Programme Executive Officer, GCRF-AFRICAP Programme

University of Leeds - School of Biology

Are you a strategic thinker with experience of managing and delivering complex multi-partner projects? Are you passionate about translating research and evidence into policies that can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Do you want a critical role at the heart of a consortium of world-leading institutions, working to deliver a flagship programme of research and capacity building?

As the Programme Executive Officer (PEO) for the Global Challenges Research Fund programme, Agricultural and Food-system Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy (GCRF AFRICAP), you will lead and oversee all aspects of the management and successful delivery of the programme. GCRF-AFRICAP is a £7.9 million programme funded by Research Councils UK to build research into policy capacity in the agriculture and food sectors in eastern and southern Africa by translating interdisciplinary research into evidence, evidence into policy and policy into practice through an innovative model of policy learning and experimentation.

Leading a central management team and overseeing the activities of researchers across the consortium and project partners in four African countries (Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia), you will be responsible for the delivery of the programme and its associated outputs. You will provide day-to-day leadership, risk management and decision authority whilst working closely with the Principal Investigator (PI) on overall programme strategy, intellectual leadership and external representation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute towards sustainable development in four countries and develop transferable lessons for donors, development practitioners and policymakers around the world. 

You will have excellent management, organisational and leadership skills proven in the delivery of complex, multi-partner projects and a passion for development. You will also have experience of working in African countries and with African partners, and a willingness to travel frequently.

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

Louise Heery, Head of Strategic Research Initiatives

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8799, email: 

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Biological Sciences

Working Time: 100%

Contract Type: Fixed Term (until 31 December 2021 - external funding)

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