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.
- 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
- 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.