Head of Data Science and Analysis and Head of Statistics and Data Collection

The Children’s Commissioner’s office is a highly respected independent body that acts as a voice for children in England. It is our job to make sure that the interests and experience of children are understood by politicians and others who make decisions about their lives. Data and evidence play a critical role in this. We have two fantastic opportunities to join our evidence team. We draw on administrative data, cohort studies, data requests, digital data, surveys of key agencies and the views of children and young people to ensure that the experiences, rights and interests of children and young people are heard and shape policy and practice.

Reporting to the Director of Evidence, these are crucial roles that will oversee a real time website providing data and insight to the Children’s Commissioner, Parliament, public and the media on trends in the wellbeing and welfare of children. These posts will use the Children’s Commissioner’s powers to request data to address gaps in knowledge about the experiences, outcomes and views of important vulnerable groups and the types of risk they face. It will for example shape the CCO project on children in detention and work on the specific areas of disabilities, early development, nationality and household level risk.

Both roles will be responsible for undertaking, overseeing and/or commissioning high quality analytical work, often at pace and responsive to the needs of policy and public affairs debates. They will present findings to a range of audiences including Parliament, the media, the public, senior civil servants, government analysts, ministers and 10 Downing Street.

The Head of Data Science and Analysis will be responsible for undertaking, overseeing and commissioning high quality analytical work, often at pace. Leading a Data Science and Analysis Team, they will ensure that we are taking full advantage of new and existing data to provide ground-breaking and robust analysis of the lives and issues facing children. They will ensure that the data science and analysis team is maintaining and developing the vulnerability database and drawing on and informing the work of improving the underpinning data. Working with the Director of Evidence they will be responsible for the quality assurance of all analysis published by the CCO.

The Head of Statistics and Data Collection will lead on using the Commissioner’s unique powers of data collection to best effect, undertaking surveys of key agencies to shine a light on vulnerable and invisible children. They will work closely with analysts in government departments and the Office of National Statistics and others to ensure that all available sources of administrative and other data are made available in appropriate and secure ways for research that monitors levels of vulnerability, need and risk and improves the lives of children.

One of the roles could include additional management responsibilities working more directly with the Commissioner and other senior staff, providing leadership across the Evidence Team and extended Senior Management Team, and acting as the organisation’s Senior Information Risk Owner.

These are jobs for ambitious and skilled data scientists, statisticians, economists or econometricians with an interest in children’s lives and wellbeing, and the ability to lead and deliver high profile, timely work. The successful candidates will possess at least a Master’s level degree in a quantitative social science and several years’ experience of applying quantitative methods and analysis to produce high-quality, rigorous and policy relevant outputs.

These are permanent posts, however, we would welcome applications from the civil service or from outside the civil service. We would also consider applications from candidates seeking a secondment, subject to approval from the candidate’s home organisation.

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How to Apply

Along with your CV and completed candidate information and equality and diversity forms, please provide a short statement [no more than 500 words] on how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the job descriptions. Please also provide a statement [no more than 300 words] on how you will work with existing Government and other data to augment the Commissioner’s vulnerability database, and then send all documents (as Word files (doc/docx) to:


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is midnight on Sunday 28 July 2019.

We recognise that this is a holiday period so please provide us with any dates when you will be away on leave and unavailable for interview.