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Research and insights manager (maternity cover)

Salary: £42,255 per annum (£33,804 pro rata), in London or £38,527 per annum (£30,822 pro rata) outside of London
Hours: Four days (28 hours) per week, flexibility on working days, job share or substantial part-time applications welcome
Contract: This is a maternity cover role, for nine months with the option of extension to 12 months
Location: Society Building, London N1, or home-based
Closing date: 09.00, Thursday 27 January
Interviews: 1, 2 and 3 February
Reference: RIM

NCVO is transforming the way it works. With a new strategic direction and leadership team, we’re determined to work with our members so that charities and volunteering can thrive. As the country recovers from the covid-19 pandemic and renews itself, charities and volunteering aren’t just vital support systems for communities in need – they’re at the heart of how people want to lead their lives.

The networks and influencing team combines the research, policy, campaigns, and member engagement functions at NCVO. Through our work we contribute to improving national and local policy that affects charities and volunteering. Also strengthening the practice of voluntary and volunteer-involving organisations. NCVO is an important part of the voluntary sector research community, with a reputation for producing high quality and impactful research.

As our research and insight manager, you’ll lead our research programme on volunteering and the volunteer experience. Volunteering has been a major element of the pandemic. People have given their time to their communities and the causes they care about. With a strong background in qualitative and quantitative research methods – and knowledge of the voluntary sector – you’ll ensure our research responds to the needs of our members and is based on their insight.

As a member of the research team, you’ll contribute to our sector-leading publications, including the Civil Society Almanac, annual Road Ahead, and Time Well Spent. You’ll support the conclusion of our UK-wide Mobilising Voluntary Action research and ensure that the recommendations are taken forward as part of the Vision for Volunteering. You’ll bring your ideas and skills to conduct research that aligns with our strategic priorities around barriers to volunteering, specifically in relation to disability.

You’ll plan, deliver and publish major research publications that help organisations, policymakers, and funders respond, adapt, and change the way they work. During this maternity cover, you’ll publish a report into the impact of covid-19 on the volunteer experience and plan for a major re-run of our Time Well Spent report. This includes planning a national survey (with approximately 10,000 respondents).

You’ll be an active member of the network and influencing team, supporting our research work, engaging directly with our members, managing external relationships, and strengthening our influencing work with government. With strong inter-personal skills, you’ll work in a collaborative way with other teams, partner organisations, and stakeholders.

NCVO is fully committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in our sector. We want this to be reflected in the diversity of the people who work for us and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and identities. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented at NCVO. As part of our commitment to employing disabled people, all disabled candidates who meet the minimum requirement for all competencies on the person specification, will be guaranteed an interview.

If you have access needs or require reasonable adjustments as part of the recruitment process, please let us know.

Job information

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About NCVO

NCVO supports volunteering and charities.

We believe that the work of volunteers and charities make our communities stronger and the world around us better, for everyone.

Our members are at the heart of our mission. We work collaboratively with our 17,000-strong network of national and local charities and voluntary organisations. We share practical support and new insight so that people and organisations can focus on making a difference. And we work alongside our members to ensure that the essential role of volunteers and charities is widely recognised.

NCVO is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from everyone.

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Benefits for NCVO employees

NCVO offers attractive benefits including:

  • 25 days’ annual leave (for full time staff and pro-rata for part-time staff)
  • the option to purchase up to five more days each year
  • the option to take 35 hours of volunteering leave per year
  • subsidised gym membership
  • season ticket loan
  • flexible working including opportunities to work from home/off-site
  • generous contributions to a stakeholder pension scheme
  • training and development opportunities.

We’re located a short walk from London King’s Cross station in a modern accessible building, overlooking Regent’s canal.


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