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Head of Operations

Anywhere - Medical Research Foundation (AREF)

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Job Description:

The role


The Head of Operations, Governance & Finance will work with the Director and other senior staff to transform a young and vigorous charity into a sustainable leader and partner in building the capacity in Africa for research that improves health and saves lives. You will bring knowledge, skills, adaptability and passion to the organisation, so it delivers its mission in an uncertain environment rich with potential.
You will have transformed one or more young charities from early start-up to sustainability. You will have developed and implemented systems that have underpinned income growth, delivery of value-adding benefits, innovation, evaluation and improvement.


You will have a sound understanding of the regulatory and good practices of the charitable sector and how they can be implemented appropriately and proportionally.


The Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) is an energetic new UK-registered charity that enables early-career researcher scientists in Africa to develop and lead research to improve health and save lives.


With AREF support, ambitious, talented researchers develop skill-sets and research experience that are essential stepping-stones to winning research funding, developing and leading effective, collaborative research teams.


Since our launch in 2015, we are proud to have raised $3 million and supported 75 young researchers. AREF is a linked charity of the UK Medical Research Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Medical Research Council (MRC).


We are looking for an experienced and energetic manager to join AREF’s young team, based with the Medical Research Foundation in central London. You will lead AREF’s operations, working closely with the AREF Directors, Board and the Head of Major Gifts and other AREF colleagues in The Gambia, UK and Uganda and with staff of the Foundation. You will manage AREF’s Gambia office and will be expected to spend about one-third to one half of the year in The Gambia, for which travel and accommodation will be provided.


You will bring to this new role a thorough and up-to-date understanding of UK charity regulation and best practice, gained through your experience working with thriving small charities. Ideally you will also have experience of an international development organisation or setting.


AREF’s standards reflect those of the Medical Research Foundation. As AREF develops its distinctive role, you will take the lead on building an adaptive and resilient organisation capable of delivering our mission. You will apply your knowledge and skills practically, swiftly and sensitively – anticipating new needs and opportunities, while ensuring we operate to the highest standards.


For an informal conversation, please contact: Peter Dukes


Tumani Corrah CBE MRGEmeritus Director, MRC Unit The Gambia and Director, Africa Research Excellence Fund

 To make an application:


  • provide an up-to-date CV which includes your contact details, education and vocational qualifications, memberships of professional bodies, career history and explanation of any breaks in your employment;
  • provide a brief supporting statement setting out why you are the right candidate for this role and why you are interested working for the Africa Research Excellence Fund, making reference to the information The case that you make and the way that it is presented will form a key part of the shortlisting process;
  • complete the equal opportunities monitoring and declaration form;
  • let us know if you are not able to make any of the assessment or interview dates (the pre-arranged dates can be found in the recruitment informatin pack).


To download a recruitment information pack, and equal opportunities monitoring form, visit,



Salary: £55,000 - £60,000


Job Category: Health & Medical

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Location: Anywhere


Job Expires: 10 days

How to Apply:

We acknowledge all applications within two working dates of receipt. If you have not heard from us within two days of your email submission, please call me on 01425 567708 or 07939 269612 to confirm that your application has been safely received.


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Please send your completed application to my colleague Heather Taylor, at by noon, Tuesday 27th March 2018.

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