‘Listen Learn Adapt’ Community Researcher

Job Title: ‘Listen Learn Adapt’ Community Researcher. Accountable To:   LLA Community Research Team Leader
Base: Working from home and field based, working across Buckinghamshire, excluding Milton Keynes. There will be a specific focus in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Chesham.Pay: £12.50 per hour  
Hours: This is a part-time role (15 hours per week) and may include evening, weekend and Bank Holiday work. We expect that the work will be quite flexible so it will be possible to fit the research around existing commitments.Contract: Short Term Fixed (up to 12 weeks), starting ASAP

The Project

The ‘Listen Learn Adapt’ (LLA) project is a collaboration of five Buckinghamshire charities, working with minority ethnic communities, enabling organisations to become more inclusive and diverse, whilst supporting improved community engagement, leading to better health and well-being. The partner charities are The Oasis Partnership, Citizens Advice Bucks, Age UK Buckinghamshire, Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust and Buckinghamshire Mind. The project is funded by The Rothschild Foundation, Heart of Bucks and The Clare Foundation.

The role of Community Researchers

This community research seeks to to help understand the barriers people in minority ethnic communities face when accessing services along with identifying gaps in existing service provision. Your role will seek to make a difference to the lives of people by helping the Listen Learn Adapt research project reach a wider section of residents who identify as ethnic minorities in some way.  

As a Community Researcher you will help this research to reach people (living in in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Chesham), encourage their participation in the research survey (usually completed online), focus groups and one-to-one interviews. You will follow up leads and contacts to communicate and promote the research, and, help with the organisation of research events (such as focus groups). You will assist with the running of focus groups and interviews that will explore people’s views. By doing this, you will be helping the partnership of charities understand what brings the most benefit to the health and wellbeing of minority ethnic communities living in areas of Buckinghamshire. Good local knowledge and/or contacts with communities that can be harder-to-reach are an advantage, but not essential.

Working within a small, friendly team, you will be managed and supported by an experienced Community Research Team Leader. Training and guidance will also be given by a research agency in the structured research method to be used. Driving, whilst not essential,   will be helpful. Some tasks will be performed at home (such as chasing leads, making calls and responding to emails), and some will be external (such as putting up promotional materials for research events or helping to run sessions). We are looking for a person with confident people skills who is proactive, positive, friendly and outgoing – good listeners who enjoy making positive connections and conversing with people.

Role Description
– Liaise with community partner organisations and the Team Leader to encourage community engagement and participation.
– Assisting with publicity and promotion, encouraging local people to take part in the research from the identified communities (people can take part by completing a survey usually online, attending focus groups and/or interviews).
– Assist the Team Leader with the running of focus groups and interviews, scheduling times, and completing necessary paperwork and notes.

The Oasis Partnership Is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes application from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, race, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation. The LLA project partners are committed to promoting EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion), and the recruitment process for the role being advertised will adhere to the latest equality legislation. All recruitment decisions are based upon the skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of age, disability (including hidden disabilities), gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. For the purposes of this project, we would preferably welcome applications from candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds.

To apply for this post please email recruitment@oasispartnership.org and we will send you an application form. Please state the job you are applying for.