Country Research Manager at BBC Media Action- UK

Country Research Manager
Job Introduction
BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We use the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights. Our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world.
We work in partnership with broadcasters, governments, non-governmental organisations and donors to share reliable, timely and useful information. Our projects reach over 200 million people in 28 countries and are made up of debate shows, dramas, radio and TV programmes, public service announcements, mobile phone services and face-to-face communication.
We also provide mentoring and training for journalists and development professionals. An extensive research and evaluation process underpins all that we do; it strengthens our work, helps us to evaluate impact and reach and increasingly contributes to the exchange of ideas in the policy sphere. Our overarching goal is to help people make sense of events, engage in dialogue and take action to improve their lives.
We’re part of the BBC World Service Group but aren’t funded by the licence fee; our funding comes from grants, donors and other fundraising activities.
Role Responsibility
The Country Research Manager plays a key role in ensuring that research conducted in BBC Media Action is delivered to the highest quality, providing great value for money, and offering contextual insights and products to meet the organisation and the sector’s needs. The Country Research Manager therefore works to make sure that our research is relevant, applied and useful to stakeholders across the organisation both in London and in country.
As a Country Research Manager, the role will require you to lead research projects from ‘planning’ all the way to ‘reporting’, ensuring that all research is technically well designed, resourced, implemented, reported and disseminated to a range of audiences on time and to budget.
Furthermore, as a manager in the team you will play a key role in managing, coaching and mentoring London and international research staff to support their development and to ensure that we are delivering research to the highest standard.
You’ll also be engaging proactively and collaboratively with non-research staff in London and in country offices, including Country Directors and creative, production and finance teams to support the development and use of research in the production of BBC Media Action’s creative outputs. The role supports the organisation’s new business development and represents the Research team to external and internal stakeholders.
Are you the right candidate?
This position requires strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills, and experience of designing and managing mixed methods research to support and inform practical outcomes. You will have a strong understanding of the application and value of different quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques (making sure they are fit for purpose and of value), experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis and experience of writing research reports for a wide range of audiences.
You will have excellent project management skills, including planning and coordinating research and analysis with multi-disciplinary teams, undertaking or managing fieldwork and adapting methods to challenging and resource-constrained conditions, and a track record of delivering research findings on time, on budget and to a high standard.
You will have experience in managing and motivating staff, and be able to juggle multiple needs and deadlines and creatively solve problems, through being: proactive, forward looking and solution-oriented. You will have excellent communication skills, being able to communicate complex research and results to non-research audiences (including those whose first language is not English) in non-technical, creative, and engaging ways – and be able to translate theoretical research into practical application.
Package Description
Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London
Please note we are recruiting for 3 positions. One of which will have a focus on Iraq.
We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
About the BBC
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.
Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.
We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.
We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.
To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here
Attached documents
Job Reference BBC/TP/788768/40199
Contract Type Permanent
Closing Date 20 June, 2019
Job Category Marketing & Audiences
Business Unit News – MediaAction
Location London, United Kingdom