Evaluation Manager (closed)

Title: Evaluation Manager

Accountable to: Head of Evaluation

Salary: c.£40k, plus benefits

Location: central London

Contract: Fixed term of one year, or secondment, with possibility of extension

Deadline: Monday 11th November 2019 (17:00)

Interview: week beginning 18th November

About the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)

The EEF is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement by improving the outcomes of 3-18 year-olds, particularly those facing disadvantage. Find out more here.


High-quality research and evaluation is at the heart of the EEF’s work. The EEF looks for projects with evidence that they have potential to raise attainment. We then commission an evaluation, largely using randomised controlled trials, to build on and extend the existing evidence. Our approach to evaluation is described in more detail here.

The Evaluation Manager will work in a small, focused team responsible for commissioning robust, cost-effective evaluations of EEF-funded projects, and for monitoring and supporting the contracted research groups to ensure that they are delivered to a high standard. This will include working closely with grantees, other members of the EEF and the EEF’s panel of independent evaluators to understand the practical issues involved in delivering evaluations and finding solutions to issues that arise.

Main responsibilities

  • Critically review evaluation proposals to ensure proposed designs are high quality and cost-effectively and that the most suitable evaluators are matched with projects.
  • Liaise between project and evaluation teams to ensure the project evaluation designs are as high quality as possible and set-up effectively.
  • Manage evaluation contracts and budgets.
  • Monitor delivery of evaluation plans and provide support when problems arise.
  • Conduct technical reviews of trial protocols, statistical analysis plans and trial reports.
  • Work closely with the Programmes and Dissemination and Impact team to ensure that published reports are of high quality and effectively communicate findings to an audience of practitioners, academics, policymakers and the general public.
  • Develop and improve resources to clarify best practice and build the capacity of evaluators to conduct high quality research.

Other responsibilities

  • Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF.
  • Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Head of Evaluation / Chief Executive / Deputy Chief Executive.

Person specification

You will be joining a small and focused team driven by an ambition to deliver real improvements in educational attainment. You will have a solid understanding of evaluation methodology, particularly randomised controlled trials, and are familiar with the UK education system. You will have strong project and relationship management skills.

To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of technical aspects of evaluation methodologies (randomised controlled trials, non-experimental designs, choice of outcome measurement, etc.) and an ability to identify high quality evaluation plans and reports
  • Ability to manage relationships and communicate with practitioners, academics and policy-makers
  • Strong organisational and project management skills
  • An ability to work flexibly and proactively in a small, ambitious organisation
  • A commitment to the aims of the EEF

Essential and desirable skills, competencies and experience include:

  • Essential: Degree in an education, economics, policy, statistics, data science, sciences or health-related subject
  • Essential: Experience in delivering or commissioning quantitative evaluation projects in education, health, or another related field
  • Essential: Experience of working in a busy environment with the proven ability to work under pressure
  • Essential: Organised and methodical, with excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Essential: Able to work independently with strong attention to detail and commitment to fact checking own work
  • Essential: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a clear writing style
  • Essential: IT literate (proficient with Excel, PowerPoint & Word)
  • Desirable: Experience of leading a range of research and evaluation projects and conducting relevant statistical analysis
  • Desirable: Flexible in approach and able to manage competing and changing priorities
  • Desirable: 2+ years working in education, health, or another related field
  • Desirable: PhD or Masters with training in quantitative methods
  • Desirable: Good knowledge of statistical software packages (such as Stata). 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks:

This post, due to its nature, duties and responsibilities, will be subject to a check by the DBS. The level of check which will apply shall be an “Enhanced” level check.

Working at the EEF:

The EEF is committed to creating a diverse environment and ensuring that all qualified applicants receive equal consideration for employment. We are committed to fair and inclusive recruitment practices (and are open to job shares, secondments, part-time and flexible working schedules).

We regret that we are unable to sponsor visas for applicants from outside of the EEA.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@eefoundation.org.uk with the subject line ‘Evaluation Manager’. Your covering letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples.

Recruitment timetable 

Applications openFriday 18 October 2019
Applications closeMonday 11 November (17.00)
Interviews for short-listed candidatesweek beginning 18 November

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