Communications Officer

SOAS University of London - Department of Anthropology and Sociology (ANT)

Part time (17.5 hours per week – 0.5 FTE)

This post is fixed-term until September 2020

The Role and its Responsibilities

Are you fascinated by politics? Would you like to join a new project that bridges the arts and academia to deepen our understandings of democracy? This role is an exciting opportunity to help to develop and implement communications strategies that promote the effectiveness, profile and reputation of the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People (GRNPP). Working as a key part of a small team the role holder will be responsible for implementing all aspects of communications and public engagement as well as supporting capacity strengthening by project partners in Ethiopia and Myanmar.

Skills and experience

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience of working in a University or research-intensive environment, and will have a demonstrable ability to effectively deliver and promote events, publications and articles across a range of media. He/she must be able to build good working relationships with a wide range of partners across the Network, meet deadlines under pressure and balance competing workload demands.

Further information

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Richard Axelby,

Competitive benefits package

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

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

About the Global Research Network on Parliaments and People

The successful candidate will be part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research network (Global Research Network on Parliaments and People) and programme, ‘Deepening Democracy, AH/R005435/1, at SOAS University of London. The partner institutions include the Leeds University, Hansard Society (London), Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Enlightened Myanmar Research Foundation (Yangon) and Forum for Social Studies (Addis Ababa). This three year programme began on 1st October 2017 and will focus on researching, training and grant-making in Myanmar and Ethiopia and neighbouring politically fragile states.

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

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 16th April 2018

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

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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