Call for Applicants:
British Council’s Social Enterprise Consultant Programme
Are you passionate about using your business skills to make a positive change to your community?
Do you have the commitment to work to identify sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing challenges that communities face across Myanmar?
If you have answered yes to both questions, then the British Council’s Social Enterprise Consultant programme might be for you.
The British Council along with its partner Challenges Worldwide is looking to recruit a group of emerging business leaders to participate in an innovative educational and professional development programme in Myanmar.
Benefits of participating in the programme:
- Participate in a tailored business consultant blended learning programme following an internationally recognised Chartered Management Institute (UK) training programme.
- The opportunity to take an internationally recognised business consultancy qualification. The Certificate in Consulting Essentials (dependent on progress)
- ‘On the job’ training with opportunities to provide consultancy support to a wide range of impactful organisations in Myanmar, including Social Enterprises, NGO’s and businesses.
- Instruction and mentoring from experienced international business consultants.
- An individually tailored learning programme designed to fit in with your current work commitments.
What we expect:
- Passion and commitment to delivering sustainable solutions to pressing social issues.
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. (A business related degree is not necessary to apply for the programme)
- At least one year’s experience of work in a business or NGO.
- Intermediate level English language skills (all short listed applicants will be tested before interview)
- Availability and flexibility between April and August 2016. We expect the programme to take up between two and three days each week.Classroom based training will take place on weekends and consultancy practice will be arranged to suit the client’s needs. On average at least one work day each week will need to be devoted to the programme. If you are in employment, then you will need the approval of you manager to participate in the programme.
We strongly encourage applications from people already in employment and will draw up an individual learning plan for each candidate at the beginning of the programme to ensure that work and study commitments can be balanced. We suggest that you discuss this opportunity with your employer before applying.
If you are interested in applying to be part of the programme, please complete the application form and send to the British Council by Monday 15 February 2016. Download the application form here
Please send completed application forms to KhineThiha.Phoo@mm.britishcouncil.org with ‘Social Enterprise Consultant Application’ in the title.
Submitting your application – Between 25 January and 15 February 2016
English Language test – Between 15 and 26 February 2016
Personal Interview – Between 14 and 18 March 2016 (short listed candidates only)
Selected candidates will be informed by the end of March and the course starts in the last week of April 2016.
About the British Council’s Skills for Social Entrepreneurs programme
Skills for Social Entrepreneurs (SfSE) is a global programme operated by the British Council and its partners. It supports organisations known as social enterprises which employ business approaches to meet social and environmental needs and make a positive impact in their communities.
SfSE provides aspiring and practising social entrepreneurs, NGO practitioners, community leaders, development workers and young people with skills training and professional mentoring to help build successful social enterprises. It also provide access to UK expertise, global peer networks and funding opportunities.
About Challenges World Wide
Challenges Worldwide is a pioneering not for profit social enterprise and charity. Our core purpose is to help alleviate poverty in low and middle income countries by supporting entrepreneurs and enterprises to strengthen their skills and abilities. We believe that by helping businesses develop we support economic growth and social outcomes that have a lasting positive impact on communities.
What Social Enterprise Consultants say about SfSE
Myo Than Tun
As I have always been interested in the social development programmes and when I learnt that the ‘social enterprises’ offer social solutions using business models I decided to join this programme. I had recently had an opportunity to visit and learn about the successful Social Enterprises in UK. When I witnessed their impact on the society, the culture and environment and especially on the youth, I gain more interest in the social enterprises. In the transition period of a developing country like Myanmar I believe that the social enterprises be provide support in many ways. Therefore I will try my best to provide better consultancy to the social enterprises. I would also encourage to those who are interested to join this programme and contribute to the positive changes in Myanmar.