About the Young Foundation
Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keep us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, the Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.
About the role
We want to ensure that lived experience is seen as a valid form of evidence by those responsible for creating policies and making decisions that affect communities across the UK – and that the collection of evidence by peer researchers is more widely valued. The Young Foundation’s National Peer Research Network is growing rapidly, and we are seeing interest from people across academia, the public sector and civil society in partnering and collaborating with us in a range of ways. To do this, we need a dynamic, curious and motivated Peer Research Network Lead to propel our ambitious strategy forward.
As well as ensuring our growing national network of peer researchers is supported, trained and well-funded, you will improve the quality and standard of all peer research projects we deliver, helping to build our training, learning and accreditation ‘offer’ for external partners.
This is a role with a strong emphasis on partnership building and business generation, but you will also be taking an active role in recruiting and training peer researchers, co-designing and leading projects, and analysing and reporting on findings – so strong qualitative research skills are also essential. There will also be opportunities to explore and test digital data collection methods to decide which can work reliably at scale.
We are ambitious about peer research: we are about to launch a new Level 2 qualification for peer researchers and are looking to expand our training offer; we are exploring how to analyse qualitative data at scale; and looking at how we grow and share best practice on a range of issues from trauma-informed peer research through to creative methods, and digital data collection. The successful candidate will bring experience and enthusiasm for developing our work in these areas and pushing the boundaries and knowledge in relation to peer research.
Benefits: 25 days annual leave pro rata, excluding bank holidays. 3 days off between Christmas and New Year.
For more information and how to apply, please visit our website.
The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday 31st October 2021.
The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 4th November 2021.
Interviews will take place in the week commencing 8th November via video-call.
The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and as part of our commitment to increasing the diversity of our team we actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.