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Job Title: Researcher
Purpose: To carry out research and analysis for Rethinking Economics’ book on the lack of diversity in economics
Hours: 15 Hours a week. (at least one day out of Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)
Contract duration: Fixed-term, 9 months (subject to 3 months probationary period).
Salary: £19,570 pro rata
Responsible to: Research Manager
Application Deadline: 23:59, Friday 9 August 2019
About Rethinking Economics
Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network working to build a better economics in society and the classroom. We started as a student movement in 2012 and have since grown to become a registered charity with an 8-person staff team. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support 67 groups in 30 countries around the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world.
Rethinking Economics is undertaking an exciting transition process in which we are developing and expanding the future of the organisation. This role will play an integral part of establishing the evidence base and intellectual backing for the Rethinking Economics Diversity campaign.
As part of our campaign to diversify economics, RE is conducting research for a book examining the reasons why economics as a discipline is so overwhelmingly rich, male and white. In order to build economies which serve people and the planet, we need more diversity in the discipline, curriculum, student body and profession. We believe that a key barrier to diverse groups studying and working in economics is the content of their economics education. The curriculum is dominated by a Eurocentric and male perspective which alienates many from its study, does not reflect the lived experiences of underrepresented groups, and so economics does not appeal to them as a career choice. This book will explore these ideas and many of the other factors contributing to this problem. It will primarily be aimed at the public and students, along with academics and policy makers. Its goal will be to raise awareness of curriculum reform to diversify economics and its practice, and to highlight the real world consequences of this lack of diversity.
As Researcher you will conduct high quality research and analysis that will underpin Rethinking Economics’s book, working closely with and reporting to the Research Manager, while working in collaboration with the rest of our team.
Helping the Research Manager with tasks as required which will include:
– Conducting primary research e.g. interviews/surveys/focus groups and secondary research e.g. analysis of existing data source
– Drafting and editing research outputs, e.g. literature reviews and analysis of primary data
– Assisting with the dissemination of research findings; writing external communications such as newsletter items, briefing papers and blog pieces, press releases and website content
Essential skills and experience
– Graduate level qualification or equivalent experience
– Proven skills and experience in conducting primary and secondary research
– Understanding of a range of research methodologies
– An understanding of economics, the systemic problems with the current economic orthodoxy and the barriers to change
– Excellent writing skills; ability to write in a variety of ways (e.g. short, succinct pieces for press and website, as well as detailed research reports)
– Excellent verbal communication skills; ability to present research and give presentations
– Ability to work independently, with conflicting demands, in a high-pressured environment
– Excellent and demonstrable attention to detail, organisational and administrative skills
– Excellent and demonstrable levels of creativity in research
– Working knowledge of relevant IT, software and internet packages and applications
– Commitment to the values and ethos of Rethinking Economics
Desired skills and experiences
– Experience of producing research for a campaigning organisation
– Ability to organise events such as seminars and conferences
– Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to relate confidently and positively with a range of people both internally and externally of RE
What we offer
– The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven movement working to achieve lasting social change
– An exciting opportunity to play an integral role in helping to develop an international student campaign on diversity in economics into a broader social movement
– Generous holiday, an employer contributed pension, investment in appropriate training opportunities, professional development commitments.
We are committed to providing equal opportunities for every applicant regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people with a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class, or have done so in the past.
How to Apply:
Please download our application form from Charity Jobs (on the right of the page) and email the completed form to recruitment @ rethinkeconomics . org by 23:59, Friday 9 August
Interviews will be held in our Manchester offices on Monday 19th August. Arrangements for Skype interviews can be made on request.
If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us via the recruitment email.
Please note that we cannot accept any non-EU based applicants due to government visa minimum salary criteria. All applicants will be expected to work in Rethinking’s Manchester office.
Terms and Conditions
Contract: This role is for 15 hours a week, for a fixed term of 9 months with a 3-month probationary period.
Salary: £19,570 pro rata
Location: Our offices are in Ancoats, Manchester. Staff will be expected to work in these offices.
Hours: We aim to offer a flexible working environment. The post holder will be working 15 hours a week (at least one day out of Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday). Staff members are expected to work the occasional evening or weekend for which time off in lieu will be given. This role may involve travel to locations around the UK and/or internationally.
Holiday: 25 days pro rata in addition to statutory holidays.