WHT Programme Assistant
Would you like to play a part in delivering one of Oxford’s most unique and well-respected Scholarship Programmes? Are you a well organised and efficient individual, willing to take a hands-on role in a small but dynamic team?
The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and young professionals from emerging and transitional economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford. In addition, our scholars participate in a unique leadership programme to give them the knowledge, skills and networks they will need to make a real difference to public life in their countries and regions of origin and to build lasting professional links across cultures and continents.
Since 2007 we have supported 216 scholars from 66 countries across more than 30 departments and are now one of the largest scholarship programmes at the University of Oxford. Full details can be found on the website: http://whtrust.org/scholarships/
We are looking for a Programme Assistant for an immediate start and ideally until the end of the academic year 2017-18.
The position would be for 2.5-3 days per week, including occasional evening and weekend work – for events/busy periods such as scholar selection (March to May). The office is open 10-6pm Monday-Friday all year-round except for 2 weeks closure at Christmas. The rate of pay would be c £19/20,000 (pro rata).
Would suit a recent graduate keen to pursue a career in project/programme management within academia or the non-for-profit sector. The successful candidate will be educated to degree level, with great organisational and communication skills and some experience of running events. He/she will be able to work on their own initiative and will enjoy being part of a small team, providing support across the full range of WHT’s activities.
To apply for this position, please e-mail a CV and cover letter to email@example.com.
Working closely with the WHT Director, Programme Manager and Communications Co-ordinator the role will entail providing administrative and logistical support for the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships & Leadership Programme, including the following:
- Assisting in the set-up and running of Leadership Programme events, including our residential seminar sessions, workshops and cultural activities (this will include some evenings and a couple of key weekends in the year);
- Providing general administrative support for the programme, including assisting with the production/distribution of course materials, flyers, brochures, newsletters etc;
- Making practical arrangements for events, e.g. liaising with venues, arranging transport and hospitality;
- Maintaining records including scholar, alumni and supporter data;
- Maintaining regular communication with the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholars,
- Assisting with the promotion and marketing of WHT events/activities including updating the WHT website, Eventbrite and social media;
- Any other reasonable activities as required.
Key Skills, Competencies, Experience and Qualifications:
- Educated to degree level;
- Strong organisational skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Detail-oriented, ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently while retaining sight of big picture;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of individuals from scholars to senior academics and high-profile speakers.
- Comfortable working as part of a small team but able to function independently;
- A self-starter with a proactive attitude and who can anticipate needs;
- Excellent IT stills including MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), WordPress and ideally Apple software. Knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop is also desirable as is experience and interest in social media;
- An interest in (and ideally knowledge of) the higher education sector and international affairs;
- Some experience of administration and events management is desirable.
WHT Communications Coordinator
Do you enjoy finding ways of using new media to communicate and reach out to new audiences? Would you enjoy interacting with dynamic young scholars from across the world? Would you like to play a part in delivering one of Oxford’s most unique and well respected Scholarship Programmes? Are you are you a well organised and efficient individual, willing to take a hands-on role in a small but dynamic team?
The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust (WHT) is a newly established charity based at the Saïd Business School in Oxford.
We are looking for a Communications Coordinator to work on the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships & Leadership Programme. A full description of the job can be found here.
Established ten years ago, the Scholarships & Leadership Programme provides talented young graduates from developing and emerging economies with full scholarships to University of Oxford, alongside a specially created leadership training programme focusing on the skills they will need to become leaders in whatever fields they choose on a national and global scale. It is the largest endowed scholarship supported by Oxford University.
Full details of the WHT activities can be found on the website: http://whtrust.org/about/
Salary: £28,000-£30,000 (depending on experience)
Hours: Full time, including some evening and weekend working for events and during busy periods. Overtime will not be paid, but time off in lieu can be taken upon agreement with the WHT Director.
Leave entitlement: 25 days plus bank holidays
How to apply: Please send your CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org In your letter you should include details of your relevant experience and why you would be well-suited for the role, with reference to the job description and person specification. The subject line of your e-mail should read: Application for the position of Projects Manager.
Recruitment timetable: The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 20 September 2017, with interviews taking place in Oxford or over Skype the same week.
WHT Alumna Quratulain Fatima appointed 2017-18 Build Peace Fellow
WHT Alumna Quratulain Fatima (Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, Master of Public Policy, 2015-16) has been appointed as one of three 2017-18 Build Peace Fellows. Drawn from a pool of over 300 applicants from around the world, Build Peace fellows are young leaders engaged in on-the-ground work designed to strengthen civil society and limit conflicts.
Quratulain currently works at the Agency for Barani (Arid) Area Development (ABAD), Punjab, where she leads a team focused on improving the existing integrated development plan for the Arid Track of Pakistan. As a Build Peace Fellow, Quratulain will be designing and piloting a GIS-based water dispute resolution management system in Punjab‘s vulnerable arid tract, combining technology and community-based participatory research for prevention and resolution of communal conflict in farming communities. The key aim of the system is to improve the dispute resolution time and prevent disputes through identification of conflict patterns and deployment of an effective resolution toolkit.
