Research and Evidence Officer

We are looking for a Research and Evidence Officer to join our Research & Evaluation team at Samaritans. As Research and Evidence Officer, you will conduct research that provides insightful evidence for use across Samaritans and in support of our influencing aims. We ensure our services and influencing work are based on the best available evidence.

  • Permanent
  • c. £30,000 per annum plus benefits
  • Full time (35 hours per week)
  • A mix of home working and in the office in Ewell, Surrey a few days per week
  • We are passionate about flexible working, talk to us about your requirements

About Samaritans

Reporting to the Senior Research & Evidence Manager as part of a busy and ambitious External Affairs department, this role plays a key part in achieving Samaritans’ vision that fewer people die by suicide.

Samaritans is needed now more than ever. We answer a call for help every seven seconds and need to be able to reach and connect with a diverse range of people. Whether it’s through our life-saving helpline service, innovative partnerships or impactful campaigns, we work towards our vision in many different ways and our communications need to reflect this.

Key Responsibilities

1.       Develop and manage research on priority topics related to suicide and self-harm

  • Develop and manage research projects identified as priority topics, from proposal through to publication.
  • Work closely with teams across External Affairs to identify research gaps and develop research proposals to support Samaritans’ wider influencing aims.

2.       Maintain, develop, and manage Samaritans’ core evidence base and provision of evidence related to suicide and self-harm

  • Monitor and synthesise research evidence to ensure Samaritans has access to a wide body of evidence and data to inform its work.
  • Disseminate research evidence with staff and volunteers, through developing resources and delivering presentations. Work with teams across the organisation to identify their needs and ensure they are met.

3.       Undertake reviews and analysis of evidence to enable the translation of research into practice to support all Samaritans work (including service development and influencing activities)

  • Undertake reviews of evidence using a variety of approaches (e.g. rapid, conceptual, synthesis).
  • Define the scope, search strategy and approach to meet the relevant team or project need.

The Person

  • Previous experience as a Researcher, able to analyse and critically assess evidence
  • Significant experience of undertaking both qualitative and quantitative research, including in survey design and analysis, interviews and focus groups
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to balance multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Proven ability to analyse and critically assess evidence of a variety of kinds, including academic research, grey literature, health and social policy, expert opinion, qualitative and quantitative data
  • Good understanding of the role of research in changing policy and practice, at a local and national
  • Excellent communication skills with proven ability to write clearly and succinctly for a variety of audiences
  • Experience of research with vulnerable people and/or lived experience (desirable)
  • Knowledge of the suicide prevention policy and research landscape (desirable)

Samaritans is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person they are. We warmly welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Full job description can be found here. If this sounds like a great role for you, apply through our careers website today. This role will close for applications on 15/04/2021.