Since 1907, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. Through our network of members across the world, we facilitate research, share knowledge, guide lifelong careers, and drive impact.

As a respected Society at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, we connect people and organisations who work, or are interested in, these areas. We’re an independent organisation and have a unique role in convening diverse stakeholders from many sectors and disciplines.

We play a role in all stages of global health practice from initial research and development, publication and showcasing, implementation, debate, and impact.

Our work includes funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events. We provide grants for UK and international research and travel scholarships, as well as awarding medals for excellence in practice and to recognise emerging talent.

RSTMH Grants & Awards Committee Membership

RSTMH Is looking for new individuals to join its Grants and Awards Committee. The Grants and Awards Committee oversees the delivery of RSTMH’s annual Early Career Grants Programme and its Medals and Awards Programme.  It also oversees the recruitment of new Global Assessors who review submissions to both Programmes. RSTMH Grant and Awards Committee members are grant experts who serve a three-year voluntary term and meet, normally virtually, 4-6 times a year for 2 hours.

Further details

We are looking for individuals with significant experience of either grant management or grant giving.

Committee members should have prior experience of conducting reviews of grant applications or journal manuscripts.

We welcome applications from RSTH members, Fellows and non-members from any country and a range of disciplines within global health and tropical medicine .

We would like members of the Grants and Awards Committee to serve for a term of three years, renewable once by the Board.

The role of the RSTMH Grants and Awards Committee

· To work with the other members of the Grants and Awards Committee and the Chief Executive and Grants Manager, to ensure oversight of the development of a comprehensive and robust grants programme and medals and awards programme, with clear policies, roles and responsibilities and annual plans.

· Undertake an annual review of RSTMH grant-making and awards activity and ensure they are in line with RSTMH’s charitable objectives, strategy, and the external funding environment

· Work to a grant and award budget approved by the Board of Trustees

· Select and monitor the work of Global Assessors to assess and recommend recipients of grants

· Annually review all application and review forms across Programmes and make recommendations to the team

· Take part in and review assessments of grants and feed into recommendations for awards

Job description – Administrative Assistant

Job title: Administrative Assistant

Reports to: Team and Office Manager

Salary: Range of £18,000 to £20,000 depending on experience.

Location: High Holborn, London

The term: One-year fixed term contract

Hours: Full time

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a charity and membership society that has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health since 1907.

Our ambition is to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access to greater equity in global health care. Through our activities we help further our members’ careers. We also bring together their collective knowledge and use our own expertise to achieve change within the sector.

We are looking for a motivated individual to join us as Administrative Assistant, effectively supporting the small but busy RSTMH Team by providing proactive and comprehensive support across our key areas of work.

The role will require someone who preferably has some experience of providing administrative support to a busy team (preferably within the charity/not-for-profit sector), who is flexible, has excellent time management skills and is able work on own initiative. The successful candidate will be working across various departments, including membership, journals, events, Early Career Grants, and communications; therefore, they will need to be efficient and organised, with strong computer skills and a professional outlook.

The Role:

· To provide day to day administration for the RSTMH team, including but not limited to financial administration, arranging meetings, booking travel and accommodation, desk research, diary management, and organising other meetings and events as required

· To develop and maintain effective working relationships across RSTMH

· To ensure that all assigned tasks are completed to a high standard

· To ensure that all general telephone, email, and written enquiries are dealt with efficiently and promptly

· To support the management of office stock levels and team planning tools

· To be responsible for opening and distributing post daily

· To undertake electronic and paper filing and maintaining filing systems appropriately

· To provide administrative and project support to the CEO

· To assist with the management of the RSTMH meeting rooms and team areas

· To support and attend RSTMH events, including handling delegate registration enquiries via telephone and email, collating event packs and materials, and conducting desk research on the cost and availability of venues and caterers

· To assist with the administration associated with the RSTMH Early Career Grants programme

· To support the Digital Communications Manager on areas such as finding global health news to share on RSTMH’s social media, uploading to and editing the website, and helping to prepare the fortnightly newsletter

· To provide support to the Membership Manager on specific projects related to RSTMH’s recruitment of members and the delivery of benefits to existing member

· To be responsible for the general administration and upkeep of RSTMH’s online opportunities platform, grow

· To participate in team meetings, planning and initiatives

· To undertake any other reasonable tasks as could be expected of an Administrative Assistant

Essential Technical Skills:

· Ability to manage a diverse set of priorities and meet deadlines to a consistently high standard

· Capacity to set up and maintain administrative processes and office systems

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a strong understanding of delivering great customer service

· Good analytical skills with the ability to identify key points from complex material or information

· Experience of being responsible for initiating, planning, and developing own areas of work

· High computer literacy and confidence with Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel

· Exceptional use of written and spoken English

· Experience providing administration support, preferably in an office environment.

