Associate Advisor - Organisational Behaviour

The Behavioural Insights Team

  • Salary: £25,000 - £35,000
  • Location: Westminster
  • Closing: 12:00am, 22nd Feb 2017 GMT

Job Description

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as an Advisor working on organisational behaviour within organisations that operates primarily in the Crime, Justice and Home Affairs space.

The Behavioural Insights Team

The then Prime Minister created BIT in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy in the UK. In February 2014 we became a social purpose company, owned by the Cabinet Office, Nesta (an innovation charity) and our employees.

The Behavioural Insights Team works with governments around the world in almost every area of policy. Whilst the subject and output of our projects varies considerably, there are common threads: we try to understand the contexts in which people make decisions; we notice small details; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we measure everything we do as robustly as we can. As well as displaying professional excellence, BIT selects staff on the basis of our company values: always prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service.

Role and Responsibilities

The role will be primarily based in the Home Affairs and Security team, which currently works closely with the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and several Police forces. You will work on a range of projects with organisations across these policy domains looking at ways in which behavioural insights can be applied to the challenges that these organisations face. For example, how can we help public sector bodies successfully recruit staff who proportionately represent the communities they serve? How could we redesign a public sector organisation’s performance management system that both managers and employees embrace? Or how can you increase morale and staff engagement among Prison Officers?

As an Associate Advisor you will support a range of projects, providing advice and project management. You will lead aspects of projects, working to a Senior or Principal Advisor. You will also undertake discrete pieces of work (such as literature reviews, quantitative analysis or qualitative field work).

Broadly speaking, you will work on two types of projects: field trials, where you will support the design and implementation of large-scale randomised controlled trials with partners across the criminal justice system, predominantly in the UK but potentially overseas too; and policy advice at a more strategic level where you will lead on the implementation of an impact evaluation. As a specialist in organisational behaviour, you will be expected to make a substantial contribution to BIT’s thinking here, developing powerful new insights; keep colleagues and partners abreast of the latest research; and demonstrate the pragmatism and agility to apply new insights in the field whilst respecting the requirements and limitations of our partners.


  • An understanding of the behavioural science literature, particularly regarding organisational behaviour and how it can be applied to public sector organisations;

  • An understanding of research findings relevant to organisational behaviour (with a primary focus on the areas of crime, justice and home affairs);

  • Excellent organisational skills;

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication, for example the ability to write concisely for government ministers or senior officials; and

  • Be able to think strategically, challenge existing assumptions and think of creative solutions to problems.


Finally, it would be desirable if you have:

  • Previous experience in experimental methods (perhaps as an RA or as part of a university project);

  • Competent analytical skills and an understanding of mixed methods of research and evaluation;

  • Experience working on the development or delivery of policy in government, academia, industry, or for a consulting firm or a design agency; or

  • A master’s degree in a relevant subject area - including, but not limited to psychology (particularly industrial/organisational psychology or occupational psychology), behavioural economics, design thinking, or work experience in a relevant field.

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Applications closed Wed 22nd Feb 2017


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