Maynooth University are recruiting a Scholars at Risk Europe Programme Manager for Ukraine

Scholars at Risk Europe (SAR Europe), hosted by Maynooth University, Ireland, is the European office of the global Scholars at Risk network (SAR). SAR is an international network of over 600 higher education institutions in 42 countries, whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom. SAR meets its mission through three core activity areas: protection (casework or direct assistance to at-risk scholars); advocacy (campaigns for individuals and to promote academic freedom); and research and learning (publications, conferences, workshops, and trainings).

Principal duties of the Programme Manager − Ukraine at SAR Europe will include:

  • Programme management: Provide overall programme management for the MSCA4Ukraine scheme, under supervision of the Director of SAR Europe, and liaising closely with AvH in Germany and EUA in Brussels. Coordinate activities of project partners, associate partners and advisory board. Manage project timelines, ensure delivery of tasks on time.
  • Grant management: Undertake grant management, recording and reporting duties to the European Commission under the MSCA grant agreement. Monitor and report on project milestones and deliverables in accordance with grant deadlines. Prepare interim and final reports. Track and verify project expenditures, monitor cost adherence throughout the project.Liaise with the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) unit at the European Commission.
  • Support MSCA4Ukraine partners: Liaise with and support fellowship management staff at AvH in Germany (lead entity administering fellowships under the scheme); liaise with and support EUA in their role as leader of the project’s dissemination and communication activities.
  • Matchmaking & advice: Manage the project’s matchmaking and advisory services, supervising and working closely with the Programme Officer − Ukraine, to connect prospective host institutions with researchers from Ukraine. Respond to queries from researchers, host institutions and other stakeholders.
  • Career development & networking: In consultation with MSCA4Ukraine fellows and host institutions, design and manage the implementation of a series of career development opportunities (including arranging external experts as trainers/speakers) and networking sessions for researchers from Ukraine.
  • Coordination with Ukrainian R&I sector: Communicate regularly with Ukrainian research and innovation stakeholders to ensure up to date information on current needs and experiences of Ukrainian researchers inside and outside Ukraine.
  • Coordination with European R&I sector: Coordinate with other European initiatives to support researchers from Ukraine to amplify each other’s efforts, avoid duplication of tasks, and signpost to relevant resources. Exchange information with existing schemes for researchers at risk, including those from Ukraine.
  • Website: Supervise and directly contribute to development of MSCA4Ukraine webpages. Ensure clear information about calls for applications, evaluation and selection processes, resources, events, news and FAQs.
  • Preparing for reintegration: Identify good practices within MSCA4Ukraine host institutions (or inter-university partnerships) vis-à-vis maintaining links to institutions in Ukraine, for example, ways in which host institutions are facilitating continuation of research activity with researchers’ home institutions. Share relevant information with host institutions and MSCA4Ukraine fellows about external resources and support available for reintegration, including, for example pre-departure counselling, material support, social support, legal assistance.
  • Events/meetings: Represent SAR Europe & the MSCA4Ukraine scheme at external online and in-person events and meetings across Europe (estimated 3 to 5 in-person events/meetings per year on average involving travel time of 1 to 3 days per trip, additional speaking engagements online).
  • Personnel management: Supervise Programme Officer − Ukraine, and additional staff and interns as required.
  • Additional duties: Undertake additional duties that arise in the course of the MSCA4Ukraine scheme.


Closing Date:

23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 27th November 2022.

Please note all applications must be made via Maynooth University Online Recruitment Portal at the following link:




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