Invitation to Quote – Research Assistance (now closed)

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 12.00 noon 7th January 2018

The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme (ESPA) programme is looking for a Research Assistant to help pull together its impact stories as our 8 year programme draws to a close. This research assistance will be needed in the months of January and February 2018.

ESPA aims to deliver world-class research through innovative partnerships that cross disciplinary boundaries, are international, and have full involvement of talented developing country researchers. Our £43.9 million global interdisciplinary research programme has funded more than 100 projects examining how ecosystems function and how the services that they provide support or undermine efforts to alleviate poverty and/or enhance well-being for poor people in developing countries.

More about the role:

In its final year of programme delivery, the ESPA Directorate intends to deliver a range of legacy-focused products for a range of audiences: academics, researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, global and UK funders. Specifically, we are seeking a Research Assistant to analyse ESPA’s research results and activities, and to draft case studies on how ESPA’s investments have changed development policy and practice and/or research methods and practice. Case studies should demonstrate changes that are aligned with the programme’s 2016 Theory of Change, see Impact Strategy.)

These impact case studies will be published in different formats, some formally as Impact Stories (see website), others as blogs, or more informally as briefing notes for particular individuals or groups. The Research Assistant will work directly with ESPA’s Director, Evidence and Learning Advisor and Communications Lead to identify and draft the most promising case studies.

We require support to gather raw materials, and to identify a consistent ‘story’ running from the research findings to demonstrable impact. As the case of many of our projects have shown, there are always different angles to a story, and different stakeholders may have different views on this.

The most ‘visible’ impact may not necessarily come from the most clearly demonstrated findings. In this respect we specially need support to identify ‘which’ story to tell, and also to verify whether there is enough evidence to support that specific story. Specifically, we require the support of an experienced consultant to provide 25 days full-time to support analysis of research information to create impact case studies – starting on 10th January 2018.

For more information and details for submissions of interest, please refer to the Invitation to Quote document.

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