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Child Mental Health Researcher

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Position Title
Child Mental Health Researcher
1 year Fixed-term Contract (including 3 months probationary period).
16 + hours per week
Based at
Nottingham, UK
Up to £24,000.00 (commensurate with experience)

The Researcher is responsible for carrying out research into the charity’s new advocacy campaign; ‘Ensuring that caregivers are able to identify mental health issues surrounding students in the developing world and the UK’. The researcher will promote our advocacy work both internally and externally and make a significant contribution to the furthering of our advocacy aimed at securing policy and practice change concerning mental health amongst children in formal and informal education, both in the UK and at international level.

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Position Summary

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To write a research paper (6 months) looking into the different elements of mental health amongst children in LIMIC (low income and middle-income countries) and in the UK within formal and informal educational institutions
  • To investigate how certain causes impact child mental health, looking at causality and effect.
  • To investigate what problem persists with educational staff/caregivers when identifying mental health amongst children
  • To arrange meetings with senior officials, heads of departments and ministers to discuss our advocacy aim
  • To attend overseas visits to field offices to investigate topic
  • To conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups
  • To prepare necessary feedback and updates on a monthly basis
  • To keep abreast of current relevant research, policy development and the national/international picture regarding child mental health
  • To explain research methodologies and findings to non-research specialists, Service Providers and Local Community Organisations
  • To undertake other tasks appropriate to the role to enhance performance of the department.


  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject area (public/social policy, social work, politics or similar
  • Experience of conducting research-based practice entailing; report writing, literature reviews, developing research methodology, one to one interview, compiling case studies and focus group work
  • Experience in policy development or advocacy (at a national or local level)
  • Able to work diplomatically and professionally with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to translate sometimes complex policy ideas into a persuasive format for a public or political audience
  • Knowledge of current relevant research/issues and an overview of the national policy area of mental health and children in the developing world and within the UK
  • Effective communication and report writing skills (oral and written) for a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to work within conflicting demands, to tight deadlines and to manage several different projects at any given time, completing them to a high level of quality


  • Educated to master’s degree level
  • Multi-linguistic skills
  • Knowledge of charity sector and familiarity of humanitarian work
  • 1-2 years’ experience in Advocacy
  • Willingness to work irregular and anti-social hours as required

About Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands is a UK based international relief organisation working in over 40 countries worldwide. The Head Office is based in Nottingham and we have a fundraising team in London. Therefore, occasional travel between the two locations will be required. Muslim Hands is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate individual to join our team during an exciting period of growth and change as we have ambitious plans to grow our activities by 2020.

How To Apply

Application is by CV and covering letter by email to or by hard copy to our address.

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