Appointment details

UK Collaborative on Development Sciences

Job Title: Executive Chair

Job Reference: LXGV

Closing Date: Wednesday 27 Sep 2017

c. £70,000 plus excellent benefits


The UK is one of the most innovative and productive research countries in the world, with world class research institutions that use their knowledge to partner with other scientists to address complex global challenges.  UKCDS is a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders with interests in international development.  The Secretariat brings this group together with researchers and other key organisations to share knowledge and promote opportunities for collaboration, improving the effectiveness of UK investment in the science of development. This ensures the best science is funded and used to benefit both international development and the UK.  UKCDS recognises the contribution of research across the full range of disciplines, and its work extends beyond the sciences; in recognition of this, it will shortly be renamed the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR).

The UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) is seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic person to lead its secretariat and to oversee the delivery of priority work areas.   This highly autonomous role leads a small but highly effective secretariat team, and acts as Executive Chair of the UKCDS SRO Group. The Executive Chair is responsible for identifying opportunities and added value, driving forward collaborative research agendas, and ensuring active engagement of all key stakeholders.  The Executive Chair also leads UKCDS in its role as Secretariat to the new Strategic Coordination of Official Development Assistance Funded Research (SCOR) Board, a cross-government board building high-level coherence across all significant Government ODA-funded science and research. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong track record in fostering and facilitating collaboration through the successful delivery of multi-disciplinary and/or multi-organisational initiatives.  Experience of the organisation and management of research-based activities, and knowledge of the contribution of scientific evidence to policies and practices that impact on international development outcomes are required. An ability to network effectively and to communicate the unique value of the UKCDS approach to the wide range of players including UKCDS members, academia, the private sector, civil society and government is essential.

For more information, including how to apply, please contact Saxton Bampfylde Ltd, our employment agency advisor, at using reference LXGV, email or telephone +44 (0) 20 7227 0890 (during office hours).  Applications close at noon on Thursday 27 September 2017.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age or gender. 


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