OPALS
OPALS

Oppenheimer Programme in African Landscape Systems (OPALS)

Person Specification – Impact Scholar Coastal

Essential

 

Desirable
Attainments/ Qualifications
Higher education degree equivalent to a UK honours degree (2:1 or higher, or equivalent experience) in engineering, sustainable development, physical geography, environmental science, or a related subject.

 

Master’s degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in engineering, sustainable development, physical geography, environmental science, or a related subject.
Skills and Understanding
Basic quantitative skills and numeracy.

 

Basic skills to be able to undertake quantitative analysis of environmental data.

 

English language skills (written and verbal).

 

Portuguese language skills (written and verbal).

 

Digital skills (ability to use videoconferencing software such as Zoom/Teams/Skype/Slack).

 

Understanding of coastal hazards in Africa.

 

Understanding of adaptation to mitigate coastal hazards in Africa.

 

Skills using geospatial data for environmental analysis (e.g., GIS)

 

Skills in presenting information in written and visual forms.

 

Prior Experience
Background in coastal engineering, coastal management, sustainable development, risk management or similar fields.

 

Experience and motivation to work independently.

 

Experience of stakeholder engagement in Africa.

 

Evidence of communicating science to diverse audiences.

 

Behavioural Characteristics
A passion to inform adaptive management options to have a positive impact in society.

 

Ability to work well, both individually and as part of a larger team.

 

Curiosity and ability to think logically.

 

Aptitude for problem-solving.

 

A willingness to conduct fieldwork in remote locations.

Other requirements relevant to this role
Candidates must hold citizenship of an African Nation, and preference will be given to Mozambican nationals

 

Candidates must be eligible to study in the United Kingdom and have the ability to move to the UK.

 

Candidates must be eligible to work in the Republic of South Africa and have the ability to move to the RSA.

 

A full driving licence, which is accepted in the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique.