Research Manager

Research Manager

Purpose of Position: To coordinate and manage LBS externally funded research.

Implementing proactive administrative and operational strategies aimed at securing funding for the institutions research projects and advising on regulations and policies on research funding. Provide leadership to the MSAs and the entire research group


ESSENTIAL DUTIES/KEY JOB ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but not limited to the following:

Critical Skills

  1. Leadership
  • Provide adequate leadership to the MSAs to achieve their target in the first two years of their career with LBS
  • Provide supervision, guidance and support to direct reports
  • Manage the performance of Research Assistants
  1. Research Skill
  • Evidence of scholarship in research. Must have published at least 5 papers in a peer review journal.
  1. Grant Proposal Skill
  • Identify prospective funding sources, new funding initiatives and support for current research projects.
  • Manage application for external research grant including proposal development, budgeting, completion of proposal forms, progress report submission, expenditure reconciliation, research compliance requirements, subcontracts, renewals, exit and sponsors term and conditions.
  • Liaising with funding bodies on their procedures, regulations, terms and condition to ensure these are adhered to in a timely and accurate manner.



  • Maintain liaison and effective communication and build beneficial relationship with individuals and organisations at various levels across the research community.
  • Provide technical support to the Research Director in strategic planning and implementation of policies and procedures to promote research activities in the faculty.
  • Identify prospective participants and coordinate development of faculty interdisciplinary research teams and proposals.
  • Develop and facilitate workshops, meetings or conferences that enhance research funding opportunities and profile.
  • Prepare substantive administrative reports and documents. Manage varying voluminous caseload of complex assignments and projects from multiple sponsors requiring deadlines and timely submissions.
  • Represent the unit in committees and relevant university meetings.
  • Oversee that institutions research outputs and academic publications are on the university website, ensuring accuracy and quality.
  • Any other specific or ad hoc duty to be assigned by line manager from time to time.



  • Planning and Organizational skills and initiative
  • Good Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • High integrity, reliability and confidentiality
  • Supervisory skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure
  • Attention to details
  • Knowledge of Budgeting and project management
  • Knowledge of research grant administration
  • Knowledge of contract administration
  • Knowledge of proposal writing
  • Working knowledge of MS office
  • Experience of policy drafting
  • Experience of operations of research funding and donor agencies
  • Secretarial skills
  • Public Relations skills



Good first and master’s degree in social sciences.



Minimum of 5 years in administrative position with at least 3 years in supervisory level. Experience gained in Higher Education or reputable organization with interest in funding research projects will be an advantage.



Interested candidates should forward their CVs to on or before Friday, May 17, 2024. Please indicate RESEARCH MANAGER 2024 as the subject. Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted. LBS is an equal-opportunity employer.