Project Officer - Open University

Project Officer - Open University

Salary: £33,797

About the Organisation 

The Open University (OU) is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

About the Role

This post is within the International Development Office (IDO) of the OU; a professional hub renowned for managing challenging and transformative international development projects in Africa and South Asia.

The postholder will contribute to the delivery of the Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) project. One of nine projects supported by Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to deliver systemic and sustainable change within higher education systems.

TIDE aims to catalyse Higher Education reform in Myanmar, through innovation and international collaboration in Distance Education. TIDE is building capacity in Open Distance Learning in the area of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development; thereby supporting Myanmar’s progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.

This is an exciting time to join the IDO. The Postholder will have a chance to shape the future of Higher Education in emerging market economies and support the OU address global challenges.

Skills and experience

  • You will have a First degree
  • Proven experience of working on projects; including having taken personal responsibility for planning, execution, monitoring and control of complex projects
  • Relevant international work experience in a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) position; responsible for setting up and implementing MEL activities of international development projects
  • Excellent communications skills; ability to communicate clearly and appropriately to a wide range of audiences
  • Excellent and flexible organisational skills; ability to manage a large and complex workload to a professional standard and work calmly under pressure
  • Excellent IT skills; ability to use a range of software including MS Office packages, websites and the internet

How to Apply 

OU are piloting an automated application tracking system (ATS), which will be used more widely imminently. All applications will now be completed online and there will be no need for you to complete an additional hard-copy of the application for employment form.

To apply for this role please submit as one document, a CV and Personal Statement. 

  • Please combine the personal statement followed by the CV in to one document (the ATS is unable to accept them as separate documents while we are in the piloting stages)
  • The personal statement should be no more than 2,000 words, providing examples of where your skills and experience meet the required competencies for this role as detailed in the job and person specification.

Full details can be found on the OU website

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