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Senior Research Manager (Global Health)



Closing date

02 January 2024

Interview date



£45,700 PA



Working at the NIHR

About the role

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Global Health, the post holder will be responsible for developing and delivering research commissioning and award management across NIHR Global Health funding Schemes.

You will be a strategic thinker, capable of seeing the issues and solutions from a number of different stakeholder perspectives to see the bigger picture. You will be comfortable dealing with complexity and developing an approach to balance the needs of different stakeholders. You will be a strong team player and communicator. You will have a solid understanding of the research commissioning process, contracting and assurance processes, and the routes through which research leads to impact.

You will have experience of leadership of complex projects, knowledge of the international research environment and Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding requirements, with demonstrable experience at working across teams and specialisms.

This is a key role that will require coordination across a range of diverse stakeholders, representing NIHR and other DHSC funded research at internal and external forums. You will work closely with award holders, teams at NIHR and the DHSC.

What you will bring to the role

  • Lead commissioning activities for future funding calls: ensuring delivery of a robust and transparent funding process, including call theme and priority setting, defining and delivering application and assessment processes, management of a funding committee, and contracting awards recommended for funding. 
  • Management of a portfolio of funded GHR projects: negotiating contracts, supporting assurance processes, monitoring of risk and progress against agreed milestones, financial performance, reviewing IP and dissemination plans and managing contractual changes to ensure appropriate strategies are in place leading to LMIC benefit and/or commercial realisation. 
  • Driving impact from funding research: contributing to the development and continuous improvement of research monitoring, learning and evaluation approaches.  Facilitating the delivery of impact from funded research and ensuring continuous improvement of NIHR processes.
  • Stakeholder engagement: developing and maintaining excellent professional relationships with other colleagues within NIHR and at the DHSC, and with the wider GHR stakeholder community.  Act as a role model to colleagues at all levels, ensuring that learning outcomes for the Centres programme are collected and shared with stakeholders.
  • Flexible support to the team: flexible approach to work tasks with ability to ‘muck in’ and provide support on additional tasks across the team during busy times.

If you are interested in working with us and feel you have the appropriate background and skills, please apply with your CV, with the cover letter attached in the same document, explaining what you feel you could bring to the company, outlining your suitability for the role.

View the full job description (REF598I) and apply.

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about this position, please contact:

How to apply

Are you interested in learning more about this exciting position with the NIHR? Please apply directly via our vacancy page.

This role is with NIHR Coordinating Centre (NIHRCC) and is hosted by LGC.