Home Office
graduate job
Expires5 days

Senior Research Officer

Job description

We have a number of exciting opportunities at Senior Research Officer level, across the full range of Home Office business areas.

The successful candidates will be posted into one of the following research teams.

Migration and Border Analysis
Migration and Border Analysis is a multi-disciplinary team which undertakes a broad range of analysis. Researchers within the unit play a key role in the development and evaluation of a wide range of migration and resettlement policy and operational practice. Many areas are cross cutting, offering opportunities to work on foreign national criminality, for example, as well as migration issues of wide interest across Europe and beyond.

Crime and Policing Analysis
Crime and Policing Analysis is a multi-disciplinary analytical unit comprising approximately 50 staff providing analytical support to the Home Office’s Crime, Policing and Fire Group. The unit covers a wide range of very high profile subject areas including violence, policing and police resourcing, drugs and alcohol, and keeping abreast of evolving crime patterns. The rapidly evolving nature of crime means that many of the issues being addressed are ‘hidden’ – creating particular challenges for research and analysis. As such, work in Crime and Policing involves considerable work with stakeholders – police forces, other government departments, academics, and non-governmental organisations.

Fire and Rescue Analysis Programme
The Fire and Rescue Analysis Programme sits within the Fire, Licensing and Public Order Unit. It is a multi-disciplinary team based mainly in central London with a data collection team in Hemel Hempstead. The programme produces all fire national and official statistics and provides analytical support to policy colleagues. The research team works closely with the fire policy teams to provide briefing and advice on key issues and undertakes a range of research projects to support the fire reform agenda and fill key evidence gaps – for example understanding what has driven the reduction in the number of fires attended by fire and rescue services.

Decision Support for Operations
Decision Support for Operations (DSO) is the lead analytical unit in the Home Office supporting Operational and Strategic decision making across the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship system (BICS). We provide objective and high-quality modelling, and operational decision support enabling the department to understand and tackle complex problems. DSO comprises around 50 analytical staff, including social researchers, operational researchers and economists.

DSO are seeking to build on their existing social research capability, and there is an opportunity for successful candidates to apply, develop and champion the use of social research in this dynamic, operational environment, working in a cross-cutting manner across the BICs. This includes supporting a growing interest in the development and application of behavioural science principles, carrying out primary research and working closely with operational and analytical colleagues to inform operational decision making.

Office for Security and Counter Terrorism Research and Analysis (OSCTRA)
OSCTRA is a multi-disciplinary team of around 40 social researchers, economists, statisticians and operational researchers embedded within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism and the Serious and Organised Crime Group. Our work covers large-scale research projects to provide evidence to inform strategic thinking, as well as responsive analysis and briefing for policy teams.

The work is largely driven by the Government’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST and the Serious and Organised Crime Strategy. Research in these units covers a number of high profile areas. For counter-terrorism, we are focused on how to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, how to strength our protection and mitigate against terrorist attacks; as well as how to stop attacks in the first place. Research in the Serious and Organised Crime area is focused on how to reduce serious and organised crime affecting the UK.
Serious and Organised crime includes child sexual exploitation and abuse, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and organised illegal immigration, cyber-crime, counterfeiting, fraud and other financial crimes.

What we are looking for

At this level you will be expected to have advanced research skills and a proven track record of delivering and applying those skills. You will be expected to lead and manage all stages of the research process, including research design, analysis, write-up and dissemination.
You will be able to communicate key research messages clearly and concisely to stakeholders.

Accepted degree subjects

  • teacher training and education
  • economics
  • social sciences
  • linguistics
  • politics
  • psychology

Additional job details

£42,709 - £48,984

How to apply

This vacancy is using success profiles, and will assess your behaviours and experience.

Evidence of the following behaviours will be required at the initial application stage:

  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service
  • Working together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • GSR Professional expertise:
  • Technical skills; and
  • Using and promoting social research

We will assess your written application against these behaviours and skills please.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 21 July 2019

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

Expires5 days

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