The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we support people and communities to prosper and thrive.
National Lottery players raise an incredible £30 million a week for good causes. This money funds projects and activities that transform communities, protect our heritage and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture. We are proud to be one of 12 distributors responsible for awarding this funding across the UK.
Thanks to National Lottery players, last year we were able to award over half a billion pounds of life-changing funding to UK communities, supporting thousands of projects making a real difference to people’s lives.
Over eight in ten of our grants were for under £10,000 going to grassroots groups and charities across the UK doing great things to support their communities, during a particularly tough time.
We also distribute non-National Lottery funds, working closely with Government on funding for important issues, such as tackling loneliness, multiple and complex needs, mental health and distributing Dormant Accounts money.
Over the last five years we’ve awarded a total of £3.4 billion, of which £2.7 billion is National Lottery money.
We fund things that matter – whether helping communities respond positively to national, regional or local priorities, or helping the UK achieve its big social ambitions. Our grants range from £500 up to multi-million-pound programmes – supporting people and projects to do extraordinary things and bring great ideas for their community to life.
About the Role
We are looking for an experienced evaluation and research professional who enjoys working with others to generate useful and actionable evidence.
You will be part of a small cross-organisation evaluation and customer insight team. This post is in the Evaluation Team, which has an important role in generating evidence for the Fund and the sector about what makes a difference in supporting people and communities to thrive.
You will be responsible for providing advice on some large, complex evaluations of strategic funding programmes, as well as giving practical guidance to colleagues in the organisation about different ways that good evidence can be generated and used. You will be proactive in making evidence accessible and meaningful as part of our evidence strategy. You are passionate about good quality evidence, as well as what is proportionate and appropriate for different stakeholders and uses.
You maintain constructive relationships with external evaluators and develop a wide network in the sector influencing stakeholders at all levels.
Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract (18 months)
Hours: Full time 37 Hours per week. Flexible working considered
Interview Date: 4th August
Location: We have a hybrid approach to working and work pattern and location will be agreed with the successful candidate. The role can be based at any of our UK offices, these are Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Newcastle and Newtown.
We expect hybrid working, with the amount of office and homeworking discussed during recruitment. Travel will be required e.g. for face-to-face team meetings and suppliers
For successful candidates based in London, you will be asked to complete national security vetting clearance so that you can access our Marsham Street Office. This involves passing a disclosure and barring check and Counter Terrorism Check.
- Demonstrable professional experience and sound academic understanding of i) evaluation design and methodology, including implementing complex evaluations and ii) both qualitative and quantitative social research methodologies and techniques
- Experience of designing tenders, commissioning evaluations and of managing external research/evaluation consultants
- Excellent communications skills. Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels. Proven ability to present complex information to a generalist audience
- Excellent numerical, statistical, and analytical skills with proven ability and experience of using these to analyse data and write concise clear and compelling analysis.
- Project management experience
We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.
We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:
- Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
- Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
- Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
- Season ticket and cycle to work loans
- Paid volunteering leave
Communities in the UK come in all shapes and sizes. National Lottery funding is for everyone – we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and work hard to ensure our funding reaches where it is needed.
We also believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We welcome applications from disabled people and will proactively make reasonable adjustments if needed through the recruitment process and during employment. This can be related to a physical and mental health conditions.
We are also proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion, supporting our commitment to being a great place to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.
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