Bristol, Bristol City (Hybrid)
£46,799.0 per year plus £3449 Inner London Weighting where applicable
Contract, Fixed Term for up to 12 months, Full-time
Job description


JOB DESCRIPTION: Head of Research and Evaluation  (Maternity Cover – Fixed Term for up to 12 months)
Reports to                     Chief Executive         

Location                          Remote (with some travel to Bristol and London, subject to any national restrictions)

Direct reports:           

Research and Evaluation Manager

Evaluation and Learning Manager



  • To ensure the effective delivery of Women’s Aid’s research and evaluation strategy and programme of work, including data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • To champion the role of evidence in meeting the needs of diverse survivors, including developing and implementing new processes and ways of working to strengthen evidence based policy and practice.
  • To oversee the Research and Evaluation department including all aspects of performance management and department and personal development, departmental budgets, and the delivery of high quality, timely activity.
  • As part of the Senior Leadership Team, to support the development and delivery of the organisational strategy, drawing on relevant evidence and expertise to make recommendations and advise on policies, systems and processes in line with Women’s Aid’s values.   
  • To hold high level and influencing relationships externally including with academics, national and local government, services, global corporates and funders.
  • To support the Chief Executive to ensure knowledge is centred and drives organisational strategy and decision-making
  • To ensure that the organisations research and evaluation outputs are all targeted towards delivering strategic change, as part of a whole organisation approach


1. Management and Leadership

  1. To lead and represent the Research and Evaluation department, ensuring that Women’s Aid’s work is rooted in robust evidence that centres the voices and experiences of diverse survivors and Women’s Aid’s members.


  1. To work closely with colleagues from departments across the organisation to ensure that Women’s Aid’s programme of research and evaluation effectively informs and supports their work.    



  1. To promote the development and implementation of planning, accountability and evaluation systems across Women’s Aid.


  1. To serve on the Senior Leadership Team, drawing on relevant evidence and expertise to advise on and ensure the effective delivery of organisational strategy, business plan policies and processes.


  1. To ensure cross-organisational involvement to augment the impact of all research and evaluation products; ensuring strategic influencing plans and objectives are in place, together with robust delivery and production protocols and sign-off procedures.


  1. Support the Chief Executive to ensure knowledge is centred and drives organisational strategy and decision-making through developing robust processes and mechanisms for this.


  1. To ensure efficient and effective internal communication, information flows and to foster co-operation between staff.


  1. To work with colleagues to maximise opportunities and resolve problems and issues in a timely manner.


  1. To take part at Women’s Aid AGM and Annual conference as required and present regular written reports as necessary.


  1. To manage special short term projects concerned with the development or operation of Women’s Aid as required.


  1. To manage strategic projects with key external stakeholders.


2. Strengthening evidence-based policy and practice

  1. To oversee the development and delivery of Women’s Aid’s annual research and evaluation business plan, and to monitor and evaluate the success of those targets on an annual cycle, in consultation with the Women’s Aid wider team and members.


  1. To lead on an on-going strategic and cross-organisational programme of work to centre evidence in policy and practice, including working with colleagues to develop new processes and procedures to strengthen the use of internal and external data and research, monitoring the external research environment and developing the use and presentation of data to increase its accessibility to and impact on key audiences.


  1. To oversee the development of Women’s Aid’s data systems to make use of new technologies and techniques and ensure optimum use of data collected.


  1. To ensure the provision of information and advice on domestic abuse to the national network of local Women’s Aid members, relevant agencies and partnerships, as well as Women’s Aid national team.


  1. To ensure the Chief Executive, Executive Leadership Team and relevant staff are kept up to date with all relevant developments in the field of domestic abuse, and the wider issues of violence against women and girls as relevant. 


  1. To work with the Head of Policy and Campaigns to ensure effective engagement on policy and research by Women’s Aid. 


3. Income generation

  1. To explore opportunities for funding and income generation through Women’s Aid’s data, research and expertise.

3. Line Management

  1. To carry out management, supervision, appraisal, accountability and development of staff in the Research and Evaluation department to ensure high quality service and achievement of the annual business plan.


  1. To ensure the successful recruitment, induction and initial training of all staff within the Research and Evaluation department.


  1. To foster a supportive, positive and impactful working environment that reflects Women’s Aid’s values.


  1. To oversee the work of the department and ensure good cross-departmental working.


  1. To manage consultants as required.


4. Department budget

  1. To ensure proper management of any delegated budgets, participate in budgeting and financial management.


  1. To support the development of budgets for fundraising bids which include the work of the team.

5. General Responsibilities

  1. To maintain clear and adequate records of work done and to produce reports on work programmes and activities as required by the Chief Executive.


  1. To contribute to team meetings and organisational priorities, to prepare and participate in supervision and appraisal meetings.


  1. To be on call for support with research queries from the media when required and to be a media spokeswoman for the organisation alongside a bank of others.


  1. To provide back up and support for the management of other staff or to ensure their tasks are covered when they or their manager is absent (by agreement and if required).


  1. To assist in the organisation of conferences or events organised by Women’s Aid, if required.


  1. To abide by all organisational policies, codes of conduct and practice, and to ensure this is carried out throughout the Charity, and to work within a framework of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice.


  1. To be flexible within the broad remit of the post.


  1. To cover for line manager as appropriate



PERSON SPECIFICATION: Head of Research and Evaluation (Maternity Cover)



  • Significant qualitative and quantitative social research techniques in a work environment
  • Leading team members to develop and deliver project plans and new policies and procedures
  • Collaboration with partners and stakeholders to achieve meaningful outcomes, including effective engagement with high-level stakeholders
  • Using data and evidence to influence policy and practice
  • Reviewing and communicating data and research findings to diverse audiences
  • Developing and reviewing business plans, including setting performance measures
  • Setting and monitoring budgets
  • Developing and implementing processes and new ways of working
  • Ability to deliver complex briefings (on occasions at short-notice)
  • Fundraising or income generation experience



  • Working on research in the context of VAWG
  • Advising on organisational strategy and policy development




  • Excellent and proven research and evaluation skills
  • Highly developed analytical skills, with the ability to apply creative solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to plan and deliver projects within a set timeframe and with clear outputs/outcomes
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate data and research findings to diverse audiences
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaborate effectively with colleagues and partners to meet objectives in a complex, changing environment
  • Supportive and positive leadership style, with an ability to support team members to deliver on both personal and organisational objectives
  • Demonstrable commitment to and ability to model Women’s Aid’s values
  • Proficient in diverse technology platforms for communication and delivery, for example delivering presentations over video conferencing software
  • Advanced IT skills, including experience of developing or managing large databases or systems for gathering and analysing complex data




  • An understanding of a range of methods for monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • An understanding of the issues facing diverse women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence and in relation to the provision of effective service provision in the VAWG arena
  • An understanding of the impact of structural inequalities on minoritised women and children
  • Demonstrable commitment to research ethics
  • Knowledge and experience of the VAWG or voluntary sector
  • Participatory, anti-colonial and anti-oppressive research techniques
  • Understanding of policy development




  • PhD Degree or equivalent relevant experience.



  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity of the aims and objectives of Women’s Aid; 
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities; 
  • Willingness to work occasional unsocial hours as required. 
  • To be flexible within the broad remit of the post and undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade and level within the organisation 
Refreshed on: 27 January 2022
Closed date: 09 February 2022 at 17:00
Tags: Policy/Research

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