The Behavioural Insights Team

Location London
Team Health Team
  • Closing: 11:55pm, 9th Aug 2016 BST

Job Description

Advisor – Health Team

Permanent: 39 hours per week

Salary range: £30,000 - £45,000 per annum, plus benefits

Based in Central London

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an exceptional candidate to join as an Advisor in our Health team in London. The successful applicant will work on a range of projects applying behavioural insights to solve policy problems. The role is likely to include working on projects that aim to improve the way that health and social care is provided. Previous work in this area has included work with Public Health England, the Department of Health, local authorities, and providers of social care.

The Behavioural Insights Team

The 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 Government 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. BIT selects staff on the basis of cultural fit: all our staff believe passionately in our company values: always prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking, collaboration; and public service.

Roles and Responsibilities

As an Advisor you will underpin a wide range of projects, providing expert advice and project management. You will likely lead aspects of projects working to a Senior or Principal Advisor, and will also undertake discrete pieces of work (such as literature reviews or scoping out various aspects of projects). You will get regular exposure to a range of senior stakeholders and be expected to actively contribute to company development. Most of our advisors have a Masters degree in a relevant subject (economics, psychology or similar) and prior work experience in either a policy or consultancy role.


  • An understanding of the behavioural science literature and how it can be applied to help solve complex policy problems;

  • Good project management skills;

  • Ability to support the design and implementation of rigorous evaluations, including but not limited to randomised controlled trials;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication (for example ability to write short, to-the-point policy papers for Government Ministers or senior officials);

  • Strategic thinking and creative problem solving;

  • Strong teamwork skills ¬ - as a part of a small team you will need to be reliable and willing to take responsibility for the small details of projects, meetings and daily routines; and

  • Experience developing or delivering government policy (for example, having worked in government or in public sector consulting).


  • Masters in a relevant subject area (including, but not limited to behavioural economics, psychology, evaluation methods).

  • Experience of working with or within the UK health and/or social care system.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Tue 9th Aug 2016


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You won't need a CV to apply to this job

Applications closed Tue 9th Aug 2016