Research and Policy consultant

Posted by Rocket Science

Research and Policy consultant

EC1M, London Check commute

£25,000 - £30,000 per year plus benefits

Permanent, Full-time

About the organisation

Rocket Science is committed to making a difference to the lives of people and communities across the UK. 

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Job Description

Rocket Science is a highly regarded specialist consultancy with offices in London, Edinburgh and North East England. We focus on performance improvement of services for the public and work as independent advisers, researchers, evaluators, facilitators, trainers and mediators.  We specialise in the fields of employability, health and social care, housing and homelessness, learning and skills, third sector development, and local economic development.  Our services go beyond consultancy to include organisational and partnership development, as well as acting as evaluation partners and managing agents of a number of grant programmes. We have a particular commitment to helping disadvantaged individuals, families and communities enhance the quality of their lives. 

We are looking for an individual with 1 or more years’ experience in a relevant field to join our London team.

Key areas of responsibility 

  • To undertake research/policy work including: content and data analysis; analysing and interpreting policy, legislation, statistics and other information; identifying good and bad practice; and forecasting trends and future developments 

  • To assist with the development of ideas, products and services on behalf of Rocket Science and/or its clients and in the context, where appropriate, of different public-policy initiatives 

  • To contribute to the production of proposals, reports and briefings in appropriate forms which may include newsletters, articles, letters and mailings, in paper and electronic form 

  • To undertake other duties and tasks appropriate to the post as may be required from time to time. 

Skills and experience 

The person we are looking for is likely to have completed a relevant degree, have 1 or more years’ experience in a relevant field, will be expected to have: 

  • An understanding of the public policy context in the UK including experience working in a relevant field 

  • Insights into employability, education, health, social care, or housing related research preferably with experience in one or more fields 

  • Evidence of strong written communication: ability to clearly articulate a story by bringing together evidence from a range of sources (primary and secondary sources) about complex policy issues 

  • Evidence of strong data analysis skills including advanced Excel and graphical presentation of patterns and trends 

  • Evidence of effective oral communication including some of the following:  group facilitation, presentation, contribution to meetings (internal and external), interviewing (telephone and face-to-face) and running focus groups 

  • Ability to work independently and initiate, plan and prioritise workloads and meet deadlines 

  • Ability to think creatively and offer ideas in designing our approach to tasks 

  • Ability to make positive contributions to internal and external teams 

  • Understanding of how to use IT effectively and appreciate the potential of IT-based solutions and tools to enhance our services to clients. 

Our values guide the way we work and the way we develop as a company. Rocket Science consultants should behave in ways that are consistent with these values. 

  • Integrity.  One of our greatest values to clients is their confidence in our integrity in all our dealings with them and with those that they work with. 

  • Making a difference.  We have a strong commitment to making a real difference in everything we do; helping clients and other practitioners to achieve their objectives and build their own capacity for excellence. 

  • Social justice.  We work with clients who are committed to contributing to social justice throughout society by supporting the most disadvantaged people to have positive and satisfying life chances through guidance, information, sharing learning and creating access to sustainable and satisfying work. 

  • Learning and sharing.  We are an innovative and creative company with a strong commitment to learning and developing new approaches and sharing these generously with our clients. 

  • Fun:  We really enjoy working together and working with clients we respect.   We know we work best when we enjoy what we do. 

  • Empowering:  We are committed to creating the right conditions for transferring skills and knowledge within Rocket Science and to clients and communities, creating lasting value for our clients and developing our own people. 

To apply for the role, please submit a CV with covering letter explaining what role you wish to apply for, how your experience makes you suitable for this role, and the contribution you could make to Rocket Science. 

Please also include the names of two referees, including, if applicable, your most recent or last employer. Please note that referees will not be approached without your prior knowledge, and only following a successful application and interview.

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