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Events and Communications Officer

Are you a highly skilled administrator who has substantial experience co-ordinating meetings and events? Are you skilled at communicating new ideas and a range of research outputs to a diverse audience? Do you want to help develop and support a major international collaboration between UK and African institutions and make a real difference? 

Global Challenges Research Fund, GCRF African-SWIFT and GCRF-AFRICAP represent a total of £18m investment into research funded by UK Research and Innovation that seek to develop a growth in research capability and capacity in African countries within the remit of development challenges, namely African weather forecasting and climate smart agriculture. The two flagship programmes are expected to enhance the livelihoods of African populations and improve the economies of their countries.

You will deliver key events and communication functions to the programmes and will support and promote the work of researchers in partner organisations across the UK, Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. You will contribute to financial and administrative management, and will develop and maintain collaborative research partners. You will lead on developing and implementing the project’s strategy for internal and external communications, including the management of web pages, social media channels, preparation of newsletters and briefings, and special communications with external partners and the media. 

In addition to substantial administrative experience, you will also have experience in a wide range of activities, methodologies and practices in the area of communications, events and public engagement. You will have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise workloads and to meet tight deadlines.

You will work across two teams based at the headquarters of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the School of Earth and Environment. You will work alongside a large team of colleagues involved in the delivery of a diverse range of business and organisational activities.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Mr Steve Besford, Programme Executive Officer GCRF-AFRICAP

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6965; email: S.P.Besford@leeds.ac.uk  


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,511 to £32,817 p.a.
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 December 2021 due to external funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 07 January 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 January 2020
Interview Date:  Thursday 06 February 2020
Reference:  ENVEE1377
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  
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