Research Analyst – Public Service Reform
GMCA Research and Strategy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Fixed Term (two years)
In the range £23,541 - £27,041 per annum (Grade 5 Analyst)
36.25 per week (Full-time)
Broadhurst House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU
Closing date is Friday 24th September 2021 at 23:59
Please click here for the Role Profile
Greater Manchester is at the forefront of public policy innovation and new thinking about how to transform the lives of local citizens. Our vision is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on, and grow old. We will do this by nurturing a world class, competitive, caring and economically sustainable place to live. This is an exciting time to be working in the city region for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
We are looking for an Analyst to join the GMCA Research Team, whose work will span a breadth of research projects and analysis that support Greater Manchester’s work on public service reform. The postholder will work with the wider policy and strategy teams in the GMCA, and many other partner organisations. The work you do will ensure that research informs Greater Manchester’s strategic objectives, and that we make best possible use of evidence to support decision making. This is an opportunity to work on a high-profile programme which will directly impact on the future of children growing up in Greater Manchester.
The GMCA Research and Strategy Department plays an important role in providing the evidence base for almost everything we do as a city region. Analysts within the team engage in work across a whole range of the GMCA’s priorities:
Promoting evidence-based decision making
– by making the right performance and outcomes data available to the right audiences. The team is the evidence engine-room for the Mayor and Greater Manchester Leaders, and is transforming the way insight work is delivered in Greater Manchester. We are committed to ensuring that decision making in Greater Manchester is supported by the smart use of new data analytics tools, techniques and software
.Evaluating what we do
– through having the right monitoring and evaluation processes in place. The team does in-house evaluation on some projects (e.g. our front-line police and mental health responses
to people experiencing crisis; our children’s social care innovation projects
; we support collaborations with university and wider research partners on other, flagship initiatives such as the Working Well programme
; and we work collaboratively with government on national agendas such as the Troubled Families programme.
Supporting investment decisions
– by looking at the evidence behind new ways of delivering public services and helping senior officers consider value for money in everything we do. The Research Team’s work on population health
, , for example, has helped ensure more is being done in Greater Manchester to tackle smoking and drinking during pregnancy; it has informed thinking on how we can offer lung cancer screening to local residents; and supported the decision to invest more local resources in early diagnosis of HIV.
If you are the person for the job, we expect you will have previous experience of research projects from either academic study or work experience. An understanding of how to analyse and interpret data relating to policy issues is vital. The research you produce will be used to brief and inform what the Mayor and other leaders choose to invest in and deliver.
Skills and experience you will need include:
• A high level of technical competence in both quantitative and qualitative research methods;
• Highly skilled in developing and delivering research projects;
• Excellent writing and presentation abilities that can be demonstrated in previous work;
• The people skills and communication skills necessary to work with a range of different project teams and individuals across public, private and voluntary sectors;
• An eagerness to learn new techniques and approaches, and to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to live.
Applicants need to be flexible to changing circumstances – our work changes daily, and candidates should be willing and confident in turning their hands to a wide variety of research tasks. In particular, we are having to show additional flexibility in the current climate by operating remotely and virtually in the initial stages of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In return, research analysts will get to work in one of the most exciting areas of the country, with people who have a real passion for Greater Manchester and the work we do. We offer a good salary, and a wide range of opportunities to work with people across multiple organisations and multiple policy areas. This opportunity is what you make of it!
Please apply by completing the application form. You will also be asked to supply a brief covering letter explaining how your knowledge and experience equip you for the role by 24th September 2021 at 5pm. In the covering letter please state salary expectation and current salary. Please click on the link to download the job description Terms & Conditions: GMCA Terms and Conditions.docx
Greater Manchester is one of the country's most successful city-regions. It is home to more than 2.8 million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland. Greater Manchester is at the forefront of policy innovation and new thinking about how to transform the lives of local citizens by nurturing a world class, competitive, caring and economically sustainable place to live. It was the first city region to win a devolution agreement with the government in late 2014. On May 4th 2017 the residents of Greater Manchester voted for their first ever Mayor for Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. This is an exciting time to be working in the city region for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
As an employer, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is made up of a number of key Greater Manchester strategic functions and service providers including; Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS); Waste and Recourses; Environment; Work and Skills; Research; Public Sector Reform; Police, Crime and Criminal Justice; Homelessness; the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and the Commissioning Hub.
The aspirations set out in the Greater Manchester Strategy and the Mayor’s manifesto aim to improve outcomes for all. We value the diversity of our employees, and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities across Greater Manchester. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals, irrespective of people's age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We have guidance in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process, including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.
The GMCA is an Equal Opportunities Employer, and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, trans status and non-binary identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
To find out more about working for us in the Research Team, please click here
In return for your hard work, we offer our employees a competitive package as part of our offer, which includes:
• Flexible working conditions with the ability to accrue 2 flexi days every 4 weeks (up to grade 11)
• Family friendly policies including parental leave (maternity, shared parental, adoption, maternity support)
• Commitment to diversity and inclusivity with 4 active staff networks for; LGBTA, BAME, Disability and Womens
• Ability to buy additional annual leave
• Generous Annual leave scheme - 25 days + Bank Holidays per annum upon starting, after 5 years service increase to 30 days + BH and after 10 years service increase to 32 days +BH.
• Local Government Pension Scheme• - Employer investment in training and development, and professional sponsorship including CPD
• Corporate travel loans• - Cycle scheme
• Discount scheme (MiRewards) on local and national high street brands
• Health and wellbeing offer - Occupational Health and Employee Assistance programme
• Modern city centre offices (role specific)
• Sports and welfare club
Please also note, due to COVID-19 and the social distancing guidance, all interviews will be taking place virtually on Microsoft Teams or Skype. For more guidance and hints and tips for remote interviewing see our website: https://www.greater.jobs/content/10275/our-top-tips-for-video-interviews.
If successful on application, the hiring manager will be in contact so that you can both test the technology before the interview.
Employees on the redeployment register will be given priority for any vacancies in the first instance. If employees are identified as a match from the register then the vacancy may be withdrawn or put on hold pending an outcome.
This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and will require disclosure of all convictions including those considered spent under the Act. The role holder will be subject to a Basic Disclosure level check by the Disclosure & Barring Service.