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BRECcIA International Stakeholder Coordinator

Environmental Change & Sustainability

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/12/2021
Closing Date:  Monday 11 November 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1189919WR

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund is ‘one of the most ambitious international research programmes created; with £225 Million being invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects’ to address a range of world problems.  The University of Southampton’s project: ‘Building REsearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA) is proud to be part of this innovative research cohort. BRECcIA comprises 6 Universities located in 4 countries, and partnerships with 8 international organisations

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced communications expert to play an integral role in the delivery of the project outputs.

The University of Southampton seeks an International Stakeholder Coordinator with experience in the areas of networking, communication strategies, online and digital products, social media campaigns, event organisation and international development/NGO experience for a two-year position. You will be part of the BRECcIA project team (partners based in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana and the UK) working with project partners from different disciplinary backgrounds. This role specifically works alongside colleagues in the UNESCO International Hydrology Programme (IHP), which is the intergovernmental programme of the United Nations system devoted to water research and management.

We seek candidates with excellent communications skills through a variety of different media to coordinate the project engagement with national, regional and international stakeholders. You will work with a team of National Stakeholder Coordinators to understand the opportunities for impact across scales from local to regional, and the types and format of engagement and communication needed to translate scientific results into relevant targeted outputs.  This understanding will be used to engage a range of stakeholders (from local communities to national and international decision makers) for improved food and water security across sub-Saharan Africa. Previous experience of working on international development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, and a knowledge of water and food security challenges, are both desirable, but not required.

You will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of researchers and students at Southampton, and liaise with African scientists, students and stakeholders to develop outputs, engagement activities, teaching and training materials. There will be opportunities to travel to Africa to coordinate and participate in project meetings and workshops, and to develop knowledge and professional skills in: trans-, multi- and interdisciplinary research projects; collaborative and partnership working; policy-influence; and international development issues. 

The University of Southampton is a world-renowned Russell Group University with a global reputation for academic excellence, we offer a stimulating, challenging and dynamic working environment for all our staff.  You will work in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, a leading international centre for geographical research.

If you would like any more details on the role, please contact Jonathan Lawn on 02380 592849.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1189919WR on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Geography and Environmental Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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