Our expanding Policy and Research team are currently targeting emerging talent in the areas of UK and European Social Policy, and International Development, to join our reputable team of research specialists delivering impactful work across a variety of client contracts.
Our work ranges from supporting local client needs, through to large scale National, European and International monitoring and impact evaluations.
As a Research Assistant, you will develop and apply your range of quantitative and qualitative research skills including desk-based research, survey design and implementation, in-depth interviewing and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. You will also become familiar with research analysis software such as NVivo, SPSS, Stata and/or R.
As you develop in the role, you will have the opportunity to grow your client facing and business development skills by contributing to work winning activities. You may also be able to develop a specialisation into qualitative or quantitative methodologies. There is also the prospect for some national and international travel.
Over the last two years, our Research Assistants have been exposed to a broad range of projects, such as work for the UK government to evaluate a range of education programmes; support to the European Commission on employment initiatives and an international monitoring and evaluation project looking at health and wellbeing. As well as embedding technical learning and development, this has enabled and supported a progression path to Research Manager.
In 2020 we will continue to develop our succession pipeline through the intake of emerging research talent across all three of our UK offices alongside our Brussels office. Following the success of this year, we will again be holding selection days for further recruitment in early 2020.
Your continued development is supported by career development planning, mentoring and regular reviews.
We are keen for those interested to register for the next planned intake, which will begin in Spring 2020.
You will have demonstrable experience of qualitative research, including conducting in depth interviews face to face or by phone, and note taking or moderating of focus groups along with demonstrable experience of quantitative research including designing, analysing and writing up findings from survey data, and other data sets.
You will need to demonstrate project management skills with capability in planning and prioritisation to deliver tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment including experience to research or evaluate and report results in a variety of written and verbal styles. You will also need strong organisational and administrative skills.
You will need to demonstrate personal leadership through effective problem solving and issue resolution. Proactively explore innovative ways of working and adaptability in your approach.
You will also have a genuine interest in your own self-development along with a genuine interest in the businesses’ key social and economic policy areas.
Ideally, you will have a good Undergraduate or a Master’s Degree (including mid-studies or currently applying for) in a social science, social research, international development, geography, statistics, maths or economics, research methods and related subjects.