NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Reference Number IRC246643
Location Wallingford See on Map
Salary £40000
Date Posted 13 September 2018
Grade NERC-5 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 October 2018
Interview Date 23 November 2018




Brief Description


Salary: £40,000
Grade: 5
Contract Type: Open-ended
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: 17th October 2018
Interview Date: 23rd November 2018

Overview of the role:

NERC CEH (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) is currently seeking to expand its activities internationally, including in countries eligible for Official Development Assistance. To this end, we are seeking to recruit an International Development Opportunities Manager. This role will be based within CEH’s Business Development Team, located in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The Team comprises three Business Development Managers, a Training Development Manager, an Innovation Manager and a Tender Support Team comprising three staff and a Head of Business Development. You will report to the Head of Business Development but will not have any line management responsibilities for other team members. You will also liaise closely with CEH Directors leading CEH’s existing international activity.

The main duties of the role will include:

  • to inform and contribute to an analysis of strategies and investment portfolios of international development funders, including charitable foundations, international institutions and relevant commercial organisations
  • work with CEH’s science board to identify priority international development funding propositions relevant to CEH’s research capabilities
  • develop business cases for large-scale, multi-annual external funding propositions for CEH science in international development, in concert with senior scientists
  • in concert with senior scientists, identify delivery partners and develop research and solution-oriented consortia focusing on specific business cases for international development interventions
  • develop an engagement plan for charitable foundations and other international development funding organisations and associated businesses, to promote and refine business cases for investment
  • enable CEH to promote the organisation’s international development capabilities in a cohesive and compelling manner
  • advise the CEH Tender Support Team and inform response to international development-orientated grant and tender calls
  • a requirement for overseas travel of varying frequency and duration.

Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • experience of scoping and delivering international development funded programmes, including charitable foundations and international institutions, either in a funder or practitioner context
  • a credible understanding of CEH’s research capabilities, within the context of international development
  • proven ability to develop robust and convincing business cases to promote novel investment programmes in the context of international development
  • a personal network of relevant stakeholders across Sub-Saharan Africa and/or DAC-list of ODA recipient countries beyond
  • ideally experienced in hydrology, hydrological extremes (floods and droughts) or Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH; SDG 6)
  • consideration will be given if you have a non-water related background but which otherwise strongly match the key skills and qualifications and are able to apply these to CEH capabilities
  • a capable communicator, able to engage with a range of stakeholders across academia and third, public and private sectors
  • excellent project management skills, able to engage and motivate staff to engage in new international development activity
  • a degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area.


In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

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