Senior Research Fellow

Recruiter
ILCUK
Location
City of Westminster
Salary
£35,000 - £40,000 (depending on experience)
Posted
06 Oct 2017
Closes
18 Nov 2017
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

About ILC-UK

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) is a futures organisation focused on some of the biggest challenges facing Government and society in the context of demographic change.

We ask difficult questions and present new solutions to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. We undertake research and policy analysis and create a forum for debate and action.

Much of our work is directed at the highest levels of Government and the civil service, both in London and Brussels. We have a reputation as a respected think tank which works, often with key partners, to inform important decision-making processes.

Our policy remit is broad, and covers everything from pensions and financial planning, to health and social care, housing design, and age discrimination. We work primarily with central government, but also actively build relationships with local government, the private sector and relevant professional and academic associations.

We are an intergenerational and solutions focused in our approach, our work is evidence based and all our reports include targeted recommendations for future action.

Over the last year, we have enjoyed great success both in terms of our impact and reach:

• Producing over 35 reports.
• Holding over 50 high level events and conferences.
• Featuring in every UK national newspaper, in international publications, contributing to national TV and radio debates, and reaching an international Twitter audience of more than 5 million.

The ILC-UK is part of the ILC Global Alliance. The alliance is a multinational research and educational consortium, united in a common purpose to understand and address the consequences of population ageing and advancing longevity.

Candidate Specification

You will work closely with the Director of Research and Strategy, our Economists and Research Fellows, joining a growing team of researchers working on major themes in public policy. You will lead and contribute to policy research and advisory projects, sometimes cross-country, engage with policy-makers in research and advisory processes and disseminate results.

We need a Senior Research Fellow with excellent analytical and written skills, a track record of project management and delivery, with a strong passion and understanding for UK public policy. You must be able to work at a rapid pace, conducting secondary analysis of literature and evidence including data. Alongside this, you will be need to be able develop your own narrative including drawing together interesting and salient conclusions and recommendations to influence UK public policy. You must be able to work on multiple projects at the same time with competing deadlines. Candidates should also have experience in client liaison, proposal development and wider fundraising activities and management as well as supervision of junior researchers.

This role would suit an individual with over three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment. You will need strong analytical ability, including high level competency in interpreting and communicating complex data analysis. A broad understanding of, and interest in, current economic and social policy debates is a must.

Key Responsibilities

Research and funding Developing and leading policy relevant research, including the production of outputs (e.g. research reports, journal articles, policy briefings and blogs). This includes attracting funds through the identification of funding opportunities, development of bids, and pro-active promotion of ILC-UK’s work.

Project management
Taking responsibility for the implementation and overall management of research, advisory and public affairs projects, including supervision and management of junior researchers.

Policy advice, public affairs, and dissemination Maximising the potential influence of our research and expertise through the dissemination of research, engagement with key stakeholders and other activities, such a media engagement.

Contributing to ILC-UK’s broader community life Contributing to ILC-UK internal and external meetings and events, and more broadly the intellectual and social capital of the organisation.

Key Skills

Essential

  • Over three years’ experience in a public policy or research environment.
  • Ability to interpret and use complex data to develop a strong narrative and produce impactful policy solutions.
  • A track record of drafting and publishing reports or articles at speed.
  • Strong track record in project management and delivery including supervision of junior members of staff.
  • Experience of fundraising through leading on, or contributing to, tenders or project proposals from ideally a range of funders, including Government, academic trusts, foundations and charities.
  • Understanding and experience of analysing key UK health, social or economic public policy.
  • Ability to write engaging articles, briefs and reports for different audiences.
  • Ability to work independently in a highly-pressured environment and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently but offer support and guidance to more junior members of the team.
  • Ability to work under pressure, managing multiple tasks with competing deadlines.
  • Good IT skills.

Desirable

  • A Masters or higher degree in Social Sciences with research methods component including quantitative analysis.
  • Experience of producing funding proposals/undertaking fundraising.
  • Experience of undertaking media interviews.
  • Experience or interest in the dissemination of research and the presentation of results in an academic, public or policy setting.
  • Demonstrable interest or experience of working on ageing related issues and a knowledge or interest of public policy environment in this field including policy development and the political process.

Post Information

The ILC-UK envisages this post to be a full-time position but is happy to consider part-time arrangements, secondments or permanent placements for the right candidate.

Duration

The post is initially offered on a year contract, with the strong possibility of extension and increase for the right candidate, who will then develop their own programme of work.

Location

Normal place of work will be at the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) in Westminster, London.

Hours

  • 5 days a week, 35 hours (flexible for the right candidate)

Salary

  • £35,000 - £40,000 (depending on experience)

Start Date ASAP

How to Apply
Send a (maximum) two-page CV and (maximum) one page covering letter to the Director of Research and Strategy at recruitment@ilcuk.org.uk, ensuring that the name of the position appears in the email subject field.

If selected for interview you will be asked to produce a short sample of your written work.

Application Deadline 20th October 2017.

Interview Date 6th November 2017.