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Freelance project manager - Wellcome Trust

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On behalf of a consortium of funders, the Wellcome Trust is seeking an experienced project manager to develop, commission, and manage a survey of researchers to establish their participation and attitudes to public engagement, draft recommendations, and support dissemination around the project.

Ideally, the individual will be experienced in survey design, testing, delivery and interpretation, have knowledge of the research and university sector in UK and experience of commissioning and managing contractors.  

The individual should be available to work on the project 3.5 days a week from early October 2014 and would ideally be able to commit to seeing the programme through to its completion in September 2015. They will report to Chloe Sheppard, Researcher’s Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Trust.

Please contact Chloe Sheppard to discuss the below brief (C.Sheppard@wellcome.ac.uk0207 611 8508)

Following this discussion, formal responses will be invited, which should be submitted by 22 September 2014. This should include an outline of relevant experience and expected fees (no more than 2 sides of A4). CVs can be appended. Interviews will be held on 30 September 2014.

Project Brief

Key objectives:

To develop, commission, and manage a survey of researchers to establish their participation and attitudes to public engagement, draft recommendations, and support dissemination around the project.

Main tasks (responsibilities and accountabilities):

  1. Lead a high-quality quantitative survey with interviews to examine the views and experiences of UK researchers regarding public engagement.
  2. Provide support to the Project Steering Group and ensure their guidance and advice is followed.
  3. Manage the programme of work: agreeing project schedules and budgets and monitoring progress to ensure that the project achieves the agreed objectives.
  4. Manage the tender process and oversee the delivery of the survey and related publications.
  5. Produce recommendations with the Project Steering Group and contractors based on the evidence gathered in the survey.
  6. Support the funders’ communication departments to identify and pursue opportunities to raise awareness of the survey so that it is accessible to a wide variety of external audiences

Organisational relationships:

  • Work with staff within the Engaging Science department, reporting to the Researchers Engagement Manager, and with the Trust’s Strategic Planning and Policy Unit.
  • Work with a large range of internal and external partners, including academics, to maximize the survey’s reach and influence
  • Build strong working relationships with project funders, including the Project Steering Group.
  • Responsible for managing the work of external contractors as and when required.
  • Supported by a shared departmental coordinator