Stratford, Greater London
£40,000 - £45,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Role Title
Project Manager

Responsible To
GDI Hub CIC, Head of Programmes   

Responsible For

Job Level

Salary Grade
£40-45k negotiable based on experience.

1 Year Full Time Contract (with the possibility of extension)

Primary Location
Flexible (our offices at UCL Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park but team members work in various locations).
Must have right to work in UK.

About GDI Hub
The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) is a research and practice centre driving disability innovation for a fairer world.

Our vision is of a world without barriers to participation and equitable opportunity for all. We believe disability innovation is part of a bigger movement for disability inclusion and social justice. More than a product, a service or policy, disability innovation is a way of thinking to address disability challenges by co-designing solutions and sharing knowledge.

We work across 5 domains, disrupting current ideas and practice by bring together new partnerships to overcome the barriers that exclusion and poverty creates in relation to disability.

  • Research: creating new knowledge, solutions and products
  • Innovation: growing inclusive innovation ecosystems
  • Programmes: testing what works
  • Teaching: learning and sharing knowledge
  • Advocacy: evidence-based outreach

We are solutions-focused experts in Assistive Technology, Inclusive Design, and Culture & Participation. We stimulate entrepreneurship by developing bold approaches, partnerships and ecosystems to accelerate change.

Based in East London and a legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we deliver world-class research, ideas and inventions, creating new knowledge, solutions and products, and shaping policy through co-creation, participation and collaboration. GDI is composed of an Academic Research Centre (ARC) led by University College London (UCL) and a Community Interest Company (CIC) and is guided by an Advisory Board of disabled people. We operate in 15 countries and expect to impact 15 million people by 2024.

GDI Hub values inclusion as a core business success factor. We actively seek to attract collaborators from diverse backgrounds and particularly welcome applications for this role from people with impairments themselves, and people from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. The role is offered on flexible terms, including location and hours of work (though right to work in the UK is required), and the accommodation of reasonable adjustments is business as usual for us. 

Role Purpose
This role will provide project management and strategic partnership management to drive forward delivery under GDI Hub’s portfolio of work, substantive, including the DFID (Department for International Development) funded ‘AT2030’ programme and other significant GDI Hub projects.  

‘AT2030 – Life Changing Assistive Technology for All’, is GDI Hub’s flagship programme and aims to test ‘what works’ to improve access to Assistive Technology supporting solutions to scale with a focus on innovative products, new service models, and building global capacity. AT2030 is composed of 12 ‘sub-programmes’ of which this role will manage approximately half. These ‘sub-programmes’ include implementation projects as well as challenge funds and research vehicles. A key new activity under AT2030 is the launch of the £4m AT Impact Fund. The AT Impact Fund is designed to tap into the opportunity to support disruptive innovators scale up AT solutions in the Global South, by providing access to relevant networks and venture capability (capital and venture building support).

The post holder will be responsible for projects delivering to quality expectations (internal and client), delivering to scope of project, within budgeted resources and in line with timelines managing challenges and change as these emerge. The post holder will work closely with delivery partners (including members of the GDI Hub team) to ensure projects maximise their positive impact.   

The role both takes on new project activity under AT2030 and takes over management of existing delivery during a maternity-cover period.

Role Responsibilities  

  • Provide project management to support GDI Hub CIC in the delivery of major projects, including AT2030 taking a lead on nominated programme areas, working independently and proactively.
  • Lead on GDI Hub project set-up for the £4m AT Impact Fund working closely with the AT Impact Fund Programme Director, implementing partners and wider GDI Hub Team.
  • Responsible for project delivery: delivering to quality expectations (internal and client), delivering to scope of project, within budgeted resources and in line with timelines.
  • Responsible for AT Impact Fund grant management including set-up of milestone verification process, financial control, grant design and administration, and supporting contracting.
  • Manage stakeholders and build solid partnerships for disability innovation in relevant programme lead areas.
  • Ensure reporting requirements and project delivery information is collected, reviewed and suitably prepared for circulation as required.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with delivery partners.
  • Develop and share communication materials with the Comms Team to promote the work of GDI Hub.
  • Plan and manage workplans, including emergent risks, challenges, change requests, budgets, schedules and scope.
  • Oversight of the production, quality assurance and promotion of project outputs.
  • Support financial monitoring and reporting.
  • Identify lessons learned and share with the wider team.
  • Demonstrate leadership in driving forward GDI Hub’s vision and programmes of activity working dynamically to maximise our impact.
  • Support GDI Hub’s Head of Programmes and Directors in developing new opportunities to drive forward disability innovation, including new funding opportunities.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list.  The need for flexibility, shared accountability and team working is required and the role-holder is expected to carry out any other related duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.

This is a description of the role as it is at present. It is the practice of GDI Hub to review role profiles regularly to ensure that they relate to the role being performed.  These reviews will be carried out by the line manager in consultation with the role holder.

Role Competencies

Part one: Knowledge and experience

  • 4-7 years’ experience working within international development, disability, social development, public policy, research and/or the consultancy sector.
  • Experience managing challenging projects, particularly related to international development, disability, research or grants management.
  • Experience of working with delivery partners including procurement and contract management, ideally with ODA, public sector grants and/or private sector engagement.
  • An ability to build, develop and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, showing diplomacy, sensitivity and decisiveness.
  • Experience of communications and partnership management.
  • Experience relating to operational and financial management, including contracting, compliance, due diligence and risk management.
  • Experience working in small but complex teams is desirable, as is experience of working with academic institutions.
  • Experience working with international partners and stakeholders is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of Disability, Assistive Technology, Inclusive Design and/or Social Development; sector networks is an advantage.

Part two: Skills and abilities

  • Project Management
  • Planning and organising work
  • Results and achievement focused
  • Operational management and financial reporting
  • Stakeholder management
  • Analytical skills and comfort working with data
  • Proactive, self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic
  • Skilled in matrix leadership and profile-raising activities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent ICT skills (Office365, incl. Excel, SharePoint, Teams, etc.)
  • High degree of integrity and ability to operate in a politically sensitive environment 

Part three: Personal style and behaviour

  • Pro-active problem solver
  • Practical and pragmatic
  • Likes working as part of a small, energetic team
  • Creative and organisational leadership
  • Integrity and inclusive behaviours
  • Able to work independently, prioritise and work to tight deadlines
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Approachable and amiable

Application Procedure
To apply for this position please apply online by sending a CV and a covering letter describing how you think your skills and experience are relevant to this role (no more than 2 pages) to Mark Byrne GDI Hub Operations Manager: by midnight Sunday 19 July 2020.

Candidates will be notified of the outcome week commencing 20 July. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 27 July 2020. A short written exercise, to be completed remotely, will form part of the interview process.

For an informal discsussion about the role, please contact Joel Burman, Head of Programmes, GDI Hub (see page 5 of attached doc for contact details)

Posted on: 01 July 2020
Closed date: 19 July 2020
Job ref: GDI Project Manager
Tags: Management, Project Management

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