Consultancy Opportunity | Sector Skills Development

Topics Cross-sector partnerships | Data sources | Evidence-based practice | Evidence-based policy | Research partnerships | Innovation and technology
Consultancy Opportunity 2

Are you (or do you have a team with) an experienced learning consultant, research communications and uptake academic, or UX designer actively engaged in the field of international development?

Are you committed to seeing evidence influence development policy and practice?

An exciting opportunity exists to consult with the Research for Development Impact Network (RDI Network) on a new project aimed at improving the sector’s skills in research communications and uptake. We are looking a highly skilled and experienced consultant or consultancy team to work with our steering group, and project manager (Whitney Yip).

The RDI Network has an established body of work that supports the sector’s improvement in research communication and uptake skills. There are also many other trusted and reliable resources (from well-known organisations) available online and offline to support such improvements

However, there is yet to be:

  • A reliable self-assessment tool for individuals and organisations to evaluate skills and capacities, categorising research producers, users, brokers or all three roles, at entry, medium, or advanced level.
  • A cohesive, responsive conduit and/or tool(s) to address any skills gap and direct individuals to the right resources, at the right time, at the right level.

This project aims to design those tools with the development of a rough-and-ready prototype for the end of 2020, with reiterations and finalisation within the next year.

This can be a remote role due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, the majority of the team works standard AEST hours. 

DEADLINE FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: By COB Wed 22 July 2020. Please download and read the details prior to submitting an expression of interest. Download the full call for expressions of interest. 

So, why this project now?
Feedback from the above projects, including the current SORD organisational capacity assessment scores has highlighted to the RDI Network the need to increase the sector’s skills in research communication, uptake and facilitation of research impact. Feedback from RDI members has also highlighted demand for skills development in these areas, across both smaller and larger organisations. As such, the RDI Network seeks to increase the development sector’s skills and capacity for rigorous and consistent use of ethical, relevant, and reliable research in policy, practice, and programming.

To deliver the right resources to different groups, the following categorisation delineates different typical roles in the sector:

  • Research producer: someone who conducts research and records the findings in research outputs
  • Research user: someone who accesses and applies research in policy and practice
  • Research broker/translator: someone who translates research into non-expert terms or directs attention to research outputs

The RDI Network notes that development professionals may self-identify as one or multiple categories at different times of their careers and are likely to move between different levels of skill and capability.

I am interested. How do I apply?

To express your interest in this consultancy, please provide:

  • Recent CV(s) detailing present role(s) and responsibilities; and
  • A three-page (max) expression of interest statement against the project details (below), proposing your/your teams timeline and approximate budget

Please send your completed expression of interest by email to Whitney Yip, Network Communications Coordinator at [email protected] no later than COB Wed 22 July 2020.

Download the full call for expressions of interest. 


*Please note: The RDI Network Secretariat are currently working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. The selected candidate/s will also be expected to work from home for the foreseeable future.