Junior Project Manager – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


About the GDI Hub

The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) is a center of research and practice that drives disability innovation for a more just world.

Our vision is of a world without barriers to participation and fair opportunities for all. We believe disability innovation is part of a larger movement for disability inclusion and social justice. More than a product, a service or a policy, disability innovation is a way of thinking to meet the challenges of disability by co-designing solutions and sharing knowledge. We are solution-focused experts in assistive technology and accessibility, inclusive design, inclusive education technology, climate and crisis resilience, and cultural participation. We stimulate entrepreneurship by developing bold approaches, partnerships and ecosystems to accelerate change.

We work in 5 areas, shaking up current ideas and practices by bringing together new partnerships to overcome the barriers that exclusion and poverty create for disability.

  • Research: creating new knowledge, solutions and products
  • Innovation: developing inclusive innovation ecosystems
  • Programs: testing what works
  • Teaching: learning and sharing knowledge
  • Advocacy: evidence-based advocacy

Based in East London and a legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we deliver world-class research, ideas and inventions, creating new knowledge, solutions and products, and shaping policy through co-creation, participation and the collaboration. GDI Hub is made up of an Academic Research Center (ARC) led by University College London (UCL) and a Community Benefit Corporation (CIC) and is guided by a Disability Advisory Board. We currently have a diverse portfolio of works worth around £50m, we are operational in 35 countries and have reached 21m people since our launch in 2016.

GDI Hub values ​​inclusion as a key business success factor. We actively seek to attract employees from diverse backgrounds and particularly welcome applications for this position from people with disabilities and people from all cultural and faith backgrounds. The role is offered on flexible terms, including location and hours of work (although the right to work in the UK is required), and the accommodation of reasonable adjustments is business as usual for us.

Objective of the role

This role will provide project management support to advance delivery under the GDI hub portfolio of work, including the FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) funded “AT2030” program and other projects important from the GDI hub.

‘AT2030 – Life Changing Assistive Technology for All’, is GDI Hub’s flagship program and aims to test ‘what works’ to improve access to assistive technology support solutions at scale with a focus on innovative products, new service models and building global capabilities. AT2030 is made up of 12 “subroutines” of which this role will manage about half. These “sub-programs” include implementation projects as well as incentive funds and research vehicles.

The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the Senior Project Manager who currently leads the management of AT2030, to deliver the project: to quality expectations (internal and client), on scope, within budget and on schedule , managing challenges and change as these emerge. The incumbent will work with delivery partners (including GDI hub team members) to ensure projects maximize their positive impact.


Project management

  • Provide operational and project management support within the GDI Hub CIC in the delivery of major projects, working proactively and taking initiative.
  • Provide administrative support to the Senior Project Manager to help him complete his tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Support day-to-day relationship management with delivery partners.
  • Support the planning and management of work plans, including emerging risks, challenges, change requests, budgets, schedules and scope.
  • Track project-related contracts to ensure dates and resources meet delivery deadlines.

Project reports

  • Support the collection and review of program reporting requirements, liaise with downstream partners to ensure reports are delivered on time and prepared to a dissemination standard.
  • Support the development of the project report and presentations for the project board and the FCDO.
  • Maintain effective knowledge management systems based on project reports and management activities – update systems to reflect current status of delivery’
  • Support financial tracking and reporting.

Communications and engagement

  • Support the development and delivery of communications materials with the communications team, identifying opportunities to profile the work of the GDI hub.
  • Support the communications team to organize events, webinars and other public-facing projects.
  • Support production oversight, quality assurance and promotion of project results.


  • Support the Senior Project Manager, Operations Manager and GDI Hub Directors in the development of new opportunities to advance disability innovation, including new funding opportunities.
  • Provide cooperative support across the organization, as capacity permits

This is not an exhaustive list. The need for flexibility, shared responsibility and teamwork is required and the incumbent must perform any other related duties that fall within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably requested.

This is a description of the role as it currently stands. It is GDI Hub’s practice to regularly review role profiles to ensure they relate to the role being played. These reviews will be carried out by the line manager in consultation with the role holder.

Experience and qualifications

  • 2-3 years of experience in international development, disability, social development, public policy, research and/or consulting sector.
  • Experience in administrative and logistical tasks with excellent skills in organization, time management and prioritization of tasks.
  • Knowledge of project management cycle and financial management within the project cycle.
  • Knowledge and experience supporting the management of challenging projects, especially related to international development, disability, research or grant management.
  • Demonstrable experience in donor relations with institutional donors such as FCDO (formerly DFID) etc.
  • Experience working with delivery partners, including procurement and contract management, ideally with ODA, public sector grants and/or private sector engagement.
  • An ability to support building, developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders, demonstrating diplomacy, sensitivity and decisiveness.
  • Experience supporting communication and managing partnerships.
  • Experience related to operational and financial management support, including contracting, compliance, due diligence and risk management.
  • Experience working with international partners and stakeholders is desirable.

Role Skills

Skills and Abilities

  • Project management
  • Administration
  • Taking minutes
  • Work planning and organization
  • Focused on results and achievements
  • Support for operational management and financial reporting
  • Support in stakeholder management
  • Analytical skills and comfort working with data
  • Proactive, motivated, committed and enthusiastic
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong ICT skills (Office365 including Excel, SharePoint, Teams, etc.)

Personal style and behavior

  • Proactive problem solver
  • Practical and pragmatic
  • Enjoy working in a small dynamic team
  • Creative and organizational leadership
  • Integrity and Inclusive Behaviors
  • Able to work independently, set priorities and meet tight deadlines
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Approachable and friendly

How to register

To express your interest in this opportunity, please submit your resume and a 300-word cover note here not later than midnight (GMT) on July 10, 2022. We’ve done our best to make this process accessible, but if for any reason you find it’s not, please let us know and we’ll make an adjustment. We will review applications on a rolling basis and the vacancy may be filled before this deadline. We encourage early applications. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For an informal discussion on the role, please contact Naomi Thompson, Senior AT2030 Project Manager, Global Disability Innovation Hub: [email protected]

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.


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