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Applications Developer

Slough

Job Ref
HKTXC3008/SG-HL-19-036
Location
Slough
Salary
£26,638 - £40,291

Applications Developer 
Slough, Berkshire 
This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship. 

Would you like to develop new systems that make a difference to the educational outcomes for children and young people, both in the UK and internationally? If so, read on.

We have opportunities for junior and seasoned developers within our expanding Applications Development team. Join this super friendly team to work on some truly inspiring projects and systems development, alongside some of the UKs most specialised educational researchers. You'll be developing high profile systems to carry out research commissioned by government, working with international clients on building sites and systems to support education in developing countries, and enable NFER to expand on its eAssessment capabilities. 

We are a data driven organisation. As an Applications Developer, you’ll translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs and bespoke web applications using predominately the Microsoft.NET development stack. Key responsibilities include:

- Developing web and Windows applications using object orientated languages such as C# and VB.NET
- Working with relational databases
- Querying datasets from relational databases
- Ensuring all applications are developed using secure development principles and are thoroughly tested prior to release
- Maintaining, supporting and updating current and future applications

Your technical background: 

- Experience with an object-oriented programming language such as C#, Java etc. 
- Experience in web application development and good knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript
- Knowledge of software testing methodologies
- Expertise in using the Microsoft development stack (Visual Studio, ASP.NET, SQL Server, IIS, Team Foundation Server etc)
- Experience of commercial software development practices (e.g. using source control and agile development principles)
- Experience with web technologies such as AJAX and jQuery

Other organisations may call this role App Developer, Web Developer, Software Developer, C# Developer, Developer or Programmer. 

You’ll love this job, if you: 

- Can work independently and as part of a team 
- Have strong problem solving skills innovative thinking 
- Take pride in your work and have good attention to detail 
- Have good interpersonal skills, ability to disseminate knowledge 
- Have the ability to work to tight deadlines 

Bonus Points: 

If you have experience of using AWS or Azure, or configuring IIS. Knowledge of other programming/scripting languages such as Python, PHP and VBA. Experience of SharePoint development, load testing using JMeter, or use of Atlassian’s Jira / Confluence software (or similar). 

Why NFER? 

With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people. 

- Competitive salary based on skills and experiences (£26,638 - £40,291) 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance 

This role is open to Tier 2 Sponsorship. 

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as an Applications Developer, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
IT
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Sales, Marketing & Communcations

Communications Executive

Slough

Job Ref
HKTWM1509/SG-HL-19-047
Location
Slough
Salary
£30,880 - £34,756 

Communications Executive 
Location: Slough 

Are you an amazing writer and editor wanting to make an impact in education? Can you adapt your writing style for multiple channels including social media, internal communications and corporate publications? 

Joining NFER as a Communications Executive, your focus will be to plan and deliver a wide range of high-quality and appropriately targeted communications content for both internal and external NFER audiences. The role is pivotal in increasing awareness of NFER and the impact of its work, engaging with policy makers and education experts but also ensuring our colleagues are well informed. 

We are looking for a creative, skilled and talented writer who is able to turn their hand to different outlets with a love of all things social, with a good working knowledge and proven experience of writing creative copy and editing blogs, articles and news stories for internal and external use. 

You will be editing our bi-monthly staff newsletter, developing content for the intranet, working with colleagues across the Foundation to identify stories and gain international experience working on case studies, brochures and website content for audiences around the globe. We also have ambitious plans to develop more video content, so you’ll be creating storyboards and working with external producers as well. 

Your technical background: 
- Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills 
- Experience of writing for a range of audiences and channels 
- A track record of working with internal teams as a communications expert 
- Experience of briefing and working with creative agencies and third-party suppliers

You’ll love this job, if: 
- You enjoy writing! 
- You’re good at relationship-building 
- You can work efficiently and accurately - proofread, fact check, and edit your own copy as well as that of external contributors
- You are flexible and creative with strong communication skills 

Bonus Points: 
You don’t need to have worked in education or for a not for profit charity, but we’re eager to hear from you if you have. You may have held similar positions as a communications officer or internal communications executive, as a blogger or content writer or editor. 

Why NFER? 

NFER has a worldwide reputation as a leading independent provider of education research and analysis. We are a registered charity that has contributed evidence, in-depth knowledge, and research expertise to support the creation of an excellent education for all children and young people for over seventy years. Improving the lives of children and young people is at the heart of everything we do. 

- Competitive salary of £30,880 - £34,756 
- Generous pension scheme 
- Free parking 
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days 
- Excellent support for professional development 
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week) 

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community. 

Applications are to be submitted by midnight on 15th September 2019.
Interviews are planned for 19th & 20th September 2019. 

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Communications Executive, apply via the button shown. This vacancy has been placed by Webrecruit on behalf of NFER.

Function
Sales, Marketing & Communcations
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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International Development

Senior Education and International Development Specialist

Slough

Job Ref
19-040
Location
Slough

Senior Education and International Development Specialist
Slough, Berkshire

Do you have a passion for conducting research that can help improve education systems in developing countries? If so, read on.
Based in the UK with occasional travel, this is an incredible opportunity for an education and international development specialist to bridge the worlds of research and policy to make a positive, lasting impact with a leading charity.

About NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research)
With a 70-year history, NFER is an independent and highly respected charity that carries out research within education. Our robust and innovative research, assessment, and other services are widely known and used. We have a reputation as an organisation that informs policy and practice, helping to ensure the best possible education for children and young people.

About the Role
As the Senior Education and International Development Specialist you’ll be part of the Centre for International Education and its rapidly growing portfolio of international work. You will lead research and evaluation projects to support the development of education systems, and to inform governments and donors in their policy and investment decisions. Your expertise in this field will assist NFER’s vision to support the development of education systems around the world, focusing in particular on East Africa and South Asia. Specifically, you will:
• Lead research and evaluation projects, related to key thematic areas such as teaching and learning, equity and inclusion, assessment, structures and systems and edtech
• Oversee project teams in carrying out activities in the full research cycle including designing research instruments, designing sampling strategies, conducting fieldwork, analysing data, and writing up and presenting results
• Lead on developing report outlines, and on structuring of quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis frameworks, including contributing to data analysis, argument formulation, and report drafting in line with topical and methodological expertise
• Provide technical expertise in using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies to deliver high quality research reports, presentations, articles, etc.
• Ensure delivery of high quality projects that are on time and on budget, and manage positive client and partner relationships.

As well as the above you’ll continue to develop your own expertise in global education issues and how these could be addressed through new research and contribute to NFER’s understanding of education and international development.

Your technical background:
• Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant social science, such as education and international development, or comparative and international education
• Significant research or evaluation experience with track record of working in developing countries, or with key donors
• High level policy knowledge of education and international development sector and core understanding of key industry players and dynamics
• Advanced skills in quantitative and/or qualitative research and evaluation.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a growing record of publications and ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely
• Experience of leading multidisciplinary teams

Why NFER?
- Competitive Salary £42,746 - £48,109
- Generous pension scheme
- Free parking
- 30 days’ holiday per year plus Bank Holidays + additional discretionary days
- Excellent support for professional development
- Great work/life balance (35 hours worked per week)

Located close to Windsor and Slough town centre, we offer a pleasant office environment surrounded by green space that’s just 15 minutes from London Paddington and an easy drive from the M4 and M40 and London Heathrow.

This role is open for Tier 2 sponsorship. Closing date for applications is midnight 30th August.

NFER is a not-for-profit organisation and an equal opportunities employer, welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

So, if you are looking for a fresh, new challenge as a Senior Education and International Development Specialist, apply via the button shown.

Function
International Development
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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