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Research Assistant: Evaluation, Research and Engagement (12 month contract)

About the Role

The post of Research Assistant at OPM is for a twelve month period. At the end of that period, high performing Research Assistants will be considered for progression into permanent posts.

This is an ‘applied’ research role in a fast-moving policy and practice context, and in a commercial consultancy environment. Research Assistants will be based in the Evaluation, Research and Engagement (ERE) teams of OPM. The team manages a very broad profile of activities covering mixed methods evaluations, social research, customer insight research, and community and stakeholder engagement.  We carry out projects for clients covering:

  • government and regulators
  • local and regional public services including NHS
  • local government and children’s services
  • national and local charities
  • public utilities and infrastructure organisations.

Much of our work focuses on social exclusion and vulnerable communities. Experience and awareness of diversity issues therefore is important in much of our work.

The post holder will be expected to work on qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation and engagement projects, utilising a range of research methodologies, including depth interviews, focus groups, deliberative workshops, literature reviews and other desk-based research, multi-methods evaluation techniques, economic evaluation and quantitative methods. A further important requirement for the role is the ability to write high quality reports and other written outputs based on the research findings suitable for a variety of audiences. In this recruitment round, we are particularly interested in individuals with strong applied quantitative skills (e.g. managing large datasets; performing multivariate analyses; etc).

Research Assistants will be expected to fulfil a range of research, administrative and support tasks, including preparing background materials for tender responses, booking focus groups and interviews, managing invoicing and budgets and producing marketing materials, carrying out fieldwork, and participating in analysis and reporting. There will be opportunities to meet clients and become involved in overall project planning and delivery. The role will be supported by a range of developmental opportunities and informal training and support.

How to apply

Please download the full job description and application form and return your application to recruit@opm.co.uk by 5pm on Friday 17 April. Please note that CVs and covering emails will not be accepted.

If your application is taken forward you will be invited to an interviews and case study assessment on either Wednesday 29 or Thursday 30 April. Please note on your application if you are not able to attend these dates.

Skills testing of disabled applicants

Applicants who satisfy the minimum standards of the role may be asked to take a number of ability tests before being progressed to the next stage of the recruitment process. These include online numerical and verbal reasoning assessments supplied by psychometric test provider. If an ability test has a feature that, in the opinion of the applicant, places a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage to other candidates, OPM agrees to take such steps as is reasonable to mitigate the disadvantage.

Should an applicant be able to demonstrate their ability for the role as laid out in the job description (able to meet the minimum standards of the role as outlined in the necessary column in the person specification), by any alternative method, this will be given due consideration by OPM.

OPM agrees that should disabled applicants meet the minimum requirements of the job and are able to demonstrate their competency through ability tests or any other comparable method; they will be given an automatic right to interview.

Decisions and Documentation

Decisions will be based only on those criteria indicated in the agreed person specifications for the roles. Documents used in the selection processes, during interviews or exercises, including any notes about candidates made by the members of panels, will be collected and stored in individual files for each candidate; these will be kept in storage for at least one year after the last day of any selection processes.