Peace Direct

Research Manager

We are looking for a Research Manager to join our International Programmes and Research Team.

Working with a committed and talented team of researchers, the Research Manager is responsible for the strategic direction, development and delivery of Peace Direct’s research portfolio, ensuring our research agenda is well integrated across our partnerships, programming, advocacy, communications and learning work. This includes playing a lead management role in our Stopping As Success (SAS) 2.0 project alongside consortium partners, and driving the research component of Peace Direct’s efforts to decolonise peacebuilding and international cooperation.

This is a role for a researcher with a passion for peacebuilding and a strong commitment to local leadership and shifting power in the international system.  You will have excellent project management, communication and writing skills, in-depth knowledge of social science research methods and experience of supporting other staff to excel in their roles. Ability to work in French would be highly beneficial, as would field research experience working with local researchers in conflict-affected contexts.

This permanent position is based in our small, friendly Central London office, working alongside a highly committed and diverse team.

Closing deadline for CV and cover letter is midnight on Sunday 22nd October 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a short supplementary information form. Interviews will be held online during the weeks of 30th October and 6th November 2023.

The Benefits

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

Peace Direct works hard to ensure its staff have a good work-life balance and feel valued. Some of the benefits we have include:

·        25 days annual leave, plus paid leave when the office closes between Christmas and New Year.
·        Stakeholder Pension, with Peace Direct contributing 6%
·        Friday afternoons off (paid) to support staff wellbeing
·        Flexible working hours (on application, which can be made on commencement of employment)
·        Enhanced maternity and adoption leave and pay (12 weeks full pay, 12 weeks half pay)
·        Enhanced paternity leave and pay (4 weeks full pay)
·        Training budget available for all staff (we are securing ‘Investors in People’ accreditation and are committed to the development and support of all staff).
·        A warm and friendly work environment!

About You

To join us, some of the skills you will need are: 

·        Minimum of four years’ relevant experience managing research portfolios and delivering research projects (research experience related to peacebuilding will be prioritised)
·        Experience of people management/ support and supervision to other staff
·        In-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods
·        Excellent communication and writing skills, with experience of producing publications
·        Strong project management skills and organisational skills
·        Sound budget/financial management skills
·        Ability to work in French (*highly desirable), or another language relevant to our work
·        Experience of working directly with local researchers, ideally in conflict affected areas

Still interested? Take a look at the job description to see full details about the role and whether it matches your skills and experience. This post is only open to those with the right to work in the UK. Peace Direct does not currently hold a sponsorship license and therefore if you do not have the right to work in the UK, we cannot progress your application further.

Peace Direct strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer, with equality of opportunities regardless of personal identity, and we are committed to improving our systems and ways of working to support this, including creating a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) working group, DEI strategy and recruitment guidelines. We strongly encourage individuals from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and strongly advocate our DEI policy and commitment to maintain an inclusive workplace culture; we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent, so we welcome a conversation about any DEI concerns you may have.  Please contact our HR Manager, Lesley Agbarakwe. What’s important isn’t your level of education or the opportunities which you have had, it’s about you and how you seize the opportunities ahead of you.

Peace Direct is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm and to sign up to our Safeguarding policy and Code of Conduct. 

Peace Direct
London, Greater London (Hybrid)