Research Manager – Fixed-term contract (18 months)

11th April 2019

Closing date: Friday, 26th April, 2019

We are looking for an experienced Research Manager to lead our research and evaluation work for the programme.

This will include:

  • Supporting and coordinating the local evaluations of the innovations;
  • Developing an economic case of impact;
  • Capturing and collating national core metrics on a quarterly basis to facilitate rapid learning and improvement, and;
  • Leading our relationship with the external evaluator whom we wish to commission for the VIP.

For a talented, high performing, delivery-focussed and ambitious individual, this is a career-defining opportunity to help transform volunteering in the NHS, and with it the experience of patients, volunteers, communities, and NHS staff across the UK.

Job responsibilities:

  • Supporting each of the 12 projects with their research and evaluation plans. This includes:
    + Conducting primary research (qual and quan data collection)
    + Helping projects/Trusts overcome any data collection issues
    + Monitoring data collection throughout the project to ensure the quality of data remains consistent
    + Supporting the analysis and dissemination of this data
    + Working with Trusts to use and disseminate their data in interesting/impactful ways
    + Feeding learning and evidence into ‘blueprints’ – where appropriate.
  • Supporting capacity building in analysis and evaluation with NHS Trusts through collaborative working and training, if required.
  • Leading work with Pro Bono Economics on the economic case for health volunteering.
  • Collating data and stories for communications purposes and working closely with the Helpforce Comms team.
  • Supporting and contributing to the on-going development of the Helpforce Research and Evaluation portfolio.
  • Managing other research evaluations / projects as Helpforce projects expands.
  • Writing reports and articles – as required.
  • Leading on and contributing to the writing of research specifications, tenders and bids.
  • Presenting at conferences, events, and participating or leading Helpforce “Learning Network’ webinars.
  • Working with external researchers/consultants and agencies – as required.
  • Managing relationships with external stakeholders and funders.
  • Reporting and presenting to senior stakeholders, funders and the Helpforce board.
  • Supporting knowledge sharing and learning of data and data collection methodologies/toolkits through the Helpforce Learning Network.
  • Primary/secondary data collection and analysis – as needed.
  • Ensuring data collected is stored securely/safely and only shared in accordance with legislation.

Knowledge and skills required:

We are looking for someone passionate about research and data to help us develop and build the evidence base for health volunteers. The ideal candidate would have:

  • Previous experience of setting up and designing research and/or evaluations.
  • Previous experience of qualitative and quantitative data analysis using statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS) and qualitative analysis software (e.g., Nvivo, Atlas.ti).
  • Familiarity with questionnaire and survey design.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate workshops/focus groups/interviews.
  • Familiarity with randomised controlled trials, or other quasi-experimental methodologies
  • Previous experience with innovative and multi-faceted approaches to measurement and evaluation e.g., rapid evaluations.
  • Experience of managing multiple research evaluations that are time bound.
  • Previous experience of writing research specifications (ITTs) and funding applications/bids.
  • Experience of working with senior stakeholders/funders.

What we are offering:

  • We will also consider a contractor/freelancer for this position
  • Annual leave 25 days plus bank holidays
  • An individual training support to help develop your skills
  • Company Pension (5% matched)
  • Flexible working
  • 1 day per month volunteering allowance

Further information

  • Hours – full-time: 37.5 hours per week, flexible hours
  • Based in Central London (Somerset House) with flexible home-working arrangements
  • The role will involve regular travel to NHS trusts and partners around England
  • Final interviews will be held on Thursday May 23rd between 11am & 5pm, at Somerset House, Strand, London.

To complete your application please send you CV and cover letter to Hilary Laing at [email protected]Early applications are encouraged, with the successful applicant having a possible immediate start.