Administration and Communications Officer

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment

Are you a highly skilled administrator who has substantial experience co-ordinating meetings and events? Are you skilled at communicating new ideas 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? 

The GCRF African-SWIFT project is a £7.8 million programme of research and capability building funded by Research Councils UK that seeks to develop sustainable African weather forecasting capability to enhance the livelihood of African populations and improve the economies of their countries. 

You will deliver key administrative and communication functions to the project and will support and promote the work of researchers in 16 partner organisations across the UK, Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. You will contribute to financial and personnel management, and will develop and maintain effective relationships with funders and 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, 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 and public engagement. You will have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise workloads and to meet tight deadlines.

You will join a vibrant and enthusiastic national operations team based at the headquarters of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and will work alongside 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: 

Dr Lorraine Youds, GCRF African SWIFT Programme Manager

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1587 or +44 (0)113 343 2346, email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

Working Time: 35 hours per week

Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years and 9 months due to external funding)

Interview Date: Tuesday 16 January 2018

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