Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC250268
Location London See on Map
Salary £38318
Date Posted 22 July 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 August 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 per annum (plus London allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 12 months
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st August 2019
Interview Date: 11th September 2019
Location: London


UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) is a collaborative of government and research funders with interests in international development. Since 2008, it has worked to make the UK, which is one of the most productive, innovative and high-quality research countries in the world, also a world leader in collaboration for the use of research and innovation to achieve sustainable development.

UKCDR exists to connect and build expertise among its membership and to build connections between the research and development communities. By ensuring better coherence and collaboration, it allows funders to act in complementary ways or in partnership, and avoiding risks of fragmentation, duplication and missed opportunities. By fact-finding, analysing and distilling information, and bringing together the expertise of its members and stakeholders in a neutral space, it enables links and partnerships and facilitates best practice and stronger strategic decision making. This ensures the best science is funded and used to benefit international development, as well as the UK.

UKCDR’s core contributing members include The Department for International Development (DFID), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and the Welcome Trust.

UKCDR is governed by a newly formed Board, the HMG Strategic Coherence for ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board. The SCOR Board is chaired by an independent member, Professor Peter Piot, brings together the Chief Scientific Advisers and Directors of our Core members and engages strategically with HMG Treasury.

In June 2018, UKCDR launched a new strategy building on firm foundations laid since its establishment in 2008, and aligning to the 2015 UK aid strategy and the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It comprises four integrated overlapping aims:

  • mapping analysis and foresight
  • convening for collaboration and joint action
  • sharing information, learning and best practice
  • a collective voice to shape policy.

UKCDR is reviewed annually by its members. UKCDR is hosted by the Welcome Trust in London, with HR support provided by UKRI (which directly employs UKCDR staff). The current team comprises 9 staff, including the Executive Director, an Executive Assistant, the Head of Operations, a Communications Manager and 5 Research and Policy Officers. 

About the role

As a member of the UKCDR Team, you will work closely with the Executive Director and across the UKCDR team to provide additional leadership and critical oversight for the portfolio of work within UKCDR and to support stakeholder engagement. You will also keep abreast of trends and developments in international development research and provide research and policy advice to member organisations and stakeholders. Finally, the you will support staff development and learning.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • provide leadership and critical oversight for the portfolio of work within UKCDR
  • lead on strategic project work for projects across UKCDR - from project plan development, to the management of the project, to delivery against project objectives
  • be accountable for overall project success and ensure appropriate oversight of time, cost and quality, management of risks and issues and sign-off of deliverables
  • guide project teams on methodology and provide subject matter expertise
  • act as point of contact for senior stakeholders and drive proactive stakeholder engagement throughout the project lifecycle
  • carry out high-quality research and analysis as required
  • lead on the writing of reports and other deliverables, including the preparation of papers for meetings of the UKCDR Officials Group and SCOR Board Meetings
  • act as a subject matter expert on international development research
  • keep abreast of key trends and developments in international development research
  • act as an ambassador for UKCDR by participating as a speaker or panellist in key research meetings, policy and public engagement forums and by providing research and policy advice to member organisations as required
  • under direction of Executive Director, take on new assignments, work independently on research issues and questions, interface with UKCDR wider stakeholders and provide follows ups
  • support stakeholder engagement and relationship building

You will also be expected to undertake any other work that may be reasonable required from time to time, including leading or supporting internal initiatives.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.

Shortlisting criteria


  • advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in a STEM, social science, or public health subject
  • substantial experience in a role relevant to international development research
  • experience of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis in an academic, commercial or governmental environment
  • experience of successfully delivering high-profile, high-quality projects
  • ability to influence others and build trusted relationships with senior stakeholders
  • excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office packages (Excel, PowerPoint and Word).

Interview criteria


  • strong analytical skills and the ability to analyse complex information and summarise key conclusions or recommendations
  • team player – able to work collaboratively and within matrix structures
  • flexible professional with a positive can-do attitude
  • an active interest in learning new skills/technologies and applying them
  • attentive to detail
  • strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • ability to influence others and build trusted relationships with senior stakeholders
  • ability to see the ‘big picture’ and recognise scientific potential and opportunities
  • strong project management experience – from conception to development to delivery
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to synthesise information and conveying key points clearly and concisely
  • strong facilitation skills for meetings and project working
  • good time management skills.


  • working knowledge of statistical methods and analytical tools.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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