Name: Volunteer Development Scotland
Grade 6 (From £26,731 to £35,009 per annum DOE)
Fixed-Term from April 20 to approximately May 21
Full-Time (35 hours per week)
Location: Jubilee House, Stirling
Closing Date: 7th February 2020
Interview Dates: Likely to take place w/c 17th February 2020
(This advert can be provided in alternative formats, upon request)
Volunteer Scotland leads in developing new ways to grow and enhance volunteering in Scotland by providing advice and resources to volunteer involving organisations of all sizes and connecting Scotland’s people with volunteering opportunities.
Whichever part of Volunteer Scotland you’re joining, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a fantastic team, solid values, and lots of scope to grow and make a real difference. We are centrally located in Stirling with close proximity to transport links and offer a very flexible approach to working patterns.
We offer various benefits including 28 days holiday, Volunteer days off, life assurance, eye care vouchers, and an annual contribution towards personal learning of your choice. We are proud to have been awarded gold standard in our Healthy Working Lives and Investors in People accreditations.
We are looking for a Research and Evaluation Officer to provide maternity cover.
This role has a specific focus on the evaluation responsibilities in the ‘Research and Evaluation Officer’ role profile, with more limited engagement on research. Reporting to the Strategic Performance Manager, you will focus primarily on the evaluation of Volunteer Scotland’s projects and services (including data gathering, analysis and reporting), and contribute to the wider Volunteer Scotland research programme by carrying out research and data analysis which meets the needs of volunteering-related policy and practice communities. You will support evaluation and impact assessment projects undertaken by Volunteer Scotland for funders and other external clients. In addition, you will be required to identify opportunities and help facilitate the exchange of knowledge between practice, public policy and research and evaluation communities. You will also organise and facilitate internal Volunteer Scotland Seminars and research events and assist the Strategic Performance Manager to co-deliver impact focused learning and development initiatives.
The purpose of the role is to:
conduct collaborative research projects and analyse in-house and external data to meet the needs of policy, practice and research communities,
build capacity of staff to monitor, measure impact and evaluate VDS projects and services, and
support digital knowledge exchange activities e.g. through collaborative development of infographics.
Research and information analysis for VDS programmes, projects and services:
Carry out research and data analysis which meets the needs of volunteering-related policy and practice communities.
Support monitoring and evaluation activities for VDS projects and services, including co-ordination of data gathering, development of tools and analysis required for VDS to measure organisational impact.
Deliver research projects utilising a range of methods, including participatory approaches.
Manage external contracts as required.
Build capacity amongst VDS staff regards monitoring, evaluation and research expertise.
Work closely with colleagues in Research and Policy and have the ability to lead and contribute to team working.
Knowledge Exchange and Communication:
Identify opportunities and facilitate the exchange of knowledge between practice, public policy and research communities.
Through collaborations with policy and practice communities, identify and develop stories from existing data which can be illustrated through data visualisation techniques.
Organise and facilitate internal VDS seminars and external research seminars, for example identifying topics and speakers, implementing communications and facilitating events.
Write and contribute to high quality research summaries, papers and other outputs (including social media) for a range of audiences, particularly practitioner and policy audiences.
Represent VDS externally at events.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES
Degree level qualification or relevant professional experience.
At least 2-3 years’ experience in a similar role in a policy or practice-based organisation.
Expertise and specialism in research and information/data analysis – quantitative and qualitative.
Significant experience in communicating research information to non-specialist audiences: verbally, in written formal report formats and online both formally and informally (e.g. data vizualisation applications such as info graphics, blogs)
Proven track record in managing external research contracts.
Experience of engaging and influencing internal and external audiences.
Ability to be creative, innovative and dynamic resolving problems and creating opportunities.
Demonstrable experience of operating within multiple programmes / projects / services.
Experience of organising and planning research projects.
Exceptional communication skills, proven ability to facilitate groups and influence decision-making.
High level of ICT competence and especially in: SPSS, NVIVO and excellent competence in EXCEL.
Significant and proven experience of working in an applied research or information organisation.
Knowledge and experience of the voluntary, public and community/social enterprise sectors in a research setting.
Qualification / certification in project management.
Knowledge of quality assurance and impact assessment.
| Job Requirements/
Volunteer Scotland is a Disability Confident employer and candidates who have a disability and meet the minimum requirements for the post outlined above, are guaranteed an interview.
Volunteer Scotland’s values (Volunteer Centred; Customer Focus; Clear vision; Equality & Diversity; Shared Responsibility; Leadership and Change) are central to all that we do, and we are ultimately looking for someone who shares these values.
The closing date for applications Friday 7th February 2020. If you are interested in applying for this role, please complete our application form/equal opportunities monitoring form, returning to firstname.lastname@example.org Alternative formats for all documents including this advert (e.g. Braille, large print) can be provided on request.
For further information on the role or if you need any help with the application or selection process, please contact our HR Manager, Caroline Lindsay, by telephone 01786 479 593 or by email at Caroline.Lindsay@volunteerscotland.org.uk.
26731 to 35009
Volunteer Development Scotland
Jubilee House, Forthside Way
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