Job Opportunity: Part-time Research Centre Support Work at CCW

Research Centre Support Work Available

The Oxford Changing Character of War’ Centre (CCW) 


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Pembroke College of the University of Oxford is looking for a part-time assistant to provide support to its Changing Character of War Research Centre (CCW). This varied role provides an excellent opportunity for a proactive, enthusiastic individual to gain experience of a successful, policy-relevant research centre based in one of the most dynamic and forward-looking of the Oxford Colleges. CCW, which also has links to the Department of Politics and International Relations, is part of the Oxford War and Peace Network and brings together scholars and practitioners with a common interest in the study of war. CCW is unique in its delivery of high-quality, high-impact research, combined with practice, policy and advisory engagement.

The assistant will report to the Centre Administrator. Their responsibilities will be with particular reference to supporting the CCW seminar programmes and the annual Executive Leadership Course.

This post is particularly suitable for a post-graduate student with an interest in the research of CCW and in the early stages of their course as a successful appointee may have the opportunity for work with CCW over a number of years. The appointment will be on a non-contracted zero-hours basis, but we are looking for someone able to work around 7 hours per week during term-time, with the possibility of additional hours during busy periods and some work in the vacation. There is a payment of £12.74 per hour including holiday entitlement.

Duties of the post

The main duties of the post include, but are not limited to:

  • General administrative support for the CCW Executive Leadership Course – publicity; setting up and maintaining contact databases; supplying correct information to enquirers; taking/making bookings, as well as providing other assistance as required, including during the course itself.
  • Developing pre-conference reading materials.
  • Providing administrative support for CCW’s seminar series, in particular confirming arrangements with speakers and seminar convenors, and producing podcasts of the Tuesday lunchtime seminars and, from time to time, write ups or interviews with speakers.
  • Providing any other clerical, administrative or research assistance support to the Centre as deemed appropriate by the Director or the Centre Administrator.

This job description is intended only as a guideline and the exact nature of the work may vary from time to time in accordance with changes in workload and the needs of the Centre.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be judged on the basis of the following criteria and should ensure that their letter of application provides evidence of how they meet the criteria. Candidates will be expected to give examples of relevant experience which need not be work experience, e.g. candidates may wish to give examples from study, voluntary work or skills gained through equivalent experience.

Person Specification

·       Excellent communication skills, written and verbal

·       An eye for detail

·       Someone who will be a self-starter and will take responsibility of own accord

·       A conscientious team player

·       Quick learner

·       Ability to prioritise work and keep to tight deadlines

Essential qualifications/experience

·       Good undergraduate degree

·       Excellent grasp of written English, fluent and accurate

·       An interest in the study of international relations, war, politics, law, and history

·       Experience of organising events

·       Ability to work with confidential information

·       Able to attend the CCW Tuesday lunchtime seminars and work out of the CCW office in Pembroke College on a regular basis

·       Availability to work extended hours during the Executive Leadership Course, 25-29 June 2017

Desirable qualifications/experience

·       Proficiency with technologies relevant to the role, e.g. Microsoft Office, audio-editing software, etc.

·       Copywriting for publication in print or online

·       Interest in maintaining a working relationship with CCW over a number of years

Application Procedure

Applicants are invited to send a CV and covering letter, explaining their suitability for the role to the Centre Administrator ( by midday on 1 December 2017. Please also include details of two referees. In keeping with current legislation, any successful applicants will be asked to undergo a right to work check before starting work.