Senior Research Officer (LIPH)

ShareAction London United Kingdom Food and Health Hybrid
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Company 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 physical and mental health is a critical theme for ShareAction – whether in the workplace or wider community. Through the Long-term Investors in People’s Health (LIPH) Programme, ShareAction is delivering three ambitious campaigns to protect worker health, consumer health, and community health. These areas of work are supported by engaging investors on health – building awareness of the key issues, showcasing leading practice and raising standards in relation to health-related investment practices – and driving policy change to support longer-term, industry-wide change.

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 (nutritious food and beverages) but will also support other workstreams, including community health (air quality) and driving 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

  • You will be 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’ll 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

  • You will be delivering mainly secondary research and in some cases, primary investor interviews, engagements with civil society groups and/or coalitions, company analysis etc.
  • You will be analysing and reporting on data using Excel/other analysis tools, and identifying key themes.
  • You will keep up to date with the latest industry trends/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 and often reactive environment, and have strong attention to detail. The key knowledge, skills and experiences we’re looking for demonstrable evidence of are:

Knowledge

  • You will have a strong understanding of sustainability issues, specifically relating to health.
  • You will have an understanding of how sustainability issues relate to investors and policy makers.
  • You will have some understanding of the commercial determinants of health.

Skills

  • Able to synthesise and present complex information in a compelling way for different audiences to influence and persuade.
  • Ability to communicate to diverse audiences, both written and verbal.
  • Experience in research and data analysis techniques, including bot qualitative and quantitative (ideally comfortable working with large data sets and Excel).
  • With support from programme leads, effectively plan and manage projects of varying complexity and timescales.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation practices.
  • Ability to work independently and with others to achieve shared aims.
  • Detail orientated approach to tasks and projects.

Experiences

  • Management: experience leading a wide range of research activities and outputs across multiple projects (with support from programme leads).
  • Analysis and innovation: experience analysing complex, technical 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.

Other information

Contract type: Permanent

Who it reports to: Responsible Investment Standards Lead - Health

Salary: £31,700 - £35,453 + 8% pension contribution

(We normally offer a starting salary at the start of the range)

Deadline for applications: Monday 15th April at 9 am

Interview dates: 1st round week commencing 29th April; 2nd round week commencing 6th May


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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