New job opportunity at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Please read on for more information and how to apply
Research Assistant (BESECURE)

Programme Manager

No line management responsibility


1. In line with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s (SLCT) BESECURE project, conduct research and case study activities to develop a comprehensive report on security issues and best practice policies in Lewisham

2. To work with the Programme Manager to ensure that the project deliverables are met

Salary level:
£18,000 – £24,000 PA (pro-rata)

18 hours a week (2 days / part time)

Background to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is a national education charity. We transform the lives of young people and aim to achieve real social change by:

  • Supporting      young people to transform their lives, overcoming disadvantage and      discrimination and into ambitious careers as professionals
  • Ensuring      business can benefit from and is more inclusive of diverse talent      throughout its management structures
  • Continuing      to campaign for fairness and justice, ensuring the lessons from Stephens      murder are acted upon

Background to the BESECURE Project
The BESECURE project aims to support local policymakers in the creation, enhancement and implementation of security policies in urban zones. Urban security is a critical subject within the EU, but dealt with in widely different manners.
The BESECURE project works towards a better understanding of urban security through examination of different European urban areas. BESECURE collects and analyses best practices in the area of urban security through case studies in eight urban areas throughout Europe (Lewisham being one). By building a comprehensive set of indicators for urban security, along with best practices from different urban areas, important cues about the state of security in urban regions using factors such as social makeup, economic state, crime numbers and the public perception of security become apparent. Based on this valuable knowledge, BESECURE works towards the creation of a resource database that supports local policy makers to assess the impact of their practices, and improve their decision making.

Job Description

  • Supporting      the Programme Manager with researching primary and secondary data relevant      to security issues in Lewisham (socio-economic, political structures,      crime figures, urban landscape)
  • Supporting      the Programme Manager with researching security policies and best practice      examples in Lewisham
  • Inputting      data into prescribed BESECURE templates
  • Assisting      the programme manager in analysing and evaluating data
  • Conducting      case study interviews and interactions with local stakeholders
  • Collecting      relevant media stories on security issues in Lewisham
  • Writing      reports based on research findings

Personal Specification


  • Excellent      written and verbal communication skills
  • Confident      presentation skills
  • Strong      organisational skills including the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Sound      IT skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint
  • Excellent      ability to conduct primary and secondary research on safety and security      issues
  • Ability      to work independently and as part of a team


  • Educated      to degree level or equivalent
  • Interest      in urban planning, policy design, criminal justice or community      development

Personal Qualities:

  • Ability      to relate positively to and engage with a wide range of people
  • Strong      self-motivation and flexible team player
  • Ability      to multi-task and prioritise tasks
  • Ability      to remain calm under pressure
  • Has      a ‘Can Do’ attitude


  • Based      at Stephen Lawrence Centre, Deptford.

Diversity policy
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is keen to encourage applications from people from all backgrounds including race, disability, gender, faith and sexual orientation.

The post will be subject to a CRB check.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should email their CV to Please include a personal statement of no more than 500 words detailing how you meet the Person Specification

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 12th July 2013


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