Youth Futures Foundation(YFF) is a new organisation that has been established in response to the Government’s commitment to allocate dormant asset funding to youth opportunities. The organisation will work to improve how young people a long way from the labour market are supported into meaningful employment, and help to address the ethnic disparities in youth employment rates.
Our work will broadly fall into three areas of activity:
Support – funding and capacity building for the sector
Inform – building and sharing the evidence about what works
Convene – working across all the sectors who have a role to play in achieving our outcomes for young people
We are looking for a Head of Evidence and Evaluation to play a crucial role in establishing our approach to “what works” as we set up our operations. The work will feed into our grant-making and influencing, aiming to improve practice and policy to help our young people into employment.
The Head of Evidence and Evaluation will be crucial to ensuring that the YFF’s work is based in evidence and contributes useful findings that help the sector to be better able to address youth unemployment. Reporting to the Director of Policy and Partnerships, they will:
This is an exciting opportunity in a newly-forming organisation. As such, many of the systems and processes that are normal in an established organisation either do not exist or are newly forming. To be successful in this role, the candidate will need:
to thrive when operating in uncertainty
a proactive and flexible approach, able to identify and take forward opportunities and work effectively in partnership with others.
a positive and can-do attitude, willing to roll their sleeves up to get into details where necessary
a willingness to collaborate internally and externally to achieve our mission
strong leadership communication skills
Skills and experience
The Head of Evidence and Evaluation will have:
Relevant qualification in a social science or related discipline, ideally with a strong quantitative element
Track record in commissioning, or managing, high quality evaluations (ideally quantitative and qualitative)
Experience working with data and evidence in the employment/youth sector, or on related issues.
Experience in applying and communicating evidence from research and practice to develop strategy.
Broad understanding of the not-for-profit sector, and youth employment policy.