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ACRC Head of Project Delivery
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: HUM-019612

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/09/2022

Salary: £54,949 to £65,578 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Humanities

Division: Global Development Institute

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: Starting as soon as possible until 31 August 2025

School / Directorate: School of Environ, Education and Development

The post of African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC) Head of Project Delivery offers an exciting and unique opportunity for an individual to provide inspiring leadership and direction with respect to action research and research projects in African cities. ACRC is a £32.1 million FCDO-funded programme to transform approaches to urban development programming to reduce poverty and secure prosperity.

The post holder, located within the Global Development Institute (GDI), will be responsible for providing strategic direction, coordination and advice to all in the Consortium related to the ambitious design, development and implementation of action research and research projects in the implementation phase (2023-26). You will be a key member of the ACRC Operations Group, working closely with the Operations Manager to ensure that both this Group and associated research activities make the greatest possible contribution to the programme’s aims and objectives.

The ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate significant experience in designing and managing international development projects suitable for leading a research and action research programme of this size and complexity. You will have substantial experience in research-related management in an academic, policy or industry setting, including engaging and managing colleagues from multiple sectors, backgrounds and contexts.

You will have professional accountability to the CEO, Professor Diana Mitlin, and work closely with the Deputy CEO, Research Directors, Uptake Director (based in Nairobi), Operations Manager and Communications Manager. Working with a diverse range of project partners based at international locations, the ACRC Head of Project Delivery will work closely with a wide range of African researchers and professionals within and beyond the Consortium. 

The role is offered on a 3-year fixed term contract in the first instance. 

The post holder will report to the Head of School Operations (within the School of Environment, Education and Development).

The role is likely to involve overseas travel and participation in numerous events and activities in the UK, overseas and virtually.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments will be made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Diana Mitlin, CEO African Cities 

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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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