Lead - Early Years
|SALARY UP TO:||£29,000.00 per year|
|SECTOR:||Government & Public Sector|
Lead Analyst – Early Years
Salary: in the range £27,000 - £29,000 depending on skills
Contract: 2 year Fixed-Term
Location: Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Churchgate
House, Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EU
Closing date: 7th May
2020 at 5pm
Interviews: w/c 18th
and/or 25th May 2020
Please note to upload your covering letter and also complete
the knowledge and experience section.
Due to COVID-19, all interviews will be taking place
virtually on Microsoft Teams or Skype. If successful on application, Hiring
managers will be in contact so that you can both test the technology before the
We want every child
in Greater Manchester to have the best start in life. This means that every
child grows up in an environment that nurtures their development, provides a
sense of safety and security, with access to high quality early years services,
and parents, schools and communities ready to support the needs of every child.
School Readiness is the opening priority of the Greater Manchester Strategy and
a critical part of the Mayor’s reform agenda. To support our ambition, we’re
delivering a programme of work with partners across Greater Manchester to
improve outcomes for children and families.
We are looking for a
Lead Analyst to join the GMCA Research Team, who will focus specifically on
research projects and analysis that support Greater Manchester’s work on Early
Years and School Readiness. The postholder will work closely with the GMCA’s
Public Service Reform Team, as well as academics, health partners and
practitioners delivering early years programmes across the city region. The
work you do will ensure that research informs Greater Manchester’s strategic
objectives, and that we make best possible use of evidence to support decision
making. This is an opportunity to work on a high-profile programme which will
directly impact on the future of children growing up in Greater Manchester.
Examples of work
already delivered by the Research Team in this area include:
• Working directly with practitioners, heads of services and
academics to design a new framework for measuring and understanding school
readiness in Greater Manchester.
• Building a data tool to measure relative progress in
school readiness in 215 communities across the city region, to inform service
delivery and improve practice.
• Co-ordinating a group of education analysts from across
the city region to carry out bespoke analysis that explores variation in child
development because of socioeconomic and demographic contexts.
If you are the person
for the job, we expect you will have previous experience of research projects
from either academic study or work experience. An understanding of how to
analyse and interpret data relating to policy issues is vital. Skills and
experience you will need include:
• Experience of quantitative and qualitative research and
analysis methods, including evaluation;
• Experience of developing and delivering research projects;
• Excellent ICT skills, with track record of using technical
skills in a research context;
• Excellent writing and presentation abilities;
• The people skills and communication skills necessary to
work with a range of different project teams and individuals across public,
private and voluntary sectors;
• An eagerness to learn new techniques and approaches – you
are self-motivated and able to use your own initiative to take work forward.
Applicants need to be
flexible to changing circumstances – our work changes daily, and candidates
should be willing and confident in turning their hands to a wide variety of
In return, research
analysts will get to work in one of the most exciting areas of the country,
with people who have a real passion for Greater Manchester and the work we do.
We offer a good salary, and a wide range of opportunities to work with people
across multiple organisations and multiple policy areas. Crucially, your work
will help make a difference to the lives of children in Greater Manchester -
this opportunity is what you make of it!