Would you like to run the administration behind one of the UK’s top international science prizes? Can you utilise your extensive understanding of the UK and international science community to recruit high-calibre and high-profile peer reviewers?
Job title Newton Prize Project Lead
Organisation UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC)
Type Part-time (3.5 days per week)
Salary £42,000 to £45,000 (pro-rata) to be negotiated. Plus 7% pension contribution
Posted 15 February 2018
Closes Midnight Tuesday 6 March 2018
Interview date Planned date of 13 March 2018
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 Project Lead who will be responsible for the operational and administrative management behind the Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund that incentivises researchers and innovators globally to work on the most critical challenges facing the 18 Newton countries.
Working closely with the Newton Prize Project Officer and other stakeholders including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Newton Prize Project Lead will utilise their extensive background and understanding of the UK and international science community to deliver this high-profile prize.
The position is based primarily at the UKNC’s office in central London, with scope for flexible working arrangements.
About the Newton Fund and Newton Prize
The Newton Prize is an annual £1 million fund and aims to incentivise researchers and innovators to participate in the Newton Fund as partners with the UK and to work on the most critical challenges facing Newton countries. The Newton Fund is a £735 million fund that aims to foster the economic development of 18 partner countries by supporting science and innovation partnerships.
Each year up to 2021, five Newton Fund research partnerships from selected Newton partner countries will be awarded the Newton Prize. Each Prize of up to £200,000 will be used to help the winners take their work to the next level. This is a high profile project involving the Newton Fund’s partner countries, with each year’s prize dedicated to a particular world region. In 2018, the selected region is Latin America, with partner countries being Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
The UK National Commission for UNESCO administers the award of the Newton Prize on behalf of BEIS, processing applications, organising peer reviews and identifying a shortlist of leading applicants for presentation to the Newton Prize Committee, chaired by the President of the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan. The prizes are awarded at Ministerial and Embassy/High Commission events in the UK and Newton partner countries.
We are looking for a Newton Prize Project Lead who can:
- Lead and deliver the Newton Prize project in close collaboration with the Newton Prize Project Officer.
- Manage and develop the Newton Prize application process and systems drawing on their excellent organisation and prioritisation skills.
- Use their extensive understanding of the UK and international science community, across diverse STEM fields, to recruit high-calibre and high-profile peer reviewers.
- Use their excellent organisation and prioritisation skills to plan, manage, and deliver the Newton Prize.
If this sounds like you, we would be delighted to hear from you. To apply, please send a covering letter with your CV, saying why you are right for the role, paying close attention to how you meet the person specification to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate where you saw this job advertised.