University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Programme Officer (Minerva Global Security Programme)

United Kingdom

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Programme Officer (Minerva Global Security Programme)

Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

About the Blavatnik School of Government:

Our vision is of a world better led, a world better served and a world better governed. We are a global school committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, through three routes: teaching current and future leaders; generating research with impact; and engaging with governments and practitioners.

What we offer

The School is a collaborative, friendly, and dynamic department based in an award-winning building in Oxford. We host regular events and talks with well- known guest speakers – all of which are open to staff. On the social side, we have regular coffee/cake mornings for staff, a family-friendly Halloween event, and Christmas and summer parties.

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme

  • 38 days' annual leave

  • Family leave schemes and a comprehensive range of childcare services

  • Cycle loan scheme and discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

  • Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

  • Opportunities for remote working.

  • More information about working at the School can be found on our jobs page.

    About the role:

    The Blavatnik School of Government is looking to appoint a Project Officer to support the Global Security Programme: Contested Cross-border Spaces, Illicit Flows, and Order in the Contemporary World.

    This varied and challenging role offers an exciting opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary project team led by Programme Director, Dr Annette Idler.

    You will manage the day-to-day financial and administrative activities of the Minerva Global Security Programme in accordance with University and other relevant financial requirements. You will also contribute to the organisation of meetings, the management and implementation of logistical arrangements for fieldwork and other research activities and contribute to follow-up activities. You will use initiative to identify solutions to problems as well as providing excellent financial, administrative and communications support.

    About You:

    The successful candidate will hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent experience) along with experience in project administration, including confidence handling a variety of administrative (coordination of meetings, events and workshops) and funding-related tasks. You will have excellent numeracy skills and confidence in dealing with financial data. High levels of accuracy, attention to detail and effective communication and IT skills are also essential.

    The contract is fixed term until 31 August 2025 with the possibility for extension to August 2027

    Application process:

    You will be required to upload a supporting statement, your CV , and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

    Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place on Wednesday 6 March 2024.

    Further details for this position, including information on how to apply, are outlined in the job description.

    The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 26 February 2024.

    Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 170992 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 26-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £32,332 - £33,966

    Job details


    Programme Officer (Minerva Global Security Programme)


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    February 10, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 26, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

    There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

    The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

    Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

    Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

    It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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