Website BE United

BE Inspired. BE Connected. BE United

Job Title: Researcher

Salary: £24,960 pro rata (contract 19hrs/week)

Start Date: 1 July 2021 – 31st December 2021

This is an initial fixed-term position until December 2021.

Charity Registration: SC044615


BE United is an arts and cultural organisation that advocates for, highlights, and celebrates Afrocentric excellence in Scotland. Our vision is to successfully curate and manage a thriving Afrocentric arts and cultural hub. We aim to be a creative and supportive platform that: advocates for a community that sits at the margins of society – economically, culturally and politically; educates and facilitates cross-cultural understanding and inspires isolated members of the Afrocentric community to reconnect and be included in Scottish society. Our core values are: excellence, service, integrity and equality




The researcher will coordinate and deliver a live community engagement and research project examining how the African/Caribbean community in Scotland is adapting as the world moves online. The researcher is responsible for proactively interacting and engaging with stakeholders online and offline in line with BE United’s purpose and values.


At a practical level, the researcher’s responsibilities fall into a number of categories:

·       Strategy delivery of BE United’s Research Strategy.

·       Conduct research using Quantitative and Qualitative methods of data collection.

·       Hold two round table community consultations.

·       Using blended online/offline approaches to research and engagement.

·       Create survey(s) on the impact of COVID-19, challenges of moving online & how BE United can support through this period.

·       Ensuring a minimum of 50 responses are completed and submitted.

·       Impact measurement and analysis.

·       Publishing an end of project report.

·       Administrative work.



The role of the researcher is within the operational team. The researcher reports directly to the Executive Director. The researcher is responsible for all aspects of this project.


Key Responsibilities


Key responsibilities include the following areas:



Research Development (Quantitative & Qualitative)


The researcher will deliver an aspect of BE United’s research strategy through the project. Key aspects of this area of responsibility are:

·       implement qualitative and quantitative methods in collecting project data (interviews, surveys, online/offline engagement).

·       Proactively engaging with community members to gather research.

·       Responding and replying to all questions and queries regarding the project.


Community Engagement


The researcher will use a proactive approach when looking at new and innovative ways for BE United to reach the community to deliver this project. This will include: working with the social media team alongside getting out into the community in person and proactively engaging with the community. Key areas of this include:

·       Researching successful research campaigns (online and offline).

·       Developing ideas and presenting them to the team.

·       Proactively networking and meeting people and organisations.

·       Proactively engaging face to face and online.


Data Capturing & Impact


The researcher will work to facilitate genuine online/offline community engagement and ensure the organisation’s impact on society. Key aspects of this area of responsibility are:

·       Ensuring all data is held according to BE United’s GDPR policy.

·       Keeping all data up to date and organised.

·       Monitoring project outcomes and KPI’s.

·       Presenting project findings in several formats.

Essential Competencies

• Knowledge and understanding of: the arts, cultural and creative industry in Scotland.


• Understanding of African and Caribbean cultures in Scotland and the broader Scottish society.


• Ability to develop a research project in line with BE United’s strategic aims and objectives.


• Ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise tasks and conflicting targets.


• Knowledge of data management.


• A proactive approach to gathering research material.


• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


• Excellent analytical and innovative thinking.


• Excellent team working skills.


• A Passion for people.


• Excellent listening skills.


• Proficient IT skills.



• Knowledge of quantitative & qualitative research methods.

• Professional experience in research, academia, or community engagement.

• Experience writing and compiling reports and presenting data.

• Multilingualism (African/Caribbean languages especially).

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