Assistant International Relations Officer

Imperial College London
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 01

Position description

Imperial College London’s strategy makes explicit the link between external collaboration and academic excellence and undertakes to strengthen collaboration with academia, government institutions, business, healthcare and non-profit organisations across the globe.

The International Relations Office (IRO) is a busy, highly-visible central unit responsible for supporting the development and delivery of the College’s international engagement strategy. The team develops and maintains a portfolio of key relationships spanning research, education, innovation and policy, and provides briefings, strategic advice, horizon-scanning, coordination, and practical support for international partnerships.

Working closely with senior IRO staff, the Assistant International Relations Officer will play a key role in developing and implementing international academic partnership strategies.

Duties and responsibilities


  • You will assist senior IRO staff in identifying emerging opportunities for the College to develop international peer-to-peer academic/government partnerships that help address global challenges and attract the best global talent. This will primarily focus on a specified geographical remit (Asia, Middle East, Africa), but may include other regions as circumstances require.

  • You will assist senior IRO staff with the arrangement of inwards and outwards visits by high-profile international and College delegations. This will include events and logistical support as well as assistance in the preparation of briefing and strategy documents for use during international visits.

  • You will effectively promote the College’s interests externally, to organisations including foreign embassies based in the UK, British embassies overseas, collaborating peer institutions, FCO, UUKi, and consortia partners.

  • You will coordinate the development and delivery of a programme of international student mobility programmes to support and develop the College’s international partnerships and collaborations in specific countries and/or regions.


You will have a track record of working in a fast-paced office environment with experience of supporting senior colleagues and working independently on guided projects. A demonstrable interest in international affairs/policy will be an advantage, as will knowledge of international science, education and innovation policy environments. You will have a strong interest in international collaboration and intercultural communication, and you will possess the necessary diplomatic and negotiation skills to operate in a highly international and diverse environment. You will have excellent attention to detail and experience of – or the potential to – provide positive service and stewardship to internationally leading academics and/or related stakeholders (e.g. students, government, industry, NGOs). You should welcome change and be prepared to work flexibly across multiple areas of work.

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