Vacancy for ESPA Impact Manager

The ESPA Directorate is looking for a dynamic, creative individual to drive the impact of ESPA research and influence policy and practice at a local, regional and international level.

You will have a strong understanding of current issues in sustainable development and ecosystems/natural resources in a developing country context. You will be confident in working with academic partners to establish the evidence base for ESPA impact and have a proven track record in engaging and influencing policy-makers and other users of research.

With an excellent understanding of stakeholder needs and the ability to influence others, you will have experience of communicating with and building strong working relationships with funders, researchers, policy-makers, NGOs and the private sector. With a can-do attitude, you will use insight and creativity to solve problems and work collaboratively with multiple partners in the UK and globally to scale up the impact of the ESPA programme.

As part of the Directorate’s Senior Management, you will bring experience of high-level decision-making and strategic long-term planning to work alongside the goals set by the ESPA Director and the programme’s funders. You will provide strong leadership within the team, motivating people to perform at their best and leading by example.

This is an exciting post, which offers the opportunity to create lasting impact on the lives of people in the world’s poorest regions. The ability to work across cultures and a strong personal interest in development issues and the aims of the ESPA programme are essential. Some travel within the UK, and internationally to developing countries, will be involved.

Salary Scale: £45,000-£50,000 (ERI Grade 9) depending upon relevant experience.

Informal enquiries can be made to ESPA Director, Paul van Gardingen, director [at]

Application Procedure

Vacancy Ref: 016284
All applicants should apply via our Vacancy Website, where there are also more details of the post. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. Short-listed applicants will be required to give a brief presentation and attend a panel interview on 29 & 30th August 2013. Prior to the interview, all applicants will be required to complete an online psychometric test.

The closing date is 5pm on 9th August 2013.

The closing date is 5pm on 9th August 2013.