Research Assistant/Associate

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Education

We wish to appoint a Research Assistant or Research Associate to work part-time (0.6 fte) on a project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation on Country-level theories of change: from Citizen-led Assessment to Action.

The purpose of this study is to describe and document variations of the theory of change of the citizen-led assessments within specific country contexts, and to generate knowledge through case studies about how the citizen-led assessments of learning have motivated or contributed to ongoing efforts at making education service delivery more effective and responsive to people's needs in particular country contexts. The post holder will work under the direction of Professor Pauline Rose, Dr Ben Alcott and Dr Ricardo Sabates to carry out a review of literature around uses of theories of change; and interviews to gain further understandings into the role of theories of change for citizen led assessments of learning; and conduct case studies. The post holder will support the production of user-friendly synthesis reports as well as academic papers, and will be producing and sharing materials to support the goals of the People's Action for Learning (PAL) Network.  

Applicants must hold a BA 2:1 degree (for Research Assistant) or a PhD (for Research Associate) in a relevant subject, and have relevant qualitative research training and experience. Ideally, you should also have a strong understanding of theory of change and some knowledge of citizen led assessments. You should also demonstrate evidence of drafting reports, producing user-friendly summaries, and contributing to writing for publication.

For full details of criteria for appointment and duties of the post at the different levels please see the Further Particulars for the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 29 December 2017 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Pauline Rose (

Interviews will be held on either 16 or 19 December 2016.

Please quote reference JR10828 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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