Graduate teaching assistant: MSc in Social Development Practice

Development Planning Unit

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £29,152 - £34,153 per annum
  • REF: 1874555
  • Closes: 07th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Planning Unit conducts world-leading research and postgraduate teaching that helps to build the capacity of national governments, local authorities, NGOs, aid agencies and businesses working towards socially just and sustainable development in the global south. It is concerned with promoting sustainable forms of development, understanding rapid urbanisation and encouraging innovation in policy, planning and management responses to the economic, social and environmental development of cities and regions, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The Development Planning Unit attracts a range of staff members with both academic and professional backgrounds in the field of international development. Teaching, research and advisory work at the DPU includes a significant degree of engagement with practice and field experience, including an international field trip (subject to possible travel restrictions).

The MSc in Social Development Practice provides a critical approach to people-centred development, addressing the challenges for promoting well-being and equitable citizenship in the context of social diversity and globalisation. You will be working with a very diverse group of staff and students from all over the world committed to social and environmental justice

The Graduate Teaching Assistant provides support to the Programme Leaders on the academic administration of and basic academic inputs into the programme. The Graduate Teaching Assistant will also help to manage IT systems involved in the web-based elements of the programme.

This post is available immediately and is on an open-ended contract.

Key Requirements

Candidates need to be educated to Masters Level in a subject related to the work of the Development Planning Unit. They need to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and excellent administrative and organisational skills, in particular a good knowledge of computer software.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be found at the end of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to the MSc SDP Programme Leader: Dr, Andrea Rigon (

Enquiries about the application process and/or the Development Planning Unit may be addressed to Nkenji Okpara, DPU Departmental Manager (

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We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

7 Mar 2021

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