UK Research and Innovation
Senior Programme Manager
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
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About the Organization

UK Research and Innovation is a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom that directs research and innovation funding, funded through the science budget of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Job Description/Responsibilities

Policy and Team Support 40%

  • Work in close consultation with the Acting Director and the wider team to coordinate and deliver UKRI input to and follow-up from the Indo-UK Science and Innovation Council meeting scheduled for spring 2022. This is likely to include a number of policy or research and innovation related workshops or roundtables. These two-yearly meetings set the agenda for research and innovation partnership in years to come and provide an opportunity for UKRI to highlight our partnership with India to our Science Minister, key influencers in their team and wider stakeholders in the UK and India. As the SIC has been postponed due to covid, and the timing of this meeting fits well with the likely confirmation of Comprehensive Spending Review outcomes, and with the evolution of practice outlined in the Integrated Review. This is therefore an unprecedented opportunity for UKRI to demonstrate the value of our role and the excellence of UK research and innovation to winder HMG international interests.

  • Work with the Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director to provide input to and advice on the best approach to evolving policy for UKRI in India. This will include policy on UKRI’s future approach to ODA funds with India, the amended Indian Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, and UKRI’s and the British High Commission’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion policies.

  • Gather and collate relevant information regarding emerging UKRI policy of relevance to our partnership with India, and UKRI plans and activities with India to assist the Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director in strategic decision-making on the basis of this information.

  • Write and prepare briefings, impact summaries and updates, including for high-level chief executive or ministerial visits to India, and from India to the UK.

  • Use and build UKRI-specific knowledge to advise and support the Director and Deputy Director in sensitive negotiations with key Indian partners.

Programme Development 30%

  • Work across the UKRI India team to provide the UKRI commissioning experience and guidance required to enable the effective development and commissioning of new UKRI-India programmes in a range of thematic areas. This is needed to relieve pressure on the Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director and will be critical for your first year in India and will include:

  • Advising and supporting colleagues of every grade in the development, planning and execution of research and innovation commissioning. Covering for example, timetabling, specification development, panel meeting planning, chairs brief creation, bid assessment frameworks and processes, post-meeting follow-up and post award management. This expertise will then form the basis for negotiations on commissioning practice between UKRI UK and Government of India co-funders.

  • Developing and delivering toolkits for commissioning that use cross-UKRI best practice and Indian funder preferences and working styles to provide templates for future use.

  • Taking a lead role in day-to-day programme management including working closely with UKRI, UKRI Councils, and GoI partners to deliver new partnerships, agree peer-review and assessment mechanisms, and related impact work for specific thematic portfolios as needed during the year. (Note that no specific sector expertise will be needed for this aspect of the role) 

Communication and Impact 30%

  • Work with the Acting Deputy Director (comms and impact lead) to coordinate and deliver much of UKRI India’s day-to-day comms activities (website, news updates, social media) and impact work.

  • Develop a strong working relationship with the British High Commission and UKRI comms teams for seamless working on UKRI as well as X-HMG matters.

  • Work closely with the wider HMG (Her Majesty’s Government) network and the UKRI India team to represent the interests of UKRI and to ensure that the opportunities and impacts of research and innovation are visible in the UK’s bilateral relationship with India

Year 2-3 role

  • Understand and align UK and Indian research and innovation priorities leading to the development of a range of UKRI-India research and innovation activities.

  • Lead on complex negotiations with Indian partners to agree focus areas and approaches for joint funding and peer review of UK-India research and innovation proposals – from small exchange programmes to multi-million-pound research and innovation partnerships.

  • Project-manage events (including workshops and roundtable/ commissioning meetings), including management of any associated financial commitments and contracts

  • Actively build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders based both in the UK and in India, including within the High Commission.

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