We are currently recruiting for maternity cover for Head of Evaluation

Title: Head of Evaluation (Maternity Cover)

Accountable to: Chief Executive

Salary: c.£45-50k per year

Location: Central London

Contract: Full time maternity cover contract starting in March 2017, 18 month initial contract with possibility of extension. Position is also suitable for a secondment.


High quality evaluation is at the heart of the EEF’s work. The EEF looks for projects with evidence that they have potential to raise attainment. The EEF will then commission an evaluation to build on and extend the existing evidence. You can read more about our approach to evaluation here:

The Head of Evaluation will lead a small team responsible for commissioning high-quality, cost-effective evaluations of EEF-funded projects, and for monitoring and supporting the contracted research groups to ensure that they are delivered to a high standard. This will include working closely with grantees, other members of the EEF and the EEF’s panel of evaluators to understand the practical issues involved in delivering evaluations and finding solutions to issues that arise.

Main responsibilities

  • Lead the EEF’s evaluation work and support the Evaluation Managers to commission and manage high-security evaluations of EEF projects;
  • Manage the appointment of evaluators, including assessing and selecting proposed evaluation plans;
  • Liaise between the grants team, project teams and evaluators to design robust and practical evaluation plans, and work closely with the Evaluation Managers to monitor delivery of evaluation plans and intervene where problems arise;
  • Commission and manage the evaluation of EEF scale-up and knowledge mobilisation work;
  • Develop and improve resources to clarify best practice and build capacity of evaluators to deliver high quality evaluations;
  • Manage EEF’s data archive, including with FFT Education to ensure data from EEF evaluations is archived effectively, and EEF’s overarching evaluator to plan analysis of the archived data;
  • Work closely with the Dissemination and Impact team and evaluators to ensure that published reports are of high quality and effectively communicate findings to an audience of practitioners, academics, policymakers, and the general public;
  • Manage the development and piloting of an EEF Education Data Service, a new venture to enable education organisations (e.g. charities, groups of schools) to access to quick, cost-effective estimates of impact on attainment based on samples matched on observable background characteristics, similar to the Ministry of Justice Datalab (see here:

Other responsibilities

  • Contribute to the operational and strategic development of the EEF
  • Undertake other duties which may from time to time be requested by the Chief Executive

Person specification

You will be joining a small and focused team driven by an ambition to deliver real improvements in educational attainment. You will have a solid understanding of evaluation methodology and be familiar with the UK education system. You will have strong project and relationship management skills.

To apply for this position you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of evaluation methodologies (randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs, sampling methods, working with administrative data, outcome measurement etc.) and an ability to identify high-quality, practical evaluation plans;
  • Ability to manage relationships and communicate with practitioners, academics and policy-makers;
  • Strong organisational and project management skills;
  • An ability to manage a small close-knit team and work flexibly and proactively in a small ambitious organisation;
  • A commitment to the aims of the EEF.

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Essential: Degree in quantitative field
  • Essential: 3+ years in education, health, or another related field
  • Essential: Experience in delivering or commissioning quantitative evaluation projects in education, health, or another related field
  • Desirable: Postgraduate qualification / PhD including research skill training and statistics
  • Desirable: Experience of leading a range of research and evaluation projects

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter to Your covering letter should be no more than two sides of A4 and should outline why you are interested in this position and how you meet the criteria above, drawing on specific examples.

The deadline for applications is the end of Monday the 28th November at midnight. Initial interviews will be held at the end of that week or in the week beginning 5th December.