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Senior Research Officer

  • Employer: Camden Council
  • Reference: 2586
  • Published: Tue 13/02/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 14/03/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London

Starting salary: £52,282
Job Level: Level 5, Zone 1
Work Location: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
Hours per week: 36 hours a week, Full Time
Contract type: Permanent 
Closing date: Sunday 3rd March 2024; 23:59
Interviews to be held: TBC
Alternative flexible working options available / open to discussion  

Anonymised Application – in keeping with Camden’s commitment to inclusion the recruitment to this role is anonymised and supports the objective of reducing the impact of unconscious bias.

At Camden, we value and celebrate difference and encourage diversity in all respects. Our diverse workforce ensures we represent our communities to the best of our ability and enables us to make better decisions. Because of this, we want our recruitment process to be as inclusive and as accessible as possible and we recognise that requires us to be as flexible as we can whilst also preserving the integrity of a fair and transparent process.

Similarly, we appreciate that people’s individual skills and experience may not neatly map to a particular role profile and encourage applications from other professions.

So if you have questions about the role, Camden as a whole, or would like to discuss alternative ways to showcase your interest and expertise, then please get in touch with Michal Shinwell at Michal.Shinwell@camden.gov.uk. 

About Camden

Camden is building somewhere everyone can thrive by making our borough the best place to live, work, study, and visit. We’re not just home to the UK's fastest-growing economy — we’re focused on creating a borough in which everyone can live a good life and nobody gets left behind.

We have a clear vision - to organise the right people and skills around challenges (like our missions) to deliver the best outcomes for Camden residents and renewal after the pandemic. 

Camden has a proud, rebellious spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change. We’re willing to be bold and try new things in the process.

But don’t just take our word for it - you can read about some of the different people working in the Council. 

About the Senior Officer Role

As a Senior Research Officer, you will work lead research projects, shape and build up the organisational capacity for research and evidence and conduct evidence reviews to help shape policy in the Council.

We’re looking for a Senior Research Officer who is curious, analytical, creative and who wants to develop leadership skills and bring together different disciplines to work towards a shared goal, supporting the organisation in improving people’s lives. You will also be creative in bringing together different types of information to tell a story and flexible to change their approach as they learn, to test things out and adapt what doesn’t work.

In this role you will be part of the Insight, Learning and Impact team delivering key products such as the State of the Borough report, quarterly corporate ILI reports, the Good Life Camden framework and data dashboard and other demographic data products, as well as developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for Council priority work such as the We Make Camden Missions.

You will champion new and different ways of solving problems, promoting inclusive and equitable approaches, and creating a culture of continuous learning.

About You 

You will have a first degree in social science or related field (including e.g. geography, sociology, health psychology) or equivalent work experience. Postgraduate degree in related field or equivalent experience, such as considerable practical experience of gathering and analysing primary data and synthesising evidence from multiple sources.

You will have a creative, problem-solving mindset and be comfortable with working on complex ideas and issues where there’s no easy answer. You will have Data and Research experience which include primary data collection, social research methods, delivering evaluations, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

The Senior Research Officer will report to the Head of Insight, Learning and Impact.

The postholder will need to work some part of each week in the office (5 Pancras Square) as determined in regular discussions with their line manager and project teams. 

For more information about the role please refer to the job profile by clicking HERE

Additional information

The application process:

  1. Optional: Book a chat - to get a better sense of whether this role would be right for you, and to find out more about the work we do, you can book a chat with Michal Shinwell via this link. 
  2. Complete a short application via the “Apply” link at the bottom of this page and make sure to respond to the four questions below - we anonymise all applications to reduce bias in the hiring process by placing greater emphasis on candidates’ relevant skills and experience.

We want to give everyone the same chance to showcase their relevant skills and experience so we ask you to follow a set formula and respond to the four questions below when submitting your application.

 It should clearly answer these prompts, in order:

  1. Tell us about a time where you have led a qualitative research project, what approach you took, how you considered equity in the research, what the results were. 
  2. In this role, you will be working with a wide range of people and teams with different approaches to using research and evidence. What do you expect some of the main challenges to be, and how will you draw on your experience to manage these?  
  3. What do you think might be some innovative applications of qualitative research in the world of local government in coming years?
  4. Tell us about a time you had to communicate complex research methodologies and/or findings to lay people, and how you ensured that research findings were clear and comprehensible.
  5. Tell us about your experience and approach to managing people and working in a team with diverse backgrounds.

 What to expect at interview stage if shortlisted:

  1. 1-hour interview with 3 Camden staff - we’ll send you the 4-5 questions and short presentation task in advance, and ensure that there’s plenty of time at the interview for you to ask any questions you have at this stage in the process.
  2. Offer and feedback - if you’re successful at the interview stage, we’ll contact you with the details of your job offer, along with some feedback on your performance throughout the process.
  3. Onboarding - once your offer is accepted and the start date agreed, we’ll make sure there’s a plan in place for your first few weeks to make sure you have the information and support needed to ease into your career at Camden.

We know that applying for roles is a time-consuming process and we want to make sure that we respect and appreciate the time and energy you put into applying for this role at the Council. Therefore, no matter what stage of the process you get to and no matter whether your application is successful or not, we will always take

  • Employer: Camden Council
  • Reference: 2586
  • Published: Tue 13/02/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 14/03/2024, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £50,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: London

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