Youth Futures Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in December 2019 with £90m endowment from the Reclaim Fund to improve employment outcomes for young people from marginalised backgrounds. Our aim is to narrow employment gaps by identifying what works and why, investing in evidence generation and innovation, and igniting a movement for change so all young people have fair access to good quality jobs.
You will be crucial to Youth Future’s ambition to hold the largest repository of robust evidence and evaluations of what works to support young people into good jobs. You will support the Head of Evidence and Evaluation and Director of Impact and Evidence to ensure all Youth Futures’ investments are designed to provide robust evidence of what works. You will design and commission evaluations for a number of funding streams, including our flagship What Works Programme funding the highest quality evaluations of youth labour market interventions, systems change and employer funds.
Key roles and responsibilities
You will support all aspects of Youth Futures evaluations, from design to dissemination. This will include: supporting effective fund / trial design, working closely with Youth Futures’ grants teams to ensure funded programmes are supported within the set-up phase; supporting grantees through their evaluation journey and ensuring that all evaluation and evidence outputs are consistently high quality and make clear, practical and impactful recommendations for practice and policy.
Experience and skills
- An analytical, critical thinker with a flair for evaluation strategy
- Ability to lead evaluation design
- An excellent manager of evidence and evaluation projects (ideally within the commissioned research and evaluation field)
- Excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills
- A trouble-shooter, who can anticipate, identify project issues and engage different internal and/or external people to productively resolve these
- A collaborative team member with a clear passion to improve the youth employment landscape, but also a person who understands when to take the initiative, be proactive and work independently
- Relevant qualification in a social science or related discipline, ideally with strong quantitative and qualitative elements
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
Other useful information
We are currently piloting hybrid working, allowing you to work up to 3 days at home. You must also be prepared to travel to the other hub locations requiring up to six overnight stays per year of 1-2 nights each.