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Evidence Lead

Help us to continue growing our evidence work

We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and are committed to celebrating and supporting diversity. We know we will thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and services, and our community.  We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with experiences of homelessness.

IN A NUTSHELL

The Centre for Homelessness Impact is searching for an Evidence Lead who will help to continue growing our Evidence work. The ideal candidate will be adept at uncovering insights from data and evidence, skilfully translating insights into simple, yet meaningful messages for policy, service design and innovation. This person will be comfortable with different evaluation methods (i.e. Randomised Controlled Trials, Quasi-experimental designs, Systematic Reviews) and how to adapt them to ensure research is robust and relevant for decision-makers.  

The Evidence Lead will work in close collaboration with our Head of Evidence and Data to scope opportunities for our evidence and work and capitalise on opportunities for collaboration with other organisations in this space.  

We are a small and focused team with great ambitions. We are looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit - a self-starter who gets excited by uncovering the insights and sees how they can be used to unlock new opportunities. We work with multiple partners on a variety of projects - so it is crucial that the Evidence Lead is capable to prioritise effectively and devote resources to the activities that are likely to generate the greatest impact. 

WHY IS THIS ROLE IMPORTANT FOR THE CENTRE’S WORK?

At the Centre, we help people to harness the power of evidence and data to improve policies and interventions to support people experiencing homelessness. 

You will help grow and shape the direction of our evidence work. Working under the oversight of the Head of Evidence and Data, you will help scope, oversee and run studies using different methodological approaches,  guaranteeing methodological excellence and policy relevance, and pushing the boundaries for how we identify insights from research findings. 

Most importantly, you will ensure those lessons are captured and fed into all the other streams of our work. Your skillset is critical to our work because you have the ability to both cultivate relationships with stakeholders and support the development of world-class researchers.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN

  • Manage the day-to-day development of our primary studies (Systematic Reviews, Impact Evaluations and Policy Papers), providing technical quality assurance at every stage of the project and ensuring the policy relevance of any commissioned research;
  • Manage the day-to-day development of our Evidence Tools (Intervention Tool, Evidence and Gap Maps, Evidence Finder), providing technical quality assurance at every stage of the project and liaising with the Product Team to ensure the needs of the users are considered for all updates;
  • Write concise and actionable summaries of insights for policymakers and practitioners that distil what we know works (Evidence Notes, blogs, and others); and support the dissemination of findings in other formats (presentations, social media, etc);
  • Work in close collaboration with the Head of Evidence and Data to help develop and shape the Centre’s research agenda, contributing to scope, plan, and deliver new research (Systematic Reviews, Impact Evaluations and Policy Papers);
  • Work closely with members of the Implementation Team to engage with homelessness practitioners to use evidence and data and with members of the Comms Team to support the dissemination of findings to our wider audience.
  • Manage multiple projects and diverse stakeholders’ needs effectively and sensitively; with the capacity to build and nurture good relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Flexibility to contribute to CHI’s other strands of work in a small, focused team; with openness to critique from other disciplines and curiosity to learn from the spectrum of perspectives represented by different members of the team and other stakeholders.
  • A candidate with more extensive experience will have line management responsibilities over an Evidence & Data Assistant

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE AND BEHAVIOURS

We need a self-starter, capable of scoping and delivering data-led projects and articulating effectively how these are aligned with our strategic priorities and the needs of decision-makers.

Your experience includes:

  • Mastery in a social science discipline, e.g. economics, data science, public policy or related discipline
  • Demonstrable experience in complex Project Management.
  • Experience working in applied quantitative research, a What Works Centre or an organisation with a similar mission, with a track record of undertaking quantitative applied research using a variety of methodologies and experimenting with new research approaches.
  • Experience in impact evaluation design, including Randomised Controlled Trials and Quasi-experimental designs; as well as the practical challenges of implementing these in practice.
  • Experience writing and communicating: drawing insights from research findings and communicating them to decision-makers.
  • An entrepreneurial approach and an ability to work effectively and flexibly in a lean, diverse and agile organisation with big ambitions. Keenness to stay abreast of data and statistical developments which may have implications for CHI’s evidence and data programme.

Nice to have:

  • Experience in Systematic Reviews and rapid evidence assessments.
  • Experience in cost-effectiveness methodologies.
  • Nuanced understanding of homelessness policies across the UK.
  • Previous line management responsibilities

You will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to push the boundaries for how data and evidence can generate insights and contribute to designing intelligent services and systems to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness or a risk.
  • Ability to set clear priorities and work to tight deadlines
  • Capacity to build and nurture good relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Commitment to both the aims and values of the Centre.
  • Openness to critique from other disciplines and curiosity to learn from a spectrum of perspectives.

Working here

As a member of the team, you will have access to a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • Interest free loans for travel season ticket, cycle to work, and deposit to secure a tenancy
  • Pension scheme with an employer contribution of 8.5%
  • 25 days’ annual leave which increases with service to 28 days
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental, and adoption pay
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Flexible working

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT

Permanent, full and part-time considered.

The appointment as Evidence Specialist or Evidence Lead will be dependent on experience.

Salary: £31,000 to £45,000 (pro rata if part-time) depending on experience, location and line management responsibilities. 

Location: Flexible, remote or hybrid for London-based staff.

Staff outside London work remotely from home, and we offer a hybrid working environment for staff based within commuting distance of our central London offices, usually with at least two office-based days in an average week.

This role will require some travel with overnight stays.

HOW TO APPLY

Apply on our dedicated website.

Our application system is designed to remove as much bias as possible from the recruitment process.  This means that our hiring team does not know your name, your details or see your whole application in one go.  If you are asked for your CV, they won’t see it until the interview stage.

Your answers are randomised and chunked up. This means that each assessor views sets of responses to questions.  For example, they will review all candidates’ responses to the first question, rather than seeing all a candidate’s responses together.

Deadline: Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10pm

Interviews: Tuesday 19 July 2022

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General information

Who we are

We’re a social startup in the homelessness sector. Our mission is to end homelessness by helping charities, local authorities and policy-makers understand which programmes and strategies work best. We’re big believers in the power of evidence and human-centred design when it comes to solving complex social problems like homelessness – and we’re looking to build a small, agile team to deliver content, training and platforms that make a real difference to those affected, as well as people working towards a future without homelessness.

Joining a relatively small team you’ll be a big part of shaping the way we work, collaborate and deliver impact. You’ll also have a great opportunity to assert your aesthetic and personality on the centre and its work in a meaningful way.

Our values

We value optimism, diversity, collaboration, sense of ownership, the ability to embrace ambiguity, a talk-less-do-more attitude, learning from failure, and making each other successful. If you identify with our values and want to help us end homelessness, we’d love to have you in. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly welcome applications from people with lived experiences of homelessness.

Location

Flexible

How to apply

Read our job descriptions above and apply by emailing a cover letter and CV to careers@homelessnessimpact.org and reference the job title.

In your cover letter, please address the points outlined in the person specification section of the role you are interested in. 

For any queries you can email careers@homelessnessimpact.org and a member of the team will respond.

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