Project Coordinator

SOAS, University of London - Development Studies, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences

About SOAS and the Project

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and is celebrating its Centenary in 2016.

The EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa)’s Research and Evidence Facility (EUTF-REF) is a €4 million project being implemented by a consortium led by SOAS, with partners the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford and Sahan Research Ltd based in Nairobi, Kenya. The EUTF-REF is carrying out research on migration and conflict in the Horn of Africa, through several different research projects. Research is based in the Horn of Africa, while project management is overseen at SOAS with support from the operational hub in Nairobi.

The role and its responsibilities

As a Project Coordinator, your role will be to provide central administrative support to the project and assist both the Research and Enterprise Office at SOAS and the EUTF REF Team Leader in the coordination of large grant research projects. You will be expected to manage the project budget, book travel and organise events, set up and maintain mechanisms for effective communication (linking closely with the project's Communications Officer), work flows and record keeping. You’ll also liaise with the project staff, partners, the Research and Enterprise Office, the Finance Office, the Procurement Team, the Human Resources Department at SOAS, funders and external collaborators. Occasional national and international travel may be required.

The post is part time (0.5FTE/17.5 hours per week) and fixed-term until 17 November 2018. The pro rata salary at 50%FTE is £14,125.50 - £17,014.50 per annum.

Skills and experience

You should be educated to degree level or equivalent, and have experience managing large grant projects and budgets. As a strong communicator you will be able to work positively and effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Experience of working in the Horn of Africa context and/or in a communications/media role would be beneficial, but is not essential.

Further information

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and School closure days, pro rata for part time staff.
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution.
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket loan, IT equipment loan.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial childcare support.

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit

Closing date: 15 December 2016

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

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing 09 January 2017.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

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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