Personal Skills:

· Ability to work with a wide range of people whilst presenting a professional image on behalf of RSTMH

· Ability to be calm under pressure and help build a collaborative team culture

· Flexibility and willingness to work under own initiative

· Discretion when dealing with confidential information

· Willingness to undertake other responsibilities and an eagerness to learn

· A demonstrated commitment to and interest in the aims and objectives of RSTMH

Desirable Skills:

· Filing experience

· Experience of working with databases

· Professional, polite, and confident telephone manner

· Experience of working in events

To apply: This is an exciting opportunity for a confident team player looking to enhance their administration and communication skills. To apply for the role of Administrative Assistant please fill in the form, with a cover letter showing how your previous experience and skills meet the requirements of the role, and with your CV. Applications without a CV and/or cover letter will not be accepted.

Please apply by filling out the form and uploading your CV, by 17:00 on 18 August 2022.We may review applications as and when they come in, and may close the process early if successful, so would urge early applications.



Thank you for clicking on the link to take our RSTMH Institutions Survey. You have been selected for this survey as an applicant to the RSTMH grants programme included your name as either their supervisor or an senior contact at their institution.

The purpose of this survey is for RSTMH to gain a better understanding of the ways we could assist early career research grant applicants and awardees with the next stages of their career, and achieving the next level of research grant. Please fill in this survey in your own name,  we are not asking you to speak on behalf of your institution. We will ensure your answers are treated with confidence, please do let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this. 

Thanks so much for deciding to apply for this role, to support RSTMH and our work. The job description is below. 


Job title: Meetings and Events Manager

Reports to: CEO

Hours of work: Full time, office based

Salary: Circa £35k, depending on experience

Job type: Permanent

Job summary

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a Society of over 1,700 members from 100 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.

RSTMH organises and participates in events as a crucial way of showcasing, discussing, and debating key areas of tropical medicine and global health research and practice. Our range of events are wide. We deliver educational conferences and webinars, social events, research meetings for early career professionals, and high-profile debates and discussions. They happen across the UK, and increasingly around the world. Our events add to the impact of our work in tropical medicine and global health, but also raise funds to allow us to continue our work as a charity.

The Meetings and Events Manager has responsibility for developing and delivering the RSTMH events plans within the overall strategy and budget of RSTMH. The role requires an able self-starter who is excited by the prospect of overseeing such a broad range of meetings and events. The candidate needs to have excellent communication and relationship building skills, and to be organised, flexible with a great attention to detail. They should be as comfortable executing and developing an events strategy, negotiating sponsorship, and managing all the logistical aspects of the events programme.  In addition to our own events there are several partners that provide event opportunities and helping maximise these opportunities is also the responsibility of the events manager.

Main responsibilities

· Responsibility for the execution of the events strategy with a focus on expanding global reach, supporting careers, and improving the financial position

· Managing events from conception to completion - delivering events to the highest standard to meet their objectives of success – quality and cost effectiveness

· Represent the team on the Meetings and Events Committee, optimising meetings including setting agendas, writing minutes, liaising with the Chair

· Identify, appoint, and manage Scientific Chairs, Committees, and Sub Committees to generate event content, reach new audiences and sponsors.

· Responsible for the income being delivered from ticket sales, sponsorship and other income streams linked to meetings and events

· Responsible for the income and expenditure budgets and monthly reforecasts for our meetings and events, and ensuring accurate financial record keeping

· Supporting and training colleagues to run meetings and events virtually

· Working with the team to develop all event materials – physical and digital

· Work with CEO to identify sponsors, develop proposals and negotiate income

· Producing comprehensive event briefings for speakers, team, and Board

· Supporting and attending events, sometimes out of office hours, in and out of the UK

· Working with the team and Committees to identify prospective speakers and audiences for our events

· Evaluating and reporting on the success of each event and considering areas of improvement

· Ensure up to date event information is publicised on the website and on other RSTMH channels

