About the role
The Research and Evaluation Lead is a critical role for the Centre for Youth Impact.
We believe in the power of research and evaluation to build a collective commitment to understanding and improving the impact of youth work and provision for young people. We also believe in the power of quality relational practice to change lives and communities. The Research and Evaluation Lead shapes and delivers the Centre’s work to design, test and implement practice-aligned evaluation that both measures and cultivates quality practice.
Reporting to the Director of Programmes, the Research and Evaluation Lead works alongside two other Leads, focused on data and organisational development, and manages a portfolio of research and evaluation projects. This includes project scoping and design, direct delivery of research and evaluation activity, coordinating and supporting project teams (including staff and Fellows), collating and sharing learning from projects to influence the Centre’s work and strategy, and working closely with the senior leadership team to secure funding for new activities. The Research and Evaluation Lead line manages a Project Manager, and also works closely with a Research Assistant.
What are we looking for?
We are seeking a thoughtful and experienced applied researcher and evaluator, with strong project management and people skills. You will need to be confident across a range of approaches, and have the ability to assess and determine proposed methods, dependent on context. You will be curious and keen to learn and influence this evolving field of practice, and comfortable representing the Centre externally to share our journey as we develop our thinking. An understanding of informal and non-formal provision for young people, and how this influences research and evaluation practice is desirable.
You will be an experienced project manager, with expertise in managing both grant-funded and contract projects. You will be confident in managing project budgets, plans and capacity allocations, across multiple strands of work. You will be able to connect your portfolio into the broader organisational strategy, by drawing out insights from our project activities and sharing them with colleagues.
You will need to be highly responsive to the needs of partners, funders and our networks, with excellent listening and negotiation skills. You will also need to be proactive and dynamic, sensing and acting on opportunities for the Centre to work alongside others to affect change. You will have some experience of income generation, and be confident to work alongside the senior leadership team in initiating and writing successful proposals.
You will also be an outstanding communicator: experienced in facilitation; willing to develop a coaching approach; an engaging presenter, and a compelling writer, able to frame and share ideas with a range of audiences.
Finally, you will be a team player. You will enjoy working with others, and be a valued partner, peer and colleague. You will see the bigger picture, at the same time as being on top of the detail. You will own and play a leadership role in your projects, but recognise and respect the leadership role of colleagues across the Centre’s strategic objectives.
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