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(Assistant) Project Manager

Responsible To

Senior Programme Manager / Director

Responsible For


Job Level

(Assistant) Project Manager

Salary Grade

£25 - £35k (TBC) based on the skills and experience of the candidate

Primary Location

GDI Hub, UCL Here East Campus (with some possible international travel required)

Deadline to submit application

December 3rd, 2018, 11:59 PM (GMT)


Week of December 10th, 2018

Position Type

• Full-time (flexible working encouraged)

• Employee (2.5 year contract, with possibility of extension) – alternative arrangements discussed

• We are looking to grow a diverse and talented team of (hence theflexibility of role seniority)

• Applications from people with a lived experience of disability are actively encouraged. (If you don’t have a good practical understanding of disability, this probably isn’t the role for you.)

• Unfortunately we are not able to sponsor those who don’t have rights to work in the UK for this role due to the newness of our organisation.

Role Purpose

The (Assistant) Project Manager supports the management of GDI Hub projects and provides support to the Senior Programme Manager and the Directors. The (Assistant) Project Manager is expected to assist in the coordination of projects, management of delivery schedules, tracking progress against financials and targets, and reporting results. Additional activities will involve stakeholder management, support for promotion and communications, and some elements of research.

Role Responsibilities

The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list of role responsibilities. The need for flexibility, shared accountability and team working is required.

Assist Senior Management

The (Assistant) Project Manager provides support to senior team, including the Senior Programme Manager and the Directors, in delivering disability innovation projects and programmes.

Project Management

The (Assistant) Project Manager supports the development of concrete, detailed plans for a project, including the schedule, the budget, outlining the duties of each team member, identifying project goals, and setting a timeline for the project. They collaborate with various teams and hold meetings to develop project plans and present them to upper-level management.

Monitor Project Progress

The (Assistant) Project Manager closely monitors each project he or she manages to ensure that projects remain on track, meet deadlines, stay under budget, and develop according to plan. They are responsible for identifying project objectives and ensuring they are met.

Report Project Results

The (Assistant) Project Manager, in conjuction with the Senior Programme Manager, is responsible for gathering and documenting all project results and then reporting them to the appropriate parties. He or she reports on successes and any setbacks encountered as well as any room for improvement.

Promote Success and Communicate with Stakeholders

The (Assistant) Project Manager will help to promote the success of the project, updating the website and social media. Where necessary the role will support management of project stakeholders, event and publications

GDI Hub will review role profiles annually to ensure that they relate to the role being performed. This review will be carried out by the line manager in consultation with the role holder.

Role Competencies


Knowledge and experience

• Experience in supporting the development of strategic partnership and fundraising

• Experience in supporting complex programme delivery

• Working knowledge of procurement and governance issues

• Experience in supporting business planning, activation and management

• Knowledge and experience in stakeholder management

• Experience working in complex teams

• Knowledge and understanding of disability issues in the global context

• Experience of innovation within a relevant setting

• Relevant academic qualification (or willingness to work towards one) and/or relevant work experience

• International experience and knowledge of relevant networks and donor agencies

• Relevant programme financial management experience


Skills and abilities

• Strategic thinking

• Fundraising and strategic partnership development skills

• Leadership and profile raising activities

• Translating policy and research into practice

• Comms and ICT skills

• Operations (tbd)


Personal style and behaviour

• Creative, bold leadership

• Integrity and inclusive behaviours

• Professionalism and pragmatic management

• Political awareness and good presentation and communication sills

Application Procedure

To apply for this position send 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 the GDI Hub Center Manager:, by December 3rd, 2018, 11:59 PM (GMT). Please discuss an alternative if this format is not accessible to you.

Interviews are expected to take place on the week of December 10th, 2018.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Vicki Austin, GDI Hub Director

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