PPIW Job Opportunities: Research Officer (x2)

Post Reference Number: 5329BR

Job Title: Research Officer

School: Cardiff Business School

We are seeking to recruit two outstanding Research Officers. These posts offer an exciting opportunity to work at the heart of current policy debates including Brexit, the future of the Welsh economy, closing the attainment gap, and the future funding of the health service and social care.

Educated to degree level (or with equivalent relevant experience), you will have an interest in public policy, good communication and organisational skills, the ability to work effectively as part of the PPIW team and a commitment to using evidence to improve policy and practice.

These positions are full time (35 hours per week) and are fixed term for 12 months starting 1st December 2016, with the possibility of renewal subject to future funding.

Salary: £25,769 – £29,847 per annum (Grade 5)

Outstanding candidates who can demonstrate substantial relevant experience (see additional information) may be appointed at Grade 6:

Salary: £31,656 – £37,768 per annum (Grade 6)

The university will consider applications which propose secondments to these posts.

Closing date: Thursday 3rd November, 2016


Main function of the post

Working with the Institute’s director and other staff, the post holders will be responsible for undertaking rapid evidence reviews and scoping, commissioning and managing assignments by policy experts who work with the Institute to provide analysis and advice for Welsh Government Ministers.
You will need good communication skills (in person and in writing), an interest in public policy, and an ability to work effectively with policy experts from universities, independent research institutions and think tanks.

Job Description:

  • Work with the Director and other staff to identify the evidence which the Welsh Government needs in order to improve policy and public service delivery.
  • Identify and help to recruit experts who can contribute to the delivery of the Institute’s work.
  • Working with the Director and other staff to design, scope and commission work from experts that will meet Welsh Government evidence needs.
  • Assess the available evidence in policy areas in which the Institute is working on behalf of interest to Ministers.
  • Undertake evidence reviews and data analysis.
  • Support the Director and other staff in designing and organising seminars, workshops and informal briefings with ministers and experts.
  • Agree the outputs, timescale, budget and other terms and conditions for work undertaken by experts.
  • Support the Director and other staff in monitoring the delivery of work by experts, editing reports and providing quality assurance.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s regular team meetings.
  • Participate in meetings of the Institute’s Executive Group and Board of Governors as appropriate.
  • Ensure that information on the Institute’s website is kept up to date.
  • Assist with the promotion of the Institute’s work to other interested parties.
  • Undertake other duties which are not included above but are consistent with the role.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Good communication and inter-personal skills.
  2. An understanding of research methods and an ability to interpret and communicate research findings.
  3. Good organisational skills including the ability to assist with the design, organisation and facilitation of seminars, workshops and other events.
  4. The ability to ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  5. An understanding of how to present evidence and expert advice effectively to busy policy makers.
  6. The ability to conduct rapid reviews of evidence from secondary sources.
  7. The ability to conduct basic data analysis.
  8. A good undergraduate degree or with equivalent relevant experience.
  9. An ability to work on your own initiative and prioritise tasks.

Desirable Criteria:

  1. An interest in public policy and knowledge of contemporary public policy issues
  2. An understanding of the challenges associated with using evidence to inform public policy
  3. Experience of managing, conducting and/or using research – in the public sector, higher education, a research organisation, think tank or similar setting.
  4. A qualification at Masters level
  5. Experience of undertaking quantitative analysis
  6. An ability to think creatively about how research outputs can be used to inform policy development.
  7. The ability to communicate effectively in Welsh.

Additional Information:

In addition to meeting the essential criteria listed above, candidates wishing to be considered for an appointment at Grade 6 will be expected to also demonstrate the following within their application:

  • Experience of conducting, using, managing and/or commissioning research in government, local government, public services, academia or other relevant settings.
  • An ability to work effectively with Ministers, Special Advisers and officials.
  • The ability to monitor work by senior academics and other policy experts.
  • An understanding of approaches to presenting evidence in order to maximise utilisation.
  • Experience of designing and organising meetings, workshops and/or informal briefings.
  • An ability to promote the Institute to external audiences.

To apply please visit: www.cardiff.ac.uk/jobs, click on ‘Academic Vacancies’, and search for job reference 5329BR.

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