Assistant to the Director – Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)

University of Oxford

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has registered an excellent opportunity for an experienced Executive Assistant to join our small and friendly team in Oxford. The post holder will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of our research and policy centre, thereby helping the team to build a systematic methodological and economic framework to reducing multidimensional property. The OPHI team operates to a busy and fast-paced schedule, which includes extensive overseas engagements and high-profile meetings. It works with a range of collaborators in international agencies, universities, and national governments.

As Assistant to the Director, you will deliver a high level of direct support for the Director, proactively dealing with a wide range of matters, sometimes highly confidential and/or time sensitive, while demonstrating initiative, sound judgement, and professionalism. You will carry responsibility for the effective day-to-day organisation of the Director’s diary (across multiple time zones) and international travel arrangements, and provide extensive support in correspondence.

The successful candidate will have excellent and highly developed communication skills. They will have the ability to proactively and efficiently manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to multiple deadlines, using appropriate tenacity and flexibility. They will also have extensive experience in researching and drafting correspondence, proof-reading, writing agendas/minutes, presentations and reports.

At ODID we embrace and cherish our differences, and endeavour to be considerate and welcoming of all. You are most welcome at ODID, without the need to hide any part of who you are. We acknowledge societal inequalities and how these affect us, and those around us, personally and professionally. We hold an Athena Swan bronze award in recognition of our efforts to introduce organisational and cultural changes which promote equality, cherish diversity and create a better working environment for all. We are also taking active steps to promote race equality and reduce the risk of bias and discrimination. We work together to enrich, fortify and grow our community and dedicate our combined efforts to teaching and research to increase our impact and influence in development debates at the national and global level. We encourage all eligible candidates to apply for our vacancies and join us in pursuing our goals.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement as part of your application

Only applications received before 12 midday on Monday 9 October 2023 can be considered.

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