Research Analyst

Research Analyst

Start date: ASAP
Location: Waterloo, London
Status: This is a full-time, one-year fixed term contract role
Salary: £25k

The Challenge

The Challenge’s vision is a more integrated society where there is understanding and appreciation of each other’s differences. We design and deliver programmes that bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others. We also develop ideas to forge a more socially integrated Britain. During 2014 and 2015, The Challenge convened the Social Integration Commission. Following the Commission’s conclusion, we set up the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, which is chaired by Chuka Umunna MP.

We believe everyone benefits when people from all walks of life come together to better know, understand and trust each other. This also applies to the people we employ to work with us. As an equal opportunities employer, our aim is to have a diverse workforce to reflect the communities we work in.

This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic organisation, which works with young people and local communities across the country. For more information about what The Challenge does and what its values are, please visit our website: http://the-challenge.org/.

About the role

The Research Analyst will support the production of original research and policy analysis on topics and themes related to social integration, mixing and connectivity, including supporting the impact evaluation of The Challenge’s key programmes. The successful candidate will work to the Senior Policy, Research & Evaluation Manager, and will deliver rigorous and impactful research content, which provides evidence for The Challenge’s mission to promote a more socially integrated society, and which supports the Public Affairs and Policy team to position The Challenge as a thought leader.

Responsibilities

  • Undertaking research and analysis, using a broad range of data sources, towards the production of authoritative, impactful and rigorous policy and research reports on topics and themes related to social mixing, connection and integration.
  • Drafting articles, blogs and essays on research insights and policy recommendations resulting from this work, and representing the organisation at events and conferences.
  • Support the Senior Policy, Research & Evaluation Manager in the primary analysis of impact data of The Challenge’s programmes towards the production of impact reports.
  • Support the work of the wider Public Affairs and Policy team in its role as the Secretariat for the APPG on Social Integration – such as highlighting research relevant to the APPG’s current interests, and proofing draft reports.
  • Proactively monitor for research output relevant to The Challenge’s mission and programmes.
  • Provide administrative support to the team.

Skills and experience

  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • The ability to analyse and interpret complex quantitative data.
  • Experience with statistical programming tools (e.g. Excel, R).
  • A good understanding of UK demographic data sources, including their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Very strong written and verbal communications skills, including clear and concise presentation and reporting of quantitative research data.
  • A highly organised approach to managing projects.
  • An ability to juggle numerous tasks and prioritise effectively.
  • A good understanding of UK politics, policy debates and government structures.
  • A good self-starter, able to spot opportunities and act on initiative.
  • A team player who enjoys working collaboratively, and is capable of supporting colleagues across departments and locations.

Desirable

  • Degree in related discipline (e.g. statistics, social research, or other degree with a significant focus on quantitative research methods), or equivalent experience.
  • Experienced in the design and production of effective data visualisation.
  • Knowledge of complex statistical analysis.

Employment Screening

The Challenge operates Safer Recruitment Practices for all roles within the organisation. Successful applicants will be required to provide a valid and acceptable Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously CRB).

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.

Further Details

In addition to being part of a fun, dynamic and challenging workforce, we are proud to offer an attractive benefits package including contributory pension, Simplyhealth cash plan, Ride 2 Work, childcare vouchers, season ticket travel card loan etc. to eligible employees.

  • To apply: Please apply by sending your CV and cover letter to jamiesha.majevadia@the-challenge.org vacancy closes by 25 March 2019

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