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  • Home Affairs and Social Policy: Research Leader (Education)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/8/2018 5:42 PM)
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  • Position Summary

    Title:              Home Affairs and Social Policy: Research Leader (Education)


    Location:        Cambridge


    Reports to:     Research Group Director


    Salary:            £40K - £55K


    RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence, research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing our insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators. RAND Europe has offices in Brussels and Cambridge, and employs approximately 80 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees. Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task-orientated approach of consultancies.


    The Home Affairs and Social Policy Programme undertakes research and analysis in a range of policy areas, including crime and justice, employment, well-being at work, migration, education and public sector improvement and reform. Our clients include European Union institutions and agencies, national governments, charitable foundations, private sector entities and others.

    We wish to recruit an exceptional and experienced candidate to join the Home Affairs team to lead and grow our thriving portfolio of research in education, spanning the early years to higher education and skills development in the UK and internationally.


    The role involves developing a vision for the portfolio’s further development and building relationships with policy makers, academics, partners and clients in the field of education to further RAND Europe’s mission. Undertaking high-quality, methodologically rigorous, objective research and analysis and translating findings of research into policy recommendations are central to the role.


    In particular we are looking for individuals with experience of undertaking research in one or more of the following areas: early childhood interventions; the effectiveness of teaching; transitions from education to the labour market; reform of education systems; access to education; and/or higher education research. An important art of the research portfolio includes randomised controlled trials, thus experience or knowledge of this type of design would be an advantage.


    More information about the current education research portfolio at RAND Europe can be found here: https://www.rand.org/randeurope/research/education.html


    Outside of the education research portfolio you will be joining a research team with a thriving research portfolio covering a range of Home Affairs topics, with the possibility of contributing to other research and activities. Flexibility across policy areas and the ability to apply knowledge to new topics is welcome.

    Key Responsibilities

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Lead and grow a portfolio of multiple strategic, research based initiatives in the field of education in the UK and internationally.
    • Be able to champion research quality standards.
    • Collaborating with other researchers to conduct high quality randomised controlled trials in education.
    • Engage with senior policymakers and academics to further RAND Europe’s mission.
    • Position RAND Europe to win work with new and existing clients and funders.
    • Use policy awareness to deliver impact within the field of education.
    • Develop new perspectives and research areas at the boundaries of existing teams.
    • Build strategic partnerships to maximise proposal and business development success.
    • Lead internal, cross team initiatives.
    • Raise RAND Europe’s profile through research activities including:
      • External speeches and conference presentations
      • External publications including journal articles and opinion pieces
    • Help to increase team’s visibility both within and outside RAND Europe (including internationally).
    • Provide mentoring and sponsorship support and facilitate the development of researchers across the range of core and role-specific competencies and values.
    • Manage and deliver complex projects to quality, cost, and time standards.

    Skills, Qualifications and Experience

    Essential: Leadership in research contexts:

      • Proven track record of design and delivery of successful research and analysis within academic, professional services or public sector domains.
      • Respected external profile and exceptionally strong research networks.
      • Outstanding ability to supervise and improve research and writing contributions of others.
      • Project management in a research setting.
      • Delivering research for policy and practitioner audiences
    • Essential: Commercial awareness
      • Proven ability to secure research funding in competitive environments
      • Experience of effectively managing budgets across a research portfolio.
    • Essential: Personal skills and experience:
      • Ability to speak in public to a range of audiences.
      • Strong ability to lead and motivate while adopting a collaborative approach.
      • Familiar with working in multi-disciplinary teams.
      • Skill in managing complex external relationships.
      • Proven facility for interdisciplinary working.
      • Excellent problem solving.
      • Ability to multi-task and prioritise.
      • Ability to work flexibly.
      • Ability to process large amounts of information effectively.
      • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including writing clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences.
    • Fluency in English is essential and proficiency in other EU languages would be useful.
    • Intermediate Word, Excel and PowerPoint


    • Post graduate degree or equivalent


    Benefits package
    As a member of the team you will enjoy:
    - 8% Employer contribution pension
    - Bupa medical insurance
    - Childcare vouchers
    - Enhanced holiday allowance
    - Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
    - Permanent health insurance
    - Group life assurance
    - A friendly multinational work environment
    - Employee wellbeing initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes.

    How to Apply

    How to apply

    Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample in English (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience), which will all need to be submitted as one document.


    The deadline for applications is 3 September 2018.


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