General coordinator of TReND in Africa Ref 1590

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). For further details regarding flexible working please follow this link - flexible-working
Contract: fixed term for 2 years 
Reference: 1590
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 25 June 2019 
Closing date: 25 July 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.  
Expected start date: September 2019.

Job description

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

We are seeking to appoint a general coordinator of the NGO TReND in Africa ( TReND is co-directed by Sussex-based researcher Tom Baden ( together with Lucia Prieto-Godino (, Francis Crick Institute, London).

Founded in 2011, TReND is a volunteer-based NGO aimed at fostering natural science education and research on the African continent. Currently, TReND has ~30 volunteer members on 4 continents who run different aspects of the organisation including a volunteering programme, an equipment donation scheme, academic summer schools, an outreach programme or an open-science branch.

The post holder will be expected to support the directors in coordinating the efforts of its volunteers and to take over the core administrative, financial, organisational matters, as well as help improve TReND’s online and social media presence. The post will also involve to support other members of the organisation in their project as the need arises, and to recruit new volunteers and help them run their project ideas. Attendance to international conferences as a TReND representative will also be an important aspect of the post.

 Moreover, as the post holder advances, she/he will be expected to actively drive and source funding for TReND projects, and eventually develop their own projects and ideas around the support and promotion of African science. Given the international nature of the organisation, the postholder must have excellent communication and organisational skills, and be able to work independently and under strict deadlines. While core funding for up to 5 years is in place, the post holder will be expected to source additional funding towards their own position in the long term through competitive grants and/or charitable, industrial or government sources. 


The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

We are looking for a senior administrator with demonstrated experience in project management and education work on the African continent, and excellent communication skills in multiple relevant languages. Candidates that do not fully meet these and further essential criteria as outlined at the bottom are unlikely to be considered. Candidates that do are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Tom Baden before applying. 

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

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