Research Support Assistant, Parenting on the Border

Closing Date: 17 September 2023

Value: £28,759 - £33,966 p.a., pro rata

About the Opportunity

The Department of Social Policy & Intervention is looking to appoint an experienced Research Support Assistant to work on our flagship Global Parenting Initiative (GPI). The GPI is a multi-million-pound five-year project with a vision that is bold, ambitious, and immediate: to provide access to free, evidence-based, playful parenting support to every parent, everywhere, so that they are equipped with the knowledge and tools to help their children realise their learning potential. 

The Research Support Assistant role holds a core supportive position within the GPI initiative and provides an exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic, international team, dedicated to improving the lives of children across the globe. 
The Research Support Assistant will assist the Research Manager on the management of the ‘Parenting on the Border’ study, a two-arm cluster randomised trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a population-level media campaign to promote playful parenting among families displaced by armed conflict on the Thai/Myanmar border. Funds supporting this project are provided by the LEGO Foundation. 
The role will involve supporting with qualitative analysis, cleaning complex datasets, running simple statistical analyses, and writing up results to contribute to donor reports and papers for publications. Applicants are required to have completed (or be enrolled in) a relevant Masters programme with experience working on research projects, preferably in the field of evidence-based research and/or violence prevention. Candidates are also required to have experience using R statistical software.  
The Department is committed to fostering an environment of equality, diversity, and inclusion. Our family-friendly ethos allows for hours to be worked flexibly. Applications are particularly welcome from ethnic minority candidates. 
The position is part-time, 12 hrs per week, for a fixed term to 31 March 2024 and will be based in Oxford with opportunities for remote working within the UK. 


About you

Essential Relevant Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

  • Masters Degree (or currently enrolled in a Masters programme) in relevant social science/public  health/statistics discipline
  •  Experience in working on complex research projects, preferably in the field of evidence-based research,digital interventions, parenting, child development, and/or violence prevention
  •  Prior experience working on intervention research
  • Experience in quantitative data collection and management. Proficiency in data cleaning and analysis using R, or Stata
  • Demonstrable commitment to improving the life of children affected by abuse and poverty
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write text that can be published, present data at conferences, and represent the research group at meetings
  • Excellent computer and internet skills
  • Excellent team working skills and ability to manage own research and administrative activities 


Desirable skills:

  • Experience working in low- and middle-income countries, preferably in the field of child and family research
  • Previous experience with playful parenting interventions
  • Experience using Trello and Agile Scrum Methodology

How to apply

Applications close 1200 noon 17 September 2023 BST.

Read the job advert here, and the job description here.

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Only online applications received by 1200 noon 17 September 2023 will be considered.