Research & Policy Fellow

London (Greater) (GB)
19 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research & Policy Fellow

Salary: £45-50K pro rata, plus excellent benefits    
Location: Blackfriars, Central London (other locations considered, but must 
be at London HQ once a week)  
Term:  One year fixed-term (with potential extension to permanent)    
Hours: 0.6 FTE (negotiable)

The Alliance for Useful Evidence is looking for an outstanding thinker and communicator to develop our research and impact. Based at Nesta, the Alliance is a partnership between the BIG Lottery Fund, Economic and Social Research Council and Nesta. We promote the use of high quality evidence to inform decisions on strategy, policy and practice, with the aim of stimulating the demand and use of evidence in decision making across the UK. 

We do this through advocacy, publishing research, sharing ideas and advice, and holding events and training.  We work at the heart of government, but also with staff in charities, local authorities, and professional groups, in areas such as policing, welfare or child protection. The Alliance is an open access and easy to join network with over 3000 individuals from cross-sector organisations. 
The Research & Policy Fellow will lead on projects to champion the use of evidence in social policy and practice – and also ensure that our research influences our target audiences in central and local government, charities, professional groups and frontline public services, across the breadth of the UK and internationally. 

A critical part of the job will be to grow our research capacity – including drafting proposals for external funding. We want to build on our track record of winning grants and support from prestigious research funders such as the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the European Commission. 

This is no ‘ivory tower’ research role. You will be highly proactive and influential - making sure your research and ideas make a difference. The Fellow will work with the rest of the team in influencing decision-makers, for instance engaging with politicians, civil servants, charity leaders, frontline professionals and citizen engagement. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a first-class and agile mind, able to interpret, communicate – and even predict – the latest thinking and practice in social science, data, economics, and evaluation relevant to policy and decision-making in charities and public services. 
  • Have sound knowledge of social science, economics and evaluation, covering different research designs, methods and data collection. 
  • Be a highly persuasive oral communicator with excellent public speaking (and listening) skills. 
  • Have excellent writing skills with the ability to communicate complex research findings and ideas to non-specialist audiences. 
  • Have a track-record of successfully winning external funding, including research grants, funding from foundations and grant-giving bodies, and consultancy and paid-for services.
  • Have experience of working inside Whitehall or the UK charity sector at the highest levels, with a background in influencing senior decision-makers (please note you will work closely with our leads in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland), would be highly advantageous.

How to Apply

For the full Candidate Specification and our Application Form, please click on the buttons on the relevant advert on our website.

The closing date for completed applications is 9am, Thursday 20 April.

1st Interviews will take place on Friday 5 May.
2nd Interviews will take place on Friday 12 May.