University of Oxford

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Project Officer (Administration) (What Works Hub for Global Education)

Project Officer (Administration) (What Works Hub for Global Education)

Blavatnik School of Government, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford OX2 6GG

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 for a professional, highly organised and self-starting Project Officer (Administration) to work in this exciting role at the heart of a new £30m six-year project global research and policy initiative.

    The What Works Hub on Global Education (WWH) aims to dramatically increase learning outcomes for children in developing countries by generating new evidence, and working with policymakers and NGOs to deliver the best teaching at scale.

    Initially, the post-holder will manage the day-to-day administrative activities of the project, alongside the Project Officer (Finance and Compliance). At first this will entail setting up clear systems within the Blavatnik School of Government, the University of Oxford and the WWH's circa 40 partners. The post-holder will play a vital role in supporting the WWH's first partner meeting, and will also lead on organising and minuting a series of governance meetings for high-level partners.

    The post will report to the Fund Manager and Project Manager, providing Flexible Fund grant management support as well as coordinating with the other Project Officer (Administration) on relevant diary management, scheduling and secretarial duties for the programme as needed.

    About You:

    The successful candidate will be educated to undergraduate level with a flexible can-do approach to work, self-motivation, resilience and a willingness to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of the programme. You should have excellent problem-solving, communication, team-work and diplomatic skills, as well as enthusiasm for the work of the WWH.

    Application Process:

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

    As part of the recruitment process, selected candidates will be required to complete a timed longlisting exercise.

    Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place during the weeks commencing Monday 26 February and Monday 4 March 2024

    The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Monday 19 February 2024.

    Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 170690 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 19-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 6 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £32,332 - £36,024 per annum

    Job details


    Project Officer (Administration) (What Works Hub for Global Education)


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    February 03, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 19, 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.

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