Up to £45000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

After two years of incubation at the RSA, the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission has now become an independent charitable organisation.

The charity is shifting gear from generating ideas and recommendations to supporting practical actions and real change. It is focussing wholeheartedly on its core mission of connecting food, farming, countryside and the public's health for a just transition to a greener, fairer economy in response to climate and nature, public health, and now Covid-19 emergencies. Providing practical, evidence led recommendations, FFCC will be working to help create a more sustainable and fairer economy for everyone. It is now looking for new team members who are also committed to its mission and purpose, with a fierce optimism that what we all do matters and who want to help grow the movement for change. FFCC is a national organisation with a commitment to offering and developing modern and adaptable working practices. They welcome applicants from anywhere in the UK and will be happy to explore flexible and work from home arrangements which meet the needs of its work.

We are delighted to be working closely with the FFCC to recruit a Senior Researcher to join its growing team at this transitional time for the organisation.
This role will take a lead on providing a firm foundation of top quality research to support the FFCC in its important work. This postholder will be familiar with Action Research methodology, both qualitative and quantitative methods and will be rooted in a very in-depth and detailed understanding of one or more of our core subject areas of food, farming, countryside and rural economy and their relationship to the crises in climate, nature and public health. This person will help the Commission on developing a strategy of research to help the charity to achieve its ambitions by preparing reports and policy briefings and will delegate work to another researcher as part of the research team.

The successful candidate will have an accomplished educational background to at least Masters level and a proven track-record of leading on academic research for public consumption, ideally in the subject areas of the environment, food, farming, land use, agro-economics and related subjects. This person will have conducted local and national enquiries using qualitative and quantitative methodologies on a range of different issues. They will have engaged communities, industry, local/central governments and higher education environments in addition to analysing existing and historical data, collating current affairs materials and keeping up to date with all of the latest developments in the relevant sectors.
This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for an accomplished senior researcher with a genuine interest in food, farming and the countryside to contribute to making a real difference in creating a greener and fairer economy moving forward.

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Posted on: 15 May 2020
Closed date: 29 May 2020
Job ref: HQ00177451
Tags: Policy/Research, Operations