Research Manager

  • Full Time
  • UK

Plan International


Date: 05-Apr-2023

Location: Hybrid or remote, UK

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.

The Opportunity

As the Research Manager you will lead, deliver and support high quality research on Plan International’s focus areas set in terms of the new Global Strategy to 2022, in collaboration with research team members, MER Specialists from the 75+ Programme Countries, as well as external consultants.

You will, in consultation with the Director of MERL and the Head of Research, plan, manage and undertake global research needed in support of the development of guidelines, policy and position papers, programme development and organisational learning; publish in respected journals to inform and improve Plan’s programmes; and use research from across the organisation to increase Plan’s organisational learning and thought leadership in its focus areas.

The Individual

With demonstrable experience in quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, designing survey tools and in the use and application of data analysis software

A good understanding of international development issues and experience of working in international development.

Good project management skills, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work to tight deadline

Excellent interpersonal skills, working with people from different cultures and in different time zones, with integrity and honesty; experience working in a multi-cultural environment

Understanding and commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

As well as demonstrable experience in research ethics and data collection with children and vulnerable people

Fluent in English; excellent English writing skills, for both research and communication purposes.

Please follow this link for a full role profile; Research manager JD April 2023.docx

Please respond to the requirements of the role in your cover letter.

Only CVs and cover letters in English will be accepted.

Location: This role will ideally be based in the UK, employed from the Global Hub for Plan International which is based in Woking, Surrey however other locations where Plan International has an office* that can employ on behalf of the Global Hub and you have the pre-existing right to work and live may be considered.

Type of Role: Permanent or maximum contract length stipulated by country legislation

Reports to: Head of Research

Salary: We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that the salary and employment benefits will be set according to your location and therefore it is not possible to include full details here. As an indication if this role was based in the UK the salary would be circa £45,000

Closing date: Tuesday 18th April 2023 (midnight – UK time)

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.

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