Research Officer

Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

  • Team: Research and Policy
  • Salary: £29,500 FTE
  • Location: The Money and Mental Health team has been hybrid-working since September 2021 combining office and home working in line with the latest government guidelines and the Charity’s new flexible working policy.
  • Closing: 9:00am, 4th Jul 2022 BST

Job Description

We are looking for a Research Officer to join the team.

The role involves playing a key part in every stage of our research process. That includes feeding into our planning, carrying out literature reviews, writing survey questions, facilitating focus groups, analysing data, sharing emerging findings with the rest of the team, developing policy ideas, drafting reports and presenting the results publicly.

While you don’t need to have experience of all those tasks, the ideal candidate will have great research skills to diagnose a problem and the ability to dig into the issue to come up with the best policy response. How we communicate those findings and recommendations is also vital, so we’re looking for someone who writes clearly and compellingly.

Essential skills and qualities

  • Strong research skills, using qualitative and/or quantitative methods 

  • Exceptional written communication skills, including the ability to construct compelling narratives

  • Intellectual curiosity, the ability to think creatively and develop innovative policy and practice solutions, with an understanding of strategic opportunities to create change 

  • The skills and emotional intelligence to work cooperatively and collaboratively with team members on projects 

  • Strong organisational skills to meet deadlines reliably and plan work effectively

  • Passion for the issues Money and Mental Health works on

  • Ability to take ownership of a policy area and keep the rest of the organisation informed about developments and opportunities

Desirable skills and qualities

  • Knowledge of at least some of the areas in which Money and Mental Health works, including mental health, essential services (energy, water, telecoms and financial services), income, employment and social welfare policy, consumer finance 

  • Experience using Stata or similar statistical software/programming languages 

  • Polished communication and presentational skills 

  • The ability to develop and maintain strong networks with external stakeholders

Other info:

  • Location: This role will be London-based, meaning the successful candidate will be expected to work from Money and Mental Health’s central London office for at least two days each week.

  • Hours: 5 days a week. The charity has a flexible working policy with core hours of 10am - 3pm and remaining contracted hours distributed throughout the week flexibly.

  • Contract type: Permanent

  • Holidays: 28 days per year (including 3 days of annual leave                  between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed)                     plus bank holidays

  • Pension: Opportunity to be enrolled in the work pension                               scheme (subject to meeting standard auto-enrollment qualifying criteria). After auto-enrollment the charity will make a monthly contribution to the scheme equivalent to 5.5% of the monthly gross salary you receive, subject to you making a minimum contribution of 2.5% of the monthly gross salary you receive.

  • Other benefits: Every member of the team has a personal training budget with many internal training opportunities too. We offer cycle to work and season ticket loan schemes. The charity provides enhanced maternity/paternity/parental leave terms at an equal rate. All employees eligible for Statutory Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental Pay receive 90% of their earnings for up to 12 weeks. 

  • Interviews: week commencing 11 July at our central London office

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 4th Jul 2022

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 4th Jul 2022