· Responsible for venue and supplier contract negotiation and management

· Line managing volunteers and interns where required

· Work with the team at RSTMH to develop and implement a marketing plan for events

· Manage all event enquiries, from external and internal stakeholders

· Liaise with and manage relationships with event stakeholders internally and externally, including suppliers, members, committees, Board, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors

· Work with the Membership Manager to maximise the engagement of event attendees in RSTMH’s work, and conversion of events attendees to be members

· Develop processes to ensure we capture all data from events, through our CRM

· Ensure efficient processes exist for ticket sales, paying expenses and invoices

Person specification

· Passion for RSTMH and our work

· Professional and articulate

· Degree level education or relevant proven work experience

· At least 3 years proven track record of managing and delivering successful national and ideally international events

· Experience of running virtual events and webinars, with knowledge of variety of platforms

· Strong project management and organisational skills

· Evidence of working with events committees and managing suppliers to deliver events

· Numerate with budget management experience including forecasting, and planning

· Experience of drawing up and managing third party contracts for events

· Excellent problem-solving skills with a proactive approach and mind-set

· Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

· Brilliant time management and task prioritisation skills

· Evidence of working with team, and board members

· Line management experience desirable

· Meticulous attention to detail

· Can do attitude to take ownership of events

· Relationship building skills, being able to inspire others and bring them with you

· Passion for RSTMH and its work

· Reliable team player – able to identify areas of interaction with other activities of our work, and able to work with team to increase success

· Willingness to work unsocial hours as required, and to undertake travel outside of London and the UK, with reasonable notice

· Working with a CRM system and perhaps other databases
Please apply by filling out the form and uploading your CV, by 17:00 on 18August 2022. We may review applications as and when they come in, and may close the process early if successful, so would urge early applications.



Thanks so much for deciding to apply for this role, to support RSTMH and our work. The job description is below.

Job description – Managing Editor

Job title: Managing editor

Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH

Hours of work: Full time, office based

Salary: £36k – 40k, depending on experience

Job type: Permanent

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Job summary

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a society of over 1,500 members from more than 90 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.

RSTMH publishes two peer-reviewed scientific journals. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Transactions) was launched in 1908, is published monthly and is a hybrid journal. International Health was launched in 2009, is published every two months. International Health flipped  to being fully open access in 2020. Both journals are published by Oxford University Press, and we currently work with an external editorial office to support the peer review process. Both titles  have high profile Editors in Chief (EIC) - Professor Nick Day is EIC for Transactions, and Dr Stefanie Meredith for International Health as well as excellent editorial boards of Associate Editors and Editorial Advisers who oversee  the peer review process. Following a restructure 3 years ago the journals have been steadily improving in terms of Impact Factor, submissions and special content. Supported by the Editors in Chief and other partners, an exciting programme of special issues and supplements is in place and also being developed for the future.

We’re looking for an experienced Managing Editor who will relish the opportunity to oversee these two growing journals, and help us achieve our ambitious goals. RSTMH is a small team so the ideal candidate needs to be happy to work independently and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable writing a new strategy for the journals, networking to identify great researchers and professionals, and answering day to day queries from authors or reviewers. The candidate needs to be responsible for the budget for the journals and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.

Summary of the role

· Taking ultimate responsibility for the quality and balance of content from the selection and commissioning of articles, special issues and supplements

· Developing and overseeing Editorial Board networks of the highest calibre and managing/maximising their contributions through effective regular communications

· Maintaining timeliness and a high impact for the journals in the international scientific and global health communities

· Ensuring that the journals are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy, and working with the publisher to promote RSTMH and its journal content to a wider audience

Key external contacts

Editors in chief

Editorial Board members

Authors and reviewers

External peer review management suppliers

Publisher (publishing partner)

Marketing Manager (publishing partner)

Production Editor (publishing partner)

Typesetters (with publishing partner)

Contact with others including for technical support, supplements and membership discussions (publishing partner)

