Localise West Midlands Peer Learning Feasibility Study

Community Researcher Job Description

Deadline for Applications – midday 4th February 2019
Assessment and brief interview –  13th February 2019, 13:00 – 16:00

Localise West Midlands (LWM) are looking to recruit a number of individuals who have knowledge of the community economic development sector in the West Midlands, to carry out community research to support a feasibility study, to explore how best to share learning between people who want to have a positive impact on their communities through new ideas and by developing existing ideas. The Big Lottery Fund is funding the study.

The study aims to discover how best to share learning, looking at tools, such as peer mentoring, which can be used to support greater growth and success within the community economic development sector. The aim is to transfer knowledge from experienced or specialist practitioners to those seeking to build a successful community enterprise. The study seeks to find out how practical such tools are and what factors affect their success.

The study takes a broad view of the community economic development sector.  Community researchers only need to have knowledge of some parts of it, or knowledge of how it operates in some geographical areas within the West Midlands. Parts of the sector we particularly wish to cover include:

  • Community Energy Schemes
  • Community Food Growing / Cooking Schemes
  • Community Organisations providing services to deprived or under-served communities (urban, suburban and rural)
  • Community Transport Schemes
  • Community Employment Training Schemes

We also wish to ensure that research is done in urban, suburban and rural areas of the old Government Office West Midlands region (Urban West Midlands plus Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire & Shropshire).

Community Researchers will be expected to carry out 6 structured interviews with potential mentors or those with mentoring experience. They will be paid for approximately 3 days work, at £125 per day, to cover arranging, carrying out and recording the interviews. They will also be paid £200 to support and attend a workshop.

The interviews will be carried out between February and April 2019 and the workshop will take place around the end of April.

Some of the interviews will be with individuals from organisations nominated to the researcher, but they will also be expected to suggest and arrange some suitable interviewees within their area of knowledge.

Community Researchers will be line managed by an LWM Associate. The Associate will provide support, may nominate some of the interviewees and will explain the format of the reports required.

 

 

 

 

Person specification – applicants should possess the following qualities

Essential

  • Familiar with part of the Community Economic Development Sector in the West Midlands
  • Good at listening to and engaging with people
  • Ability to write well in English and record interviews effectively
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to follow instructions and to ensure confidentiality of participants
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Ability to use a computer to record and forward interviews

Desirable

  • Able to communicate in at least one language other than English commonly spoken in the West Midland

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please David Viney at Localise West Midlands on 07981233252, or via e-mail –david@localisewestmidlands.org.uk – to arrange a time to speak.

You can download the above Job Description and Person Specification here

To apply for this role please upload a current CV and write a short cover letter using the form below.

Application Form

Please upload your CV in either PDF or Word (equivalent)
Area of Knowledge
This study takes a broad view of the community economic development sector. You only need to have knowledge of some parts of it or knowledge of how it operates in some geographical areas within the West Midlands. . Please indicate if you have knowledge of any of the following activities, tick all that apply.
We expect some of the interviews will be with individuals from organisations nominated to the researcher, but you will also be expected to suggest and arrange some suitable interviewees within your area of knowledge. Please give a brief summary of your area of knowledge and organisations you may contact to participate in this research.
Using the Person Spec as a guide, please outline the skills and experience that make you a suitable candidate for this role.
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