and communication on externally funded contracts/grant funded initiatives.
•    Participates in programme and project reviews and closure activities, helping to ensure learning is embedded in the development of new business.

Strategy & planning
•    Where needed further focus and refine the country Higher Education portfolio in line with regional/global HE programmes.
•    Implementation of appropriate and effective Programme Based Planning (PBP)

Leadership & people management
•    Ensure the team works across and with Cultural Engagement colleagues in the region and with the Education team in the UK/globally collaboratively and effectively.  Ensure a spirit of sharing/learning and working collaboratively whether at a country level or as part of the wider regional Cultural     Engagement team.
•    This role will have direct line management duties.  Leadership and people management skills will therefore be a mix of line management, matrix working and influencing.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
•    To actively contribute to an inclusive and anti-racist organisational culture, being aware of your own biases, and taking action to mitigate against these.  Ensuring people feel valued and are treated equitably, with support for people’s well-being and mental health.
•    Understand the British Council’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion and how it applies to your role, and make time for learning and development relating to EDI and anti-racism.

Role Specific Knowledge and Experience

•    Knowledge of the UK Higher Education sector
•    Ability to demonstrate understanding of trends in Higher Education in the Netherlands and relate them to British Council’s strategic priorities in the region
•    Demonstrate an understanding of trends in Youth & Skills and Schools work also
•    Understanding importance of working with and through other key stakeholders
•    Strong commitment to our organisational values, well-being, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Anti-Racism as demonstrated through behaviours and experience in the workplace

Must be able to work legally in the Netherlands.

The British Council works with a wide range of external partners and stakeholders in the Netherlands.  Furthermore, our systems and global processes operate in English. Therefore, written and verbal proficiency in English and Dutch (to a C1 level) is required.

Pay band: F (Grade 7)

Location: Netherlands

Department: Projects and Programmes

Contract type: Indefinite

Salary: Euro 3.742 gross per month

Closing Date:  31 July 2022 applications will close 23:59 Central European Time (CET)

Interviews will take place week commencing 15 August 2022

For futher information please contact Jennifer Cosgrave, Country Director Netherlands –

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

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



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