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- Senior Associate Research Scotland, UK

Senior Associate Research Scotland

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Closing date: 26 Jul 2017
Reference number
Higher Executive Officer
Senior Associate
Contract type
Fixed Term
Length of employment
Fixed Term Contract - until 31 March 2018
Business area
Research & Development - Research Scotland
Type of role
Operational Research
Working pattern
Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time
36 hours per week
Number of posts

Glasgow, Scotland
About the job

Job description
Overview of the role

Fixed Term Contract or Secondment Opportunity

If you want to make a difference and improve the lives of everyone in the country, the Equality and Human Rights Commission needs to hear from you. The work we do affects everyone and is about making Britain fairer. Whether that's fighting for better rights for disabled people, progress on race or gender equality, or ending discrimination at work, we are the leading voice that makes change happen.

Working in the Commission’s Research Team in the Glasgow Office, you will be working primarily on our next statutory review of equality and human rights progress in England, Scotland and Wales. You will be responsible for:

• identifying high quality Scottish evidence for inclusion in the statutory review
• reviewing and analysing Scottish evidence to produce a series of evidence papers
• summarising findings and visually presenting data
• quality assuring outputs
• planning and managing the organisation of a stakeholder conference.

You will also contribute towards the delivery and development of other projects and events, to deliver the Commission’s business plan.

To be successful in this exciting yet challenging role, you will have:

• A postgraduate level degree in research or statistics; or a postgraduate level degree in humanities or social sciences with a strong research component; or an undergraduate level degree with equivalent experience gained in the workplace
• Proven ability to gather, analyse and summarise qualitative and quantitative research and policy accurately in a succinct, clear and accessible style
• Proven ability to manage research projects and monitor projects against milestones, with limited supervision
• Experience of successfully applying knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in the workplace

To be fully effective in this role you will be required to demonstrate our core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement as well as certain knowledge, skills and experience.
In return, we can offer you a great place and a dedicated team working with you on subjects that really matter to people. We will support you in developing professional skills and expertise, encourage you to seek out opportunities and provide opportunities for you to broaden your horizons, develop new skills, and progress your career.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006. It operates independently to encourage equality and diversity, eliminate unlawful discrimination, and protect and promote human rights. It contributes to making and keeping Britain a fair society in which everyone, regardless of background, has an equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. It encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 and is accredited by the UN as an ‘A status’ National Human Rights Institution.

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
• Leadership
• Stakeholder Engagement
• Delivery Management
• Professional Skills

A postgraduate level degree in research or statistics; or a postgraduate level degree in humanities or social sciences with a strong research component; or an undergraduate level degree with equivalent experience gained in the workplace

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Starting salary £28,980. Those joining us from with the Civil Service on a level transfer, will be offered the pay point closest to their current salary, wherever possible.

Hours of work
36 hours per week.

Flexible working
The Commission is committed to offering roles on flexible working patterns wherever possible. This includes making roles available on a part time basis, considering alternative working hours or flexible working locations. If you are applying on this basis, please indicate this on your application.

Other benefits:
Eligibility to join Civil Service Pension Scheme;
Holiday entitlement of 30 days;
Comprehensive learning & development programme;
Season ticket loans;
Bicycle purchase loan;
Childcare vouchers;
Employee assistance programme;
Payment of professional subscriptions;
Support for external qualifications
Relocation expenses are not available for this post.
Things you need to know

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.
Selection process details
How to apply
Complete the application form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight on the closing date. No applications will be accepted after the closing time. The application form asks you to provide evidence of how you meet the core skills of leadership, delivery management and stakeholder engagement to the appropriate level, as outlined in the generic grade profile above. You are also asked to provide a statement on how you meet the professional skills for the role, also above.

Please send your application in the original Microsoft Word format. An electronic/e-mail signature will be accepted. Please see the application form for our postal address should you be unable to email your application. Alternative accessible version of our application literature is available upon request.

Should you wish to apply under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme or request a reasonable adjustment please indicate this on your application form. If you have a disability which requires an adjustment or a requirement for additional support please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application form also includes a diversity monitoring section which we encourage all our applicants to complete to assist us in meeting our equality objectives. This form will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will only be used as part of the selection process in instances where it is legitimate to take positive action.

Selection process
Following the shortlisting, a variety of assessment methods may be used including psychometric assessment, competency based interview, technical interview and practical exercises such as presentation, in-tray exercise etc.

Full details will be available to successfully shortlisted candidates.Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Terms & Conditions
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is an independent arms length body and although we are part of the Civil Service we have our own terms and conditions of employment. When joining the Commission your continuous length of service will apply, but only for the purposes of compensation and pension.
Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants
If you have any queries about the role or our application process please contact Audrey Lomas People Partner on 0161 829 8347 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sift/interview dates and location
To be confirmed
Further information
Diversity and Equality

The Commission is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to make it more representative of society at all levels. Applications are therefore welcomed from as diverse a range of applicants as possible.

The Commission strives through its policies and practices to achieve equality of opportunity in employment and the fair treatment of all its employees. We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

The Commission is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, the good practice employers' forum on sexual orientation, and have committed to working with Stonewall to make sure our workplace is gay-friendly. The Commission is also an accredited member of the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

This is recognition of the fact that we are meeting commitments relating to the recruitment, employment, and retention and career development of disabled people. The Commission will use the social model of disability as the basis for its work to improve equality and tackle discrimination against disabled individuals. Reasonable adjustments will be made at the recruitment stage and throughout the employment for disabled individuals.
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Job posted on 12 July 2017.

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