Research and Evaluation Manager (See Me Scotland)

We are looking for someone to lead and co-ordinate the research and learning function for the evaluation of See Me – Scotland’s national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination with a focus on young people and education, health and social care, workplace and social movement.

Applicants should display evidence of previous experience in leading complex programme evaluations with specific skills in mixed method approaches including interviews, focus groups and surveys.  Strong communications skills and an ability to present research findings to a range of audiences is also required.

How to apply

To apply please send your completed application form and an equal opportunities monitoring form to vacancies@mentalhealth.org.uk by 12 noon on Thursday 31 January 2019.

Interview date is to be confirmed.

We are also recruiting for a Research and Evaluation Officer for the See Me programme.

Job description

To lead and co-ordinate the research and learning function for the evaluation of See Me – Scotland’s national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination with a focus on young people and education, health and social care, workplace and social movement.

Strategic

  • Take a lead role and manage team (2 x research and evaluation officers and consultants & sessional staff as required) to undertake the evaluation of See Me utilising mixed method approaches (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Ensure the See Me research and learning programme is developed using ethical and rigorous processes including reviewing appropriate literature, policy and practice, developing hypotheses and employing appropriate methodology. 
  • Implement quality assurance processes for the analysis of data from a range of primary and secondary sources using appropriate systems.
  • Develop and maintain a robust understanding of public mental health specifically in the areas of stigma, discrimination and human rights.
  • Take a lead role in the preparation of all reporting requirements for See Me
  • Support policy and programmes through raising awareness of research findings and supporting their translation into practice and service improvements

Managerial 

  • Produce and oversee clear project plans, including agreed objectives, outcomes and measures, budget, deliverables and milestones.
  • Oversee project management procedures, keep records up to date.
  • Review the performance of staff, to ensure they are delivering to agreed deliverables and timescales, reporting and addressing problems where identified.
  • Maintain positive relationships with funders and report back to funders on progress of projects as required throughout the life and on the conclusion of the project.
  • Ensure financial procedures are followed professionally, managing financial performance of projects, including budgets and identifying risks. 
  • Manage, support and supervise research staff, specified project staff and consultants that may be employed on particular projects in their day to day work.
  • Lead, undertake and supervise staff on high quality research such as: literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, action research and appreciative enquiry, and presenting project findings in a credible manner

Business development

  • To work with colleagues within MHF and See Me to identify opportunities for future research and evaluation funding bids
  • To support the development of new partnerships with external organisations.
  • Contribute to the Foundation’s Scottish operational plan.

Communication/Liaison

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues within MHF and key partners including See Me national team and University academic advisors.
  • Present and disseminate research findings including written reports, academic publications, and presentations to achieve maximum impact on policy and practice change.
  • Liaise with colleagues in other departments as required ensuring they are provided with the information and support they require for fundraising, marketing and media relations
  • Maintain positive relationships with the Foundation’s stakeholders, including service users and carers, and ensure they are involved in informing Scottish research
  • Represent the Foundation at events, conferences and seminars as required.

General

  • To maintain a high standard of probity in professional, personal and financial matters.
  • Uphold / promote the Foundation's commitment to diversity and the benefits it brings.
  •  To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

This job description is not contractual and is liable to change over time

Person specification

Experience

Essential / Desirable

Leading the delivery of research projects on time and to budget

E

Producing high quality and engaging reports and articles for a range of audiences

E

Experience of applied research

E

Interest or experience of participatory research

E

Undertaking evidence/iterature reviews

E

Developing successful research or evaluation funding proposals

D

Knowledge

 

Knowledge of mental health or public health fields

E

Knowledge of equality, diversity and social justice issues

E

Knowledge of qualitiative and quantitative research methods including the strengths and limitations of each

E

Knowledge of approaches to challenge stigma and discrimination                                                                          

D

 

 

 

Skills

 

Clear communication and presentation skills for range of audiences

E

Qualitative and mixed methods research methods and data analysis

E

Good inter-personal skills

E

Ability to manage a busy, varied workload and meet deadlines

E

Ability to quickly build credibility internally and externally

E

Personal Characteristics

 

Empathy with the Foundation and its aims

E

Flexible and adaptable working style

E

Sensitivity and commitment to equal opportunities

E

Ability to be a representative of the Foundation reflecting its values and priorities

E

 

Qualifications

 

Undergraduate degree in relevant field

E

Masters Degree in relevant field desirable or equivalent experience

D

Equal opportunities information

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems. We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live. We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

Benefits of working for us

The Mental Health Foundation is a great place to work and offers generous benefits.

All our members of staff are entitled to the following benefits. Please note that some of the benefits are available after a qualifying probation period.

Pension

We consider it important to encourage people to save for their retirement and therefore we provide staff (after successful completion of a probation period) with a 10% pension contribution paid into an Age on Personal Pension. Contributions can be invested in a variety of funds according to your investment preference, or alternatively a default fund is available. Staff will also receive death in service life cover at four times salary.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

Maternity/parental leave

Enhanced maternity/parenthood leave entitlements are in place, including extended maternity leave and benefits. Available after a qualifying period.

Flexible working/work life balance

The right to request flexible working is available to all employees. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Child Care Vouchers

This is a flexible way to meet the costs of your childcare. Part of your salary can be given up or ‘sacrificed’ in exchange for Childcare Vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions and therefore present a saving for employees who receive them as part of their total employment package. The Childcare Vouchers received are then exchanged, in whole or part, for the approved and registered childcare services you use.

Sickness/absence

We are required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives. As part of our commitment to staff members we provide a 24/7 independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service, free of charge. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

Through the scheme, employees will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111, repaid over 18 months through deductions from your gross monthly salary. The loan will be interest free and the benefit will be offered after successful completion of the probationary period.