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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The British Council, Cairo

The Inspector's hat goes off to Sandy McManus for having unearthed this awful job offer. Advertised on, here it is - including spelling mistakes:

The British Council, Cairo is recruiting a Training co-ordinator to begin at the start of January. You will be responsible for developing the British Council’s in-house and external teacher training capacity, as well as for the training and development of newly qualified members of the teaching staff. Duties may include working on in-service distance DELTA and locally-run CELTA training courses. Applicants will need teacher training skills and should be an approved Local Tutor for DELTA.
This post offers the opportunity to work in a thriving teaching centre delivering a range of course types. Teachers are encouraged to develop their professional skills through the PMPD cycle, and the opportunities that Cairo as a regional training centre offers (including DELTA and Teacher Training). Cairo is a safe 24-hour city with restaurants, shopping and leisure facilities to suit all tastes.
The closing date for applications is 11 November. Further information online at or write to for an application form.

Egyptian authorities will only award a visa to British Council teachers who possess a UK passport. Egyptians do not need a visa in order to work in Cairo.
Preferred nationalities: Egypt, United Kingdom
Preferred qualifications: CELTA, Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, Trinity Cert. TESOL, Trinity certificate or equivalent TEFL qualification
Native English speaker/s only
Teaching experience: 4 years minimum
UK or Egyptian passport essential. English native speaker or equivalent ability.
TEFL certificate (CELTA or equivalent) plus a minimum of 4 years post-certificate teaching experience.
Experience of training teachers involved in a wide range of classes, levels and age groups is also essential. Local DELTA tutor status is desirable, as is a British educational background.

Salary is paid in two elements: £3600 per annum paid in Sterling, to a UK bank account. Plus a local salary paid in Egyptian Pounds on a variable scale according to qualifications and experience. The scale ranges from LE 69180 to 89352 per annum.
Additional allowance of LE 350 per month for extra responsibilities.
Air fares to and from the UK / Egypt are paid for you and accomapanying dependents. Generous baggage allowance, plus medical insurance for you and accompanying dependents.
35 days annual, plus another 5 days until further notice. Settling-in allowance plus time off for finding accommodation.
32 hours of Arabic language training is also provided free of charge.

As Sandy points out the local salary only actually amounts to a few hundred pounds a month, accommodation isn't included and more to the point the job description is less inviting than a couple of years in a Siberian salt mine. Now what was that expression.......... something like if you pay peanuts you get monkeys. Well if anyone accepts this "job?" they need their head examined.

Methinks this job will probably win next years TEFL Oscars for the worst TEFL job in 2007.


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