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 (WWHGE) 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, you will manage the day-to-day administrative activities of the project, alongside the project team. At first this will entail setting up clear systems within the Blavatnik School of Government, the University of Oxford, and the WWHGE’s 40+ partners. You will play a vital role in supporting the WWHGE’s first partner meeting, and will also lead on organising and minuting a series of governance meetings for high-level partners.

You 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

You 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 WWHGE.

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.

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 26 February and 4 March 2024.

To apply for this position, please visit the University website.

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