Job Title: Research Officer – various posts
Salary range: £45,940-£47,326
Grade: Assembly Grade 5
Directorate: Legal, Governance and Research Services
Business Area/Office: Research and Information Service (RaISe)
Accountable to: Senior Research Officer
Research Officers work directly with Assembly Members and Committees in the production of non-partisan, objective and evidence-based research.
Main duties and responsibilities of the Research Officer are:
There are five Research Officer posts being recruited for:
Research Officer – Governance, Institutional and Europe
Research Officer – Education
Research Officer – Economics
Research Officer – Culture, Sport and Heritage
Research Officer – Statistics
Applicants will be asked to indicate which post/posts they wish to apply for.
Applicants must, by the closing date:
1. Be in possession of at least a second-class honours degree (or equivalent or post-graduate qualification), which contained at least 50% of the course content relating to the subject area of the post/s applied for. Applicants must, in their application form, indicate how their qualification/s are relevant to the subject of the post/s applied for;
2. Following completion of the above qualification, have at least two years of work experience in:
(a) conducting objective, evidence-based research; and
(b) producing and delivering evidence-based research findings to help inform discussion and decision making relating to policy development.
Should shortlisting be required, the following shortlisting criteria will be applied in the order stated:
(i) At least two years of post-qualification work experience in producing objective, evidence-based research that contributed to formally reviewed publications on each subject area* applied for.
(ii) One year of experience in producing data visualisations when compiling objective, evidence-based research findings.
* “Subject related” means the subject must relate to the post applied for, as noted on the above list.
The interview questions will be based on the essential criteria and the following Assembly Skills and Behaviours:
Delivering a quality service
…is about providing a high-quality and efficient service to our customers. It is thinking ahead, managing resources effectively and delivering work on time and to a high standard. It is also using professional or technical expertise to enhance service delivery.
Building relationships and effective communication
…is creating and maintaining positive, professional and respectful internal and external working relationships through effective and appropriate communications.
Initiating improvement and delivering change
…is looking for and being open to new and innovative ideas and improvements to the service provided. It is being flexible and adapting positively and professionally to sustain performance when the situation changes, workloads increase or priorities change. It is about forming sound, evidence-based decisions and being accountable for results.
Managing & Leading Self and Others
… is setting high standards for ourselves. It is about guiding, motivating and developing others to achieve high performance. It is about engaging others in delivering a corporate vision of excellence, expertise and innovation in support of the Assembly as a legislature.