Senior Policy Research Officer
Senior Policy Research Officer
Location: Moorfields, London
Contract type: Permanent
Hours per week: 35
Salary: circa GBP 35,000 per annum
We have a great opportunity for a Senior Policy Research Officer, who will play a key role within the UK Policy, Research and Advocacy team at British Red Cross.
About the role
The Senior Policy Research Officer will work within the Policy, Research and Advocacy (PRA) team, within the Communications and Advocacy directorate. The work of the PRA team covers our priority policy and advocacy areas closely linked to our operations in the U.K, including first aid, health and social care, and refugees and asylum. It is critical that our policy and advocacy work is underpinned by robust evidence base and our policy research component is critical to developing that.
As Senior Policy Research Officer, you will support the Policy Research Manager to manage the 'end to end' commissioning of research, ensuring all research has an external audience to support our ability to influence to effect policy and practice change in line with our advocacy priorities.
You will ensure the experiences of the people we support through our services are at the forefront of our research, as well as the external evidence base.
You will also undertake some research, primarily reviews of existing evidence and literature, as well as analysis of internal and external data, to inform our policy research strategy.
You will also support the development of a network of researchers and research functions across the British Red Cross, including evaluation and insight (operations), and education research.
About the team
Reporting to the Policy Research Manager in the PRA team, you will work alongside policy and advocacy colleagues covering refugee and asylum policy, health and social care policy, and a UK-wide public affairs team.
About the person
Educated to postgraduate level in one of the social or related sciences or equivalent qualification/experience, the successful candidate should have:
- Extensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Experience of undertaking and managing high quality research, in a multi-disciplinary setting.
- Experience in a commissioning role, drafting research briefs, sourcing external agencies and managing the relationships.
- Experience of including service users / patients / beneficiaries in research.
- Ability to carry out reviews of evidence and literature, to a high standard and within tight timescales.
- Ability to provide disciplinary, methodological and substantive expertise and support to commissioned research projects.
- Substantial experience of successfully managing a number of different projects at any given time.
- Experience of using analysis software.
- Knowledge of voluntary and statutory organisations.
Closing date for applications is 23:59 on February 25th, with first stage interviews to follow on March 1st
About the organisation
The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. Our volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. We also teach first aid skills.
We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:
- 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
- Up to 6% contributory pension
- Childcare vouchers
The British Red Cross is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences - including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.
The British Red Cross, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).
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