Research & Project Manager Position Available

Role Description:

We don’t pretend to offer a ‘normal’ job, 9-5 work, or big financial rewards. We are a not-for-profit that in some ways works more like a collective. We find our own ways, and support one another in doing so.

This work needs flexibility, a savvy can-do attitude, and resilience. And we don’t slavishly work pointless long hours. You get lots of autonomy, and you’ll be expected to take responsibility for flexibly balancing the needs of work, your team, and yourself. That can mean multiple national/international fieldwork trips, weekend and evening work, flexibility for carers – and being able to take time out when you need it.   

In this varied role you will be given the responsibility of managing a diverse range of strategic projects and internal work. This role suits a flexible self-motivated person, who can work independently as well as part of a small supportive team. You will be motivated by finding your own mission within PositiveNegatives, and our values will resonate with you. For more information please visit PositiveNegatives.

Role, Responsibilities And Skills

This role can be structured to suit the right person, so it is offered either as a temporary  to permanent contract (full time or pro rata depending on your field of experience) or as a freelance consultancy, initially for 6 months.

Due to several new exciting projects, we are particularly keen to hear from people who have demonstrable experience in one or both the below fields:

  • Migration research:We are part of a cutting edge project challenging the dominant narratives on migration, and are particularly keen to hear from people with experience in the global south.
  • Education and learning: We are developing our learning proposition and are keen to hear from people with experience in formal and informal education and learning.

You will be managing approximately 3-6 key strategic projects at any time, particularly focusing on:

  • Project managing: scoping (aims, requirements, constraints e.g. timing etc); estimating project costs; monitoring budget; managing change requests; managing feedback effectively; keeping the project drumbeat (internally and with project partners i.e. what are the realistic timings? What is the project rhythm? How does everyone stay in time with one another?).
  • Creative producing / co-ordinating: briefing artists and practitioners; creative guidance/script writing where necessary; supporting through production process whilst ensuring project aims are met (e.g. sourcing production requirements etc).
  • Researching: defining and carrying out research and fieldwork using a range of methodologies and approaches.
  • Collaborating with artists, researchers and other practitioners: finding appropriate partners and building strong working relationships with them.
  • Measurement, evaluation and learning: identifies impact aims, designs measurement evaluation approaches, and leads on identifying iterative learning opportunities to improve the project throughout, as well as end of project learnings for stakeholders.
  • Reporting: planning and carrying out monitoring, evaluation and learning on projects.

Leading and supporting ongoing internal work:

  • Practice development: developing and managing key strategic areas of practice, including impact measurement and evaluation.
  • Business development support: working with the directors on new business opportunities and writing funding applications.
  • Administration and logistical support: carrying out your tasks as required.
  • Presenting: representing and presenting PositiveNegatives at events and conferences

Salary: Anticipated salary band £22,000 – £28,000 full time (or pro-rata / freelance equivalent) depending on your skills and experience. We would be interested to hear from people who may have different salary expectations, particularly if you have a close fit to most of the role description.


  • Holiday guide: approximately 28 days (we operate a flexible holiday approach, expecting you to take responsibility for balancing your needs with those of your project and team. We know this work can be challenging; if you need more holiday, and it’s possible to balance it with the needs above, then take it)
  • Pension: 3% contribution on eligible earnings

You are expected to take responsibility for your own working patterns – choosing when and where you work best – whilst balancing this with your project, team and business needs, and ensuring the team and project partners are sufficiently aware of these.

Timing: Flexible hours, you will need to be available for team meetings, project and internal work requirements.

Location: Whilst we have a base in SOAS, it’s anticipated this involves frequent remote working, regular London meetings for team and project, and the potential for fieldwork spanning several months abroad. You must be legally eligible to work in the UK.

Accountability And Development:

Line management: Managing Director

Project reporting: Project Supervisor


If you’re interested in this role we would love to hear from you. Please email [email protected] letting us know why you think you’d be right for this role, along with your CV.