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2019...

The SOAS African Development Forum (ADF) is a student-driven platform for championing African development, bringing together leading thinkers in the field to stimulate informed discussion, challenge orthodox narratives, and bridge gaps in understanding between various development stakeholders. 
Hosted by the University of London’s Centre of African Studies – the largest centre of expertise on Africa outside of the continent – the ADF organises an annual conference on different themes of interest to Africa, building on the ideas and expectations of people on the continent and the contributions of the diaspora. Heading into it's Eighth year, the ADF also runs a recently established blog dedicated to contemporary African affairs, which acts as a permanent space for debate, dialogue and conversation about Africa.

We are looking for team members to help make this event, and the year in general, a reality. Every team member will have the chance to learn and contribute beyond their initial assignments. We also promise growth, personal development and a strenuous but ultimately satisfying experience

More information about the positions can be found below.

Apply here.

Research Director

Role Description: Responsible for researching and reporting on potential topics, proposing and developing subjects and themes for discussion. Ensures the theme is represented in the quality of the panels chosen, questions proffered and general event
Suitability: Good research skills, strong oral and written communication skills, should ideally have spent some time in a similar position and / or have a comprehensive knowledge of development-focused academia.


Speakers Director

Role Description: Responsible for heading the coordination of the conference’s panels, brainstorming the panel structure and potential candidates, contacting panellists, acting as the main point of contact for these.
Suitability: Good communication skills, ideally should have previous event-organising experience, possess a good knowledge of London’s organizational environment with regards to African developmental initiatives.


Blog Editor

Role Description: Responsible for the publication of the ADF Blog- Timbuktu. Source and edit entries, liaise with potential writers and provide support on strengthening the publication of the blog.
Suitability: Academic experience with writing and editing, strong oral and written communication skills. Previous editing experience is desirable not essential.

Sponsorship Director

Role Description: Responsible for researching and approaching corporate companies, trusts, foundations and other organisations for sponsorships and grants, completing sponsorship applications, securing funds.
Suitability: Good written and oral communication skills, strong negotiation skills, preferably previous sponsorship acquisition experience.


Finance Director

Role Description: Responsible for creating and managing budgets, overseeing the securing of funding through sponsorship and fundraising, managing the student union budget and accounts.
Suitability: Strong numerical skills, experience with finance coordination, proficiency with Microsoft Excel.


Creative Director

Role Description: Responsible for the design of all event promotional material (posters, flyers, programme).
Suitability: Preferable proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign, an artistic eye, ability to work with a small team.


Marketing Director

Role Description: Responsible for the general publicity of the forum, creating and implementing an effective marketing strategy, arranging media partnerships with relevant organisations, liaising and promoting collaboration with various organisations.
Suitability: Creativity, ability to take leadership of a small team, take initiative, strong oral and written communication skills. Previous marketing experience is desirable.


Media Director

Role Description: Responsible for the overall media and external communications of the conference (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), responsible for all addressing all external enquiries to the ADF and coordinating media representation and accreditation at the Forum.
Suitability: Previous experience in managing professional social media accounts, preferably previous experience in a journalistic capacity, and proficiency in Buffer and MailChimp.       

Logistics Director

Role Description: Responsible for all event logistics including securing the venue and coordinating the layout, organising the technical aspects of the event including sound and audio, booking transport and accommodation for speakers.
Suitability: Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, take initiative, work with a variety of people and keep an eye on the whole task at hand.


Events Director

Role Description: Responsible for all event logistics including securing the venue and coordinating the layout, organising the technical aspects of the event including sound and audio, booking transport and accommodation for speakers.
Suitability: Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, take initiative, work with a variety of people and keep an eye on the whole task at hand.