Research Intern

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Church House, Westminster, London
Fixed Term Full Time
London Living Wage - £10.55

The Research Intern for Ecumenical Relations and Theology takes forward empirical research to inform policy on ecumenical relations for the Council for Christian Unity (CCU). It is expected that this work will include a new project on ‘Exploring Cultural Diversity in Congregational Life’. The CCU is an advisory committee of the General Synod and reports to the Synod through the Archbishops’ Council, which oversees the ecumenical relations of the Church of England.

The Research Intern also provides administrative support for meetings of the Faith and Order Commission (FAOC) and associated projects and contributes to its theological work in various ways. FAOC is a commission of the General Synod and advises the Church of England on theological matters, including those arising from ecumenical engagement.

The CCU staff team is part of the Central Secretariat for the Archbishops’ Council, which also provides support for the Archbishops’ Council, the House of Bishops and the General Synod.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a person seeking to begin a career in a relevant area to gain experience and skills:

  • in a range of research contexts by contributing to on-going work within the Council for Christian Unity (CCU) staff team
  • in general administration through supporting a variety of meetings, initiatives and events.

This post is offered on an 11-month fixed term contract and your normal working hours will be 35 per week, with some travel and overnight residential meetings.

Interviews will be held on the 7th June 2019

The Role :

  • Taking forward research projects to inform policy on ecumenical relations as agreed with senior colleagues in the CCU team, including its response to initiatives and priorities of the Archbishops’ Council, by undertaking a wide range of tasks relating to those projects with appropriate support
  • Assisting the Secretary for Theology and Ecumenical Relations with preparation of papers for FAOC and its subgroups
  • Providing administrative support for FAOC and its subgroups, attending meetings as requested and assisting with the drafting of minutes
  • Assisting with preparation of texts for publication and organisation of conferences relating to the team’s work
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks within the team as required and helping to provide cover for colleagues when needed
  • Undertaking such other work within the Central Secretariat as may reasonably be required, including contributing to the team supporting General Synod when it meets

The requirements :


  • Research skills, including designing projects, selecting appropriate methods and communicating results
  • Writing skills, including summarising material from a range of sources and drafting clear, well-argued texts
  • Team working skills, together with ability to use own initiative where appropriate
  • Time management skills, including ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • IT skills, including experience with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook


  • Experience of basic administration
  • Experience of empirical research
  • Ability to explain some key issues at stake in contemporary theological debates
  • Familiarity with Church life in the contemporary context
  • Discretion in dealing with confidential matters and sensitive issues

Personal attributes

  • Friendly, approachable and efficient
  • Self-motivated and well organised

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