Senior Policy Research Officer

36000.00 - 38000.00 GBP Annual + (Inclusive ILW) DOE
01 Aug 2019
16 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Policy Research Officer
Location: Moorfields, London
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time 35 hours per week
Salary: GBP36,000 - GBP38,000 per annum (Inclusive ILW) DOE

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.

If you are a talented and committed research professional with a passion for evidence based policy, and can help us inspire human kindness when crisis strikes, we would very much like to hear from you.

Join us and become part of our global humanitarian movement!

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 support the running of a network of researchers and research functions across the British Red Cross, to create a community of practice

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.
  • Knowledge and/or experience of voluntary and statutory organisations.

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on 15th August 2019, with first stage interviews to follow on 21st August 2019.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

  • 36 days holiday pro rata (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • Up to 6% contributory pension
  • Flexible working policy

A little bit more about us...
The British Red Cross help anyone, anywhere in the UK; get the support they need if crisis strikes. From hiring a wheelchair or dealing with loneliness, to adjusting to life in a new country - we're there when you need us.

Our organisation was born out of a desire to bring help without discrimination. Impartiality and neutrality have been central values for the Red Cross since we started.

At the British Red Cross, we are looking for the best people to help us provide support to millions of people affected by crisis in the UK. We want our team to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, offering equal opportunities to everyone, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

Diversity is something we celebrate and we want you to be able to be yourself at work, and feel you're in a great position to help us spread the power of kindness.

In the British Red Cross we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place, and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.

As part of its recruitment and selection process the British Red Cross undertakes DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checking of all individuals who regularly work with or have access to children and vulnerable adults.

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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