Research Officer

Research Officer

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Data analysis
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)
  • User research


Mayfair, W1J 5FJ
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? Travel expenses reimbursed upon showing evidence of expenditure such as rail card, train ticket


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month, 1-3 hours / week or 3-7 hours / week
All our roles are flexible. The volunteer choses when to do the work


23 Jan 2024

We are seeking a Volunteer Research Officer to conduct a range of research which supports AHO in its mission. Inequalities are widespread and complex and affect many people’s lives. We are establishing a research institute to confront these.

What will you be doing?

Main Responsibilities

  • Carrying out quantitative data analysis of existing secondary data sets and primary quantitative data
  • Organising, designing and carrying out qualitative fieldwork, often with marginalised or vulnerable people, in different locations and contexts across the UK and Africa.
  • Conducting qualitative analysis of data conducted through interviews, focus groups, workshops or other methods such as surveys using online forms such as Google online forms or Survey Monkey.
  • Carrying out desktop research, using a range of methods and sources of data, related to determinants of health, socioeconomic, health inequality and social innovation practice globally.
  • Producing high quality and varied research outputs for a range of audiences including analysis, report writing and presentations where necessary.
  • Making sure our work is participatory, including working with peer researchers and valuing the importance of communicating with different audiences.
  • Taking responsibility for data and project management and administration as it relates to delivering work.
  • Delivery of particular work strands relating to our research. This will include taking personal responsibility for key elements of work as well as supporting others in the team.
  • Any other duties as required by the line manager in line with the role.

What are we looking for?

Person specification


Prior experience - essential

  • Postgraduate degree in a social science subject such as international development, criminology, geography, political science, politics,  psychology, social policy, social sciences, social statistics, sociology and sciences AND 1+ year of professional experience conducting social research in a university, think tank, charity or consultancy
  • Experience of designing quantitative research tools
  • Experience of quantitative and statistical data analysis, including of large existing data sets, using Excel and/or SPSS
  • Experience of designing qualitative research tools
  • Experience of conducting and organising qualitative fieldwork
  • Experience of conducting qualitative analysis using Excel, Word and/or NVivo
  • Experience of having conducted robust desktop research and knowledge of a range of methodologies for doing this
  • Evidence of ability to grasp complex concepts and debates quickly and to engage with these effectively through research
  • Ability to communicate effectively – in writing and in person - about research findings to a range of audiences
  • Evidence of having delivered or contributed to the delivery of high-quality social research outputs


Prior experience – desirable

  • Able to lead work packages and deliver work in different areas on time
  • Experience of having designed and conducted participatory research
  • Experience of research with people from a range of backgrounds, including from vulnerable or disadvantaged backgrounds such as disabled, homelessness and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • Experience or understanding of ethnographic methods
  • Published social research outputs

What difference will you make?

The volunteer's impact on the organisation is increasing awareness for the charity through research to enable it carry out its projects in Africa and the UK. The volunteer will be able to allow the Directors time to concentrate on managing the organisation and reduce stress from the Director by reducing his responsibilities.

The organisation will be able to carry out its activities better with evidence from research. This will increase the morale of the staff if they know that they have data to help them do their work.

As for the impact on beneficiaries, this will be enormous. Our beneficiaries are people in Africa and UK with health and social care issues. We will be able to understand the issues people face specially for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and children. We will be able to improve health and well-being for people with myraid conditions such as diabetes, cancers, kidney failure, etc. Having a resaerch officer enables us to showcase our work in research and better support to people in humanitarian emergencies facing wars, diseases and starvation such as in South Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria and Central African Republic and people will be able to donate to the charity. We will be able to improve the welfare of the people in emergency situation. We will also be able to prevent maternal deaths and infant mortality which are high in Africa due to shortage of research information and data.

In UK, the impact will be providing information and help improving the lives of refugees and deprived communities such as BAME communities

Before you apply

Please submit CV and cover letter

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  • Organisation type: 
    Not for profit
    1. To combat Communicable Diseases
    2. To tackle Noncommunicable Diseases
    3. To address Determinants of Health and Risk Factors
    4. To modernise Health System and Health Service
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