Research Assistant

Job details

Reform is recruiting a Research Assistant to join its small and passionate team for six months on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will help produce independent, challenging and authoritative research, and will assist in supporting Reform’s communications and events. You will be a dynamic and motivated individual with a track record of strong research and communication skills, and committed to our core principles.

For 15 years, Reform has been the leading think tank at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. It is a non-partisan, independent research charity. Its core research areas are Home Affairs, Justice, Education, Health, and Work and Pensions, as well as cross-cutting issues such commissioning, procurement and digital public services. Alongside its research, Reform runs around 70 policy events a year, attended by ministers and shadow ministers, other parliamentarians, senior officials, public service leaders, academics and business leaders.

The Research Assistant will work closely with the research team to support Reform’s research programme, including drafting literature reviews and contributing to sections of reports. You will also support Reform’s regular contributions to the policy debate by researching ad hoc policy issues. You will support events, update Reform’s contact database, and participate in regular team meetings. You will contribute to Reform’s online output by writing blog posts and assisting with the weekly newsletter in collaboration with the research team.

It is essential that the candidate demonstrates:

• Some experience of conducting research on public policy

Good organisational and administrative skills, including in prioritising tasks

An ability to work effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlines

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• A commitment to building and maintaining good professional relationships

• Excellent attention to detail

• Self-starter

• A First or 2.1 in a relevant discipline, though those with equivalent relevant experience will be considered

Reform is committed to diversity. We will accommodate applications from any interested persons and to make reasonable adjustments at any stage should this be requested.

Closing date: 9am Monday 15 July 2019

Interview/start dates

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 and applicants are asked to be available on this date. Applicants must have the right to work in the UK, and be available to work for six months starting as soon as possible.

Application details

Reform uses the Be Applied website for recruiting purposes. All applications should be submitted using this link. You will be asked to:

- Fill out 7 questions about your education, skills, research experience, work experience, volunteering experience, your views on the most pressing issue facing the public sector, and your motivation for working at Reform. Please do not include the name of institutions where you have studied.

- Write a 400-word blog on a UK public policy topic of your choice. Imagine that you are writing this piece for the Reformer blog. This task is designed to test your writing skills, knowledge of Reform’s areas of research, expertise and originality. Upload this blog on the Be Applied website in the section where you will be asked to upload a CV/resume (do not upload your CV). Make sure that you exclude any identifiers from your blog (e.g. do not include your name, email address...).

- Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

- Late applications will not be considered.

Thank you for considering applying for a job at Reform. We are really looking forward to reading your application.


Role posted - 2019-06-14T13:09:44Z 2:09pm, 14th Jun 2019 BST