Peer Researcher

User Voice
12 Apr 2018
28 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
JOB DESCRIPTION Role: Peer Researcher Location: London based, including nationwide travel Responsible to: Research and Evaluation Manager Objective: The Peer Researcher will consult, engage with and work with service users, providers, academics and healthcare staff to conduct research. Hours: 3 days per week (24 hours) Salary: GBP20,000 - GBP25000 per annum pro rata, depending on experience (1 Year Fixed Term Contract subject to continuation of funding) Holiday: 25 days per annum (pro rata for part time hours) Probationary period: The post is subject to a six month probationary period DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES This is a fantastic opportunity to work in an innovative and growing charity. User Voice are looking for a dynamic, authentic and inspiring individual to join their Research Team. We advocate peer led research, undertaken by individuals with similar lived experience to the participants of our research. User Voice seeks to appoint a Peer Researcher based in London, which will involve a significant amount of remote work. The Peer Researcher will assist the Research and Evaluation Team delivering engagement activities for research projects, including topics around offending, anti-social behaviour, and mental health issues. Full training will be provided to undertake the work. Core duties and responsibilities are detailed below. Please note that User Voice is a rapidly growing charity and all applicants must be prepared to work flexibly and undertake new responsibilities as requested to support the development of the charity as a whole. The Peer Researcher will be responsible for the following: Engaging with offenders and ex-offenders. Conducting interviews. Collecting and entering data. Managing project participant case load and arranging engagement opportunities. Completing reports. Liaising with academics, healthcare providers, and Criminal Justice System agencies. PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential: Personal experience of the criminal justice system as a service user Ability to communicate with a wide range of people at all levels Interest in research Computer literate to a good standard Ability to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of the service Ability to accept and maintain confidentiality Commitment to Equal Opportunities A 'can do' attitude Well organised with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively and meet deadlines amid a range of competing demands Desirable: Experience of social research techniques or counselling skills in any environment. Experience of working with offenders or on mental health issues. Good knowledge of the charity sector and/or criminal justice. Good IT skills, with experience of using spreadsheets, databases, and mobile technology. FURTHER INFORMATION Equality and diversity User Voice welcomes applications from ex-offenders and from all sections of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks This post is subject to an enhanced criminal record disclosure check via the new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) processes, as the post holder will have regular unsupervised access to vulnerable adults. The purpose of the check is to ensure that the nature of the applicant's criminal record, considered alongside evidence of the applicant's rehabilitation, does not indicate that his or her employment in this role would put current service users at risk. CV's without covering letters will not be considered