‘Listen Learn Adapt’ Community Researcher

Job Title: ‘Listen Learn Adapt’ Community Researcher. Close Date: 2nd August 2021Accountable 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 August/September 2021

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

The community research (Listen), section of the project is to understand the barriers people in minority ethnic communities face when accessing services along with identifying gaps in existing service provision. As a Community Researcher you will help the partnership understand what brings the most benefit to the health and wellbeing of minority ethnic communities living in Buckinghamshire. Working as part of a team of 5 researchers you will be managed and supported by an experienced Community Research Team Lead. Training and guidance will be given by a research agency in the structured research method to be used.

We are looking for people with excellent communication skills who are positive, friendly and outgoing, enjoy making positive connections and speaking with people.

Role Description
– Liaise with community partner organisations (as allocated by the Team Lead) to encourage community engagement and recruitment.
– Recruit local people to take part in the research from the identified communities and schedule interviews. These may be held online, via the telephone, or face-to-face in the community, (dependent on current Covid-19 restrictions).
– Ensure that consent to interview paperwork is completed.
– Using the research discussion guide provided, interview participants to provide insight into a range of lived experiences.
– Document accurately (using the thematic grid provided by the research agency) the key points of interest, messages and insightful explanatory quotes shared by participants. Voice Recording contributions from participants will require consent.
– Work as part of a team, attending meetings coordinated by the Team Leader.
– Attend meetings and training events with the research organisation.
– Ensure record keeping is maintained to the required standard at all times and contribute to research monitoring requirements.
– Keep the Team Lead updated on the progress of your research, escalating any challenges or areas of concern where required.
– Ensure a safe working environment for self, colleagues, and research participants, complying with the Health and Safety policy and risk assessments.
– Comply with Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, escalating concerns/questions to the Team Lead where required.
– Ensure compliance with internal and external standards and codes of conduct by meeting all Market Research Society and GDPR regulatory requirements.
– Complying with The OASIS Partnership’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures.  

Person Specification

·       A desire to make a positive difference to your communities and committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. (E)
·       A team player, reliable, trustworthy, organised and self-motivated. (E)
·       Excellent verbal communication skills. (E)
·       Positive, friendly, outgoing and professional manner and able to put people at their ease. (E)
·       Willing to work flexibly, (some evening and weekend work), aged 18 or over and have the right to live and work in the UK. (E)
. Previous experience working with the general public in a customer service, canvassing or sales and marketing role. (D)
. An understanding of the target population within Buckinghamshire and have local knowledge of and connections to existing networks, (faith, cultural groups, etc.). (D)
. Able to communicate well in English. (E)
·       The LLA project is looking for speakers of minority languages, preferably: Urdu, Punjabi and Polish. (D).
·       Reside in Buckinghamshire with access to transport. (D)

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. Closing date: 2nd August 2021.