19 Oct

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Evaluation Lead Jobs Vacancy at Engineering And Physical Sciences Research Council

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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Evaluation Lead Jobs Vacancy at Engineering And Physical Sciences Research Council Jobs Details:

Salary: £48,202
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date: 7th November 2018
Interview Date: TBC

These roles are available either permanently on UKRI T&Cs, on secondment from your home department (subject to relevant approvals), or by permanent appointment to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with immediate secondment to UKRI, on BEIS T&Cs, for a period of up to 2 years after which you would return to an analytical role within BEIS. Applicants seeking the latter route – permanent appointment to BEIS with secondment to UKRI – must be a member of one of the Government Analytical Professions.

The Organisation:

Innovate UK is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency:

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit www.gov.uk/innovateuk, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/InnovateUK.

The Team:

There has been a significant increase in funding as the primary component in a series of waves of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) funding, which has so far committed just over £1.7 billion of research and innovation funding across 14 challenges (6 in wave 1 and 8 in wave 2).

ISCF is a major and critical component of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which must be delivered successfully and robustly.

The ISCF Portfolio Management Office (PMO) team sit within the Major Programmes Governance Directorate within Innovate UK but operate to coordinate and support delivery of the ISCF across UKRI.

The Organisation:

Innovate UK is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency:

Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit www.gov.uk/innovateuk, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/InnovateUK.

The Team:

There has been a significant increase in funding as the primary component in a series of waves of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) funding, which has so far committed just over £1.7 billion of research and innovation funding across 14 challenges (6 in wave 1 and 8 in wave 2).

ISCF is a major and critical component of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which must be delivered successfully and robustly.

The ISCF Portfolio Management Office (PMO) team sit within the Major Programmes Governance Directorate within Innovate UK but operate to coordinate and support delivery of the ISCF across UKRI.

Job Purpose:

As the ISCF grows, it is essential that we have the right processes in place to monitor and evaluate the impact that it is having on UK economy and society. Building off the agreed ISCF Evaluation Framework, this role will develop a robust evaluation methodology and detailed plan for evaluating the impact of the ISCF against its original goals. This is a high-profile role, with senior leaders placing a high priority on evaluation and evaluation set to grow ever more important as the ISCF grows, new Challenges are announced and further funding is agreed.

For the ISCF we are committed to considering evaluation at all levels, including individual projects, Challenges and the Fund as a whole. For each challenge, you will work closely with other members of the ISCF PMO and challenge teams to strengthen evaluation plans and to put these into action. While many of the individual evaluations are likely to be contracted out, you will be expected to operate within the methodology and plan that is developed.

For ISCF-wide evaluation, you will build off the ISCF Evaluation Framework to develop a detailed plan for how we will look across the ISCF to assess the performance of the fund as a whole, then working with colleagues to put this into action.

Whilst you will sit within the ISCF PMO, you will have strong links into the UKRI Analysis Team and the Innovate UK Economics and Evaluation Team.

You can be based either in the London UKRI offices (58 Victoria Embankment, near Blackfriars), or in Swindon (Polaris House). You will sit within the ISCF PMO as an integral part of the overall ISCF team, but will also work closely with UKRI central analysts and strategy officials, as well as colleagues across Innovate UK and the other UKRI councils.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Develop and implement an evaluation plan for ISCF-wide evaluation, including:
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developing an impact evaluation approach and methodology
• defining a complete set of data collection requirements to enable comprehensive ISCF-wide monitoring and evaluation
• refining the logic model and key success criteria for the ISCF
• constructing a baseline for the ISCF, using new (primary) and existing (secondary) data, setting the groundwork for improved data collection and the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the ISCF
• deliverables: an ISCF evaluation framework summary report, including a forward plan for how full evaluation of the ISCF will be delivered.

Strengthen challenge-specific evaluation plans and put these into practice:
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build off existing plans to identify opportunities for consistency in data-collection activity across the challenges
• work with the ISCF PMO and challenge teams to coordinate data collection and storage
• use evaluation expertise to refine and strengthen evaluation plans as needed
• deliverables: revised challenge-specific evaluation plans, including data collection activities having been put into practice as applicable
• work with ISCF stakeholders across UKRI, BEIS and other public sector funding partners to ensure understanding and consistency of evaluations.

This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. This is not an exhaustive list and you might be expected to undertake any other duties across the wider directorate, commensurate with the Band and level of responsibility of this post, for which you will have the necessary experience and/or training.

Competencies:

As with all roles at Innovate UK applicants will need to demonstrate compatibility with and capability against our Core Competencies:
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thinking and problem solving
• stakeholder management
• communication skills
• influencing
• self-awareness/self-management
• strategic awareness
• working with others
• project management.

Person Specification:

Qualifications:

Desirable:
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analytical qualifications in evaluation or equivalent e.g. social research methods.

Experience:

Essential:
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strong evaluation experience, including experience of developing and implementing evaluation plans
• experience of working on policy evaluation, including knowledge of relevant data sources that will be used to monitor and track impact
• experience of working with third-party evaluation partners
• experience of coordinating data collection and storage with multiple stakeholders
• experience of working in a complex environment with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Skills:

Essential:
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strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate and partner with a wide range of stakeholders, e.g. in UKRI councils, academia, industry and the civil service
• the ability to work independently as a self-starter to drive progress and shape the evaluation agenda
• highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to quickly understand new and complex issues and to apply creative solutions
• high level of IT literacy including managing data, maintaining audit trials and data integrity
• strong stakeholder management.

Employee Benefits

UKRI recognises and value employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Limited parking subject to waiting list (Polaris House only).

Benefits

Pensions

The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme

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