Research Project Manager

University of Stirling - Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

The Post

This is a joint research project involving six UK Universities, Cancer Research UK, and teams in eight research organisations within seven low and middle income countries in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa (India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Gambia, and Ghana). The project is led by the University of Stirling on behalf of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) and has been developed to build capacity for applied research to reduce tobacco-related harm in low and middle income countries.

The Project Manager will be part of the project Strategic Management Group and have responsibility for the overall running of the project on a day to day basis. The Project Manager will be responsible for all aspects of programme planning and coordination to facilitate the successful delivery of an international £3.4millon project ensuring that it achieves its required deliverables within the specified tolerances.

Description of some of the main duties of the post

  • Develop the terms of reference for the Strategic Management Group and appropriate polices for the operation of the grant.
  • Lead the organisation of consortium meetings, supporting the attendance and participation of members.
  • Maintain overall sight and facilitate the successful delivery of the projects programme of work in line with the proposals of the award.
  • Liaise and build strong relationships with the International Advisory Board.
  • Lead and monitor the progress of the project plans to ensure delivery at the key stages and goals, within agreed time, costs, and quality targets.
  • Ensuring appropriate records are maintained and the financial management of each project complies with the University’s Financial Regulations.
  • Prepare and present quarterly progress reports for the Strategic Management Group, International Advisory Board, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop a master risk management strategy for the project and create and maintain associated risk registers, developing strategies and action plans to manage identified risks. Escalate any issues to the Strategic Management Group, as appropriate and in a timely manner enabling pre-emptive action to be taken. Initiating corrective action, where necessary, to keep individual projects on time, to agreed quality and budget.
  • In conjunction with the Principle Investigator and research team, prepare an overall theory of change (ToC) for the programme and country level ToCs.
  • Act as a central point of contact for the individual research teams associated with the overall grant. Co-ordinate the submission of individual project risk management plans, and any required ethical approvals, seeking approval from the SMG and ensuring they are captured in the programme of work.
  • Create a master data management plan to ensure that data collected is stored and transferred in compliance with the UK Data Protection Act 1988 and any country specific data protection regulations.
  • Co-ordinate new project grant applications, studentship proposals, or other new initiatives and activities arising from the partnerships created by the award and ensuring that outputs of such are captured in the programme of works.

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