Events and Communications Officer
The Events and Communications Officer will be responsible for coordinating both major and minor events at OPHI and supporting the Research Communications Officer to promote OPHI’s work and encourage further engagement. The post will suit a flexible candidate who enjoys a fast-paced environment and operates calmly under pressure.
The officer will work closely and collaboratively with a small, international team, including the Director, Director of Programmes and Operations, Research Communications Officer, and other staff and consultants. The candidate will lead logistics for several high-profile international events throughout the year, including an annual Summer School and side events at the UN, as well as in person and virtual meetings and workshops. A high degree of organization and diplomacy are both essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively with logistical partners in other countries and institutions. Under the direction of the Research Communications Officer, the candidate will support communication by engaging on social media, interfacing with researchers to finalise communication products, and otherwise bringing skills to bear on our varied menu of public activities across the year, in multiple languages if possible.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, relish a challenge, enjoy working in a fast-paced research centre, and be keen to collaborate with the rest of the OPHI administrative and research team. In turn, OPHI can offer a supportive, collegial, meaningful and international work environment as a part of the Oxford Department of International Development and the University of Oxford. The post is full-time, for one year in the first instance with expectations to extend (funding permitted). Some overseas travel for event management may be required. The post will be based at the Oxford Department of International Development, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UB Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.
The University of Oxford and the Department of International Development are Athena SWAN Bronze award holders in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. Applications are particularly welcome from black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in administration posts in Oxford.
Only applications received before 12 noon (UK Time) 14 May 2021 can be considered.
Reporting to the Director, Dr Sabina Alkire, the post holder will form a key part of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) team, working on the implementation of multidimensional measures proposed by OPHI. This team supports implementation in external institutions such as governments, international agencies and think tanks. The post holder will work closely with OPHI’s Director, Director of Outreach, and Outreach Programme Manager, as well as other team members. The Research Officer will structure, organise and respond to the needs of research users to adapt and adjust existing methodologies to their context so that OPHI methodologies generate policy impact.
The post holder will provide technical support to institutions and governments who are designing, estimating, documenting and using multidimensional measures to improve policy action, and organise online and onsite training. The support includes questionnaire design, using questions appropriate for multidimensional poverty measurement, as well as measurement design, computations (in stata and similar programmes) and policy analysis. As the work is diverse and fast-paced, the Research Officer must be organised and strategic with an interest in, and aptitude for, engaging policy-making processes as well as building capacity and supporting standards of excellence among colleagues in different places. The Research Officer will also have the opportunity to collaborate on empirical papers and documents on multidimensional poverty and engage in OPHI activities such as research workshops, presentations, seminars, and collaborative work.
The Research Officer should hold, or have submitted a PhD/DPhil in economics, international development, public policy or quantitative social sciences, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in using quantitative and policy skills. Successful candidates must also have expert proficiency in STATA (R or SPSS are optional), the ability to support and lead training activities, deliver public presentations (policy briefs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) in English plus one other language, and provide technical workshops on multidimensional poverty measurement.
Candidates should also have an ability to juggle multiple responsibilities reliably, an ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, a passion for translating research into action, and an interest in international poverty eradication. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, relish a challenge, enjoy working in a fast-paced research centre, and be keen to collaborate with the rest of the OPHI administrative and research team. The post is for one year in the first instance, requires overseas travel of up to 90 days a year (travel restrictions permitting), and is to start as soon as possible.
The post will be based at the Oxford Department of International Development, 2 South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UB
Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.
Only applications received before 12 noon (UK Time) 21 May 2021 can be considered.
This role is to provide prompt professional and proactive executive support to the Director of OPHI, Dr Sabina Alkire and project management of select projects with which she is involved. You will deliver a high level of direct support for the Director, proactively dealing with a wide range of matters, sometimes time sensitive, while demonstrating initiative and sound judgement.
You will carry responsibility for the effective day-to-day organisation of the Director’s business including managing her complex diary (across multiple time zones) and making or overseeing international travel arrangements including visa applications. You should have experience of providing professional executive support at a senior level including making complex international travel arrangements. The ability to proactively manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to deadlines is also essential. Please note as part of our recruitment processes applications internal to the University will be considered first. The University of Oxford and the Department of International Development are Athena SWAN Bronze award holders in recognition of its efforts to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality and create a better working environment for both men and women. We are eager to receive applications from a diverse pool of candidates. Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to fill in an application form and upload a supporting statement as part of your online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 2 June 2021.
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