Vacancy -- KAS - Research Officers

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
KAS - Social Research
Management Band 2 - £29,100 - £35,750
£29,100
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Other
2 Posts are permanent and 2 are Fixed Term
Fixed term posts are 12 months long
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website (www.wales.gov.uk). Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.
TBC

Purpose of Post:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a group of researchers working as part of the Government Social Research (GSR) profession. As a Research Officer at the Welsh Government, the postholders will work closely with policy colleagues and other analysts. They will provide support, in various forms, for projects across the full range of the team’s work. This will include full responsibility for small in-house exercises and contributions to larger commissioned studies or programmes of research.

Permanent posts:

  1. Research Officer – Visit Wales

The Research and Insights team at Visit Wales is aiming to become more proactive and visible in producing, collating and communicating market intelligence to influence decision making and to support the industry and stakeholders. This is an exciting role that is focussed on undertaking high quality analysis and interpretation of the key tourism surveys and other sources in Wales through leading a series of Market Insights. 

  1. Research Officer - WEFO

WEFO’s Research, Monitoring & Evaluation team has responsibility to ensure that the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Fund Programmes are fully compliant with European Commission monitoring and evaluation requirements. 

The post-holder will assist WEFO’s Head of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, the Senior Research Officer for European Structural Funds Programmes and WEFO Programme managers in delivering a schedule of Monitoring and Evaluation.  The successful candidate will provide advice and guidance on monitoring and evaluation to European Social Fund (ESF) projects.  The successful candidate will assist with delivering the suite of evaluations required for the 2014-2020 programming period.

 

Fixed term posts (12 months initially):

  1. Research Officer – WEFO

WEFO’s Research, Monitoring & Evaluation team has responsibility to ensure that the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Fund Programmes are fully compliant with European Commission monitoring and evaluation requirements. 

The post-holder will assist WEFO’s Head of Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, the Senior Research Officer for European Structural Funds Programmes and WEFO Programme managers in delivering a schedule of Monitoring and Evaluation.  The successful candidate will provide advice and guidance on monitoring and evaluation to European Social Fund (ESF) projects.  The successful candidate will assist with delivering the suite of evaluations required for the 2014-2020 programming period. 

  1. Research Officer - Internal ResearchProgramme 

The IRP is an in-house resource undertaking small-scale research and evaluation projects for policy colleagues across government. The role requires researchers to scope, design, collect and analyse data, as well as authoring reports to inform policy delivery. The post provides an opportunity to undertake quantitative and qualitative research, as well as producing other outputs including literature reviews and evaluability assessments. Researchers may also be required to present findings to relevant stakeholders and promote the work of the IRP to colleagues internally.

Key tasks:

The key tasks outlined below provide an indication of core tasks that may be required across the posts. These may not all necessarily be required within the same posts and other tasks may also be required. 

Research programme/projects 

  • Assist policy colleagues, other analysts and external partners to scope and plan research projects in support of departmental priorities. 
  • Contribute to the commissioning and management of external research contracts, ensuring requirements are delivered and standards met. 
  • Examine and review monitoring data to ensure robust data are readily available to external contractors. 
  • Carry out data analysis to contribute to policy briefings and in-house research publications. 
  • Design and carry out small-scale research projects, including literature reviews, surveys, interviews and focus groups, analyse and write up results. 
  • Ensure that research findings are communicated effectively and feed into policy and service development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Ensure the work of the team is compliant with the Quality Assurance framework, ethics principles and any other relevant standards. 

Building links

  • Work with other public sector organisations where common areas of interest are identified.

Other research activities 

  • Keep abreast of relevant evidence and methods and communicate findings to relevant policy colleagues. 
  • Contribute to other areas of research and evaluation, as deemed appropriate by line manager. 

Management

  • Ensure projects and contracts are delivered within deadlines, resource constraints and to appropriate professional standards, by using project management techniques. 
  • Ensure that sound financial management procedures are followed

Corporate GSR activities 

  • Promote the effective use of social research in strategy, policy development and delivery across the Welsh Government and externally. 
  • Contribute to quality/improvement activities within own job, and corporately through the wider GSR network.

Development opportunities:

All posts offer excellent development opportunities, such as being involved in the development and evaluation of key Welsh Government priorities and working alongside senior officials and in some cases Ministers and Special Advisors. 

There will be opportunities to contribute to the work of the other analytical teams and to corporate GSR activities. The post holders will be encouraged to take up training and professional development opportunities as appropriate. 

The posts would provide any candidates with Welsh language skills with opportunities to use and develop these skills.

Closing Date:

08/10/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 


The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Competencies:

1.Effective decisions

Tell us about your ability to gather various pieces of information to analyse a complex problem, how you developed your thinking and communicated these in a comprehensible way.

2. Delivering at Pace

Tell us about your ability to deliver at pace and manage conflicting priorities, taking responsibility for managing both your own and others workloads to ensure milestones and targets are met 

3. Collaborating and partnering

Tell us about your ability to develop positive relationships with stakeholders to ensure that you reach shared objectives.


Job specific criteria:

Hold a minimum of 2:1 in an undergraduate degree or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree

 

AND

 

either

[qualification route] A relevant social science subject at undergraduate or postgraduate level which contains substantial social research methods training (we would expect social research methods to represent around a third of modules taken)

or

[experience route] At least 4 years’ social research practice experience (this would be experience designing, managing and conducting research in a research agency, market research agency or specialised research team.  For this route you must make explicit the breadth and depth of your research experience and skills)

 

 

2. Knowledge of social research methods – Tell us about your research experience, ideally including both quantitative and qualitative research, and how you decide on the appropriate methodology for a project.

 

3. Ability to manage or commission research – Tell us about your approach to managing a piece of research to ensure it meets the stated need (e.g. of the customer) and your approach to quality assurance.

Other Information

Posts currently available: 

  • With potential for further posts to become available during the recruitment exercise, or within the next 12 months 

There is possibility of permanency where there is a fixed term appointment. The permanency offer could mean moving post to a different team, but will still remain within the KAS-Social Research profession. 

This recruitment exercise will also be used to set up a reserve list for future RO level posts which may become available on a permanent, temporary or secondment/loan basis in the course of the next 12 months.  

Following all assessments, successful candidates will be placed in merit order which will determine the role / contract that they will be offered.


Candidates who are successful at the sifting stage will be assessed via Government Social Research assessment techniques:
• A written GSR knowledge test
• An oral briefing exercise
• A general competency-based interview, covering the competencies and job specific criteria listed in the advert
For more information and news about the GSR please visit the GSR website –
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/civil-service-government-social-research-profession

Tom Stevenson - 0300 062 2570

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail SharedServiceHelpdesk@gov.wales to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.