Academic Manager/Director of Studies


The Higher Institute of English was established as a legal entity by degree in February 2016. The Institute has been given the mission to develop and deliver high quality, initial and in-service, English language training programmes designed to meet the needs of government departments and agencies, local organisations and commercial and social entities.

The Institute is required to make its contribution to enable the country to access the world economy and the global cultures.

In particular, the Institute was given three key objectives:

  • To implement and to deliver initial and in-service English language training for students and trainees;
  • To implement and to deliver initial and advanced English language training to meet the needs of government departments and agencies, local organisations and commercial and social entities; and
  • To devise and deliver skill-enhancing programmes and in-service continuing professional development for English language teachers in the national education system.

The Institute started delivering courses to trainee air traffic controllers (ATC) in the summer of 2016 at the ATC training centre. In October 2016, the full-time, Licence degree course started in the Institute’s new, purpose-built accommodation. Since then, the Institute has also provided a range of part-time courses.

The Director of Studies is the principal education member of staff within the Institute; i.e. the Academic Manager.

Roles & Responsibilities

Post: Director of Studies

Line manager: Commandant
Line manager of: Heads of Department, Coordinators, Teachers

Aim: The Director of Studies plans and implements the delivery of teaching, learning, teacher training and research by the Institute to meet the objectives of the founding decree as prioritised by the Commandant.

Responsibilities: The Director of Studies is responsible for:

a) Producing the draft annual Development Plan for review by the Academic Board and for approval by the Commandant;
b) Providing timely information to the Commandant for the preparation of the annual budget;
c) Delivering the performance targets set out in the annual Development Plan approved by the Commandant;
d) Preparing the educational papers for, and presenting these papers to, the Commandant;
e) Preparing the matters for deliberation by the Academic Board and providing the secretariat to the Academic Board;
f) Monitoring the needs analysis process in respect of initial and inservice courses and the related curriculum development;
g) Forecasting the teaching staff needs of the Institute and communicating these needs to the Commandant;
h) Planning the resources required to deliver the Institute’s courses and submitting resource requests to the Commandant;
i) Timetabling teachers and student groups;
j) Assessing teacher performance and arranging remedial support;
k) Assessing student performance and arranging remedial support;
l) Submitting reports to the Commandant on the matters for which the Director of Studies is responsible, for discussion on a weekly basis;
m) Conducting weekly meetings of the Senior Education Team (Director of Studies, Heads of Department, Coordinators);
n) Providing weekly updates to the staff for which the Director of Studies is responsible.

Outline Terms & Conditions for the Director of Studies on Initial Appointment and subsequently

Period of Appointment

The Institute would like to appoint teachers with a long term commitment to working in Mauritania. However, as teachers are unlikely to have prior experience of living and working in Nouakchott, teachers are appointed initially for a fixed term period. At the end of that period, the Institute will decide whether or not to offer a long term contract and the teacher will decide whether or not to accept the offer, if made. In the case of the Director of Studies post, the period is four months.

This note sets out the main terms and conditions that apply to the four month period, along with the longer term arrangements.


For the four month period, the salary is £4,500 per month. This is the net amount paid after deductions made for Mauritanian income tax.

Following the initial period, there is a three point annual salary scale of £55,000, £57,500 and £60,000 for the first three years respectively.

The salary will be paid monthly on the 25th of each month or on the following bank working day if the 25th falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

Payments are made in pounds sterling. The teacher's bank account must be capable of receiving bank transfers from a UK bank.

Teachers may request the Institute to make a part payment to them of their salary in local currency; i.e. Ouguiyas. In such cases, the amount paid in pounds sterling will be reduced accordingly.

Bonus Scheme

Subject to satisfactory, evaluated performance, teachers will be eligible for an annual retention bonus if they renew their annual contract. They will receive a bonus equal to 5% of their salary for the previous year at the end of their first month of their next year.


Accommodation charges are the responsibility of teachers and so teachers employed by the Institute enter into their own rental agreements with
local landlords.

As this is not practical for a four month contract, the Institute will provide accommodation, most likely in an apartment in which the teacher will be the sole occupant. As a consequence, the Institute will make a monthly deduction in salary of £350 to cover the rental of the apartment, electricity, water and an internet connection.

At the end of a successful four month period, the Director of Studies becomes responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.


One return air ticket at actual cost up to the equivalent of a London to Nouakchott return flight will be reimbursed. However, when the Director of Studies goes to Nouakchott for the initial four month period, it is recommended that they purchase a single ticket unless they can find an open return which would be more economic over the longer term.

The annual allowance is two return air tickets per year at actual cost up to the equivalent of London to Nouakchott return flights.

Annual Leave

Teachers have nine weeks leave plus the national and religious holidays on which the Institute is closed. Foreign teachers are not required to work on Christmas day. Leave entitlement is not transferrable from one year to the next nor may payment be claimed for leave that is not taken.


The Mauritanian authorities will be responsible for the safety of the teachers during their stay in Mauritania.

Health Insurance

Teachers are advised to take out their own health insurance cover, including medical repatriation.


Teachers will be provided with transport between their accommodation and the Institute.


The Institute is responsible for the cost of visas. However, teachers must bring 55 Euros in cash in order to purchase a visa on entry to Mauritania at Nouakchott airport. Teachers are reimbursed for the visa fee.

The Institute is also responsible for arranging residency and a work permit once the teacher is in post. There are no exit visas.

Working Hours

The Director of Studies will have a working week of 38 hours over up to 6 days, of which up to 6 hours are teaching time.