Title: Research Leader: Innovation, Health and Science
About RAND Europe
RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.
We are a values-driven organisation and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.
We wish to recruit a Research Leader to work in our Brussels office who has an excellent track record in policy and/or research evaluation, particularly for EU institutions.
About the team
Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) team members have backgrounds in science, innovation and technology policy, public health, health services research, health economics, psychology, systems design and other natural and social science disciplines. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe, with the RAND Corporation in the U.S., and we have and continue to build strong research partnerships with collaborators internationally.
About the post
This is an exciting opportunity working with the one of the world’s most respected public policy consultancies. It is ideally suited to a flexible and ambitious individual who is used to engaging with senior levels of government and wishes to make a real impact on policy, working alongside a very talented team in a collegiate and meritocratic environment.
We are looking for an inspirational Research Leader to support the Research Group Director of the Innovation, Health & Science (IHS) research group. The particular focus of this role is to lead business development and project delivery for the IHS group’s (non-UK) European client base. This will include developing your own portfolio of research with the European Commission, other European institutions and Member States, as well as supporting the wider IHS team in growing their portfolio of European work. The role will necessarily involve extensive networking with current and potential future clients and partners to successfully position IHS for future contracts. The role holder will be accountable for working with senior colleagues in supporting and motivating the IHS research group on a day-to-day basis, leading groups of talented researchers in winning and delivering research/consultancy tasks across a range of innovation, science, health and healthcare-related topics. They will work in a strong team-based environment to conduct policy analysis in national governments, European and global settings.
This talented individual will have strong methodological skills covering two or more of the following areas in the field of innovation, health or science policy: design of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, intervention logics, indicator design and data collection (qualitative and quantitative), impact assessment (cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis), and stakeholder engagement. The successful individual will have experience of policy research and evaluation for the European Commission, other European institutions and Member States, and the ability to network extensively and develop business across areas both within and beyond immediate areas of expertise.
The Research Leader will be responsible for taking a leading role in research projects, generating annual revenue of €300K - €400K, and leading bid and proposal/business development initiatives to support wider group objectives.
The role will be involved in developing a programme of research across the full range of IHS research areas as well as developing our methodological expertise, particularly in evaluation and impact assessment.
Successful candidates will have:
-A science, research and innovation, or health policy background with a demonstrable and strong track record of applying their research skills to policy problems. Relevant disciplines include public policy, politics, economics, sociology or related social science disciplines and/or a background in statistics or the natural sciences with related policy experience. They will bring knowledge of policy and/or research evaluation, ideally in more than one setting.
-A demonstrable track record of winning European funding for research/consultancy, ideally through a combination of contract research projects and grant funding.
-Excellent evidence of working as part of a team, motivating others, mentoring and developing colleagues for career progression.
-An established network of European contacts and partners with which RAND Europe will be able to develop collaborations and form teams to deliver first class research proposals and projects.
In addition they will have excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills (evidenced by examples) and the proven ability to communicate effectively with clients and to varied audiences. The role requires strong project management experience, including extensive experience of budget preparation and management.
Business development, particularly in the EU
Group and other responsibilities
Required skills and experience
Ambitious, results driven, self-starter with high energy levels, who is comfortable working with ambiguity as well as process, and quick to spot a commercial opportunity.
This role is based in RAND Europe’s Brussels office, and will work alongside RE colleagues in our office there, although there will be some requirement to travel and spend brief periods away visiting clients at other European sites, RAND Europe’s Cambridge office and possibly also RAND Corporation in the US. Further, in order to be fully immersed in the culture and ways of working of RAND Europe and the IHS team, for the first 3 months of this post the post-holder will be based in Cambridge with the IHS team.