Research Funding Manager
Christian Aid , London, United Kingdom
This is 21 hour per week fixed term contract based in the UK (London or Homebased), the salary includes a London Weighting Allowance.
Christian Aid is an international development charity that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty, and for this to happen unequal power relations need to be challenged and changed.
We work in partnership to eradicate extreme poverty; dismantle its root causes across the world; and enable the voice and agency of the poor and marginalised to be fully realised. We deliver humanitarian assistance, in the wake of disasters and conflict, development programmes and policy, advocacy and campaigns so that poor and marginalised children, women and men, of all faiths and non, can achieve equality, dignity and justice.
This role sits in the Research, Evidence and Learning hub in our Programme Policy, Research, and Learning team. PPRL supports the design and delivery of strong programmes in Christian Aid which draw on sector-based expertise and understanding, translate our organisational strategy (Standing Together) into practice and generate good quality evidence and learning which can influence both our own practice and the wider sector. Its team of advisors support staff across the globe, working to enhance the links between national programme delivery and learning, and global policy analysis and understanding By sharing our learning and research we work to shift power in development research with a view to making it more inclusive of diverse and often excluded perspectives, and more responsive to the realities, practices and needs of those working and living in the global South.
About the role
This is a new role, designed to strengthen Christian Aid’s understanding of, and relationship with the diverse range of organisations that fund applied research, including research councils, bilateral/multilateral institutions, trusts/foundations and philanthropists. The role will provide expert research funding advice and hands-on bid development support with colleagues across Christian Aid, as well as developing a research funding strategy and relationships to support the organisation to better access funding for our applied research portfolio.
As a practice-based organisation much of our research happens in partnership, with academics based in universities and research institutes in the global north and global south. Part of the remit of this role is to explore how best to position ourselves to enable further research funding, for example should we be seeking to gain eligibility as an independent research organisation; or are we better placed to pursue our research agenda through partnerships with other types of research organisation.
Although the role sits within PPRL, it has a strong link to our Programme Funding Division and will benefit from being part of a wider network of fundraisers working to support Christian Aid globally. You will work alongside experts who are based globing to develop complex programme proposals and interpret the requirements of institutional funders and you will integrate with existing systems to ensure Christian Aid is able to deliver high quality research proposals.
The role will include a mix of longer term strategy development and immediate operational support to specific research projects. REL has two flagship programmes that you will support – our 10 year study and our capacity development initiatives. Beyond this you will link with teams across the organisation to support their research funding needs. You will develop systems and processes to enable Christian Aid to gather intelligence about upcoming funding opportunities, and to respond appropriately.
You will have excellent understanding of applied research, understanding the research design process and how to develop good quality research proposals; and to ensure that appropriate processes are put in place to manage funding received. You will have had experience of raising research funding from UK based research councils, but you will also understand how to raise funds from other non-academic sources (such as trusts and foundations). You will enjoy the balance between longer term strategy development, and direct operations, including being able to respond quickly and effectively to short-turn around funding calls. You will be equally comfortable engaging with academics and practitioners, and you will have had experience of working with colleagues across the globe.
Equally important will be your interpersonal skills, your ability to build strong relationships and work across different departments, appreciating the diversity of cultures, workstyles and perspectives that exist. You will be able to produce your own funding proposals, but also support others in developing their own outputs. You will be good at managing your own workload and competing priorities.