Hong Kong Welcoming Project Researcher

Welcoming Committee for HongKongers

The research programme is at the core of the welcoming project. Research and engagement activities will focus on specific issues – employment, education and locality – where evidence will be assembled to make recommendations for policy and practice to facilitate successful settlement and integration of new Hong Kongers.

The programme will include a large-scale survey of Hong Kongers in the UK and a programme of research engagement with employers and schools among others, through methods including workshops and interviews.

The role requires strong research skills, including setting up networks and conducting roundtables, interviews and research visits. It will involve analysing quantitative and qualitative data and writing up findings to diverse, non-specialist, audiences. The role also requires good administrative and organisational skills and the ability to work well in a small team. Given the frequency of contact with Hong Kongers, the ability to speak Cantonese would be an advantage.

Role Description

The Researcher will work with a range of team members on aspects of the Welcoming Project, in particular British Futures Director of Research and the Welcoming Committee for Hong Kongers Coordinator. They will also work alongside British Futures Director of Communications and the Events Manager.

With the Director of Research, the Researcher will be engaged in all aspects of the research and policy programme, from design to data collection, reporting and dissemination.

The Researcher will work with the Welcoming Committee for Hong Kongers coordinator. This will include maintaining systems and processes, particularly in relation to its regular meetings and advisory group. This will include updating the stakeholder database and sending out regular updates and findings. They will also work, as needed, on communications and events.

The second stage of the project will involve establishing and working with employer and schools networks, which the Researcher will set up and organise, helping to build strong relationships between stakeholders and the Welcoming Committee.

The Researcher will also submit regular reports as requested to the project funder, at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The research tasks to be performed by the Researcher, alongside British Futures Research Director, include:

  • Collecting, analysing and reviewing available evidence on the arrival of new Hong Kongers to the UK, numbers personal characteristics, labour market status, location
  • Updating a database of projects in the UK aimed at assisting settlement of Hong Kongers, funded by the Government, and through other sources of funding (esp employment, education)
  • Analysing and reporting findings from survey of Hong Kongers
  • Setting up and maintaining forums for employers and for schools
  • Carrying out interviews with employers and schools
  • Taking notes from all forums and webinar events, identifying key messages and themes
  • Writing reports and short pieces using research findings throughout the project, for external dissemination
  • Producing bi-monthly progress report for DLUHC
  • Helping to organise events

The Researcher is expected to take part in the following regular meetings:

  • Weekly operations meeting with the Coordinator and the Director of Research
  • Weekly operations meetings with the wider Welcoming Committee team
  • Regular British Future team meetings
  • Quarterly Advisory meetings of the Welcoming Committee for Hong Kongers
  • Quarterly meetings of the Welcoming Committee for Hong Kongers forum

Conditions

This is a 6 month contract with possibility of extension. The Welcoming Committee project has guaranteed funding until the 31st March 2023 but future funding, either on Hong Kong welcoming or related work is likely.

The post is within the salary range £28,000 to 30,000 (pro-rata) depending on experience .

The remuneration package includes a contribution towards a personal pension plan of up to 10% of gross salary, based on double-matching employee contributions. Annual leave is 30 days a year.

Our standard office hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday but a willingness to work flexibly and out of hours (with time off in lieu) is needed for this post. British Futures office is in Borough, close to London Bridge. The team, including the Research Director, work in the office around 3 days a week. It would be preferable for the Researcher to have a similar pattern of working.

The job will involve some travel across the UK, for which all costs of travel and any overnight stays will be reimbursed.