Key tasks

Journal development

  • Finalise and      implement a detailed 12-month strategic plan and work plan that cascades      from and complements wider RSTMH strategy and goals
  • Work      with the Editors in Chief, and editorial boards to develop, communicate      and implement editorial policy, holding regular conference calls with      individual members
  • Manage      Editorial Board activity; to include annual skills gap analysis, levels of      engagement, quarterly reports, annual meetings. Recruit additional Board      members as appropriate, rotating off those who have either completed their      terms or who do not contribute
  • Regularly      commission reviews, opinion pieces, editorials, special issues and      supplements
  • Work      with Editors in Chief to communicate policy changes and other      author-related developments via editorial pieces
  • Citation      analysis, analysing the reports produced by publishing      partner or internally, and using those to inform commissioning      strategy, calls for papers for the journals and drive Editorial Board      recruitment
  • Updating and      rolling the strategic plan and work plan forward every quarter
  • Work      with Oxford University Press (OUP) to implement the journal development      plan, ensuring milestones and goals are met
  • Demonstrate      consistent improvements (eg. impact factor, turnaround times) in the      journals over a period of time.

Journal management

  • Leading      and supporting the work of our suppliers and OUP editorial team to ensure      efficient journal workflow, ensuring journal issues are produced on time      and with an appropriate balance of content
  • Lead      regular status meetings with our suppliers and Publisher, ensuring action      points are followed up
  • Take responsibility      for monitoring of page budgets and turnaround times
  • Work with the Marketing Manager      (OUP), Publisher (OUP) and Chief Executive to determine journals marketing      strategy, ensuring it complements RSTMH marketing efforts
  • Provide the Chief Executive with monthly reports on      journal workflow and key outcomes and performance of the journals
  • Manage the journal print stock,      ensuring the required number of copies are ordered in for RSTMH events, in      addition to maintaining a rolling stock
  • In collaboration with the Chief Executive, oversee the      journal budget and monitor/report on finances throughout the year

Business development of journals

  • Monitor      and report reception/perception of RSTMH journal content through      networking (e.g. at scientific meetings), organising author and reader      surveys in association with the publisher
  • Collaborate with Chief      Executive and rest of RSTMH team on all matters concerning promotion of      RSTMH journals
  • Lead on the process of sharing information from the      journals with the rest of the society, where relevant
  • Actively      seek out opportunities for, and commission, manuscripts and special      projects to promote and maximise income from the journals and their      content (e.g. online collections, themed issues, themed article series and      supplements)
  • Ensure      that relevant journal content is promoted on the RSTMH website and other      communication channels

Supplier Management

  • Manage the      relationship with our publishing partner, OUP, and our suppliers who are      managing parts of the peer review process, including oversight of the      contractual side of these relationships
  • Establishing      plans to meet, monitor and evaluate the performance of key contacts,      producing quarterly status reports

Person specification

  • Significant      editorial experience on scientific journals
  • Science      background, ideally with PhD in an allied area of medical research
  • Experience of open      access publishing
  • Knowledge      of major publishing trends
  • Experience      in using online submission and peer review management systems
  • Strong      project management skills and numeracy
  • Ability      to network effectively with a range of external scientific and      non-scientific contacts
  • Self      motivated
  • Results      oriented
  • High      level of communication skills: articulate, clear, concise, accurate
  • Ability      to prioritise and manage workload
  • Demonstrated      networking skills: able to form effective new relationships with a wide      range of internal and external contacts

Thanks so much for deciding to apply for this role, to support RSTMH and our work. The job description is below. 

Job description – Grants Manager

Job title: Grants Manager

Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH

Hours of work: Full time, based at the RSTMH offices, High Holborn 

Salary: £36k

Job type: Permanent 

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Job summary

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a charity and society of over 1,800 members from 94 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.

We aim to save lives, alleviate diseases and improve equity and access to health through improving our members careers and combining their skills and experience with our own knowledge to call for change in policy, funding and research.

Every year RSTMH provides small grants of up to £5,000 each to early career researchers and global health professionals around the world, to try and ensure that the pipeline of research, translation, implementation and policy work on global health is full of innovative plans and projects.  We want to inspire the next generation of tropical medicine and global health discoveries as much as we can. In the last 4 years the programme has grown by a factor of 4 in terms of submissions and by a factor of 6 in terms of awards, so it is an exciting time to be leading this area of work.

To help us manage this programme we’re looking for an experienced Grants Manager who can manage all aspects of the programme from marketing through assessment, to award, ongoing communications and monitoring and evaluation.

RSTMH is a small team so the candidate needs to be happy to work alone, and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable leading partner relationships, developing marketing information, writing a communications strategy, advising potential grantees on terms and conditions, and running reports on the online submissions platform. The candidate needs to be responsible for the programme budget on behalf of RSTMH and our funding partners, and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.

