Website Publish What You Fund
Publish What You Fund is recruiting a Research Consultant (~45 days) for a new exciting project assessing the potential impact of changes to US foreign assistance on recipient countries. The findings will be used to inform and influence US policy makers ahead of the Fiscal Year 2019. The aim is to ensure decision makers have the fullest picture possible about the impact of spending cuts so they can make an informed decision.
For a more complete description of the project, the role and required skills please see the attached Terms of Reference.
Roles and Responsibilities
We’re looking for a candidate with proven research experience in international development, preferably an academic or former ‘think-tanker’. The main responsibilities will be:
- Conducting independent desk-based research.
- Leading the development of the research methodology, encompassing in-country research that will enable us to assess the impact of proposed US budget cuts in all of the pre-selected focus countries.
- Ensuring a smooth research process and providing light-touch supervision for a team (2-4) of in-country researchers.
- Analysing the results of the desk-based review, in-country key informant interviews and focus group discussions for the production of a final draft report of ‘composite’ findings.
- The consultant will be needed for roughly 45 days, spread over several months. They will need to start their initial work in November 2017 and remain available part-time through to May / June 2018, when their help will be needed to draft the final report. The specifics of time allocation be negotiated.
Required Skills and Competencies
- Extensive research experience in international development.
- Demonstrable experience of producing high-quality, well-written, impact assessments to a tight deadline.
- Strong track record and familiarity with developing effective research methodologies to measure impact that can be applied across multiple countries.
- Experience of conducting desk-based and in-country research and leading research teams, including remotely.
- Strong data analysis skills.
- Ability to identify trends and key messages.
- A solid understanding of the US development approach (preferable)
- French language skills (preferable).
- The successful candidate can be based anywhere, with preference given to Washington D.C. or London.
To apply: Please submit a CV and cover letter (maximum one page) along with your day rate, by Wednesday 20th September 2017.