General Coordinator, TReND in Africa REF 3985

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).
Contract: fixed term till 31 January 2020 (maternity cover)
Reference: 3985
Salary: starting at £30,046 to £33,797 per annum, pro rata if part time.
Closing date
:  17 July 2020
Expected start date: July 2020

Job description

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 non-profit organisation  aimed at fostering natural science,  education   and   research   on   the African   continent.  Currently TReND has about 30 volunteer members on 4 continents who run different aspects of the organisation   including   volunteering and outreach programmes, equipment   donation scheme,  academic   summer   schools and open-science branch.

The post holder will be expected to support the directors in coordinating   the   efforts   of   its   volunteers   and   to   take   over   core administrative,  financial and  organisational   matters,  as   well   as   help   to improve TReND’s   online   and   social   media   presence.  

The   post   will   also   involve  recruiting   new   volunteers and supporting other  project as the need arises. Attending international conferences will  be an important aspect of the post. Applicants will   be   expected   to   actively   drive   and   source   funding   for   TReND projects  and   eventually   develop   their   own  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 is in place (for up to 5 years), the post holder will be  expected to  source  additional   funding   through   competitive   grants   and/or   charitable,   industrial   or government sources towards  their own  position  in the long   term.  

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