Newton Prize Programme Administrator

Organisation: UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC)
Location: London
Salary: £26,070 plus benefits
Posted: 17 January 2017
Closes: midday Monday 6 February 2017
Interviews: Thursday 9 February 2017
Hours: Full time
Contract: For the duration of UKNC administration of the Newton Prize (currently until March 2021)

The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) is looking to appoint a Programme Administrator who will be responsible for the smooth operation of the Newton Prize Programme, working closely with the Programme Lead and other stakeholders including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The position is based primarily at the UKNC’s office in central London.

The Newton Prize will be a new, annual £1 million prize to celebrate the Newton Fund’s best science or innovation projects. The Newton Fund is a £735 million fund that aims to foster the economic development of 16 partner countries by supporting science and innovation partnerships. Visit to learn more about the Newton Fund.

The UKNC is administering the Newton Prize Programme. A Programme Lead has been appointed to guide the implementation of the Programme.  The UKNC is the central hub for UNESCO-related matters in the UK, which brings together an extensive network of experts from across the UK in the fields of education, science, culture and communication and the UK’s UNESCO designations.

We are recruiting a Newton Prize Programme Administrator who will:

  • Assist the Programme Lead and BEIS in the development and implementation of the first annual Newton Prize Programme
  • Liaise with web developers in the creation, testing and launch of the Newton Prize online application portal
  • Coordinate with UK and international contacts during the application process and for all marketing and communications information

 The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the Newton Prize Programme and support the development of subsequent Programme application cycles. The Administrator will also work closely with a diverse group of stakeholders and partners, including BEIS, British High Commissions and Embassies and global research institutions. The successful candidate will have a science, science policy or engineering degree or equivalent experience.  They will also be expected to carry out duties on behalf of the UKNC.

To apply please send a covering letter with your CV to Shannon McNaught at, saying why you are right for the role, paying close attention to how you meet the person specification. Please indicate where you saw this job advertised.