Summary of the role

· Taking ultimate responsibility for the delivery of the RSTMH small grants programme, including managing relationships with our grant funding partners, volunteer assessors and awardees

· Developing and overseeing processes to streamline the marketing, assessment and delivery of grants to successful applicants

· Improve communications, monitoring and evaluation strategies to optimise the programme and its longer term outcomes

· Ensuring the grants are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy

Key tasks

Key tasks

  • To manage the international RSTMH small grants programme, working      with the Chief Executive, including-
    • Develop marketing information for the small grants programme and       help disseminate this to our existing and new networks
    • Provide support and advice to potential grantees, managing their       expectations where necessary
    • Efficiently administer the grants application process through
      • Carry out an initial assessments of grant applications
      • Assign the applications to global assessors and managing that        process through to finalising assessments and producing a shortlisting        report
      • Work with the Chief Executive to make recommendations to the        Grants and Awards Committee
      • Produce shortlisting reports for RSTMH funding partners according        to their criteria
      • Finalise grantees and working with the RSTMH to make awards
      • Evaluate the project reports as part of the wider review of the        Programme
  • To manage relationships with our global network of voluntary assessors      and also past and current awardees including
    • Establish relationships with global assessors and grantees       including phone calls, webinars and face to face meetings where possible
    • Work with global assessors and grantees to ensure compliance with       our grant processes including reporting and evaluation
  • Draft reports about the programme for the Chief Executive, Grants      and Awards Committee, Board of Trustees and funding partners
  • Maintain quality data records on grant activity, through the RSTMH      resources
  • Ensure we meet our obligations under our agreements with our      funding partners
  • Carry out such other tasks as the Chief Executive may from time to      time deem necessary

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least 3 years experience of working in grant management,      overseeing grants being given out
  • Understanding and experience of developing a monitoring and      evaluation process
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and manage own time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills
  • Excellent at building relationships with a wide variety of      stakeholders
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with the      ability to meet challenging deadlines and targets
  • Strategic thinker, happy to undertake operational work
  • Strong IT skills, including MS Office applications and database      management
  • A demonstrable commitment to the aims and objectives of RSTMH
  • Diplomacy and the ability to manage sensitive data in a  confidential and appropriate manner
  • Methodical and able to meet agreed deadlines
  • Flexible approach to changing circumstances, prepared to re-order      priorities when required

Desirable

  • An understanding of the environment for grant making for charities
  • Experience of working in a small team
  • Experience of writing grant applications



Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Global Assessors Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming an assessor for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH). This role will assess entries to our small grants programme, and abstracts for our events. 

Since 1907, RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health, working with and through our members based in over 80 countries. We do this through funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through grants awards programmes, peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events.

We are currently looking to extend our global network of assessors to represent all areas of knowledge and experience of tropical medicine and global health required to assess such a broad range of potential research. 

Main duties and responsibilities 

As a global assessor for RSTMH, you would be asked to review submissions for our small grants, travel scholarships, event abstracts and possibly other RSTMH activities. 

We would provide all resources needed to carry out assessments using our online platform Submittable and would support assessors with other resources needed. We would hopefully also try and provide a platform for assessors to network with one another, making new contacts. 

We would like global assessors to: 

· Have sufficient knowledge to be able to provide a robust review of applications

· Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work

Benefits 

Being a global assessor will hopefully strengthen your own personal development and we will look into ways to formalise this. You will be seeing research ideas and concepts at the start of their journeys and be able to help improve research practice. Your work will help encourage and inspire the next generation of researchers and professionals in global health. RSTMH would provide references for global assessors and would recognise their work and support whenever possible. 

 The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Country Ambassador application form 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Country Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH). 

Since 1907, RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. As a respected society, our members are at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, and with them we play a role in all stages from initial research, implementation, debate, through to impact. Our overarching ambition is to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access and improved equity in healthcare.

We bring together researchers and professionals from all sectors to understand the current position of tropical medicine and global health, and the challenges which exist that hinder their progress. Our work includes funding multidisciplinary research and disseminating it through peer-reviewed journals, as well as through meetings and events. We also bestow medals and awards to recognise excellence in practice and emerging talent.

