Are you looking for a new challenge and want to join a successful and growing organisation dedicated to creating social impact? Do you have a passion for public policy and behavioural science? If so, we want to hear from you.
The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is a social purpose company that combines two approaches to improve people’s lives and communities. First, we use behavioural science (behavioural economics, social psychology) to design new policy ideas with our partners. Second, we run policy experiments, often using randomised controlled trials (RCTs), to determine the effectiveness of those ideas.
We believe that if you understand how people make decisions in the real world, you can design and deliver better policies and services. We work with government, NGO and private sector partners to design human-centred solutions that are creative, low-cost and scalable — and we robustly evaluate our recommendations to make sure they actually result in better outcomes.
All our staff believe passionately in our company values: always prioritising social impact, empiricism and humility, fresh thinking and collaboration, and public service. As our team grows, we are now looking for an Advisor to join us. We provide a challenging and supportive environment, offering flexible working arrangements and other policies to ensure the wellbeing of everyone on the team.
We’re searching for a dynamic all-rounder to contribute to our project and business development work in Singapore. This role is suited for a high-performing go-getter with a bachelor degree or higher, who is at the early to mid point of their career in public policy, research and behaviour change and/or has 2-3 years of work experience.
Our team comes from a variety of academic backgrounds, including economics, psychology, research methodology, neuroscience, anthropology, design, public policy and more. We also welcome candidates who may be taking non-traditional routes to behavioural science, such as those who have backgrounds in computer science, engineering, or the humanities. In general, we encourage candidates who have an interest in and understanding of what drives human behaviour to apply.
What does an Advisor at BIT do?
- Design and deliver projects across a broad range of policy areas;
- Design and implement randomised controlled trials;
- Prepare and conduct capacity building work, including training, tools development and system improvement;
- Conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including surveys, interviews; participant-observation and desktop research;
- Conduct technical research tasks, including power calculations, coding; randomisation and trial analyses;
- Oversee small projects/ contracts including managing timelines, deliverables, and client expectations;
- Prepare a range of materials, including trial checklists, ideas notes, literature reviews, journey and process maps, presentations and workshop materials;
- Write draft reports, policy papers and proposals
Skills that make a great Advisor at BIT?
We are looking for people who share our values and are keen to learn and develop their expertise. In particular, we seek candidates with the skills listed below.
- Clear and convincing communications. You can explain complex topics in simple terms. You can lead a workshop or presentation and write clearly and concisely.
- Managing projects and clients. You can manage your own time and, where appropriate, that of your colleagues to produce high-quality work within a reasonable time frame.
- Behavioural science. You can explain the implications of theoretical concepts such as defaults, loss aversion and social norms.
- Public policy design. You can see both sides of an argument, e.g. on topical issues related to education, home affairs, or international development, and you think about what makes some policies effective and others impractical.
- Qualitative research design. You understand that people may experience a problem differently depending on their context. You can identify the types of people to talk to in order to examine the range of experiences more deeply. You have insights into the needs of different types of people, including the most vulnerable, and will adapt your approach accordingly. You know how to spot patterns, as well as highlight where there is a range of experiences.
- A solid comprehension of ‘causality’ and statistical reasoning. You know that just because sales of sunglasses and ice creams increase at the same time, one does not cause the other. You can also describe how to run a test to prove this.
- Managing and developing yourself at work. You demonstrate high self-awareness and regularly self-reflect. You are aware of the impact that your actions and words have on those around you. You are resilient and accept responsibility for decisions whether they achieve the desired outcome or not.
How to apply
We use a great platform called Applied to reduce bias in the recruitment process. You will need to answer a few work-based questions which will be anonymously marked by members of our team. Our selection is based on performance in these questions, rather than looking at your CV.
Candidates with the top-scoring answers will be invited to a structured assessment centre followed by an interview where you get to meet some of the team. At the interview stage, you will be asked questions that reflect the role, so you have the chance to demonstrate your skills. It’s at this stage we first see your CV.
- An online application and test (Role closes: Sunday 15th May 2022 at 11.59pm SGT)
- An Assessment Centre (1:1 interviews, group assessment and a written assignment : (Week commencing 23rd May 2022)
- A data assignment: (27th May 2022)
You will need to have the right to work in Singapore in order to be able to undertake this role. We will ask all applicants short-listed for an interview to provide evidence of their right to work during the recruitment process.
Some of the personal data you provide to Applied when you apply for a role with The Behavioural Insights Team will be passed on to The Behavioural Insights Team for the purposes of (a) reviewing your application; (b) inviting you for interview; and/or (c) offering you a job and getting you set up as an employee/contractor. For full details on how BIT collects and uses your personal data please visit our global recruitment and privacy notice.
If your application is not successful, any personal data provided to us by Applied (including any personal data relating to equal opportunities monitoring as set out above) will be retained by The Behavioural Insights Team for no longer than 6 months after the application deadline has passed (other than in exceptional circumstances where we may need to retain your personal data for longer), at which point your personal data will be securely deleted. We only keep your information for that period in order to allow us to comply with relevant regulations.