Peer Research Network Lead

Peer Research Network Lead

Salary: £35 – 45,000 pa (dependent on experience), plus benefits

Location: Remote – UK based. Our offices are in East London but we welcome applicants from across the UK who do not wish to relocate – you should be willing to spend up to one day a fortnight in our London office for team and project meetings (as and when public health guidelines permit full re-opening).

Hours: Full-Time (35 hours/ week) or Part-Time (minimum 28 hours/week)

Contract: Fixed term until 31st Dec 2021, with possibility of extension. Start date November 2020 or earlier if possible.


About the Young Foundation

Connected, thriving communities are the foundation of our society. They keeps us safer, happier and healthier – more resilient and able to face shared challenges. Today, the Young Foundation’s mission is to enable the development of connected, more sustainable and stronger communities across the UK. We do this through amplifying the stories and lived experiences of people in our communities; using this as a spur to drive locally-led community action and enterprise. We use what we learn across different communities to spot national patterns of need and opportunity, then work with national partners to support new ideas to tackle those shared challenges. Bringing together our own – and other people’s – work, we are building a shared body of evidence, tools and insight about how communities are taking action on the issues that affect them.

About the role

We want to ensure that lived experience is seen as a valid form of evidence by those responsible for creating policies and making decisions that affect communities across the UK – and that the collection of evidence by peer researchers is more widely valued. The Young Foundation’s National Peer Research Network is growing rapidly, and we are seeing interest from people across academia, the public sector and civil society in partnering and collaborating with us in a range of ways. To do this, we need a dynamic, curious and motivated Peer Research Network Lead to propel our ambitious strategy forward.

As well as ensuring our growing national network of peer researchers is supported, trained and well-funded, you will improve the quality and standard of all peer research projects we deliver, helping to build our training, learning and accreditation ‘offer’ for external partners.

This is a role with a strong emphasis on partnership building and business generation, but you will also be taking an active role in recruiting and training peer researchers, co-designing and leading projects, and analysing and reporting on findings – so strong qualitative research skills are also essential.  There will also be opportunities to explore and test digital data collection methods to decide which can work reliably at scale.



Prior experience – essential

  1. Background in social research with experience in designing and delivering research incorporating creative, participatory or qualitative methods.
  2. Strong evidence of building new partnerships, business development and collaborative cross-organisational work
  3. Confidence in communicating with a range of audiences, including senior policy makers, academics and others, through a range of formats including roundtables, conferences, presentations, press/media, written reports and more creative outputs (e.g. blogs, community events, etc.)
  4. In-depth experience of working on peer research projects including research design, training peer researchers and supporting analysis, reporting and share out of findings
  5. Evidence of managing externally commissioned research projects end-to-end, satisfying the requirements of clients.
  6. Experience in process evaluation, especially mixed-methods evaluations that draw heavily on qualitative methods.
  7. Experience of involving marginalised groups in research, including inclusive practice, safeguarding and ethics.
  8. Line management experience including managing volunteers, interns or junior staff members
  9. Evidenced ability to work with non-research specialist stakeholders (from community members through to senior policy makers) to support the transfer of skills, capacity building and the embedding of new ways of working.
  10. Experience of using digital research methods, particularly mobile and web-based data collection platforms

Prior experience – desirable

  1. Experience working with young people and/or marginalised groups (e.g. those with English language barriers, refugees and asylum seekers, people experiencing homelessness etc.).
  2. Competency in core quantitative methods including survey design and descriptive statistics.
  3. A track record of a variety of publications, including publications on peer research


How to apply

Please read the Job Description, and then complete the Application Form and return it to You can submit CV’s as separate attachment but is not a requirement for the selection process.  We encourage all applicants to complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form and send alongside their application (this will not impact your application).

The closing date for applications is 11:59 pm on Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

The selection process will consist of a virtual interview and task. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 25th September.

Interviews will take place on 29th and 30st September 2020 via video-call.

We actively encourage people from Black and Ethnic Minority or other under-represented groups to apply for this role.

You must have the right to live and work in the UK. Non­EU nationals who require a work permit in order to take up employment will not be considered.

The Young Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We regret that we will only be able to reply, and give feedback, to short-listed applicants.