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2 months ago
Blue Octopus
Salary: £18,450 - £20,064 dependent on experience
Location: Rugby
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Blue Octopus
Category: Admin Jobs

About the role 

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual with an interest in learning about development and consultancy. As a vital member of the Practical Action Consulting (PAC) UK team you will work closely with the Team Co-ordinator to support our team of consultants and managers to win and deliver international development consultancy projects. Specifically, you will: 

·         Support the team in the identification and preparation of consultancy bids, calls, proposals within the thematic areas of Energy Access, Disaster Risk Reduction, Water and Sanitation (Urban WASH) and Sustainable and Inclusive Agriculture. 

·         Support in building a strong network of associate consultants (international and local consultants, researchers, academics, technical specialists) in our thematic areas.

·         Ad-hoc assistance with PAC administrative functions for example: updating various databases and project award systems, assisting with procurement compliance activities, including reference checking of partners and sub-contractors supplied by PAC as required.

·         Assist with communication activities, promoting our work through our social media platforms, website and other channels 

PAC is ambitious to grow our portfolios of work in agriculture, WASH, DRR and energy access in order to meet the Practical Action strategic aims ‘change ambitions’ in these areas. 

To deliver this we need to provide adequate administrative, business development, communication and engagement support to our team of consultants. 

You will work alongside the Team Co-ordinator in response to team requests for support in a number of areas. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team and portfolio of work and to have the opportunity to develop and hone administrative, consultancy, communications and co-ordination skills over time. 

About you 

You are a recent graduate or experienced administrator with a strong interest in international development and/or consulting. You are looking for an entry-point to the sector and an opportunity to learn and develop some new skills in a stimulating environment. You are willing to try your hand at new tasks and are flexible in terms of being willing to work on a variety of tasks according to need. You take a pride in the quality of outputs and have good attention for detail. You will have strong written and verbal communication skills. You will possess strong time management, planning and prioritisation skills and be able to work under pressure. You will be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

Why join us? 

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work. 

Our brand new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking. 

In addition, we offer the following benefits: 

·         Flexible working/hours – full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.

·         The opportunity to work remotely (dependent on role).

·         25 days holiday and Christmas Eve, in addition to public holidays.

·         A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment - employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.

·         Life assurance (3 x annual salary).

·         Bike to Work scheme. 

About us 

Practical Action is a change making organisation that works in unconventional ways. We put ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. 

We do things differently, so answers that start small can grow big - bringing people together in bold collaborations, using innovation and knowledge to build futures free from poverty and help shape a world that works better for everyone. 

Additional information 

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation. 

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks. 

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date. 

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK. 

Closing date for applications: Monday 6th May 2019

Provisional Interview dates: Tuesday 14th May / Wednesday 15th May 2019 

This is a Blue Octopus Recruitment Ltd vacancy who are operating as an employment agency. Once you have clicked to apply for this vacancy, we will then send you more information on the role including a copy of the application form via email.


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