Policy Researcher (secondments welcome)

£35k (London based office) Permanent

Please note, first round of applications has been paused.

The Centre for Young Lives – a new, dynamic, innovative, independent think tank and delivery unit dedicated exclusively to improving the lives of children, young people, and families in the UK. 

The Centre for Young Lives’ experienced team will provide informed and expert insight, produce quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, and campaign for and deliver change.

Our ambition is for the Centre for Young Lives to become a leading, evidence-led, trusted public voice on issues affecting children and young people in the UK, just as the Institute of Fiscal Studies or Resolution Foundation are on economic issues. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented individual to help shape high profile public policy to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. 

Working with a well-respected team, you will help gather evidence, analyse data and develop policy solutions to build a robust and compelling case for change. You will have excellent communication and analytical skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a team. You will have experience of conducting, writing, and delivering high quality, evidence driven research. 

Essential criteria:

  • Excellent research and data analytical skills, with a keen attention to detail.
  • Experience and ability to critically appraise and analyse policy and technical evidence at pace.
  • Excellent communication skills – from technical documents and research to face to face conversations.
  • A good understanding of policy making and development with a track record of contributing to high quality, evidence driven research. 
  • Be solutions orientated with the ability to think creatively, maximise opportunities and overcome challenges.
  • Enjoy being part of a team and collaborating with other people.

As part of the package, the Centre for Young Lives offers through our partner Oasis Charitable Trust:

  • A pension scheme, offering 7% employer contribution.
  • A generous holiday allowance, starting at 25 days per year (plus 8 Bank Holidays).
  • Policies which promote well-being and are family friendly.
  • Hybrid-style working and flexible working approach
  • Conveniently based Westminster office

To apply

This a rolling recruitment campaign and will remain open until a suitable candidate(s) has been appointed.

If you have the relevant experience, are highly resourceful, adaptable, and able to work in a busy and fast-paced environment, please send a CV and supporting statement to Kelly.Pickard@CentreForYoungLives.org

Your supporting statement should be no more than two A4 pages expanding on your CV, evidencing your relevant skills and experience that relate to the job description.   

We actively encourage applications from people of all ethnic backgrounds and minority and underrepresented groups.

Further details about the Centre for Young Lives can be found on www.centreforyounglives.org.uk

The successful candidates must have the right to work in the UK.  The Centre for Young Lives cannot assist with sponsorship or visas.

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