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Lead - Early Years

LOCATION: Manchester
LENGTH: Full Time
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 and experience

Hours: 36.25

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 interview.


 Your role:


 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.


 About you:


 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 research tasks.


 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!

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