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Newton – Katip Çelebi Fund Project Coordinator 1917 views

Role purpose
To provide project management support to ensure the successful delivery of the British Council strands of the  Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund Programme
About us
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Geopolitical/SBU/Function overview
Turkey is one of the fastest growing, dynamic economies in the world. It is also playing an increasingly critical role in East/West relations. As such it is one of the UK’s priority countries for international engagement and therefore one of the British Council’s priority countries worldwide. This commitment was underlined by the UK Prime Minister’s visit in January 2017. The UK sees engagement with Turkey as critical to its prosperity and security agendas, and demonstrating the UK’s support for Turkey’s accession to the EU is an important aspect of this engagement.

Turkey is an emerging economic power, NATO member, EU candidate country and an influential global player in east-west relations facing multiple regional and domestic challenges, currently hosting over three million refugees from the conflict in Syria. Working at scale to influence next generation choices in Turkey, as well as working with Syrian refugees, will be paramount and critical to our success as a region.

In line with our regional business plan for Wider Europe we aim to diversify our client and partnership base. Ensuring the right funding mix for Turkey is crucial to our sustainability. In order to do this, we need to build strong relationships with potential partners and stakeholders, develop good market intelligence and deliver activity that makes us attractive, relevant and interesting to stakeholders. We also need to deliver contract and partnership programmes on behalf of clients to a high standard to ensure we continue to grow our reputation as a trusted partner in Turkey.

The British Council in Turkey operates as part of the Wider Europe (WE) region which includes 15 diverse non-EU European countries, such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund Programme

In December 2013 the UK Government announced the establishment of a new £375 million five-year Emerging Powers Research and Innovation Fund, to promote scientific capacity building in emerging economies on a match-funding basis. Currently planned to last until March 2021, the Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and its primary purpose is to use science and innovation to promote the economic development and welfare of partner countries. Turkey has been included within the list of countries to benefit from the Fund and match funding is provided by TÜBİTAK and other institutions.

The Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills (BEIS) which manages the fund for the UK government, has appointed the British Council as one of the main delivery partners for the Fund. In Turkey the British Council offers has been focusing on the following strands:

·         Institutional Links – higher value awards to stimulate partnerships at the group, department or institutional level

·         Professional Development and Engagement (including skills training for researchers, support for research governance and management, and community engagement in research)

·         Researcher Links – Workshops and Travel Grants

·         Partnerships for Research Environments

·         Technical Training and Employability for the research and innovation sector.

·         PhD Scholarships Programme

The British Council Newton Team consists of a central Programme Management Team (based in the UK) and country officers based in each of the Newton Fund countries.

Main opportunities/challenges for this role
  • The role will require flexibility from time to time and to work whilst under pressure
  • Understanding and patience in dealing with a range of senior stakeholders both national and international
  • The opportunity to interact and  engage with varied stakeholders many who are leaders or aspiring leaders in their fields
Main Accountabilities
Operational Delivery


  • Take responsibility over the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Newton Fund programmes in Turkey by:

o    Managing the financial country envelopes for each financial year according to the latest grant agreement with BEIS

o    Managing the disbursement of grants with total reliability

o    Effective budget planning

o    Contributing to programme reports and reviews as required by the British Council Central Newton Team in the UK

o    Generating financial management information reports and provide commentary on spending of budget according to forecasts

o    Coordinating the planning, implementation and monitoring of project calls from the initiation to the contracting stage

o    Ensuring guidance notes of project calls are tailored reflecting country specifications

o    Providing guidance to Newton applicants and grantees with regard to programme guidelines

o    Collecting and process grant holders’ financial and narrative reports in a timely manner

o    Increasing scale and quality of impact and awareness around the programme

o    Monitoring and evaluating the projects and their outcomes to generate success stories for publication in external publications, newsletters, social media etc.

  • Ensure three way effective communication with British Council Newton Central Team, The Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills country representative  and TUBITAK and other partners
  • Be the first point of contact for inquiries British Council led Newton programmes as well as other delivery partners’ programmes where necessary, liaising with relevant colleagues
  • Work with Head of Science and Innovation and Marketing and Communications team to publicize opportunities available under Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund and to disseminate  the fund’s achievements
  • Support the MOU(Memorandum of Understanding)/operational alliance agreement processes
  • Provide support to maximize opportunities for leveraging  national co-funding for the programmes
  • Coordinate inward/outward delegation visits/info days/meetings between UK and Turkey in relation to Newton Fund and broader science partnerships
  • Ensure safeguarding and guidelines are applied in line with standards and policy for the following areas:

o    Child protection

o    Equality Diversity and Inclusion

o    Health and safety

o    Environmental Framework

Key Relationships

·         Head of Science and Innovation

·         Projects Managers in British Council Newton Central Team in the UK

·         Director of Education and Society

·         Regional Director Education

·         Marketing and Communications Team Turkey

·         British Council offices in other Newton countries

·         Other HE / science related teams, including project delivery teams in Turkey



·         Newton Programme Manager, British Embassy

·         Newton Fund Programme Coordinator, British Embassy

·         Science Innovation Network Officer, British Consulate

·         TÜBİTAK

·         Turkish Ministry of Science Industry and Technology

·         Other UK Newton Delivery partners (Research Councils UK, Academies etc. where relevant)

·         Science and innovation stakeholders in Turkey

·         Higher Education institutions in Turkey and the UK

·         Science / education media in Turkey

·         Relevant corporates

Closing date for applications – 20 June 2018 Wednesday 23:59 


  • The position will be based in Ankara
  • This is a fixed term position for 2 years
  • The post is open to the citizens of Republic of Turkey or residents who hold the necessary work and residence permits.


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.
We work to ensure that people are not unjustifiably discriminated against on the basis of
age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion or belief, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant grounds.

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The British Council believes that all children have potential and that every child matters – everywhere in the world. 
The British Council affirms the position that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC 1989

More Information

  • Sector EU Experts / Project Team
  • Level Employee
  • Position Project Coordinator
  • Highest Degree University
  • Experience 1-3
  • Language Level English (C1, Level 5, Upper Intermediate)
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