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Research Officer

£26,582–£29,535 (market supplement may be considered for exceptional candidates)
Full-time, permanent, London-based
Applications close 10am, Monday 25 November

We are seeking an exceptional and committed individual who is looking for an opportunity to support the improvement of outcomes for children, young people and families through the rigorous use of evidence.

At EIF, research officers play a significant role in making this happen, through reviewing evidence on what works and developing resources to support the translation of this information for policy-makers, commissioners and practitioners.

The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting EIF’s projects, working with colleagues across the organisation and with external partners, using a variety of research methods. They also support our work to change policy and practice by thinking through the implications of the evidence and helping to translate it for different audiences. Research officers are also expected to contribute to the production of external outputs.

We are looking for someone who is passionate and committed to early intervention for children and families, flexible, and good at working in a team. The role requires creativity, an open and outward-facing perspective, an interest in current national and local policy relevant to early intervention and children, and some understanding of the various sector bodies, charities and public agencies with whom our work needs to resonate.

To apply

Download the job description and application form.

Please complete the application form and return to Note that only applications made using our form will be accepted. 

Evaluation Officer, Youth Endowment Fund

£26,582–£29,535 (market supplement may be considered for exceptional candidates)
Full-time, 12-month contract, London-based
Applications close 10am, Monday 25 November

About the Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. It supports programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and works to build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that. Focusing on 10 to 14-year-olds across England and Wales, it is run by youth charity Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business.

For more information about the Youth Endowment Fund, please go to and follow on Twitter @YouthEndowFund.

About this role

The evaluation team designs and implements the processes to make a detailed assessment of the evidence of each application to the fund’s multiple annual funding rounds and to assess, appoint, monitor and quality assure complex and rigorous impact evaluations from experts in the field.

Evaluation officers are a key part of the team with responsibility for supporting funding decisions and commissioning the independent evaluation of all the projects funded by YEF. The right candidate will support the head of evaluation to design and implement the processes for assessing the quality of evidence underpinning applications to the fund and for making recommendations to the grants committee on which applications should be approved. There may also be opportunities to support other strategically important activity including the production or commissioning of evidence products and contribution to our quantitative analysis function.

Given this is a new role within a new fund, the successful candidate will need to be comfortable working in a rapidly evolving environment.

To apply

Download the job description and application form.

Please complete the application form and return to Note that only applications made using our form will be accepted. 

As part of our commitment to flexible working we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the post. All options can be discussed at interview stage. 

We believe in being inclusive and giving everyone an equal chance to succeed. Applications are welcome from all candidates regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation, transgender status or social economic background.

Your personal data will be shared for the purposes of the recruitment process. This includes our HR team, interviewers (who may include other partners in the project and independent advisors), relevant team managers and our IT service provider, if access to the data is necessary for performance of their roles. We do not share your data with other third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and we make you an offer of employment, in which case we will share your data with former employers so that we can obtain references for you. We will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area. For more information, see our privacy policy.

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