Research Officer (Maternity Cover) - Flexible Working Available

Lambeth, London
10 Nov 2020
30 Nov 2020
Contract Type

The Centre for Justice Innovation is looking to recruit a capable and experienced research officer to help us build the evidence base for justice reform in the United Kingdom.


Full time, Maternity Cover Contract, 25 days holiday


32,500 to 35,000 dependent on experience


Edinburgh House, 170 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5DP (currently home-working)

Reporting to:

Head of Data and Evidence

Application deadline:

9:30am, Monday 30 November

First interviews:

Wednesday 9 December (via videoconference)

Expected start date

January 2021

What will I be doing?

You will join our growing research team in working to understand and support the work of innovative projects in youth justice and other areas of the criminal justice system. You will design and deliver qualitative research, creating insights by working with service users and professionals at the front line of the system. You will also work with our practice development and policy teams to translate research findings into meaningful change.

In youth justice, you will explore approaches like youth diversion: a growing model which seeks to divert young people in trouble away from the criminal justice system and towards voluntary support. Our upcoming research on youth diversion hopes to answer questions like “how can we make youth diversion work for young people in care?” and “how can we ensure BAME young people have equal access to youth diversion?”

You will also contribute to research around other criminal justice innovations including extending the diversion approach to adults and improving practice in the youth courts.

Your duties will include:

  • Leading on the design and delivery of research projects;
  • Communicating research findings to a wide range of audiences including practitioners and policy makers;
  • Working with the practice support team to provide direct support to areas in implementing youth and adult diversion projects;
  • Managing relationships with stakeholders in the field of youth justice;
  • Enhancing the Centre's reputation as a source of quality, trusted, leadership and support in promoting and developing innovation in the UK’s justice systems; and
  • Contributing to the Centre’s wider work in policy, practice, evidence and data;

As a small team, every employee is expected to play a significant role in influencing how the Centre develops. Roles and objectives may change and all members of staff work flexibly in response to changing business needs.

What kind of person do we want?

Through your application, you should demonstrate the experience, skills and knowledge you have in the areas described below.


  • Undertaking research or evaluation in criminal justice, family justice or a related sphere of social policy;
  • Designing and delivering research projects;
  • Planning and undertaking qualitative research fieldwork and analysis;
  • Writing for publication; and
  • Presenting research findings.

Skills, abilities and knowledge

  • A detailed understanding of youth justice (desirable);
  • An understanding of qualitative research data collection and analysis approaches;
  • The ability to tailor research findings to different audiences including policy makers and practitioners;
  • Strong writing skills and good spoken English;
  • The ability to balance multiple priorities and manage your own workload to meet deadlines;
  • The enthusiasm and energy to work in a small team;
  • An understanding of how to work with vulnerable people and sensitive personal data in a safe, legal and supportive manner; and
  • Insight into the challenges for practitioners working in and around the family justice and / or criminal justice systems (desirable).

You will also need to have:

  • A willingness to travel within the UK and occasionally overseas;
  • Eligibility to work in the UK legally.

Equal opportunities

It is the policy of The Centre for Justice Innovation to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability, offending history or trade union membership status.

Flexible working

The Centre operates a range of flexible working policies to ensure that all employees can create a positive work/life balance and ensure their work is positively structured alongside family and other caring responsibilities. These policies include flexible working hours, time off in lieu, and remote working and remote collaboration tools. This post is open to job-shares.

Covid-safe working

This role will be based in our London office, with some element of national travel. However, due to the current circumstances our office is closed and we have suspended all work-related travel. We hope to open the office again when it is safe to do so, but we are sensitive to staff member's individual needs and will continue to offer staff flexibility in their work patterns.

How do I apply?

To find our online application form visit our website:

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