The Big Lottery Fund is the largest distributor of National Lottery funding.
We award grants to projects and activities that make communities stronger and more vibrant, and that are led by the people who live in them.
In 2016/17 we awarded over £700 million (including 10,000 grants under £10,000), supporting charities, community groups, and people with great ideas, local or national, large or small.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Evaluation Team and apply your knowledge, skills and experience to manage high profile evaluations. The Big Lottery Fund has invested millions in local grants for a diversity of services to make a difference in people’s lives and communities. Some funded strategic programmes have large scale, influential evaluations underway. If you are passionate about working with others to generate useful evidence, and bringing your expertise to evaluations to inspire action, we would like to hear from you.
In this particular role, you will work closely alongside the other Evaluation Managers to support the Senior Evaluation Managers and the Senior Head of Evaluation to deliver the vision of this new function. You will bring your experience and insight to maximise the value and effectiveness of evaluation and research to the Fund and the sector.
You will provide expert guidance across the Fund on evaluation, research and impact. You will bring your expertise to design, commission and manage external evaluation and research contracts, testing new approaches and ways of working. You will work in partnership with Knowledge and Learning colleagues to develop evidence utilisation. You will hold relationships with external suppliers and develop a wide network in the sector influencing stakeholders at all levels.
Skills and experience
You may have been promoted through our internal career paths having showcased your skills and leadership abilities or alternatively may come from an external field. Either way, you’ll need to demonstrate your experience and qualifications in these areas:
• Demonstrable academic understanding of evaluation design and methodology with experience of implementing complex evaluations.
• Demonstrable academic understanding of both qualitative and quantitative social research methodologies and techniques.
• Experience of designing tenders, commissioning evaluations and of managing external research/evaluation consultants.
• Excellent numerical, statistical and analytical skills with proven ability and experience of using these to analyse data and write concise clear and compelling analysis.
• Project management experience.
• Excellent communications skills. Ability to influence stakeholders at all levels. Proven ability to present complex information to a generalist audience.
If you are interested in this post please visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/jobs to apply. The closing date is Sunday 25th March 2018. Interviews will take place on 9th April (Birmingham) & 10th April (Newcastle) 2018. In your application, please indicate your preferred date/location for interview.
Applicants shortlisted for interview will be notified during the week commencing 3rd April.
The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates, regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.
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