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Job opening: Researcher and Public Education Officer

20th December 2018

Interreligious Dialogue Initiative Indicators and Methodologies

Job Title: Researcher and Public Education Officer
Reporting to: Director of Research
Salary range: £28k - £34k commensurate with experience, plus additional pension contribution equivalent to 10% of salary (including employees’ statutory contributions)
Contract: Full time, two years fixed term.

This is a two-year post which will combine two different elements of the Institute’s work: one part of the job duties will involve carrying out research in a project on a set of indicators as assessment tools to measure the impact of direct and grassroots interreligious dialogue initiatives.

This first part of the work will draw on previous studies of interfaith undertaken by the Woolf Institute alongside previous studies of interfaith and conflict resolution evaluation completed elsewhere. Development of the indicators will rely on an initial stage of fact-finding comprised of a literature review and interviews with key informants (e.g. faith leaders, senior members of community organisations and local political actors) engaged in practical interfaith work (incorporating both ‘top down’ and ‘bottom up’ perspectives). Subject to conclusions from this initial stage, a small-scale survey will be undertaken (of interfaith initiative participants and those who don’t participate in interfaith initiatives, for example), or a series of interviews and focus groups, or a combination of these methods. It is anticipated that together these two stages will produce the knowledge required to establish a set of indicators which will be of use for future interfaith evaluations whether in the form of replicable surveys or programmes of self-assessment.

The second part of the job’s responsibilities will see the Researcher and Public Education Officer working with other Woolf staff members to explore and select suitable initiatives and methodologies to encourage engagement in interreligious dialogue, particularly in ‘hard to reach groups’. Possible forms of outreach to be considered include, but are not limited to, group meetings (both private and public), activities, social media output, films, blogs, podcasts, and communication via religious and community leaders.

The project is multi-disciplinary in nature and the work will be undertaken alongside a team comprised of scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds. The successful candidate will have the academic and interpersonal skills required to: undertake community-based fieldwork with care and sensitivity; engage enthusiastically with a mixture of social research methods; and apply findings practically and for mixed audiences.

These qualities are more important than allegiance to a single academic discipline and we encourage applications from across the spectrum of arts, humanities, and the social and political sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, political science, religious studies, social science, sociology, theology etc.).

Full job description.

To apply for this position, please send your CV together with a covering letter and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees to reach Tina Steiner at by 5pm on Friday 18 January 2019.

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