Group manager

8 July 2019
Human Settlements research group
Contract type: 
£46,178 - £50,868 p.a. (up to £57,420 for exceptional candidates) depending on experience
Closing date: 
Midnight on 31 July 2019

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges. IIED is based in London and works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We work with them to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them – from village councils to international conventions.

This role will be situated in the Human Settlements research group (HSG), working alongside the group director to support strategic management. HSG is a 10-person team covering equitable and sustainable development in urban centres in low- and middle-income countries. The group’s poverty focus is vital and informs everything it does because people on very low incomes, living in slums or squatter settlements, are the most vulnerable to environmental challenges. The role requires working closely with other groups in the institute, including the Communications Group and the monitoring and evaluation and operational management teams.

To succeed in this role, you must have a relevant graduate degree (or equivalent experience) along with excellent strategic and management skills. You have high quality problem-solving skills and have proven solid experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders from different backgrounds and cultures.

You will be as comfortable working with international institutes, policymakers and civil society organisations as you will with internal contacts. The ideal candidate will be a clear and effective communicator both verbally and in written form and as such will be well versed in producing a range of communications and marketing materials for print and/or digital audiences.

This is a great opportunity for someone that has initiative, a can-do attitude, is influential in building relationships, is a good strategic thinker and enjoys exploring new ideas. A willingness and ability to travel on occasion and work with a range of different programme partners is also important.

For further information about the requirements of the role please download the job description.

Deadline for applications: Midnight on Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Interviews will be held on: 3 or 4 September 2019 – please accept apologies for the (unavoidable) gap between shortlisting and the interview date.

There may be a second-stage interview, however this will be confirmed to candidates after the outcome of the first stage.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed at the latest by close of business on Friday, 9 August. Should you not receive a response by this date, then on this occasion you have not been shortlisted.

IIED aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all areas of the community. However, this post does not meet the minimum requirements for work permit employment. We can therefore only accept applications from those who can prove their eligibility to work in the UK.

How to apply: 

IIED is committed to diversity and equal opportunities. Applications are welcome from all duly qualified candidates who meet the stated criteria.

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The International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England (Reg. No 2188452. VAT Reg. No. GB 440 4948 50) and an independent charity registered in England (Charity No. 800066) and in Scotland (OSCR No. 039864). IIED is recognised as an international organisation by the OECD Development Assistance Committee.