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Are you an organised, collaborative and proactive individual with proven experience of undertaking policy evaluations? Looking for an exciting and rewarding new career opportunity?

If so, Nesta is looking for an Evaluation Manager to work in the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) – a global laboratory for innovation and growth policy, where you will manage and support a portfolio of policy experiments and generate new policy insights and have the opportunity to have a lasting impact in identifying gaps and developing new systems, structures and resources to shape how we support and run trials in the IGL team.

About Nesta and IGL

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society. Nesta is based in the UK and supported by a financial endowment. We work with partners around the globe to bring bold ideas to life to change the world for good.

IGL’s mission is to make innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth policy more experimental and evidence-based. To achieve this, IGL works with governments in a range of countries to develop and test new ideas to increase innovation, accelerate entrepreneurship and support business growth.

About this key role

As the Evaluation Manager, you will be responsible for critically reviewing evaluation proposals, trial designs, analysis plans and project reports, plus monitoring trial implementation, data collection and analysis, and providing advice and support as required. You will also be expected to:

  • Manage projects sensitively to encourage adherence to best practice
  • Help to ensure that published reports are of a high quality
  • Develop new and review existing support systems, structures and resources used to support evaluations
  • Identify, collate and help to disseminate policy relevant findings
  • Identify wider learnings for undertaking trials in this policy area

What we are looking for

Able to work independently, learn quickly and show strong attention to detail, you will have a keen understanding of how to design and run randomised controlled trials, plus possess excellent project management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

You will be a strong team player, with the ability to work flexibly and sensitively with others, hold a strong degree in a relevant subject, and be able to demonstrate impressive communication skills, both verbal and written, including a proven ability to present research findings to both analytical and non-analytical audiences.

How to apply

To find out more about Nesta, and to apply for this role, please visit

Closing date: 4 May 2020 (08:00).

Nesta is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion - we welcome and encourage applications from everyone.

Please note: After the job advert closes, your answers will go through a sift process: randomising and anonymising answers for taking out individual information that biases hiring decisions and facilitating us to review each answer by more than one person so you can benefit from the wisdom of the crowds. People scoring the applications will not have seen your CV at this stage so please try your best to answer questions without rephrasing your CV, they will see this later! More about the principles behind the blind review process.