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Research Grant Finance Officer

Centre for Health Economics
34,308 - 42,155 per year
Grade 6
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The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) is a world-leading research-only department with a successful track record of health economics research spanning almost 40 years. It has around 60 research staff and an annual income of close to £6 million raised almost entirely from external competitive grant funding from a wide range of funders.

In recent years CHE has developed activity relating to research in global health economics undertaking various types of research relating to how resources are, and should be, used to improve the health and wellbeing of populations in low- and middle-income countries. Further information on this and other research projects can be found here.


The Centre for Health Economics wishes to appoint a Research Grant Finance Officer to play a key role in the financial management of its research programmes in Global Health Economics, in particular to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Unit titled: Health financing for Universal Health Coverage in challenging times: leaving no-one behind. This project is in joint collaboration with the Institute of Economic Growth in India and has partners in Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa.

You will provide comprehensive day-to-day financial management and contractual compliance for the NIHR Unit and its project teams (both in the UK and overseas). This will include the monitoring of project budgets and fluctuations in exchange rates, forecasting, and meticulous expenditure checks. You will be responsible for the preparation of detailed financial statements and audits and provide support and training to project teams (both in the UK and overseas) on complex guidelines, regulations and contractual obligations - including ODA funding conditions – and due diligence requirements.

You will collaborate frequently with Research Grants Operations office and Research Knowledge and Exchange Contracts team, and you will be supported in your NIHR Unit activities by a Project Manager and Project Coordinator. Like this role, both the Project Manager and Project Coordinator will be newly appointed positions.

Alongside working on the NIHR Unit, you will also be part of CHE’s Finance Office, providing additional financial support specifically in the area of Global Health.

This role is advertised as an open contract but it is subject to funding, which is currently available until 31st August 2027.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Good maths GCSE or equivalent
  • Experience working in an administrative and/or financial role in a large, complex organisation
  • Excellent working knowledge of financial systems and the ability to adapt to other systems, particularly those with a financial or research grants administration basis
  • Experience of ensuring compliance with financial policies and regulations
  • Excellent numerical skills, showing meticulous attention to detail when dealing with finances
  • Proven skills and ability for managing budgets, expenditure monitoring and forecasting, and production of detailed reports
  • Ability to problem solve and liaise with finance and research partners/stakeholders internally and in organisations within and outside of the UK

Interview date: Friday 9th September 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Anna Payne ( or Liz Grant (

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