*Closing soon, Swindon* BBSRC, Research & Policy Officer, £27.7k, clos 21 May 2013 #scicommjobs

Note that “A first or upper second class degree in a science applicable to global challenges or natural disasters.”

The details below, from TopCareer jobs suggests that the job is in London. Possible… but as far as I’m aware the BBSRC office is in Polaris House, Swindon. UKCDS stands for UK Collaborative on Development Sciences, and is made up of 14 member organisations and seems to be run at the BBSRC. But perhaps it’s in London…

BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council)
Research and Policy Officer

Organisation Detail BBSRC – UKCDS
Reference Number IRC94610
Location London See on Map
Salary £27792
Date Posted 08 May 2013
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 May 2013
Interview Date 30 May 2013

Support the UKCDS Director and other Secretariat staff to provide research and policy advice to UKCDS members and key stakeholders, by providing verbal/written briefing on policy, science, funding and delivery issues concerning research which may impact on developing countries.

Develop and maintain mechanisms to keep abreast of science relevant to development from national and international perspectives.

Assist and where appropriate, lead the evaluation of information, data and reports for summary and preparation of papers for submission to the meetings of UKCDS Officials and Steering Board.

Research relevant information to support the development of UKCDS consultation responses and position/policy statements, including externally commissioned activities as appropriate.  Ensure that all activity is designed and conducted in a consistent and rigorous way.

Lead or assist with the co-ordination of relations and the communication of information with external bodies such as Government Departments and agencies, higher education organisations, relevant private sector organisations and other charities, including representing UKCDS at meetings and conferences.

Assist with UKCDS efforts to improve the use of science in predicting and preparing for humanitarian emergencies and disasters, in particular:

Provide Secretariat support to the Risk and Horizon Scanning Expert Group (RHEG)

Provide support for and act as deputy to the Head of the Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters Secretariat. This will include providing cover to ensure that there is Secretariat support available to the Humanitarian Emergency Expert Group (HEEG) during an international emergency. On occasion, this may involve out of hours working.

Support the UKCDS Disaster Research Group, convening quarterly meetings, engaging with and contributing to relevant agendas and delivering against strategic objectives.

Provide support to the UKCDS Communications Manager by contributing to the production of update information for the UKCDS web site and other communications for PR/media purposes and leading or assisting in the organisation of UKCDS meeting, events and conferences

Undertake any other duties that may be required from time to time.

The post holder will need to be cleared to SC (Secret) level, or be willing to undergo clearance to that level and only applications from UK Nationals will be considered.

Position and Person Specification
UKCDS is seeking an enthusiastic research and policy officer. We are at the start of a new five-year plan and the successful applicant will have the exciting responsibility of helping to develop and deliver our five year strategy.

Your work will help to influence policy and build science capacity both in the UK and developing countries.  You will research and manage projects working with all our key funders and the scientific community to co-ordinate resources and research in fields from medicine and social sciences to agriculture and environmental science.  You’ll also report back to the UKCDS Board with a clear analysis of project status and progress and contribute to our publications with clear, succinct pieces for the annual report, website and other publications.

We are looking for someone who will fit into our small, friendly and dynamic team to help deliver our overall vision of maximising the impact of UK research investments on international development outcomes. You will also contribute to the UKCDS efforts to implement the findings from the Government Office for Science report on the Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters (the SHED report).This will include supporting UK Government committees to ensure the best scientific advice is available concerning international disasters and emergencies.

The role is core to our success and offers an excellent opportunity for someone to use and develop their skills in an exciting science policy environment.

The successful candidate in this role will have, at minimum, a first degree, preferably in science or social science, and ideally be experienced in multidisciplinary working; equally though, you’ll need strong interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates will ideally have experience or knowledge of the science used in humanitarian emergencies and disasters though those demonstrating a strong understanding of the contribution of science to society, specifically in relation to international development, and of the relationship between research and policy will also be considered. IT skills and organisational abilities are, however, essential as are the drive and discipline to meet tight deadlines without supervision. 

Because you’ll be directly employed by BBSRC, you’ll enjoy an excellent benefits package including flexible hours and generous leave. The UKCDS office is based in the Wellcome Trust in London Euston, which has excellent on-site facilities, including a restaurant, café and gym.  

  • Essential

A first or upper second class degree in a science applicable to global challenges or natural disasters

     Ability to reason accurately and quickly, to learn quickly, to handle complex ideas

     Able to synthesise a range of material into clear, concise and interesting text

     Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Good interpersonal skills with a range of stakeholders

Good computer literacy in standard packages

Experience in a research,funding or policy position relevant to science and/or international development. E.g. Government, Research Council, NGO, Higher Education, Consultancy

The post holder will need to be cleared to SC (Secret) level, or be willing to undergo clearance to that level.  Only applications from UK Nationals will be considered

Able to work flexible hours to meet the demands of workload with possible weekend/ overnight during an international emergency

  • Desirable

A post graduate qualification or other relevant policy/science qualification, international development, disasters

Able to work across a range of sciences and multidisciplinary projects

Training in basic statistics

Able to manipulate and present complex data as info graphics or using multi media to communicate information

Extensive experience in a science policy position relevant to natural disasters and resilience.

Experience working with central Government, and an understanding of the mechanisms for science advice

Occasional UK travel and overnight absences.

Possible overseas travel to conferences/meetings e.g. 1 / 3 year

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