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Policy Officer (East Asia and Americas)

Universities UK – Policy and Global Engagement Team

This role sits within our Policy and Global Engagement Team which leads our international policy work across a wide range of areas including Global Research & Innovation, International Mobility, and Transnational Education (TNE). Alongside this, our global engagement work also helps ensure UK universities have access to key stakeholders in partner countries from around the world. The team also collaborates closely with colleagues in the Partnerships and External affairs team to create impactful research, insights, publications and events.

The Policy Officer (East Asia and Americas) role acts as our principal policy expert for the East Asia and Americas region. This exciting role will offer the chance to work with international stakeholders, government officials and policymakers, and the opportunity to develop your regional expertise and use this to support the international ambitions of our members.

You will be responsible for providing high-quality information, advice and guidance, developing and maintaining strong relationships with the higher education sector and working with policy makers both in the UK, East Asia and the Americas. You will work collaboratively across the full range of UUKi’s core priority areas.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Post title: Policy Officer (East Asia and Americas)

Responsible to: Head of Global Mobility

Main Responsibilities

Working with the Heads of Policy and the Deputy Director for Policy & Global Engagement, you will: 

  • Research policy developments and opportunities for UK universities as they relate to: international student recruitment and mobility, transnational education and partnerships, and research collaboration. 
  • Inform the prioritisation and development of projects and programmes of work in the regions which help meet UUKi’s strategic objectives. 
  • Provide clear, high-quality advice in writing and in person to a range of stakeholders, including, but not limited to, the UUKi Director and Deputy Directors, UUKi members, funders, and government. 
  • Prepare briefing papers, presentations and speeches for the Director and other senior staff and stakeholders. 
  • Work closely with external stakeholders and policy influencers both in the UK and in the region, including officials in UK and overseas governments and UK and overseas higher education sectors, to influence policy developments for the benefit of the UK sector. 
  • Represent UUKi at internal and external meetings and deliver presentations. 
  • Manage networks of higher educational professionals engaged with the region. This currently includes delivering the secretariat for UUKi’s Latin America Network, as part of which you will organise twice-yearly meetings, and co-delivering the secretariat for the Asia Network. 
  • Organise outbound international delegations of high-level UK stakeholders and prepare senior colleagues to host incoming delegations. This may include support to UK Government colleagues managing VIP visits and other high-level activities. 
  • Write engaging copy for UUKi’s public communication platforms, including website and newsletters, and work with UUKi’s Communications team to ensure that work is effectively communicated to stakeholders through the appropriate media. 
  • Support the delivery of externally funded projects and activities, including supporting monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements to external funders and stakeholders. 
  • Work within UUKi established financial procedures and agreed budget as directed by the relevant Deputy Director(s). 
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with policy leads in other UK and overseas organisations, consult as appropriate to inform UUKi policy positions. 
  • Undertake other duties that may be required from time to time by the Director or senior staff of UUKi.

Skills and experience

Essential:

  • A degree, or equivalent qualification or experience.
  • Demonstrable ability to plan and manage own time and to effectively manage multiple projects and activities concurrently.
  • Ability to produce clear, accurate and engaging information, advice, and guidance in a range of formats (e.g., publications, reports, blogs, webinars).
  • Ability to understand and analyse complex information, identify key policy messages, and provide clear, succinct advice to senior stakeholders.
  • This post will require some travel, including overnight stays – a willingness to travel is required.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, equality, diversity and inclusion as set out in UUK’s Equal Opportunity policy.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in an organisation related to higher education and higher education policy or programmes relevant to East Asia or the Americas.
  • Understanding and experience of project and programme management principles.
  • An understanding of internationalisation of higher education, especially UK priorities as set out in the UK Government’s International Education Strategy and Integrated Review.
  • Language skills, cultural experience or an interest in the regions associated with the role responsibilities.

Person specification

In the Policy Officer (East Asia and Americas) role, you will act as our principal policy expert for the East Asia and Americas region. This exciting role will offer the chance to work with senior government officials and policymakers, and the opportunity to develop your regional expertise and use this to support the international ambitions of our members.

With a university degree, you will be a motivated, independent worker with a keen interest in higher education and the international dimensions of education and research policy.

You will be responsible for providing high-quality information, advice and guidance, developing and maintaining strong relationships with the higher education sector and working with policy makers in the UK, East Asia and Americas. You will work collaboratively across the full range of UUKi’s core priorities, with a particular emphasis on supporting our work on global mobility.

Location: London
Salary: £32,406 to £36,007 (dependant on experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2024
Closes: 28th February 2024
Job Ref: UUK00824
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