Research and Project Officer
Home working (must be resident in England or Wales), with regular travel

Vacancy Reference: 002428

Location: Home working (must be resident in England or Wales), with regular travel

Closing Date: 10/12/2021

Salary: £30,000 per annum

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time

Department: Centre for Governance and Scrutiny (CfGS)

Hours Per week: 37.5


About us

CfGS is a national charity and expert in all aspects of governance and scrutiny. Established in 2003, it has a long track record of supporting local government and the wider public sector, alongside the private and voluntary sector. It works nationally, regionally and locally to influence and improve governance policy and practice. 

Its passion is ensuring that decisions are made in a way that is accountable, transparent, involves and is inclusive of others. It does this by primarily focusing on governance culture and ways of working, whilst recognising the importance of compliance, structure and processes. Equality, diversity and inclusion is important to CfGS both as an organisation and in its work and it is currently reviewing its approach.

As a charity and social purpose consultancy, CfGS ‘punches above its weight’ in terms of its influence and impact. Within local government and the other sectors, CfGS has been central to significant governance debates and events, for example leading the governance review of Kensington and Chelsea Council post-Grenfell and promoting higher ethical standards following the collapse of Carillion. 

Working with a small core team and network of associates and partners it undertakes research, policy development, consultancy and delivers training and events. CfGS is seen as credible, impartial and authoritative, often operating in difficult situations or with organisation’s looking to improve, alongside those wishing to lead the way. 

Similar to other charities and public bodies, CfGS has had to work hard to gain financial stability and it has sought to achieve this through diversification, broadening its reach and offer and managing costs. In 2020, it changed its name from the Centre for Public Scrutiny to the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny to reflect its widening sphere of operations. This strategy has helped to build on continued success and delivered a net surplus for the last three years, however there is still much more to do in this area. 

To find out more information about CfGS please visit 

The role

The purpose of your job is to undertake research and provide project support to ensure the successful delivery of CfGS’ national and local programmes and projects and business development.  

You would be joining at an exciting and challenging time. Governance change is needed more than ever and there is significant pressure on organisations, in all sectors, to operate more ethically and transparently. CfGS must lead and be central this debate. 

Crucial to success in this role is an ability to think independently, be confident in carrying out robust research, be flexible and able to work under pressure and have excellent interpersonal skills to engage at a senior level with our wide range of partners and clients. Alongside a passion for all things governance, democracy and involvement. 

To apply

For more information about this role, please refer to the Job Pack below. 

Please send all applications with the subject line “Research and Project Officer Application” to

Please provide:

  • A CV
  • A covering letter (no more than 2 pages) 

which should, between them, demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification. This may be through a combination of your education, your previous employment history and/or any voluntary activities. 

Please direct any queries relating to the post or the application to Ed Hammond, or 07764 684 182.

    Closing date:       9am, Friday 10th December 2021 

    Interviews date:  Wednesday 15th & Friday 17th December 2021

    CfGS values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.


    This vacancy is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.