Do it Now Now

Research Associate (freelance role)

We aim to provide sector-leading insight regarding what works for the empowerment and engagement of Black communities in a number of different contexts.

Title: Research Associate 

Work Style: Project-based, working on a schedule of agreed deliverables with line manager (Head of Research)

Time Frame: 3 months, expected time commitment is 30 hours per week

Remuneration: £6,000

Location: Remote, UK.

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Do it Now Now is a social enterprise committed to the empowerment of Black people through the provision of access to opportunities for social mobility through entrepreneurship and employment. We know that Black people are typically earning less and have much less opportunity for economic activity and social mobility than our racial counterparts. We want to change that narrative. By focusing on Black communities, we are helping to create local opportunities, local role-models, individual growth, and empowerment that can affect the trajectory of whole communities, one neighbourhood at a time.

Our team of work together to design and run our own programs; we take best-in-class methodologies and apply them to entrepreneurship and skill development initiatives to provide much-needed support to Black people. We have a research based approach that centres the declared needs and experience of our community members. However, during the pandemic, the continuing changing landscape means that our findings are often quickly out of date as we are not able to reach the depth and breadth of the UK’s Black communities in a way that would provide a useful picture of the needs that exist beyond our own provision of services.

Hence we are interested in building capacity within our team to have consistent outreach throughout the year with our community members, creating ongoing inputs through qualitative and quantitative means. Our goal is to be able to provide these real-time insights for our own work, but also utilise the research and real-time insights to ensure that large scale charities, local governments, and other stakeholders that are interested in engaging effectively with the Black community across the UK are able to do so effectively through us.

Purpose of the role

We aim to provide sector-leading insight regarding what works for the empowerment and engagement of Black communities in a number of different contexts. We are looking for two experienced researchers who would support our work across five major themes on a national scale. The successful candidates will work closely with our research manager and will be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications. More specifically, the researchers will:

  • Carry out desk-research on topics and issues we deem necessary for the basis of our understanding of our community and clients
  • Assist in the maintenance of current database
  • Build strategic relationships with Black-led organisations across the UK
  • Identify peer researchers across the UK especially in Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Develop research work plans according to research themes
  • Carry out research across five major themes
  • Carry out focus group interviews
  • Create timely reports based on findings across these themes
  • Create community friendly write ups of our work in the form of blog posts


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a research-skills based discipline.
  • Experience of qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Experience of applied evaluation within a community setting
  • Experience of working in a busy, deadline driven work environment
  • Experience of making pragmatic decisions about the application of research principles to real-life situations, making good judgments in a variety of situations
  • Understanding of research principles including sampling, validity and reliability, and statistical analysis
  • Ability to develop quantitative research tools (e.g. surveys) and the ability to analyse quantitative data, including using Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets
  • Ability to develop qualitative research tools (e.g. focus groups, interview structures) and the ability to analyse qualitative data
  • Knowledge of research ethics, safeguarding and GDPR
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisation, and time management skills
  • Well-developed IT skills, including Microsoft Office and cloud based tools like Google
  • Understanding of the needs of Black-led organisations.
  • Understanding of the delivery context of Black-led organisations and the issues they face
  • Strong desk-based research skills

About You

  • Excellent communicator
  • A proactive approach, self-motivated and enthusiastic with high levels initiative and commitment to achieving results
  • Willingness to complete tasks and activities to support colleagues outside of formal role
  • Ability to work under pressure and independently with minimal instruction
  • Drive, determination, innovative and imaginative
  • A ‘can-do’, committed, and flexible approach with ability adapt to changing priorities

Do it Now Now is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

Thank you for your consideration.