Work Placements Manager

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 18th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880439
  • Closes: 05th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) is an exciting cross-UCL department, which leads research, knowledge exchange and teaching in the fields of risk and disaster reduction and humanitarian action. The department is in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MAPS), but works across all UCLs faculties, spanning natural and social sciences, mathematics and statistics, engineering and development planning, global health, anthropology, the humanities, ethics and laws, and contributes to UCLs Grand Challenges. It has a leading role in the UCL Humanitarian Institute. It is strongly international with developing partnerships with universities in China, Japan, South Asia, the Middle East and South-east Asia.

The main purpose of the role is to build and maintain relationships with partners and manage employer / host engagement with the IRDR and its students, especially to secure summer placements for BSc Global Humanitarian Studies students. Approximately 60 offers from employers/hosts will be required each year, during the summer between 2nd and 3rd years. The role holder will support students to enable them to source and apply for placements and be the point of contact between students, employers and academic staff. They will contribute to the career development of all IRDR students.

The appointments is a part-time (0.5 FTE) professional services role at Grade 7, funded for 9 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

We are seeking a candidate with strong relationship building skills with experience of building and maintaining customer/stakeholder relationships with a range of employers / hosts. They should have knowledge of intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations, universities, the public sector, consultancies and the private sector, in the UK and internationally, in the humanitarian sphere. They should have excellent and up-to-date working knowledge of social media channels. They should also have excellent networking and negotiation skills, and faultless attention to detail in written and verbal communication. We are seeking a creative and adaptable person able to work both independently and as part of a team, who can use their initiative to deliver results.

Further Details

A full job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for this post, click the apply now button at the bottom of this page.

Please contact Dr Rosanna Smith ( for informal enquiries about the role, if you require a paper application pack or have any other queries relating to the application process.

To apply please go to and search using the job reference 1880439. Any candidates unable to apply online should contact the Departmental Manager, email:

The UCL Ways of Working for professional services supports colleagues to be successful and happy at UCL through sharing expectations around how we work please see to find out more.

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

5 Dec 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

16 Dec 2021

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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