Communications Officer (UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub)

Newcastle University
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Salary: £25,941 - £33,797 per annum

Closing Date: 26 October 2020

The Role

The UKRI GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub is an ambitious research programme to help realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to achieve a reliable and acceptable quantity and quality of water, and managing water-related risks for all.

We are looking for a creative individual to join the coordinating team of the Hub and take forward the development and delivery of internal communications.  You will work with the Impact and Communications Manager to engage project partners and external stakeholders through digital and social media tools and platforms. You will have a pivotal role in realising the Hub objectives, supporting the impact and reputation for excellence in research and innovation and wider recognition of the Hub’s achievements and outcomes.

The role of Communications Officer will ensure successful communication internal and external digital communications across a £20M research programme on water security. This involves working with research partners in Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Malaysia, the UK, and over forty stakeholder partners.  The Communications Officer will be responsible for internal communications across the Hub.  You will work with the Impact and Communications Manager to engage project partners and external stakeholders through digital and social media tools and platforms. You will play a vital role to play in realising the impact of Hub activities.

You will be based in Newcastle University’s internationally leading environmental engineering group in the School of Engineering, and will benefit from exciting collaboration opportunities with Water Security Hub partners in the UK, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.

This position is available on a full time, fixed term basis and available immediately, tenable for three years in the first instance.

For informal enquiries please contact Caroline Grundy, Hub Manager via email

For more information about the SAgE Faculty, School of Engineering and the Hub, please click the following links:

Key Accountabilities

  • Work closely with members of the Hub, in particular the Impact and Communication Manager, to disseminate and raise awareness of the Hub’s research
  • Produce novel digital content across a range of media inc. video, podcasts social media, and web copy
  • Maintain the project website, supporting its development and presence
  • Support internal commuincation across the Hub via the Hub’s project management tools (e.g. Basecamp, Microsoft Access)
  • Organisation and support for workshops, meetings and other project events (occasionally involving UK and overseas travel, including overnight stays)
  • Organisation of virtual events such as webinars, online conferences and stakeholder engagement events using online platforms such as zoom, miro, flipgrid, and other participatory tools
  • Maintenance of up-to-date contact information for project partners, including setup and use of mailbases and other tools for communication and collaboration
  • Close liaison with relevant departments within the University, ensuring clear channels of communication
  • Close liaison with relevant contacts at project partner organisations to ensure locally produced outputs are amplified to a wide range of external stakeholders
  • Work closely with the Hub Core Team to contribute to the successful delivery of the Hub’s vision
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role and grade as required by the project

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of communication in Higher Education or similar large organisation
  • Experience of producing engaging online content using a range of different media (e.g. blogs, social media, podcasts, videos) that is suitable for a wide range of audiences
  • High level of computer literacy with experience of website production and design, including web development and use of content management systems
  • Experience with project management software (e.g. Basecamp)
  • Experience of the Microsoft Office package, including Word, Excel and Access
  • Experience supporting dissemination, participatory and engagement events online and offline; including, but not limited to webinars, conferences and networking/stakeholder engagement events


  • Experience of science communication in an international development context
  • Working understanding of Spanish

Attributes and Behaviours 

  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work unsupervised and act on own initiative, prioritising own workload
  • Ability to persuade and influence others in order to achieve results and gain support
  • Proven ability to use initiative and to adopt a creative approach to problem solving
  • Willingness and availability to work unsocial hours when required (evenings and weekends); occasional travel in the UK and/or overseas requiring multi-day stays
  • Excellent project management skills, including time
    • Management and organisational skills, working under pressure and to meet multiple deadlines
    • Excellent attention to detail


  • Educated to degree level (or can show equivalent experience)  

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