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24 January 2017

Senior Programme Manager, Tech for Social Impact (6 month role)

This opportunity is now closed.

We’re looking for a passionate and driven individual to take our programmes which harness technology for social good to the next level.

The British Council is a charity that brings people together from different cultures and countries and builds trust through opportunities in arts, education, science and English. Through our Creative Economy portfolio and other programmes, we explore the local and global dimensions of digital culture. We recognise the benefits that the internet and digital technology have brought to many and seek to find innovative ways to redress its uneven distribution and impact, particularly in the Global South. We always co-develop programmes in partnership with others. 

Sitting within our Creative Economy team, we’re looking for someone to join us as a Senior Programme Manager for 6 months to help us kick-start a long-term relationship with UK and international organisations that are using tech to power social change. To advise on relevant programmes which could support and internationalise UK talent and ideas and which will ultimately help build a more diverse and equitable digital world. We're particularly interested in supporting women and girls in the global south. 

If this is you, you’ll be responsible for developing the British Council’s role as broker for the field internationally, particularly in a development context; you’ll be an advocate, joining the dots between different players in the tech space and championing the connections with the creative and cultural industries. Additionally, you’ll work to further the British Council’s role as a policy shaper, promoting the recognition and support of tech for social good as a vector of British culture.

Drawing on research such as the World Bank’s Digital Dividends Report and our own findings, we are now developing a small number of pilot projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These include:

  • Developing the digital skills and confidence of cultural groups and artists (particularly the under-represented)

         -   supporting changemakers to use data and tech to increase their                        impact

         -   digital creative fellowships, mentoring and internships

         -   digital storytelling, communication and distribution

  • Challenge-based approaches which bring artists, technologists and activists together
  • Commissioning and analysing research into needs, gaps, opportunities
  • Advocacy and policy
  • Public showcase (eg exhibitions, online content) and communication raising awareness and engaging new audiences; locally, regionally and internationally
  • Building a global network of cultural organisations interested in diversifying digital culture

This is a really exciting opportunity to activate the British Council’s tech for social good portfolio; to explore how new digital processes and approaches can work in a development and cultural context; how they overlap and intersect with the creative industries; and to build bridges between the UK and the rest of the world.

We need someone with in-depth knowledge of the contemporary tech for good landscape, the ability to make critical judgements across different agendas, the experience to develop signficant partnerships and strategies and the enthusiasm to explore the ways these rapidly evolving approaches can play an on-going part in the British Council’s cultural relations mission.

You’ll have an excellent network of current contacts across the UK and a track record of delivering tech for good programmes at varying scales internationally. 

We are passionate about building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their background.

This is a 6 month full time position and an opportunity to work alongside strong creative teams. We will consider other working arrangements for the right candidate. You could be based in our London, Manchester or Cardiff offices - or there is an opportunity to home-work from anywhere in the UK using any of these offices as your notional home base.

Pro rata salary range is £32,424 min - £46,823 max, plus the London Market Allowance of £3,300 with a full package of benefits including generous pension, 32 days holiday etc.

Find full information about the role and how to apply here.

Deadline for applications has now passed.