£25,840 - £34,960 per annum, plus benefits
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an excellent candidate, specialising in research and evaluation, to join our Home Affairs and International Programmes team in London. The successful applicant will work on a broad range of social challenges in both policy domains.
In Home Affairs, this might include developing and implementing field trials with police forces and other agencies on a range of issues, like: reducing susceptibility to online fraud, preventing crime or increasing the diversity of Police officers.
In International Programmes, this might developing and implementing field trials in middle and lower income. We work directly with governments and international organisations on social challenges like: corruption, financial inclusion and, more broadly, the efficient and inclusive delivery of public services.
Though embedded in our Home Affairs and International Programmes team, the successful candidate will maintain a close working relationship with BIT’s Core Research Team, which oversees the design of evaluation and analysis for the whole of BIT.
The then UK Prime Minister created BIT in 2010 to apply behavioural science to public policy in the UK. In February 2014 we became a social purpose company, owned by the Cabinet Office, Nesta (an innovation charity) and our employees.
BIT works with governments around the world in almost every area of policy. Whilst the subject and output of our projects vary considerably, there are common threads: we try to understand the context in which people make decisions; we notice small details; we find out what has and hasn’t worked before; we come up with innovative ideas for solving policy problems and we measure everything we do as robustly as we can.
The company today spans four continents but has the same friendly, enthusiastic and non-hierarchical office culture as it did when it was a team of just eight employees. Staff at BIT today come from many countries across the world, and from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including academia, government, NGOs and the private sector. Beyond qualification and experience, BIT also selects staff according to our company values: prioritising social impact; empiricism and humility; fresh thinking; collaboration; and public service.
The successful candidate will join BIT as an Associate Research Advisor working within the Home Affairs and International Programmes team.
As such, they will work only on projects conducted by this team, but have the same responsibilities as members of the Core Research team, which include:
As a researcher embedded within a policy team, the successful candidate will get to dedicate more time to particular projects, which they will follow from start to finish. This involves in particular:
This role will suit a candidate with a quantitative background and a strong interest in generating and using evidence for policy making.
BIT additionally believes in offering opportunities for team members to grow and learn new skills: We offer a large range of both policy and research training sessions to staff of all level, and encourage close collaboration with senior, more experienced, members of the team on all projects.
The Behavioural Insights Team brings together people with different skills sets and backgrounds. You must be able to demonstrate a balance of skills across those listed below, but we do not expect you to excel in all areas: