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GCRF: British Academy Sustainable Development Programme - Programme Leader

The British Academy Sustainable Development Programme was launched in June 2016 with a call to support approximately 15 interdisciplinary and policy-oriented research projects to address the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UK’s Aid Strategy.

The British Academy is seeking to appoint a Programme Leader to help maximise the opportunities for take-up of the research findings and impact, and to be responsible for day-to-day oversight of the programme. This position is available at up to 0.6 FTE for 18 months, with an anticipated start date in January 2016.

This is a key role which is instrumental to the success of the initiative. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of international development (including awareness of fragile states), and of how to maximise uptake of research findings by policymakers and other audiences. The programme leader will work closely with a panel of British Academy Fellows and other leading experts on the further refinement and development of the research questions and approaches outlined.

It is anticipated that s/he will be currently employed at a UK university or other UK institution of higher education. The Programme Leader cannot themselves be involved with any of the individual proposals for support under this initiative. Essential criteria are:

a.  In-depth knowledge and expertise in relevant subject areas.
b.  High esteem and standing within relevant research communities.
c.  A significant track record of publication.
d.  Well-developed networks within relevant research and policy communities.
e.  A track record of effective communication to a wide range of audiences.
f.  A strategic understanding of the environment in which the Programme operates.
g.  An appreciation of the potential of a range of disciplines and approaches to contribute to the success of the Sustainable Development Programme.

Applicants should apply for a 0.6 FTE contract of 18 months’ duration, starting from January 2017. Eligible costs are salary costs, justified travel and subsistence, research assistance, and teaching replacement costs to the host institution. Funding of up to £265,000 is available for the duration of the contract. Value for money should be clearly demonstrated in the application.

For further information, including on how to apply, please see the role specification document attached, or email Daniela Duhur at

The closing date for all applications is 5pm (UK time), has been extended to 19th December 2016.