About Us

UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) is a collaborative of government and research funders working in international development.

UKCDR exists to amplify the value and impact of research for global development by promoting coherence, collaboration and joint action among UK research funders.

We are a neutral and impartial entity governed by the Strategic Coherence of ODA-funded Research (SCOR) Board. This includes UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) who provide funding and are working in partnership with UKCDR on the recruitment of the Executive Director.

About the Role

UKCDR, working with UKRI, is seeking an Executive Director to develop and drive the strategic delivery of the UKCDR vision. Working across the highest levels of the organization and our partner landscape to harness strong and effective relationships and collaborations. In this role you will be outwardly facing, representing the organisation across national and international high-level forums.

Key Responsibilities

  • Refine and deliver the vision and strategic plan for the organisation in partnership with the SCOR Board
  • Ensure that the organisation’s mission is well executed
  • Supporting SCOR Board Chair and the Board and the UKCDR Officials Group in effective governance of UKCDR, providing advice and input as required
  • Inform the SCOR Board of internal and external matters affecting the organisation and give strategic advice about the relevance and effectiveness of its decisions.
  • Support the SCOR Board to make effective decisions on strategic coherence of ODA for development research.
  • Be the external face of UKCDR in making the case for effective international development research
  • Develop and maintain constructive relationships and communication with key stakeholders
  • Develop, implement and evaluate first class programmes, and convene regular thematic funder groups, to ensure added value to international development research through, coherence, collaboration and joint action among UK funders.

About You

From your experience leading or working with multi /interdisciplinary programmes you will be confident communicating and partnering across a varied stage of international organisations, government, private sector, Non-Governmental Organisation and academia. With an excellent understanding of the UK research landscape and policy interfaces. To do this you will have:

  • Experience of managing teams and organisations
  • Experience of working with government departments
  • Effective facilitation skills and a first-rate ability to influence at all levels
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Flexibility, and the ability to identify opportunities and innovative solutions
  • Ability to negotiate compromise and shared ownership
  • Motivational and supportive team management skills

UKCDR values diversity of thought and experience and are committed to creating systems that value difference so that everyone can feel welcomed, included and nurtured throughout their time with us.

We know actions speak louder than words. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

What we offer

Choosing to work at UKCDR, you will be entitled to UKRI benefits. This means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide a CV and a statement of suitability setting out how they meet the requirements for this role.

For a comprehensive candidate pack and for any queries, please contact the team directly at

To apply for this role, you must submit both a CV and supporting statement to

This role will close for applications on the 5th September 2021

Interviews expected to take place w/c 27th September 2021


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