Reform is recruiting a Research Assistant to join its small and passionate team for six months on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will help produce independent, challenging and authoritative research, and will assist in supporting Reform’s communications and events. You will be a dynamic and motivated individual with a track record of strong research and communication skills, and committed to our core principles.
For 15 years Reform has been the leading think tank at the heart of Whitehall and Westminster’s efforts to transform public services for the better, in the interests of all citizens and within sustainable government budgets. It is a non-partisan, independent research charity. Its core research areas are Home Affairs and Justice, Education, Health, Work and Pensions, as well as cross-cutting issues such as workforce capability, digital transformation, competition and choice, and efficiency”. Alongside its research, Reform runs around 60 policy events a year, attended by ministers and shadow ministers, other parliamentarians, senior officials, public service leaders, academics and business leaders.
The Research Assistant will work closely with the research team to support Reform’s research programme, including drafting literature reviews and contributing to sections of reports. You will also support Reform’s regular contributions to the policy debate by researching ad hoc policy issues. You will support events, update Reform’s contact database, and participate in regular team meetings. You will contribute to Reform’s online output by writing blog posts and assisting with the weekly newsletter in collaboration with the research team.
It is essential that candidate demonstrates:
- Some experience of conducting research on public policy;
- Good organisational and administrative skills, including in prioritising tasks;
- An ability to work effectively under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- A commitment to building and maintaining good professional relationships;
- Excellent attention to detail;
- A First or good 2.I. in a relevant discipline, though those with equivalent relevant experience will be considered. A master’s degree is desirable, though not necessary.
Reform is committed to diversity. We will accommodate applications from any interested persons and to make reasonable adjustments at any stage should this be requested.