Russian Speaking Research Leader in Cambridge CB4

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Company/Name: RAND Europe.

Location: Cambridge CB4.

Job Type: Not Specified.

Specialism: Other.


Position Summary:
RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators.

RAND Europe has offices in Cambridge and Brussels, and employs approximately 140 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees. Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task orientated approach of consultancies. In addition to our strong ethos of evidence-based research, RAND Europe is a values-driven organisation, and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.

The Defence & Security (DS) research group conducts a wide-ranging portfolio of research for a diverse client base in the UK, Europe and beyond. Our clients include UK government departments (e.g. MOD, FCDO, Dstl, Cabinet Office, Home Office), EU institutions (e.g. European Commission, European Parliament), and international defence and security organisations (e.g. national defence departments across Europe, NATO, UN), and various third sector and humanitarian organisations.

Our team’s work covers a broad range of public policy issue issues, including:

Defence Strategy, Policy and Capability (strategy design and assessment; policy and planning; capability analysis)
Defence Industry and Acquisition (industry analysis; acquisition support; international cooperation & institutions)
Defence Workforce and Skills (Front Line Commands; industry; charities; Armed Forces community including ex-Serving personnel)
Security (national/international security; human security; resilience; energy; climate and sustainability; infrastructure and transport security)
Technology, Disruption and Uncertainty (futures and foresight; cyber and information; emerging technology; future threats and uncertainty; defence innovation)

Researchers in the Defence & Security group originate from a diverse range of nationalities, disciplines and professional backgrounds including the military, ex-government employees, industry, consultancy and academia. There are many opportunities for career progression within RAND, for diversification of research working alongside the other groups within the organisation (we pride ourselves on our multi-disciplinary approach) and for collaboration across the wider RAND Corporation

RAND Europe is looking for an experienced Security Research Leader to design, lead and deliver research and analysis on a spectrum of security-related issues for clients such as the UK government, the European Union and beyond.

We are specifically looking for an individual with a strong, proven track record of delivering research on issues related to counter-terrorism, preventing and countering violent extremism, border security and to design, manage, lead and deliver policy research and evaluations for the UK Home Office and other UK Government Departments. We are also interested in individuals with expertise in a range of methods.

This position provides you with an opportunity to work at an internationally respected research organisation. Here, you will lead, manage and conduct collaborative research on defence and security topics – both classified and unclassified – in an intellectually stimulating, fast-paced and diverse working environment. You will directly inform government policy and decision-making at the highest levels and generate impact from your research for the public good. RAND Europe offers the chance to work on a variety of topics areas, with a range of methodologies, learning from a range of different colleagues, clients and collaborators globally.
Key Responsibilities:
Leading or managing the development of competitive research proposals, including designing an effective approach and project management plan that delivers against the client’s requirements
Leading or managing research projects, working collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary project team and demonstrating mature understanding of the policy context, applying relevant knowledge and research methods, and using strong project management, teamwork and leadership skills to support junior researchers
Frequently liaising with government and industry stakeholders as part of the research projects
Mentoring and developing junior researchers through training and development activities, and performance management processes
Demonstrating mature understanding of the policy context of UK and European security and an ability to apply relevant knowledge on security studies and evaluations, whilst also remaining agile to work across a broad range of topic areas within the portfolio of the Defence and Security Research Group
Demonstrating excellent time management skills to manage involvement in multiple parallel projects, proposals, corporate initiatives and other activities (e.g. outreach, speaking roles at conferences, publication of op-eds etc.)
Proactively developing relationships with current or prospective clients, as well as wider networks of experts and collaborators
Supporting and contributing as required to the wider management and leadership of the research group and RAND Europe as a business
Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
You will have relevant professional experience (or a combination of experience and PhD qualification), in security-related research and you will have applied a range of research methods in either the public, private or academic sectors.

You are eligible for UK Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) and to work at “UK Eyes Only” (i.e. this requires you to be a UK citizen)
You have a good knowledge of UK and European security issues, including as regards counter-terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism
You have achieved impact through the delivery of high-quality research
You have designed research approaches tailored to specific policy research questions
You have excellent writing skills and have experience leading and coordinating the drafting of complex reports
You have managed or led multidisciplinary research teams providing intellectual leadership and coordination, ensuring quality of work delivered and providing guidance and support on methodological, subject matter, and logistical issues
You can communicate research findings effectively to policymakers through a variety of written and verbal means
You can engage effectively with a variety of government and industry stakeholders at all levels of seniority
Your experience includes applying qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to address complex research questions
You can communicate research findings effectively to policymakers through a variety of written and verbal means
You are a resilient individual and enjoy working as part of a team
You have an excellent command of the English language
You have managed a diverse range of clients in the public and private sector
You have mentored junior researchers to develop their skills and competence
You are proficiency in using the Microsoft Office tool suite

You maintain strong networks and relationships in relevant organisations and fields
You possess experience of managing external research partners and collaborators, including multinational consortia
You have additional language skills beyond English – of particular interest are Arabic, German, Russian and Mandarin languages.
You can conduct research using additional software and technical skills (e.g. data analytics, statistical software, data visualisation, etc.)

Higher Degree level qualification in a subject that includes significant use of qualitative and/or quantitative research.
Benefits: – 8% Employer pension contributions – BUPA medical insurance – 33 days holiday allowance, including the Bank Holidays – Enhanced family friendly policies – Flexible working arrangements – Group income protection scheme – Group life assurance – Compassionate leave – Fresh fruit every day – Free parking – Cycle to work scheme – Company bikes – Discounted gym membership – Employee wellbeing training and support How to Apply:
If you feel that you have the qualities to be a part of our team, please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal. Your application will consist of a CV, covering letter and a short writing sample (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience). Please note, your CV, covering letter and writing sample must be submitted as a single document.

Recognising the current situation, interviews will be conducted by phone or videoconference.

Closing date for this position is 24/03/23


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