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19.08.2015

EES Cairo Visiting Fellow

The UK’s leading Egyptological organisation, the Egypt Exploration Society, is looking for an enthusiastic and well-organised 'Visiting Fellow' to join our team for 3 months in 2016.

During this time you will work with the Society’s Fieldwork and Engagement Manager in Cairo, in organising

• A series of workshops offering research and professional skills for Egyptologists and archaeologists
• The programme for students visiting Egypt with EES bursaries;
• A one-day meeting for British archaeological projects working in Egypt;
• The regular programme of lectures and training courses;
• ‘EES days’ at partner institutions including Cairo and Faiyum Universities;
• EES members’ visits to archaeological sites.

Alongside these tasks, you will also have the opportunity to

• Liaise with colleagues at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, and various universities, and foreign institutes with bases in Egypt;
• Visit the projects supported by the Society at archaeological sites around the country;
• Participate in various training exercises and engagement activities as well as assisting in the organisation of events and networking with visiting researchers and Society members.

This is an exciting opportunity to spend a prolonged period of time in Egypt working for an organisation with a rich history, which plays an important role within not only within the field of archaeology but as part of the British community through its close connection with the British Council. Assistance in identifying suitable accommodation close to the British Council in Agouza will be provided.

The successful candidate will be working within a friendly, passionate and energetic team; they therefore must be a team player. They will enjoy a small but busy office environment within the British Council building at Agouza, Cairo, and a flexible approach will be required to support the Fieldwork and Engagement Manager if the necessity arises. They will, ideally, have experience of graduate research in Egyptology / archaeology, writing applications, communicating scholarly ideas to various audiences, including the academic (e.g. scientific publication) and wider public (e.g. social networks). A degree in Egyptology, archaeology or a relevant field is essential. If you consider yourself to be a conscientious, organised and enthusiastic team player, who also has the ability to work independently, then please apply.

About the Society

The Egypt Exploration Society is the leading UK organisation for archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt and has an international membership of professional Egyptologists and interested members of the public. The Society is a registered charity and is funded principally by members’ subscriptions and donations. The Society maintains London and Cairo offices and organises events for members and the general public throughout the UK, in Egypt and elsewhere. The London Office houses an extensive library and its archive of excavation records dating back to the late nineteenth century. It is also used to host smaller educational and social events. The Cairo Office houses a small members’ library located within the British Council buildings, which is also the venue for our Cairo events.

In 2014, the Society inaugurated a programme of scholarships allowing young Egyptologists and archaeologists from Egypt to visit London for six weeks. The programme is intended to assist graduate students in their research but also to broaden their knowledge and experience of professional archaeology and Egyptology by visiting museums, universities and colleagues in London and elsewhere in the UK. The Society received over 100 applications for the six places in both 2014 and 2015 and so we are seeking to expand our provision of training in research and professional skills to a larger audience through a series of workshops and other offerings from the Society’s Cairo Office. The fellow will provide the necessary support to carry out this expansion to the programme.
Role Description

Position: EES Cairo Visiting Fellow
Reports to: Director

Purpose

To provide the necessary support to:
• Expand the Society’s provision of training in research and professional skills to a larger audience through a series of workshops and other offerings from the Society’s Cairo Office;
• Maintain the existing programme of lectures, classes and other educational events

Principal tasks

To organise:
• A series of workshops offering research and professional skills for Egyptologists and archaeologists
• The familiarisation tour for students visiting Egypt (see http://goo.gl/KBxgVL);
• A one-day meeting for British archaeological projects working in Egypt in liaison with the Society’s Cairo Representative;
• The regular programme of lectures and training courses;
• ‘EES days’ at partner institutions including Cairo and Faiyum Universities at which EES Field Directors and others will give presentations on their most recent work;
• EES members’ visits to archaeological sites
• To provide regular updates on the activities above via the Society’s website and social networks.

Person Specification

The following is a person specification, based upon the above role description.

Essential:


• Ability to work well within a team
• Excellent IT skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
• Familiarity with use of social media
• Self-motivated, organised and able to prioritise
• Flexible and enthusiastic
• Attention to detail
• Degree within a relevant discipline
• Cultural sensitivity

Desirable:

• Experience of organising workshops/seminars
• Experience of liaising with academic/professional colleagues
• Experience of graduate research in Egyptology / archaeology,
• Experience of writing applications e.g. for jobs, funding, scholarships, excavation permissions etc.
• Experience of communicating scholarly ideas to various audiences
• Member of the EES (past or present) or cognate organisation
• Experience of working in Egypt

Terms of Internship

This is a full‐time post, based in the Society’s Cairo Office following a period of one week (approx.) for preparation with members of the team in London. The successful applicant will be responsible to the Director and will be appointed on a 3-month fixed term contract.

Start date: 4 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. In the first instance we expect the successful candidate to work for three months continuously, however some flexibility may be allowed for candidates with commitments, e.g. to fieldwork projects in Egypt, during the first months of the year.

Salary: £1,000 per month, paid monthly in arrears. The cost of any necessary travel to and from Egypt will be provided in addition.

Application Process

An application form can be downloaded here and must be returned by e‐mail to application@ees.ac.uk. Do not include a covering letter or a CV as only the form will be considered by the selection panel. If you would like to discuss the post further on an informal basis, please contact the Director, Dr Chris Naunton: chris.naunton@ees.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Monday 5 October 2015. Interviews for short‐listed candidates will be held at the Society’s London Offices during October 2015.

A PDF version of this advertisment is available here.

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