We are recruiting !

The African Development Forum (ADF) at SOAS is an innovative, student-driven platform for championing African development. We aim to promote international interaction, generate lively thought-provoking discussion and challenge assumptions surrounding development in Africa.



Over the next two weeks we will be recruiting a team to organise and facilitate the sixth annual African Development Forum at SOAS. The Executive Committee will be comprised of current students with varying experience who are interested in Africa and its future.

The Committee will be responsible for coming up with a theme for the 2017 Forum and facilitating the event. We are looking for highly motivated and dynamic individuals that will set and implement the vision for an even bigger and better ADF in 2017.

Interested candidates should submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) with a cover message outlining how they meet the requirements listed below and what they will contribute to the Executive Committee. In your cover message please state clearly the role you would like to apply for, and explain how you fit the role. In addition, we ask that each applicant suggests one idea for the 2017 theme, as this will be one of your first tasks as an Executive Committee member. This year’s theme was “Inclusive     Growth: Structural Transformation in Africa”. You might be interested in gender equality, labour issues, small and medium enterprises, environmental sustainability, cultural capital; there are many angles worth considering about development in Africa and this is your chance to shape the forum to fit your interests.

We are recruiting for the following roles:



Co-chairs act as the main point of contact for planning and facilitation on the overall status of the ADF. They should demonstrate proactive problem-solving skills and strong people-skills due to the diplomatic nature of the role. They assist in shaping the individual roles and responsibilities of committee members, plan weekly agendas, take note of necessary actions and ensure the completion of tasks by all members.



This is an exciting role which requires you to coordinate and implement the communications strategy for the event. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks including updating the website, posters and event programs, getting media coverage for the Forum and using social media channels to promote the event and any fundraising efforts. The role will also involve liaising with other members of the team to assist with communications for fundraising pitches and to contact current and previous attendees. Writing experience in any journalistic capacity is an advantage. Preferably you will have some experience of using social media for campaigns / events and be IT savvy.



She / he will be responsible for the design of all event promotional material (posters, flyers, programme, and website design and management). It is preferred that someone with previous technical experience, such as practice of Photoshop, applies for this role.



The primary responsibilities of the Finance and Fundraising Coordinators include the securing of funding for the Forum and the managing of the ADF finances and budget. The coordinators will also have a key responsibility in organising fundraising and awareness events. The Coordinators can build on ADF’s partnership portfolio, which includes the Royal African Society and the Centre for African Studies at SOAS.



The Panel Organisers are responsible for the central part of the Forum – the panel. Before the forum, their work includes brainstorming the panel structure and potential candidates with the team, contact identified panelists, act as main point of contact for these, and supply the communications team with required information about the panelists. During the forum, the Panel Organisers act as main point of contact for the panelists, which includes the coordination of practicalities. The follow-up with the panelists after the forum is also in the Panel Organisers’ portfolio. Candidates for this role must have good communication skills and should ideally have spent some time in a similar position and / or possess a good knowledge of London’s organizational environment with regard to development in Africa.



This person is responsible for all the event logistics including securing the venue, organising the technical equipment including sound and audio and organising the event layout on the day. She / he will work closely with the fundraisers and panel organisers to ensure that logistical issues are adequately foreseen prior to the event, for example appropriate advertising space for sponsors. This is a varied role, ideally suited for someone with the ability to multitask, work with a variety of people and keep an eye on the whole task at hand. She / he must also communicate and negotiate with the other committee members as well as associates of the ADF.



This role requires researching and reporting about potential speakers as well as subjects and themes for discussion that are raised by the Executive Team. They may also raise further projects, depending on the theme and given the variety of ways it can be promoted in view of the Forum. They will work closely with the Panel Organisers to contact panel speakers for the Forum.

… And 12 x Team Effort

Although each member of the committee holds a specific role, the ADF is a team effort; therefore in addition to your responsibilities within the Executive Committee, every member should work as part of the general team to support each other’s efforts to ensure that the SOAS ADF 2017 is a success!



In addition to the specific skills listed above, eligible candidates should demonstrate the following core competencies:

  •   Preferably enrolled on a postgraduate course at SOAS, but we also encourage undergraduates to apply
  •   A strong interest in Africa with a broad understanding of some of the opportunities and challenges that confront the continent
  •   Strong verbal and written communication skills
  •   A creative and entrepreneurial approach to putting together a new project and resolving problems
  •   Outgoing and personable
  •   Ability to multi-task and meet own deadlines
  •   Ability to work in a team and individually
  •   Demonstrable organisational skills
  •   Open minded and active listener with the ability to take on board the views and opinions of 
  •   Above all, high levels of enthusiasm, commitment, resilience, and a can-do attitude is a must. We encourage students from a wide range of academic disciplines to apply as this will be a great opportunity to enhance teamwork skills, gain hands-on experience in event planning and learn more about development in Africa outside of the academic sphere!


Completed applications are to be sent to either 291178@soas.ac.uk or 627115@soas.ac.uk with “ADF 2017 Recruitment – [position applied for]” in the subject line of the email. The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Monday 24th October. We encourage interested candidates to apply early. Those selected will be notified no later than Friday, 28th October and will be expected to attend a first, mandatory introduction meeting with the rest of the new team soon after at a mutually convenient time.






The SOAS African Development Forum is an innovative, student-driven platform for championing African development. We aim to promote international interaction, generate lively thought-provoking discussion and challenge assumptions surrounding development in Africa.

‘Inclusive Growth: Structural Tranformation in Africa’ is the theme for the 2016 African Development Forum. It will be held on Saturday 12th of March, 2016 at the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS. The goal of the event is to reflect on Africa’s various paths to development, assess the role of technology, and discuss the possibilities of countries to drive sustainable growth. Register for the ADF 2016 here.

Find out more about previous editions and stay tuned for what is coming up on ADF 2016 here.