Victim Support is looking to recruit a part time Research Officer, this is a fixed term contract to cover for maternity leave, which is currently anticipated to last 12 months. The role can be home based or in our offices in central London.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work as part of a research team, manage and conduct various research activities, analyse results, generate original ideas, and write publications.
Victim Support (VS) is the leading independent charity in England and Wales for people who have been affected by crime and traumatic incidents. Understanding the experience and needs of victims and witnesses of crime is central to the charities' aims and vision. As a Research Officer the successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a highly respected research team who captures the voice of victims and promote evidence based recommendations to improve their access to services, the services available and their experiences of the criminal justice and other systems. To be successful in the role you will need to be a strong team player with relevant experience in qualitative data collection methods with vulnerable people, and to be able to manage research and administrative activities.
VS's in-house research team have extensive experience of producing evidence-based reports on victims' needs and experience: 14 over the past five years. Our past research has also looked on the needs and experience of victims as a whole (see for example: 'Crime and Covid-19: How victims and survivors have been impacted by the pandemic' and 'Understanding Victim of Crime'), as well as focused on specific groups of vulnerable victims, such as victims with mental health problems, children and young People, victims of hate crime and those bereaved by Homicide (see for example Doing Better for Victim with Mental Health Problems in Kent' and 'Living with Loss'). We involve in our research vulnerable victims and those who do not engage with services as well as engage with local practitioners.
Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.
Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are outlined in the person specification under essential and tested area. In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.
If the vacancy has not specified the essential criteria for shortlisting, please use this section to express how your experience and skills are relevant for the role.
If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.
Victim Support is committed to recruiting with care and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Police vetting, Background checks and Disclosed Barring Service checks may be required.
Victim Support is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe having a diverse workforce at all levels allows us to represent the communities we serve and connect better with people affected by crime. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all communities and monitor the diversity of applicants to analyse if we are representative of the communities we serve in terms of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, age and socio-economic status. As part of our commitment to the Race at Work Charter we would particularly welcome applicants from BAME communities.