Engaging policy audiences

Policy Engagement and Research Uptake Coordinator: SOAS – Deadline 19 January

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Policy Engagement and Research Uptake Coordinator
SOAS University of London – Department of Development Studies

Deadline: Sunday, 19 January, 2020, 23:59 UK time
Interviews: February 2020
Location: London, UK
Term: Fixed Term until December 2021, Part Time (21 hours per week – 0.6 FTE)
Salary: £37,297 to £43,823 Grade 7 (pro rata) per annum inclusive of London Allowance

This post offers an exciting opportunity to lead on the policy engagement activity for the GCRF project: Drugs & (dis)order: Building sustainable peacetime economies in the aftermath of war.

The project aims to provide innovative and robust evidence on the effects of drugs and other illicit economies on conflict and transitions to peace in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Myanmar. We are looking for a dynamic and creative policy engagement and communications practitioner to maximise the project’s reach and promote its outputs and findings among key stakeholder groups. The post-holder will work closely with the research team and the communications coordinator to support project communications and lead on engagement activity through event management, output development, media relations, and training.

Skills and experience

The post holder will have:

  • Proven experience of communicating research/complex data within a university, NGO, donor/funder or other similar organisation
  • Practical communications and editorial skills
  • Experience organising stakeholder engagement activities and events
  • An understanding of research uptake and how to translate and communicate research findings to different audiences – particularly in relation to policy transfer
  • Experience of providing training in communications, media and/or research uptake practices
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Jay Kubler, jk88@soas.ac.uk or +44 20 7898 4718

About the Department of Development Studies

The Department of Development Studies is a world-leading research-led department. Our academics and research students work across a wide spectrum of development-related issues that are centrally important to the greatest challenges facing our planet. They include poverty, inequality, income-generation, agrarian relations, neoliberalism, globalisation, migration, conflict, and environmental sustainability. Our research combines a critical approach to the major development issues and themes of today, with an in-depth expert knowledge of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Our research is recognised globally for its challenge to development orthodoxies, innovative methods, contribution to cutting-edge theory and debate, and relevance to policy-makers and those planning and managing interventions.

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please complete the short online application form and submit your CV and Personal Statement. Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Closing date:   Sunday, 19 January 2020

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in February 2020

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact hr-recruitment@soas.ac.uk.

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

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