Organisation UKRI
Organisation Detail UK Research and Innovation - Central Services
Reference Number IRC248245
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £37789
Date Posted 01 February 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 February 2019
Interview Date 11 March 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £37,789
Grade: E
Contract Type: Fixed Term until 31st March 2021
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (0.6 FTE and above)
Closing Date: 25th February 2019
Interview Date: W/C 11th March 2019



This is a vacancy for a Senior Impacts and Portfolio Manager within the ODA Research Management Team.

The Official Development Assistance (ODA) is a research management team responsible for fund level management of the Newton fund and coordination of delivery of both the Newton fund the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Several new posts are being recruited for this team as BEIS funding for research for development is growing rapidly. The Newton Fund and GCRF form part of the UKs ODA and are of the value of £735m and £1.5Bn respectively up to 2021. Both funds are overseen by the ODA research and innovation board, chaired by the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. Further information on these funds can be found at and

The team is responsible for co-ordination of the delivery of BEIS ODA funds, working closely with UK delivery partners, Newton In-Country teams (ICTs) and wider BEIS ODA team. This includes:

  • the team is responsible for co-ordination of the delivery of BEIS ODA funds, working closely with UK delivery partners, Newton In-Country teams (ICTs) and wider BEIS ODA team. This includes:
    • fund level management of the Newton fund – producing guidance documents, capacity building, working with ICTs and delivery partners. Central monitoring and oversight of Newton delivery with flexibility in delivery to respond to new and unforeseen challenges, including managing in country challenges to ensure delivery and redistribution of funds, under and overspend etc. Central coordination of in-country teams in Newton partner countries. Lead on delivery forums
    • maximising Impact (Newton) – using portfolio mapping to understand and identify impacts and where interventions can be made to enable further impact of the work. Working with delivery partners to coordinate across the funds to ensure programmes are linking with and feeding into each other to maximise impact. Working with the academic community to ensure scientific excellence through top quality engagement. This may also mean coordinating meetings and events with delivery partners and relevant teams
    • portfolio mapping and data coordination (Newton and GCRF) – working with delivery partners and ICTs to map current ODA activity for impact, communications, gap analysis etc. to enable assessment of the coherence of ODA spend across funds and delivery of strategic objectives 
    • communications on delivery (Newton and GCRF) – coordination of communicating the impact of the ODA funds and ensuring that work delivered through are high profile and visible.


The ODA Research Management Team works closely with the newly established ODA Programme Management Office and the ODA Research Policy & Strategy Team in BEIS and reports directly to the Head of ODA Research & Innovation. The team is responsible for co-ordination of the delivery of BEIS ODA funds, working closely with UK delivery partners, Newton In-Country teams (ICTs) and wider BEIS ODA team.

The Senior Impacts and Portfolio Manager will provide leadership of plans and activities to promote understanding of and narratives about the impact and value of ODA research and innovation funds, support further impact of the funds, and to ensure that the two funds deliver in line with the policy objectives; particularly in terms of impacts. The role will focus on bridging the programme management and communications elements of the team and will support portfolio level management of Newton Fund and GCRF.


Key duties will include:

  • support the development of a high profile impacts strategy for the Newton fund and GCRF working with delivery partners, ICTs, BEIS and other key stakeholders to ensure we capture, enable and promote the funds impacts particularly in relation to the upcoming spending review
  • work closely with the senior communications manager on impact communications, and helping to develop higher level and overarching impact narratives and ensuring the right processes are in place in order to do that
  • maintaining a strong overview of the activities of the funds alongside the Senior Fund Manager and supporting the work of the Newton ICTs and delivery partners on portfolio management of the fund, particularly in relation to the impact of the fund
  • input into the on-going development of Newton Fund and GCRF portfolio mapping to allow the ministerial ODA board and others to assess the coherence of ODA spend across funds and the delivery of strategic objectives
  • working closely with BEIS evaluation team to ensure input and steer to the Newton Fund and GCRF evaluation. Assessment of the evaluation outcomes and making recommendations on how they can be implemented to best support impact of the funds
  • maximising impact – using portfolio mapping and developing other information sources to understand and identify and assess and evaluate impacts. - To help build a strong evidence base and contribute to overarching narratives on the impact of the funds, and to develop plans for further impact of the funds; including devising activities and opportunities to support sustained impact across the funds
  • close engagement with Newton and GCRF UK Delivery Partners’ activities and other key stakeholders in the ODA research landscape, and facilitating knowledge sharing across these to best support coherence and complementarity of ODA R&I funds
  • utilising the high profile Newton Prize to maximise impact for the Fund.

The role may involve line management responsibilities.

Other Key Information:

Other similar roles within the team may be available and could be offered to candidates that pass the interview panel.

Although these contracts currently only go through to the end of the spending review (SR) period on 31 March 2021, we expect these will be extended subject to SR outcomes.

Organization Description

What is UK Research and Innovation?

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. UKRI will build on the successful elements from the current funding system and maximise the contribution of each of the component parts to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish.

Building on success

The UK has a world class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the world-wide web. Our inspirational creative industries are strong in art, design and the innovative use of new materials and technologies. Our universities and laboratories produce a disproportionate percentage of the world’s top research, and their academics are highly-sought as international colleagues and co-authors and are among the world’s best at attracting overseas students Nor is this excellence confined to university campuses and research centres. Our engineering, automotive and pharmaceutical industries are successful in part because of the superb graduates they can hire and the top rate researchers that support them.

Our partners

The nine UK Research and Innovation partners each bring unique assets to this cooperation. Innovate UK helps businesses to identify the commercial potential in new technologies and turn them into the new products and services that will drive economic growth and increase productivity; Strong discipline-facing Research Councils encourage breadth and diversity, curiosity-driven research, and priority-driven initiatives; Research England’s work on knowledge exchange will focus on capacity and culture in universities and provide balance to the funding system. It will drive quality and impact through the REF and work closely with its counterparts in the devolved administrations.


Shortlisting and Interview Criteria:


  • excellent communication (both written and oral) skills with the ability to produce clear, concise and accurate presentations and written documents.  This includes the ability to interpret and present complex information to a wide range of audiences
  • good leadership and stakeholder management skills. An ability to provide a clear vision for what needs to be achieved and to pull people together to deliver it, and to facilitate knowledge and information sharing across a diverse set of stakeholders, working in co-operation with colleagues at all levels. This includes strong skills and experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship management, and the ability to influence, negotiate and engage the support of others to ensure policy objectives are met
  • strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills and problem-solving skills, including the ability to show initiative, cope with ambiguity, and ability to operate independently
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to create and maintain positive, professional working relationships with a wide range of people both inside and outside the organisation
  • ability to deliver. An enthusiastic and pro-active approach, with the ability to lead on plans and activities across a broad and diverse range of stakeholders
  • able to balance the different demands of strategy development, operational implementation and external liaison
  • strong prioritisation skills, with experience of balancing and responding to different demands, and the ability to deliver at pace against multiple priorities
  • ability to effectively plan, organise and manage time and activities to deliver a high quality outcome and experience of dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.


  • an understanding of BEIS ODA R&I including the Newton fund and GCRF
  • an understanding of UK Aid strategy, the contribution of research to overseas development and Official Development Assistance (ODA)
  • an understanding of the role of research and innovation in the international landscape and different types of impact it has, particularly in the context of development
  • experience of evaluating the impacts of research programmes.



  • educated to first degree level.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Please note: candidates must have the right to work in the UK as UKRI does not hold a sponsorship licence.

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