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Career opportunities

Project Associate

Are you a doer, energetic, full of initiative and willing to get stuck in and help our team deliver our ambitious programme of work? And are you passionate about public policy and eager to learn about our cutting-edge work on tackling the crisis in public service provision?

We are on the hunt for a brilliant Project Associate to support the implementation of our research and practitioner engagement. The role will entail a wide range of responsibilities from assisting with the planning and delivery of events, to drafting documents, undertaking basic research and providing administrative support to the wider team.

The role will best suit someone who is enthusiastic about assisting with the smooth running of our events and stakeholder engagement activities, and equally keen to seek opportunities to engage in the content of our work. The role is ideal for someone with a keen interest in public policy, seeking to improve their knowledge whilst gaining hands-on experience of delivering tasks in a busy and dynamic team.

You will need excellent team working skills, outstanding planning and organisation skills, a flexible, can-do approach and a willingness to adapt to the changing needs and priorities in our team and across the School. You will be working and engaging with stakeholders of all different levels and backgrounds, so excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. You will be organised, know when to use your initiative and when to seek advice, and be able to demonstrate a personable and diplomatic approach in dealing with a diverse range of people.

This position is fixed-term to March 2020.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 29 October 2018.

Read the full job description and apply

Project internship placements

The GO Lab offers paid short-term internship placements to Master and DPhil students within and outside the University. Placements can be 2-8 weeks in duration and there will be opportunities to support on a variety of aspects of the Lab’s work. We are looking for interns to start from January 2019 onwards. Projects will be decided by matching each applicant’s skills, experience and interests to the ongoing workstreams of the Lab. Examples of possible projects might include:

  • Synthesis and translation of the research of the GO Lab and others for a practitioner and policymaker audience, and communicating of this to key external audiences through traditional and social media channels.
  • Contributing towards research work, including literature reviews and secondary research to contribute to research hypothesis, and data collection and analysis around the GO Lab’s areas of primary research.
  • Assisting with practitioner engagement work, including researching and compiling examples of innovative commissioning practice and local government service delivery in the UK, and translating meaningful research for the practitioner audience.
Projects will be planned in conjunction with candidates, who will have a considerable opportunity to shape the work.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have a keen interest in furthering the GO Lab’s mission to establish ourselves as the world leading centre for the thinking and practice of innovative outcome based commissioning;
  • Have interests overlapping with the GO Lab e.g. public services that tackle complex social issues, Social Impact Bonds, public commissioning / contracting, or related areas;
  • Are curious and open-minded;
  • Are prepared to work closely with others in a small, dynamic and collaborative team, and to work intensively with a focus on impact;
  • Bring skills, backgrounds or perspectives that complement the existing team e.g. from other sectors or nationalities. 

A stipend will be offered to successful candidates in line with their experience and the nature of the work agreed.

To apply, please send us your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the work of the GO Lab, how you think you can contribute to our work, and what you would like to get out of the project. 

These should be sent to at least 8 weeks prior to the desired start of the project. Please remember to include in your application the proposed start date and duration for the internship.