Research Assistant (x2)

Job title: Research Assistant
Length: Six months on a fixed contract
Salary: London Living Wage (£9.75 per hour)
Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)
Location: Westminster, London

Deadline: 9am Monday 3 July 2017
Start date:
 From Monday 10 July 2017
Enquiries: recruitment@reform.uk

Reform is recruiting for two Research Assistants to join its small and passionate team for six months on a full-time basis. The successful candidates will help produce independent, challenging and authoritative research, and will assist in supporting Reform’s communications and events. They will be dynamic and motivated individuals with track records 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. Its core research areas are health, education, welfare, and criminal justice, as well as cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, digital transformation, competition and choice, and efficiency. Alongside its research, Reform runs around 80 policy events a year, attended by ministers and shadow ministers, other parliamentarians, senior officials, public service leaders, academics and business leaders.

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

Person specification

It is essential that candidates demonstrate:

  • 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 deadline
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A commitment to building and maintaining good professional relationships
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A First or good 2.i in a relevant discipline, though those with equivalent relevant experience will be considered. A master’s degree is desirable, though not necessary

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.

How to apply

Interviews will be held on Thursday 6 July 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 from 9am Monday 10 July, subject to negotiation.

To apply, please write responses of 250 words maximum to each of the following three questions:

• What is the biggest challenge facing UK public services today?
• Why do you want to work at Reform?
• What would you like to achieve in your six months with us?

Submit your responses to the above three questions at this link, and send your CV, for the attention of Louis Coiffait, Head of Education, at recruitment@reform.uk. Please note, neither covering letters nor responses to the three questions via any method other than the link will be accepted.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from Wednesday 14 June to 9am Monday 3 July. Successful applications will be invited to interview by 6pm Tuesday 4 July. Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to contact candidates who are not selected for interview. Late applications will not be considered.

Testimonials

Former Research Assistants at Reform have gone on to pursue a range of careers, including gaining positions in government departments, non-government agencies, consultancies, charities, businesses and politics. Please see below testimonials from recent cohorts.

Emilie Sundorph, Researcher
Former Research Assistant (Mar 16 – Jul 16)

Emilie Sundorph

Emilie Sundorph

“The respect and autonomy given to Research Assistants from the very beginning is what really stands out for me about the position. From the very beginning I felt like I was a full member of the team and Researchers were extremely encouraging and helpful. Being brought on board on research projects from day one is both very challenging and very rewarding. It meant that I improved my skill set rapidly, and became better at doing policy research as well as writing about it. I would wholeheartedly recommend applying to anyone who is passionate about politics and good policy-making.”

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Ben Dobson, Researcher
Former Research Assistant (Nov 15 – Apr 16)

Ben Dobson

Ben Dobson

“As a Research Assistant I principally worked across three research projects covering working-age welfare and education policy. My typical day involved conducting primary research by reading academic and other papers, sourcing and analysing data and interviewing experts in the field, as well as drafting sections of research reports. I most enjoyed the autonomy I had to shape the direction of the research; it gave me the opportunity to have a real and immediate impact on Reform’s output, which I found really motivating.”

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Alasdair Riggs, Master’s student
Former Research Assistant (Mar 16 – Sep 16)

Alasdair Riggs

Alasdair Riggs

“My time as a Research Assistant at Reform was some of the most stimulating and informative of my life. I worked on a range of policy areas, including health, employment services, social care, and school operating models. I was tasked in particular with supporting Reform’s work on how government commissions services from external providers. It’s better to think of this not as an internship – in which you might focus on largely administrative duties – but as a junior research role. You’ll make substantive contributions to Reform’s publications, and will need to work quite independently: you’ll be trusted to plan your own research, and manage your own priorities. Reform works to a high standard, and at a swift pace, so expectations are high. I’m now working towards a higher degree at the University of Oxford, for which Reform has without question prepared me as well as I could hope.”

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Roberta Wiafe, Master’s student
Former Research Assistant (Dec 14 – Sep 15)

Roberta Wiafe

Roberta Wiafe

“During my time at Reform I was able to work on a range of policy areas from criminal justice to health and social care, assisting with numerous research papers. I was given amazing opportunities to attend roundtables and discuss policy with business leaders, experts, and cabinet members which informed my understanding of the nuances of effective policy creation. My time at Reform expanded my knowledge of existing policy areas as well as improving my research and organisational skills. I learned to think critically about policy and how better to scrutinise and critique policies and research. After leaving Reform I went on to do a Master’s in International Public Policy at UCL and am going on to do an internship with the United Nations Development Programme in Ghana.” 

 

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Corporate Partners and Fundraising Officer

Job title: Corporate Partners and Fundraising Officer
Salary: £25, 000 - £28, 000, plus pension and performance-related bonus
Hours: Full time (40 hours per week)
Location: Westminster, London
Deadline: 09am, Friday 14 July 2017
Enquiries: recruitment@reform.uk

Reform is recruiting a Corporate Partners and Fundraising Officer. Reform currently has around 30 members of its corporate partnership programme, including FTSE 100 and 250 companies. It has over 60 individual partners, i.e. philanthropists donating £1,000 or more each year to the charity’s work. Reform greatly values the quality of the relationships it has with its supporters and is looking for an enthusiastic individual to help deliver and build on its partnership programme.

The successful candidate will work with the Director to ensure excellent communications with existing supporters, and to keep in regular contact with potential donors. They will also be responsible for delivering a high-quality events programme for corporate and individual partners. More generally, the successful candidate will take ownership of Reform’s partnership programme and will come up with ideas to continue improving the way Reform raises funding and communicates with supporters. Working within the wider events and communications team, the Corporate Partners and Fundraising Officer will work in close collaboration with the Reform senior management and the research team.

Reform is at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform the UK’s public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. Reform is the third largest think tank of its kind and the largest with a specific focus on public service reform and productivity. Its core research areas are health, welfare, criminal justice and education, as well as key cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, competition and choice, and efficiency. The successful candidate will organise events with politicians, officials and business leaders at the highest level. Theresa May MP, the Prime Minister, recently called Reform “the best public services think tank in the country”.

Reform greatly values its employees and has improved its remuneration package by introducing a pension and greater holiday entitlement. Full details of our offering for employees are available here.

Core responsibilities

  • Create, project manage and deliver a portfolio of around 30 events a year, including the high profile annual conference and annual dinner
  • Act as relationship manager for Reform’s most generous corporate partners, creating and delivering an ongoing programme of work for them
  • Support the Director to stay in regular contact with Reform’s partners, and ensure accurate partner records are maintained in Reform’s database
  • Research, identify and engage potential new corporate partners
  • Identify opportunities and suggest ideas to improve Reform’s partnership model and profile
  • Work with the Events and Communications Manager to produce relevant copy for the Reform website, and with the research team to produce relevant marketing and event materials

Other responsibilities

  • Support the wider team where appropriate to fulfil business needs
  • Support Reform’s communication activity where needed

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent written skills and attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills, including the ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • An ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Experience of working with corporate donors or clients
  • An understanding of Whitehall and the broader public policy debate

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter setting out why you would like the role and your suitability in terms of skills and experience, to Andrew Haldenby, Director, at recruitment@reform.uk.

The deadline for applications to be submitted is 9am on Friday 14 July. Interviews will be held on Friday 21 July.