Net Zero Innovation Evaluation Analyst

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Closing Date: 14/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £36,735 - £41,100
Company Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Job Description

Summary

Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

Use research and analysis to combat climate change ¦ Up to £6,000 pay enhancement ¦ Flexible working ¦ Amazing learning & development opportunities ¦ Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans ¦

Are you interested in building evaluation and evidence into the heart of innovation and policy making? Are you keen to understand how innovation can help us meet our climate targets?

We are looking for a skilled and dedicated analyst to join the Energy Innovation Evaluation Team. You will embed and manage monitoring and evaluation within the multi-million pound Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, as part of a dynamic and vibrant evaluation community.

We are a team of eight evaluation experts based within a larger collaborative team of analysts including operational researchers, economists, statisticians and social researchers. The wider team provides analytical support to various policy areas contributing to help combat climate change and deliver Net Zero.

The role involves working very closely with the Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy (SICE) Directorate who deliver the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. Our team supports SICE, playing a fundamental role in embedding and delivering monitoring and evaluation of the varied and exciting energy innovation portfolio.

We pride ourselves on our high quality, innovative and impactful evaluation. Our work enables BEIS to understand how energy innovation programmes are working, the impact they have and how they can be improved.

Responsibilities

The role offers the opportunity to lead on key evaluations for the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP), scoping, developing and delivering impactful evaluations that provide effective understanding and learning for the following key NZIP themes (amongst others):

• Long Duration Energy Storage and flexibility of energy system: Enabling a smarter, more efficient energy system through scaling up flexibility and looking for new storage options.

• Disruptive Technologies: supporting the development and demonstration of state of the art technologies, products and processes in the areas of energy efficiency, power generation and heat and electricity storage, including using innovative finance.

You will provide technical leadership on evaluations and advise on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plans across the portfolio. You will be responsible for scoping M&E plans and revising existing data collection methods and processes. You will work closely with programme leads to ensure that monitoring and evaluation is embedded within the programmes and you will lead analytical quality assurance of the reporting instruments, data, and outputs delivered by evaluation contractors. You will also have an opportunity to undertake analysis of the data, and to ensure that it provides impactful findings.

You will influence business cases for future programmes, ensuring they are evidence based and establish robust M&E processes.

The main duties of this role are:

• Designing and managing M&E projects, with scope to use innovative approaches.

• Being responsible for the management of external contractors delivering research projects. Providing quality assurance of M&E projects to ensure they deliver robust, impactful findings and achieve value for money.

• Building and maintaining collaborative relationships with colleagues in SICE, analysts in BEIS and Innovate UK working on energy innovation and, where relevant, external specialists and academics.

• Promoting and disseminating evaluation findings within SICE and the Department to ensure key learning feeds into ongoing and new policy development and products have maximum impact.

• Playing a key part in the team, sharing and disseminating good practice to other evaluators.

Our team and the wider Directorate are committed to supporting personal development. BEIS has an Evaluation Practitioners Network which meets quarterly and a monthly GSR seminar series to share learning and practice..

Skills and experience

Post holders should have a good grounding in the fundamentals of social research methods but will have the opportunity to develop their skills further and pursue their methodological interests.

We would love to hear from you if you have:

• Experience of designing and leading research or evaluation projects translating policy requirements into robust specifications that will meet customer needs.

• Knowledge of a range of process and impact evaluation methods, and an appetite to work with new methodologies to meet challenges.

• Knowledge of a range of research methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative and evaluation methods.

• Experience of presenting analytical outputs in a range of formats, tailored to different audiences.

• The ability to establish good working relationships with policy and analytical colleagues, scheme delivery partners and relevant external agencies

Desirable skills/experience

• Knowledge or experience of carrying out research and/or evaluation on climate change research/net zero.

• Experience of managing commissioned research

Professional requirements:

Applicants must meet the requirements at SEO grade for Government Social Research, Government Statistical Group or Government Operational Research professions (see information below).

Government Social Research Service framework – here

Government Operational Research Service framework – here

Government Statistical Group framework- here

To join one of these professions, you’ll need as a minimum to meet one of the following qualification standards:

Social Researcher:

For qualification route, must hold an undergraduate degree at a minimum of 2:1, or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree, in a social science subject. Qualifying social science subjects are those that contain substantial social research methods training (comprising around one-third of modules taken in the course).

For professional experience route, must hold an undergraduate degree at a minimum of 2:1, or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree, in any subject, or hold a degree equivalent, and have at least 4 years’ social research practice experience. Social research practice experience consists of experience working in a research agency, market research agency or specialist research team.

Statistician:

A degree at 2.1 (or above) or an MSc in a subject with substantial statistical content e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar). Find out more at https://gss.civilservice.gov.uk/careers/joining-us/

Operational Researcher:
A degree at 2.1 (or equivalent) or an MSc in a highly numerate subject, or equivalent experience, and be able to demonstrate relevant experience in your career in a relevant profession.

Other information

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES STATEMENT
We wish to attract individuals from all backgrounds. If you are unsure about how the role might work with your needs or personal commitments do not hesitate to reach out. We support flexible working patterns and reasonable adjustments.

Qualifications

If you are not already a member of a Government Analytical profession, and depending on your choice of profession, you must meet the qualification criteria for your chosen profession. (Please select yes if you are already a member of the required profession(s).)

Government Operational Research Service (GORS) – To apply you must meet the Government Operational Research Service educational requirement, which is a numerate degree (minimum 2:1, or a 2:2 with relevant work experience or a postgraduate qualification). At least 50% of your degree must be from a highly numerate subject, examples of which include: operational research, mathematics, physics, econometrics, engineering, applied statistics, computer science or equivalent.

Government Statistical Group (GSG) – You need a 2:1 Honours degree in a subject containing at least 25% taught statistical content (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar);
or A higher degree, e.g. an MSc or PhD, in a subject containing formal statistical training (e.g. Statistics, Mathematics, Economics, Sciences, Business Studies, Psychology, Geography or similar);

Government Social Research (GSR) – You need EITHER (i) an undergraduate degree at a minimum of 2:1, or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree. The degree must contain substantial social research methods training (comprising around one third of modules taken on the course) including quantitative research methods and at least three of the following: systematic/literature reviews; qualitative methods; interpretation of data and presentation of results; study design, hypothesis testing and application of ethics to research. OR (ii) an undergraduate degree at a minimum of 2:1, or 2:2 with a postgraduate degree, in any subject, or a degree equivalent, plus have at least 4 years’ social research practice experience (eg working in a research agency, market research agency or specialist research team). You must make explicit the breadth and depth of your research experience and skills, which must include quantitative research methods and three of the following: systematic/literature reviews; qualitative methods; interpretation of data and presentation of results; study design, hypothesis testing and application of ethics to research.

Behaviours

We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Candidates will be tested against the relevant analytical professional framework at interview. Details will be provided to applicants successful at sift.
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