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme boosted by £9million benefaction
Founded in 2007, the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the announcement of a £9 million gift from entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist, André Hoffmann. This generous support will be matched with £6 million of University funding, thereby fully endowing 15 taught masters’ graduate scholarships.
The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by creating opportunities for outstanding graduate students and young professionals from emerging and transitional economies to undertake their graduate study at Oxford. In addition, the Leadership Programme provides the scholars with the skills, knowledge and networks to ensure they are fully equipped to make valuable contributions to public life in their countries and regions of origin. The programme includes practical skills training as well as mentoring and various networking events. It also helps to build lasting professional links across cultures and continents.
Since its founding, the programme has supported 216 Weidenfeld Scholars from 63 countries, undertaking study across more than 30 academic departments at Oxford. This new support will ensure more students from across the world are able to benefit from being part of this distinguished and diverse scholarship initiative.
André Hoffmann said: ‘For the last 10 years I have been proud to support young talented students through the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship scheme. I believe knowledgeable and skilled leaders are needed to shape more equitable and sustainable societies and make a real difference, particularly in trouble-stricken regions and in today’s highly complex world.’
Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford commented: ‘This wonderful gift bears testament to André’s unwavering commitment to Oxford and to our students, present and future. It will enable smart, talented and ambitious young people from developing and emerging economies across the globe to come to Oxford for graduate studies, and to participate in the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarship and Leadership Programme. We are deeply indebted to him for his vision and his generosity.’
2016-17 Scholarships Report Published
We’ve just finished our 2016-17 Annual Report, covering all of our activities throughout the academic year, from our Robin Hambro Moral Philosophy Seminar back in September to our 10th Birthday Party in June, and everything in between. The report is packed with pictures of the year, profiles of our scholars and alumni, and news about our plans for next year.
Click HERE to view and download a PDF of the report.
WHT Alumna Dr. Manisha Nair secures over £1m in funding for maternal healthcare
Dr. Manisha Nair has been awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) – UK, Career Development Award that provides her a funding of more than £1 million (£1,030,894) for a period of five years to set up a UK-India collaborative platform for maternal and perinatal health research called MaatHRI (means ‘mother’ in Sanskrit). Manisha will continue to be based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) of the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, but her research project will be in India.
What will this research collaboration do?
Maternal and perinatal Health Research collaboration, India (MaatHRI) aims to create a large and diverse platform for academics and scientists to conduct large-scale population-based research to improve maternal and perinatal health in a setting with a high burden of mortality and morbidity. Studies that are critical to informing policies and planning to address new and emerging complications in pregnancy can be quickly and efficiently rolled out through MaatHRI. The resultant new and improved scientific evidence will help policy makers and clinicians in India and globally to develop guidance to improve pregnancy care. The collaborative platform will also be a training platform for Oxford students interested in developing skills in conducting research in maternal and perinatal health in a low-to-middle income country setting. MaatHRI could form the basis of many studies well in to the future. During this fellowship, however, Manisha will begin this process by expanding the research platform already started during a pilot, and by undertaking work to improve the clinical management and outcomes of pregnant women with anaemia for which research is clearly indicated.
Dr Manisha Nair was a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar from 2010-13.
Louis Dreyfus-Chevening/Weidenfeld and Hoffmann alumni Gent Salihu discusses his career since gradution
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar Abhishek Parajuli presents at TEDxOxford
WHT Scholar Abhishek Parajuli recently gave a talk on the impact of foreign aid at TEDxOxford. Drawing upon his MPhil research, Abhishek questioned whether or not the impact of foreign aid is always as positive as we hope. His thesis, that foreign aid can cause citizens to worry less about corruption, is controversial, but allows space for researchers and practitioners to design new and more effective mechanisms for distributing aid.
Louis Dreyfus Scholar Nidhi Singh presents at international Law Conferences
Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Donald Trump Inaugural Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has been greeted with both astonishment and fear. Since his election Trump has come to symbolise a new brand of reactionary politics, one that breeds on economic frustration, resentment towards migrants and hostility towards minorities. In the age of Marine Le Penn and Geert Wilders, the election of Trump is seen as the harbinger of a spring of nationalism. Even more disconcerting are recent appointments to the Trump Cabinet and White House as these suggest that America no longer holds true to the values of life, liberty, and equality in the pursuit of happiness. Rather, Trump’s America is viewed as one that accepts misogyny, tolerates bigotry and neglects equality. The question that soon arises is should the world turn its back on Trump’s America?
This is the motion that will be debated at the upcoming Trump Inaugural Debate organized by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme. The Debate will be followed by a special Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald on the topic of “Did the Media Get Trump Elected?”
Trevor McDonald has over 40 years of experience in the media and was the first black Briton to present a national news programme. Recently he has presented a number of documentaries on America, with a focus on incarceration and the death penalty. McDonald was knighted in 1999 for his services to British journalism.
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