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Senior Research Officer

England (primarily home-based with occasional travel to the North East)
Salary Details:
£45,010 per annum
29 Sep 2021
About the role
Job title: Senior Research Officer, Careers & Employability
Job type: Permanent
Job location: England (primarily home-based with occasional travel to the North East)

We are recruiting a Senior Research Officer to join Education Development Trust’s growing Careers & Employability business, with a particular focus on supporting the following two Programmes:

Making a Difference is a brand-new programme to be delivered by Education Development Trust in the North East region of England. The programme is a European Social Fund (ESF) match funded programme which is designed to support both unemployed and economically inactive participants, the aim being to progress them to job search readiness or into paid employment.

The North East Ambition programme is designed to support SMEs and micro businesses across the North East link more effectively with local and national skills initiatives. The programme is a partnership between Education Development Trust and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, building upon NELEP’s successful North East Ambition pilot. The North East Ambition programme is a European Social Fund match funded programme that runs from December 2020 – December 2023.
Research is central to the work of Education Development Trust. We invest each year in a programme of international educational research and we deliver an exciting and demanding portfolio of research work for clients. 

Click here to find out more about Making a Difference.

Click here to find out more about North East Ambition.

The Senior Research Officer, Careers & Employability (SRO, C&E) will be a part of the Careers & Employability team but will also be strongly aligned with Education Development Trust’s central Research team. They will lead and manage the development and execution of a research strategy, and actively grow and deepen research within and connected to Careers and Employability. The growth of evidence and research linked to careers and employability work is needed to support service improvements, positioning, and to inform succession work of the European Social Fund (ESF) projects that will help to maintain the impact of the ESF investment beyond the life of the projects.

The successful applicant will have:
- An advanced degree or equivalent in a relevant field
- Excellent practical knowledge and understanding of social science research methods 
- Practical knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation (and learning) approaches 
- Extensive experience of applied research, M&E, research methods and analysis 
- Knowledge of education policy and practice in a research context 
- Experience of managing and delivering a portfolio of projects 
- Experience of analysing and presenting data to non-technical audiences 
- Published research or presented conference papers related to areas of expertise 
- Understanding of and experience working within a low-income context 
- Ability to use information technology effectively, including statistical packages such as SPSS/STATA and other programmes such as NVIVO 
- Excellent quantitative skills 
- Excellent writing and editing skills

To find out more about the role, please download the job description at the bottom of this page.

In return we offer a competitive salary, a generous holiday allowance (30 days & bank holidays), a 6% matched pension scheme and a range of other voluntary benefits. 

In addition, we offer excellent training and family friendly policies to support flexible working and a range of health and discount benefits. 

Closing date: Thursday 29th September

Interviews dates: Interviews will take Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th October.

Application process: You can download the job description and apply by following the links at the bottom of this advert. During your application you will be required to upload your CV and submit a supporting statement. 
Location of role: This role will predominantly be home-based but will require occasional travel to North East England.

This post, as part of the Making a Difference North East project, is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014 – 2020 and all activity must comply with contractual regulations.  

This post, as part of the North East Ambition project, is part funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds 2020 - 2024 and all activity must comply with contractual regulations.

Education Development Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults whom we work with and come into contact with around the world. All applicants are subject to thorough screening and for applicable roles, successful candidates are subject to relevant criminal record checks with national police authorities or the UK’s Disclosure and Barring Service.
About the organisation
Education Development Trust has first-rate credentials in providing services that bridge the gap between education, training and employment. We have been a leading careers service provider in the UK for over 20 years and have a successful track record of managing programmes delivering careers, employment and skills support.
Please click here to see our Annual Impact Review for 2019/20, which highlights the ways in which our work has impacted lives around the world – and the progress we have made since 2018/19.
To find out more about the careers service at Education Development Trust, please click here.
Here is a video of our Director of Careers and Employability, Laura Bell, taking about the benefits of working at Education Development Trust