We are currently looking for a group of Country Ambassadors; volunteers who can help us ensure the relevant individuals and organisations in their country are aware of our work and activities. We want researchers and professionals to be aware of the ways RSTMH could help them progress their careers and showcase their work. We also want to ensure their knowledge and experience is represented in our networks, and part of the impact we can achieve. 

The role of the Country Ambassador

The Country Ambassador is a new voluntary role, which was created as a result of our new strategy, launched late 2017.

The aim of the role is to ensure we are better connected with our members, supporters and networks outside of the UK. Ambassadors help influence how the Society operates, through their links to the Board of Trustees and also to the team. 

Main duties and responsibilities  

As a Country Ambassador, you could help ensure researchers and professionals in your country or area can better benefit from the work of the Society, and you can also inform us about we best work in your country or area. 

You can be involved through a number of ways: 

  • By spreading the word about RSTMH and our work through disseminating information to your networks
  • By potentially helping us deliver local events in your country or area
  • By helping ensure progress in tropical medicine and global health from your country is represented in our journals, at our meeting and events, and in our data through encouraging your networks to be involved with us
  • By advising us on how the work in your country or area aligns with our strategic priorities
  • By helping us understand the contacts and organisations in your country and area that you feel we should be in contact with 

We also want to hear your thoughts on how we can best achieve our aims and objectives for global health and tropical medicine.

We would like Country Ambassador to be able to work with us for at least three years, to be able to establish links and networks and make best use of the role.

For most countries we will look to recruit one Country Ambassador only, however we recognise that for some countries we may need more than one. 

Skills and experience needed

You will have been based in the country you would like to represent for at least a decade and will be there for at least a further year. 

You will have a good understanding of the health environment, as well as have established links to tropical medicine and global health networks and organisations. 

You will be knowledgeable in your specific area of tropical medicine and global health and will have established good networks within your country, in your field and more widely, preferably across the clinical, academic, charitable industry and policy making sectors. 

You will have represented your organisation or work in other non-exec or voluntary capacities in the past and will have a good understanding of how to disseminate information and extract ideas and advice. 

Finally, you will be a member of RSTMH, and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH.

Benefits 

We hope that volunteering as an RSTMH Country Ambassador will be of benefit to you. You will be part of a network of ambassadors around the world, hopefully expanding your existing networks and contacts in your area of work. 

The RSTMH Team is happy to provide references for Country Ambassadors. Once the network of Regional Ambassadors is in place there are opportunities to discuss other benefits relevant to the region. 

 The Regional Ambassador is a new voluntary role, which was created as a result of our current strategy, launched late 2017. We are currently looking for five Regional Ambassadors in the regions detailed below. To apply to be a Regional Ambassador, please follow this link to submit an application form and your CV on our online platform Submittable. Applications for this role will be reviewed by the International Members Committee of RSTMH, who meet on a quarterly basis.

The role of the Regional Ambassador

Regional Ambassadors are volunteers who will liaise with Country Ambassadors, relevant organisations, key individuals and networks in their region. They will help ensure RSTMH is known as a Society which can provide support and value to those interested in and working in tropical medicine and global health, and to feed regional information and advice into our work at governance and operational levels.

The aim of the role is to ensure we are better connected to Ambassadors, members, individuals, organisations and networks in the region. We hope it will help RSTMH be better informed on regional priorities and news, and to influence how the Society operates, through their role on the Board of Trustees and through the team.

Main duties and responsibilities

As a Regional Ambassador, your role would include the following activities:

  • Work with Country Ambassadors to identify regional dissemination      gaps and fill them with information about RSTMH and our work via social      media, networks and other communication channels
  • Work with Country Ambassadors and local partners to help scope      regional activities e.g. events
  • Report regularly on the priorities, successes and challenges in      your region in our field of work with recommendations for action
  • Liaise with Country Ambassadors and other partners on a regular      basis to help feed into your regional analysis and reports
  • Be an active member of the International Members Committee, which      meets once a quarter, virtually
  • Advise RSTMH on how to better achieve the aims and goals of our      current strategy.
  • Inform us of urgent information that you feel RSTMH should respond to      in a timely way e.g. outbreaks, health challenges, or regional successes
  • Help us understand the key individuals, organisations, and networks      in your region, that you feel we should be in contact with
  • Be open and able to attend the annual Regional Ambassador meeting and      RSTMH Board of Trustees Strategy Workshop in person
  • Be open and able to attend an RSTMH Board meeting in person as part      of the rotation of Regional Ambassadors

We would like each Regional Ambassador to attend at least two RSTMH Board meetings while they are in the role, in rotation with other Regional Ambassadors, and in accordance with the RSTMH policy on Board meeting attendance.

