Part-time sessional research assistant vacancies

Insite Research and Consulting

Vacancies for sessional research assistants

Insite Research and Consulting is a specialist policy research organisation based in Merseyside which provides research and evaluation services to public sector clients in the employment and social policy fields.  We are looking to recruit a small team of skilled and experienced sessional research assistants to support a qualitative evaluation of a Department for Work and Pensions funded pilot programme targeted on children and young people aged 14 – 24 who are currently, or at risk of becoming, NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

The research assistants will work as occasional members of a research team, each carrying out a small number of face to face interviews with children and young people.  The interviews will take place in London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Perth & Kinross and Merseyside, plus up to four other UK pilot areas yet to be determined.  Between 5 and 10 interviews, each lasting around 30 – 40 minutes, will be carried out in each pilot area.  Researchers will be recruited to cover one or more pilot areas, depending on where they are normally based and their availability. Interviews with young people will be conducted in a variety of locations including schools, outreach centres, training providers’ premises and various other community locations.  Interviews will be digitally recorded by researchers and passed over to Insite for transcription.  Insite will also be responsible for selecting and recruiting interview participants and setting up interviews.

Key tasks for research assistants will include conducting face to face interviews with children and young people, analysis of digitally recorded and transcribed text, interview write-up and attending a briefing and de-briefing workshop.  The interviews and analysis will take place between November 2012 and May 2013.  A further phase of follow-up interviews will take place in 2014 and researchers who are interested in being involved in this phase may be retained.

Successful applicants will have a maturity of approach, demonstrable experience of engaging with young people, some of whom may have challenging behaviour, and an ability to work independently with minimum supervision in the field.  An up to date, clear, enhanced CRB check is essential.  Applicants should have a minimum 2.1 degree, ideally in the social sciences or humanities and either have, or be working towards completion of, a PhD in a research field which has entailed conducting face to face interviews with children or young people.  Experience of conducting interviews and research with disadvantaged young people and in deprived communities would be especially useful.  Work experience in a related field – for example youth or community work, teaching or policy research – would be an advantage but is not essential.  Applicants should be able to write and present research findings in a fluent, analytical style.  Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) will also be required.  Familiarity with MaxQDA would be useful but is not essential.

Researchers will be paid according to the number of interviews conducted and analysed.  For each interview successfully completed, analysed and written up, Insite will pay £100. This fee will include attendance at two workshops at Insite’s offices in Birkenhead.  Travel expenses involved in getting to and from interviews and attending workshops will be reimbursed separately.

To express an interest, send a CV and covering letter no later than 24th August 2012 to Rita Griffiths at Insite Research,<> telling us why you are interested in applying and what relevant skills and experience you could offer.  Alternatively, you can fax your CV to 0151 670 1092.  To find out more about Insite Research and the work we do, check out our website<>.

Posted on July 26, 2012, in Announcements. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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