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Senior Research Officer (LIPH)

ShareAction
Remote working, 1 day per week in London office

Posted: 15 May 2024

Deadline: 3 Jun 2024

Compensation: £33,900 - £37,653 + 8% pension contribution

Paid Permanent Remote working

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Job description

We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global investment system has an oversized impact on many of these global challenges. We want to make sure that impact is positive. At ShareAction we work with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.

Team

Good health is an integral asset of society and the economy. Through the Long-term Investors in People’s Health (LIPH) Programme, ShareAction has been working to harness the power of the investment system to improve people’s health. Good health is becoming an increasing topic of interest of investors, and our health programme is growing to meet this new demand. We want to make health a central part of all investors’ decision-making processes, and create a healthier and more equal society.

Position

ShareAction is recruiting for a Senior Research Officer (SRO) to join the LIPH Programme and help support the delivery of our broad portfolio of work. The focus will primarily be on our consumer health campaign (LIPH’s most developed campaign focused on driving more responsible practice in the food industry) but will also support other workstreams, including community health (a newer campaign focused on improving air quality) and driving up investor standards on health. You will ensure our work is founded on robust evidence by taking the latest information and analysis into account and helping to produce credible and compelling outputs across the programme.

What you’ll do (key responsibilities)

You will work on the following key areas:

  • Consumer health, primarily focusing on the Healthy Markets Initiative.
  • Community health, focusing on our Air Quality initiative.
  • Investor standards, focusing on our efforts to improve investor standards on health.
  • Maintain and, where applicable, improve our evidence-based approach across all workstreams.

Key activities across these areas of work will include:

Content production

  • Writing, editing and/or fact-checking content through different channels, including investor briefings, presentations, case studies, reports and social media content.
  • With support from your line manager, you will be developing briefs for outsourced research-focused deliverables that the LIPH team may need and, at times, acting as the lead ShareAction contact for our contractors.

Research and analysis

  • Conducting mainly secondary research and in some cases, primary through investor interviews, engagements with civil society groups and/or coalitions, company analysis etc.
  • Analysing and reporting on research data, and clearly presenting key themes and findings.
  • Keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and issues relating to the LIPH programme.

Monitoring and evaluation

  • With support from your team, you will be monitoring and reporting on the health-related practices and policies of companies.
  • Supporting the Senior Project Officer in collating metrics for funder/other reporting.

External engagement

  • With support from your team, you will be supporting external stakeholder meetings (e.g. contractors, research partners, investors or civil society groups).

Internal collaboration

  • You will work closely with the Health team’s Senior Campaigns Officer and Senior Engagement Officer on end-to-end processes as well as peers across ShareAction to develop and disseminate good practice related to analysis and research.

Requirements

What you’ll bring to the team

The right candidate will be intellectually curious, adaptable, calm working in a fast-moving environment, and have strong attention to detail. The key knowledge, skills and experiences we’re looking for demonstrable evidence of are outlined below. Please feel free to apply even if you’re not sure you tick every box.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge or interest in the commercial determinants of health, specifically around poor nutrition and air pollution.
  • A understanding or willingness to learn about sustainability issues, specifically relating to health.
  • A broad understanding or willingness to learn about the investment system and how sustainability issues relate to investors and policy makers.
  • Knowledge of or interest in monitoring and evaluation practices.
  • A keen interest in driving the finance sector to better serve people and the planet.

Skills

  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail and a proven ability to conduct high quality research (ideally comfortable working with qualitative and/or quantitative data in Excel).
  • Ability to synthesise and present complex information in a compelling way for different audiences to influence and persuade.
  • Strong communication skills in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent organisational skills, and a proven ability to manage competing demands while still meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and with others to achieve shared aims.
  • A high degree of familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Experiences

  • Management: experience working with a wide range of research activities and outputs across multiple projects (with support from programme leads).
  • Analysis and innovation: experience analysing complex information and developing useful analyses that inform and enhance work outputs.
  • Collaboration: experience working closely with others across different workstreams/ teams internally and with external partners to delivery on a common goal.
  • Communication: experience presenting persuasive ideas in written and verbal form, bringing unique expertise and technical knowledge to discussions with internal and external stakeholders.

What we will do for you

Working with ShareAction will offer you the opportunity to achieve significant personal impact in one of the most respected and exciting organisations in the responsible investment space. ShareAction seeks to offer all its employees an exceptional working experience with opportunities to develop existing and new skills, applying them in ways that help change the world for the better. You will be challenged but also supported very actively to succeed within a friendly, high performing and highly motivated team.

  • You will be working in a diverse and growing team with plenty of opportunity to learn and develop skills.
  • You will benefit from a highly supportive work environment, with a focus on equality, employee wellbeing and mental health.
  • You will have access to a flexible office space in central London where ShareAction’s Health Team come together, in person, once a week.
  • You will be able to enjoy regular social events in London with colleagues across the organisation.
  • You will have access to internal and external training opportunities, from formal training courses to informal ‘lunch & learn’ sessions with visiting speakers. We will also provide you with any training you may need to use our systems.

Application information

To apply, please visit https://cezanneondemand.intervieweb.it/shareaction/jobs/senior-research-officer-liph-41442/en/

Other information

  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Who it reports to: Responsible Investment Standards Lead - Health
  • Salary: £33,900 - £37,653 + 8% pension contribution (We normally offer a starting salary at the start of the range)
  • Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 3 June
  • Interview dates: 1st round week commencing 10th June (online); 2nd round week commencing 17th June (in person)

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcome applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities and so if you are not 100 per cent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use the application questions to tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.

We also actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Please note that as part of the induction process, you will be expected to attend the London office in person during your first week in post, to cover items including Health & Safety, IT set-up, Office Orientation and Team member introductions.

ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Aldgate and a short walk from Aldgate East underground. Remote working will remain the norm for many ShareAction staff, with office space available as described in London for those who wish to use it.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to hire anyone that isn’t already living in the UK. Due to our size, we are unable to sponsor visas.

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About ShareAction

At ShareAction we work with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.

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