The Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) - Programme Manager for Open-Source Research

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative, ambitious, non-profit organisation at a formative time in its development. As a Programme Manager, you’ll play a key role in taking forward our mission – managing the delivery of open-source research projects and ensuring the right processes and resources are in place to deliver efficiently, on time, within budget and to a high standard.

Working within a young and innovative organisation, you’ll need to be a flexible and collaborative team player, willing to pitch in and multi-task across different projects and work at pace to often tight timeframes. In exchange, we offer a friendly and collaborative work environment, opportunities to take on new challenges and to grow your skills and experience.

About CIR

The Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) is an independent, non-profit social enterprise dedicated to identifying, countering and exposing influence operations. Our mission is to raise awareness of the threat to democracy and objective truth from influence operations, including disinformation, and help to counter it. CIR currently fulfils its mission through three strands – programmes and research, the Media Hub and our Resilience Network. We are a collaborative initiative with global ambitions: we aim to work with partners including civil society, the media, grassroots organisations, academia and democratic governments to coordinate activities. Whilst CIR’s working language is English, our staff are based across Europe and other countries reflecting the diversity of our workforce and our commitment to international collaboration.

Role Description

As a Programme Manager, you will be responsible for the management of a number of CIR programmes. Specific tasks will include:

  • Playing a key role in the project’s leadership team alongside the project technical lead and relevant CIR Director to oversee delivery and maximise impact.
  • Ensuring projects are managed to budget and quality, deadlines are met, and strong collaborative relationships are built with clients and wider stakeholders.
  • Developing research plans and defining deliverables, establishing effective project management arrangements and quality assurance procedures, tracking project progress and rapidly identifying and resolving issues impeding delivery.
  • Developing strong relationships with CIR staff, consultants, and partner organisations to produce high-quality outputs and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Working with open-source investigators and remote sensing experts to develop innovative technical solutions that enhance data collection, verification and analysis.
  • Ensuring the project’s activities and impact are accurately measured and recorded.
  • Coordinating identification, assessment and management of risk across the project.
  • Developing financial forecasts, overseeing expenditures, and ensuring accurate and timely financial reporting.
  • Ensuring compliance with CIR’s corporate policies relating to data protection, cyber security, anti-corruption, safeguarding, conflict sensitivity, and CIR’s Code of Conduct.

Working Arrangements

The role will be a full-time, permanent opportunity. The role will be remote within the UK or EU, with the possibility to work from CIR’s offices in London, if desired (subject to the applicant having the right to work in the UK).

CIR encourages flexible working and is happy to agree on a working pattern to suit the successful applicant. We generally expect staff to be available between the core hours of 10.00 -12.00 GMT and 14.00-15.30 GMT each working day unless an exception has been agreed.

Recruitment Process

To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter along with your CV to, with ‘Programme Manager’ in the subject line. Please indicate your notice period or potential start date in your submission. Kindly mention that you've found this vacancy on

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, which can be conducted remotely. CIR encourages applicants from under-represented communities.

CIR is an equal opportunities employer. If you require adjustments or additional support to complete this process, please contact with details of your request.

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