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Research Officer - Social Justice

Posted 19/04/2024

£50684 - £51684 per annum + Excellent AL allowance, Hybrid working

Belfast

Temporary

Public Sector

Job Description

MCS Group is proud to be partnering with the Northern Ireland Assembly in their search for a Research Officer in Social Justice for 3 months initially.

The role:

As a key member of the RaISe team, your duties will include:

  • Engage with individual MLAs, Assembly Committees and the senior secretariat in order to understand their research requirements;
  • Retrieve and synthesise information from a wide range of sources, including on-line databases;
  • Provide timely, accurate, high quality and impartial research and analysis on social justice issues to individual MLA, Assembly Committees and the senior secretariat;
  • Produce a range of research outputs including customised research papers, legislative analysis briefings, and blog posts which are well written, concise and accessible;
  • Present research briefings to committees in public session.
  • Facilitate public events, such as those which form part of the KESS seminar series;
  • Proactively forge and develop links with government officials, external research bodies/communities, and other parliamentary library and research services;
  • Work collaboratively and collegially, as an effective team member,
  • Contribute to the development of RaISe, including identifying potential new outputs and improved service delivery
  • Carry out such other duties, as may be required, which fall within the research business of the RaISe; and
  • Comply with the Assembly's Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work policies and procedures.
  • You may also be required to carry out other duties that the Assembly Commission reasonably requires of you

The Person

Essential Criteria:

Essential technical requirements, experience, qualifications required for the job.

Applicants must meet the qualification and experience requirements set out below:

(i) At least an upper second-class (2:1) honours degree (or equivalent) through which candidates have gained an understanding of the development and analysis of public policy or law making;

and

At least two years' post degree (or equivalent) work experience of;

  • conducting objective, evidence-based research, requiring the collation, validation and visualisation of a wide range of data (qualitative and quantitative), on social justice/equality issues;
  • producing and delivering evidence-based research briefings on social justice/equality issues to decision makers.

Shortlisting Criteria:

The Commission may decide to shortlist for interview as part of the recruitment process for this post. The following shortlisting criteria will be applied in the order stated:

  1. a) A post-graduate degree (or equivalent) (Masters or higher gained via examination or research) through which candidates have gained an understanding of the development and analysis of law or policy relating to social justice issues.
  2. b) At least two years' post degree (or equivalent) work experience of conducting objective, evidence based research, requiring the collation, validation and visualisation of a wide range of data (qualitative and quantitative), in any two of the following areas: equality; poverty; social mobility; and outcomes based accountability.

The Rewards:

As the successful applicant, you will receive the following:

  • £50,684 per annum
  • Excellent annual leave allowance
  • Hybrid working arrangement
  • You will be joining a warm, friendly team environment

To speak in absolute confidence about this opportunity please send an up-to-date CV via the link provided or contact Adam Stinson (028 969 35504) at MCS Group

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