Research Assistant – role description


The Role

We are seeking to recruit a Research Assistant. The role is a full time, permanent position. Key responsibilities:

  • Undertake employee and volunteer survey projects
  • Undertake the research and reporting for benchmarking studies
  • Contribute to other bespoke research/consultancy projects
  • Present results to clients and provide ongoing support
  • Develop and maintain excellent, close working relationships with our clients


This is an exciting and varied role that involves substantial communication with clients and potential clients. There is great scope to grow and develop in the role and to take on further responsibility. Agenda is a friendly company and we endeavour to provide our employees with excellent opportunities for personal and professional development.


The role is based in Oxford and may involve a certain amount of travel mainly to London, occasionally internationally. We are currently working from home in line with Government guidance during the Covid-19 Pandemic and will continue to follow guidance for England regarding returning to workplaces and travel around the U.K and internationally as this changes.


The salary is £20,000 per annum plus 25 days paid annual leave pa.

The role will suit someone with well-developed research skills, the ability to cultivate strong working relationships with our clients, excellent communication and writing, and a can-do attitude. They will be a strong communicator with good influencing skills, a flexible, collaborative approach and a strong sense of personal accountability and initiative. They are likely to have a particular interest in the not-for-profit sector.


There is a clear career development path to grow to Research Consultant and Senior Research Consultant roles, with corresponding higher levels of responsibility and salary if you fulfil specific objectives.



Employee and Volunteer Surveys

  • Work closely with our clients throughout the project from survey design, communication, response tracking through to reporting and feeding back results
  • Set up and deliver surveys through our on-line software tools
  • Produce online dashboards using Tableau
  • Produce all reports
  • Provide support to clients in using their reports and taking the results forward in their organisation
  • Assist with feeding back results to clients and their Senior Teams


Benchmarking Studies

  • Work with steering group and clients to develop the scope of studies
  • Set up and deliver studies through our online software tool
  • Produce all reports
  • Manage client questions and queries
  • Provide support to clients in using their reports
  • Contribute to presentations at meetings



  • Contribute to research/consultancy projects
  • Contribute to the overall development and strategy of Agenda


Person specification

Specification Essential Desirable
Skills and knowledge

1 Able to undertake research and analysis of quantitative and qualitative information and draw appropriate conclusions


2 Excellent IT skills


3 Excellent writing skills


4 Good interpersonal skills


5 Organised and reliable. Able to make decisions, set priorities and meet deadlines


6 Strong attention to detail


10 Experience of setting up and managing databases


11 Experience of using stats packages e.g. SPSS


12 Experience of using Tableau to create online dashboards


13 Knowledge of human resources and people management issues


14 Knowledge of and interest in the not-for-profit sector




Relevant work experience

14 Experience of working in a research capacity


15 Project management experience



7 Able to work as part of a team


8 Flexible, can-do approach

Education / training 9 Degree level


Learning and development

We provide each team member with access to a comprehensive e-learning platform and provide guidance regarding courses to take. We also hold a regular programme of Learning Lunches to share knowledge, skills and good practice.


Probationary period

The role is subject to a probationary period of six months. The purpose of the probationary period is to allow the employee to be inducted into the organisation and for both parties to be certain that they have made the right decision. A learning curve with milestones will be identified and the employee will be expected to

progress on this during the probationary period.


Notice period

1 month on either side.


Hours of work

Agenda’s standard hours run from 9.00am – 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday and 9.00am – 5.00pm Friday. Employees may ‘flex’ the start and finish time by up to 1 hour, (e.g. 8.00 am – 4.30pm; 9.30am – 6.00pm) each day, without seeking prior approval. This flexible arrangement is subject to client and Agenda team needs. For example:

  • on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we have a team meeting starting at 9am
  • a client can only make a call at 4.30pm on a particular day


Employees may also be required to work extra hours according to the needs of the business but these will be mutually agreed and will not be unreasonable.


Applying for the post

Applications should include a covering letter demonstrating how you fulfil the criteria in the person specification along with your CV. Applications should be sent to Nihal Widdowson at with the subject line “Application for Research Assistant position”


The deadline for receipt of applications is 9.00am on Monday 7 February 2022.


First interviews will be held on 10 February 2022 in person in our Oxford office.




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Association of Mental Health Providers AVM AVSM Charities HR Network Charity Comms Heritage Volunteering Group Hospice UK Humentum National Care Forum National Union of Students NCVO Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

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