We are an international provider of evaluation, research consulting, programme management and communications services in social and economic policy areas. We work closely with governments and policymakers, the European Commission, other European institutions, NGOs and charities across the UK, Europe and internationally. Our mission is to do work that makes a difference. Our teams of researchers, policy experts, programme managers and communications specialists help our clients to address today’s most important societal challenges. We are an employee-owned organisation that gives 1% of our profits to charity each year. Our working culture promotes personal and career development and you will be part of a large international group with offices worldwide. Ecorys operates a hybrid working policy and flexible working is fully supported. This role is available full time or part time and can be based in any of our offices. We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
About the Role:
Our Policy and Research team is currently looking for emerging research talent to join our team of 100+ research and evaluation specialists delivering impactful work across a variety of clients.
For our growing EU market, we are looking for Research Assistants to support our delivery of work principally to different Directorate-Generals of the European Commission, including qualitative and quantitative research studies, evaluations, impact assessments, supporting expert groups and networks, and monitoring.
We are particularly looking for junior researchers with an interest and knowledge of EU social policy (e.g., Education, Training, Labour Market, Social Inclusion, Equalities, Culture, Sport, Youth, Migration, Research and Innovation) and evaluation of communications, but additional expertise in other EU policy areas (e.g. green transition, digital, economic policy, justice and security) would be a bonus.
As a Research Assistant, you will develop and apply your range of quantitative and qualitative research skills, including desk-based research, literature reviews, survey design and implementation, in-depth interviewing, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. You will also become familiar with research analysis software such as Excel, NVivo, SPSS, Stata and/or R.
As you develop in the role, you will have the opportunity to grow your client- facing and business development skills by contributing to work- winning activities.? You may also be able to develop a specialisation into qualitative or quantitative methodologies. There is also the prospect for some European travel when permitted.
Over the last years, our EU Research Assistants have been exposed to a broad range of projects for the European Commission, including carrying out pan-European research studies and supporting expert networks in the field of education and training, evaluating EU-level employment policies and initiatives and the impact of major EU communications campaigns. As well as embedding technical learning and development, this has enabled and supported a progression path to Research Manager and further progression within Ecorys.
In 2021 we are looking for emerging research talent to work in all three of our UK offices (London, Birmingham and Leeds), along with our Brussels office. We will be holding selection events for recruitment in summer of 2021.We currently have several openings available for Research Assistant roles commencing this year.
Your continued development will be supported by career development planning, training, mentoring and regular reviews, and you will be supported by a dedicated Line Manager and a buddy.
You will have some experience of qualitative research, including conducting in- depth interviews face- to- face or by phone, and note- taking or moderating of focus groups, along with experience of quantitative research, including designing, analysing and writing up findings from survey data, and other data sets.
You will need to develop project management skills with capability in planning and prioritisation to deliver tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, including experience to research or evaluate and report results in a variety of written and verbal styles. You will also need to develop strong organisational and administrative skills.
You will have an excellent level of spoken and written English, and experience of advanced report writing in English. Additional EU languages would be a bonus.
You will need to demonstrate personal leadership through effective problem solving and issue resolution. We expect that candidates will proactively explore innovative ways of working and adaptability in your approach.
You will also have an interest in your own self-development, along with a genuine interest in the businesses’ key social and economic policy areas including Employment and Social Affairs, Education, Culture and Sport, Communications Evaluation, and Research and Innovation policy.
You will have a good Undergraduate Degree and either relevant work experience or a Master’s Degree (including mid-studies or currently applying for) in a social science, social research, European policy, geography, statistics, maths or economics, research methods and related subjects.
Communications evaluation skills and / or knowledge would be advantageous.
An interest or background in project management or business administration and business development is also relevant.