Policy and Community Planning Research Assistant with East Renfrewshire Council

As an Intern you will work closely with the Policy Improvement Unit and the Community Planning Team to assist in data collection and analysis and provide information that will help inform departmental planning.

Location: Thornliebank
£7.85 per hour
Full-time hours for 6 months
Ideal start: 19 October 2015

Both departments work broadly with key stakeholders and partner organisations to help co-ordinate and better plan the front line services that our local communities receive. You will get hands on experience in conducting research, organising training events for staff and helping the team to develop the council’s key strategic planning documents.

Key Tasks

• Extensive desk based and internet research to identify best practice for process and achieving positive outcomes
• Identify optimum data collection methods and benchmarks from across the UK
• Establish internal and external contacts with relevant organisations to gather further information on best practice outcome/performance measurement.
• Organising and supporting training/workshops and providing relevant briefing material.
• Capturing the output from any training and workshop sessions and providing feedback (including devising clear visuals/diagrams for presenting data).
• This position provides an excellent opportunity to add value to the Community Planning Partnership and Council’s drive for continuous improvement in the planning and performance measurement of services delivered to local people.


The ideal intern will be educated to degree level, preferably with a background/experience in Public Policy, Business Management or relevant Social Science, or a subject relating to public sector management or quality and performance management.

You should also be able to demonstrate the following skills:
• Ability to undertake research, summarise findings and prepare written briefing material
• Excellent data analysis and interpretation skills
• Ability to understand and interrogate data sets
• Computer literate with excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
• Theoretical understanding of performance management and measurement methods
• Ability to research good practice and make recommendations for improvement
• Good interpersonal skills with ability to work own initiative as well as part of a team.
• Good organisational skills


Closing date for applications is 25 September 2015, 12noon. 

Interviews will take place on 9 October 2015.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.



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