Research Officer

Organisation: Youth Access

Location: South London

Salary: £34,120 - £35,642 Pro rata inc. ILW

Hours: Part time - 2 days per week 

Application deadline: Midnight 10th November

Job description 
As Research Officer, you will be responsible for supporting independent evaluations of exciting new projects and contributing to research on the efficacy of the Youth Access YIACS model. There will also be scope for you to take the lead on some evaluation and research activities. You will work closely with our learning partner, The Centre for Youth Impact, and our external academic partner, The Health Inequalities Research Network.  

The ideal candidate will have experience of qualitative research in a social setting and the ability to build a rapport with young people. Like us, you will be dedicated to addressing the inequalities and injustices faced by young people through a rights-based approach. Your insight will support our learning and your enthusiasm for data will drive the development of a robust evidence-base for youth advice and counselling.  

You will be joining Youth Access at an exciting time as we embark on new long-term projects. This is a new permanent role – Youth Access’ first ever research role – giving you the opportunity to use your experience and skills to shape your work in our small but expanding organisation. There may be scope to extend the number of hours per week if further funding is obtained and to arrange academic support for the post-holder. 


  • Support independent evaluations and research projects 
  • Conduct analysis of research data and literature that builds the evidence-base for youth advice and counselling services.  
  • Engage with Youth Access’ membership in order to gather and disseminate evidence and to support members to evaluate their services.  
  • Raise awareness of the evidence-base for Youth Access’ work and YIACS through dissemination activities (e.g. articles, presentations, social media). 
  • Build relationships and collaborate with other researchers operating in the youth, mental health and advice sectors.

Knowledge and experience 

  • Experience in a role involving interacting with research participants, ideally including young people 
  • Experience of qualitative data collection and analysis, ideally on a research study 
  • Interest and knowledge in the fields of mental health, youth health, legal advice and/or youth services 
    Ability to follow research guidelines and protocols 
  • Ability to interrogate research studies and wider literature 
  • Numerical skills  
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other researchers 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with young people, front-line agencies and academics 
  • Exceptional planning and organisation skills, including meeting conflicting deadlines. 


  • Educated to Masters or PhD level in a relevant topic, or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and work experience 
  • Experience of conducting research/working with young people or vulnerable groups who may be experiencing mental health problems 
  • Experience of quantitative data collection and analysis on a research study 
    Experience of conducting research interviews and/or focus groups 
  • Experience of writing reports or papers for publication 
  • Statistical and database skills 
  • Understanding of youth participation and participatory research methodologies 
  • Understanding of safeguarding legislation and policy, particularly as it applies to young people and young adults  

This role will require regular direct contact with children and young people (potentially including vulnerable adults), and so a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required of successful applicants. 

Job pack
Application form
Equality and diversity monitoring form