We would like each Regional Ambassador to attend the Board of Trustees Strategy Workshop, which happens once per year and is normally between September and December. We are hoping to combine this trip with other meetings, including team and Board inductions, the RSTMH Annual Meeting which incorporates RSTMH’s AGM, and the annual meeting of Regional Ambassadors.

We would like each Regional Ambassador to represent the network by attending one RSTMH Board meeting in rotation. The frequency of this would depend on the number of Regional Ambassadors in any one year.

The purpose of attending Board meetings would be to take an active role in the governance of RSTMH, to represent the views of the Regional Ambassador group, and to bring your knowledge and experience of the region to discussions.

We would like Regional Ambassador to be able to work with us for at least three years, to be able to establish links and networks and make best use of the role.

We are recruiting one Regional Ambassador in each of the following regions:

1. Southern and Eastern Africa

2. West Africa

3. South-East Asia and Western Pacific

4. Southern Asia

5. Southern and Central America

Skills and experience needed

You will have citizenship status in one of the countries within the region you would like to represent. You will have been based there for at least a decade and will be there for at least a further three years.

You will have a good understanding of the broader context of global health beyond your personal area of speciality, as well as have established links to influential individuals and regional tropical medicine and global health networks and organisations.

You will be knowledgeable in your specific area of tropical medicine and global health and will have established good networks within your region, in your field and more widely, preferably across the clinical, academic, charity, industry and policy making sectors.

You will have represented your organisation or work in other non-executive or voluntary capacities in the past and ideally you would also have experience of working in a regional role in the past. You will have good relationship building skills and will be happy to act as a voluntary ambassador for RSTMH at conferences and meetings. You should be able to provide a reference from a senior representative from another institution in the region who is able to comment on your suitability for the role.

You will be an established member of RSTMH,  be able to demonstrate a good understanding of our work and strategy, and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH. Ideally you would have held a voluntary role with RSTMH before.

Benefits

Although the role of Regional Ambassador is voluntary, we will meet the costs of attending the Board of Trustee Strategy Workshop and the RSTMH meetings organised as part of that same trip. During this visit you would have a chance to meet members of the Board of Trustees, the RSTMH team and other RSTMH members, Fellows and partners.

We will help develop materials e.g. business cards and email signatures for the Regional Ambassador to aid the delivery of the role.

We hope that volunteering as an RSTMH Regional Ambassador will be of benefit to you. You will be part of a network of Ambassadors around the world, hopefully expanding your existing networks and contacts in your area of work.

The RSTMH Team is happy to provide references for Regional Ambassadors.

As a Student Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, you could be involved in a range of activities that help raise the profile of RSTMH at your university/institution and potentially with your wider networks.

RSTMH expectations of Student Ambassadors 

  • Be a member  existing RSTMH member for a minimum  of 3-months 
  • Be a full-time student in a subject related to global health, though part-time students will also be considered.
  • Have good networks and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH at events and meetings.
  • Provide feedback and ideas, thoughts or comments concerning Society activities to help with the process of continuous improvement. 
  • Always treat RSTMH staff, supporters, partners and members with respect, consideration and appreciation.
  • Be friendly and professional at all times when representing RSTMH and engaging your networks about RSTMH.
  • Help disseminate announcements to relevant students and staff on an ongoing basis, for instance, via departmental mailing lists, Noticeboards, or social media; via online resource portals and/or via the course convener for the relevant degree programmes.
  • Provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to fulfil your Student Ambassador commitment. 
  • Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work: our events, grants, journals and other plans.
  • Be able to communicate clearly about RSTMH and our work, staying within RSTMH’s brand guidelines. 
  • Be familiar with the aims and scope of our two journals.
  • Act in a way that doesn’t discriminate against or exclude anyone. 
  • Respect different opinions and be sensitive to different cultures. 
  • Have a strong social media presence.
  • Donate as much time to the role as you can. 

How to apply 

Student Ambassadors are recruited throughout the year. 

We are now open for applications. If you would like to apply to become a RSTMH Student Ambassador, please complete the application form. 

Please give as much information as possible about your experiences, interests and availability. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amelia Fincham, amelia.fincham@rstmh.org.  

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene