Research Officer/Senior Researcher – Kickstart Youth Peer Research

Job title: Research Officer/Senior Researcher, depending on experience – Kickstart Youth Peer Research

Area: Research, Kickstart Programme

Location: Remote, UK based (with occasional UK travel)

Reporting to: Peer Research Lead, Research Team

Salary: £28,000 – £35,000 (depending on experience) – 12 Months Fixed Term Contract


About the Young Foundation

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 and invest in 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.

Purpose of role

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. We want to capitalise on this interest 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.

We have recently secured grants to provide 6 month job placements to 30 young people as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme. We now need a dynamic, energetic and solutions-focused Senior Researcher to establish the scheme and ensure it runs smoothly.

As well as helping to onboard the 30 young people who will take up job placements, you will ensure they are well supported, trained and equipped with skills to carry out peer research, which will be co-designed by young people, our funders and possibly other organisations.

You will work closely with our Peer Research Network Lead to improve the quality and standard of all peer research projects we deliver with young people, helping to build our training, learning and accreditation ‘offer’ for external partners.

This is a role with a strong emphasis on ensuring young people gain sustainable skills that can support them with finding work after their job placements. They should also be involved in designing and delivering peer research projects that reveal insight into that leads to social action, for instance through commissioning of research by partners in local government, charities and other third sector organisations.

Duties of the role

The main responsibilities of this role include:

1. Overseeing the development and roll out of The Young Foundation’s Kickstart programme.

2. Development of The Young Foundation’s Kickstart training and development offer for young people, including identification and onboarding of partners who can provide specialist pastoral or skills building support to young people if needed.

3. Acting as the lead external representative of the Kickstart programme, alongside the Director of Research and the CEO – to raise awareness of the work, develop partnerships and increase the credibility and profile of peer research.

4. Management of all peer research projects undertaken by young people, including overseeing fieldwork, data analysis and data quality.

5. Leading on the planning and design of a Kickstart progression package – including convening potential employers (or supporters such as The Prince’s Trust) of the young people from across civil society and the public sector to a showcase event which provides tangible opportunities next-steps.

6. Leading on the evaluation of youth peer research in all projects to monitor the success of the method and areas in need of improvement.

7. Ensuring that all projects are delivered in line with Young Foundation project and financial management processes.

8. Writing insightful and accessible reports for a variety of audiences as well as other activities to share youth peer research work conducted at the Young Foundation, such as blogposts, films, presentations and community share-out events.

9. You will also support cross-organisational initiatives to create a ‘high-challenge, high-support’ and inclusive working culture, and to upskill other colleagues in working with youth peer researchers.

10. You will play an active role in developing the future of youth peer research within The Young Foundation, helping secure funding for future network activities and/or specific projects.

How to apply

Please read the Job Specification and Job Advert in full before completing The Application Form.

The deadline for submission is 9am on Monday 1st March 2020.

Please send to clearly stating the role you are applying for in the email subject line.