-Gathering evidence by applying a variety of methods such as interviews of government officials and other stakeholders, reviewing documents and data sources, and directly collecting data such as through surveys. -Analysing and interpreting evidence and data (using qualitative and quantitative methods) from many sources on a wide range of public policy topics and sectors. -Maintaining an evidence trail and providing advice to your team about the quality of evidence we use to develop our findings. -Presenting findings clearly and succinctly and contributing to planning and drafting value for money reports. -Providing written and oral briefings to managers and senior staff. -Gaining insight and knowledge of the bodies we audit and developing and maintaining good relations with them, for example through engaging with analysts in government bodies and with wider external stakeholders. -Supporting wider assurance work and assisting teams during engagement with Parliament and its select committees, particularly the Public Accounts Committee. -Providing advice and support to other teams by using your subject matter or analytical expertise and engaging with opportunities to share learning across the NAO.
THE PEOPLE WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Skills and attributes It will be essential that you can demonstrate the ability to:
-Gather, analyse and interpret evidence from a range of sources on time and to a high standard.
-Produce clear, well-structured and succinct written work which can be easily understood by non-technical readers.
-Draw valid and succinct conclusions that are clearly evidence based.
-Present complex and nuanced findings from your analysis in a way which can be easily understood by various audiences.
-Engage confidently and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients at all levels, for example to gather evidence or to support knowledge sharing across teams.
-Work co-operatively and collaboratively as part of a team to deliver our reports.
In addition, we are looking for the candidates with the following attributes:
-Intellectual curiosity, especially about using a range of evidence sources to answer questions.
-Flexibility to make a significant contribution across a range of topics and outputs in a variety of teams.
-Strong interest in the work of the NAO and public policy across a range of sectors.
-Attention to detail in documenting and maintaining a reliable audit trail for your work to support the delivery of high-quality audits.
-Drive and determination to overcome obstacles, resistance or challenges to achieve goals.
-Commitment to personal development and keeping technical skills up to date.
-Interest in influencing people and identifying opportunities to improve public services.
Education and work experience You should have:
a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline e.g. social science research methods, management science/ operations research, economics, statistics, mathematics or data analytics, or a research based postgraduate qualification;
relevant experience in research, analysis or performance audit. This may include but is not limited to experience in management or other consultancy experience, internal audit or working as a researcher.
To find out about some of our Value for Money analysts and their thoughts on the role, please visit the following link to the candidate pack.