This role can be based anywhere where Christian Aid have an office. Salary will be country equivalent to the UK salary banding.
At Christian Aid we have a vision of a better world, free from poverty. We work with partners in 36 countries to deliver development and humanitarian programmes, and policy, advocacy and campaigns work across the globe.
In 2016 we set up a Centre for Excellence in Research, Evidence and Learning (REL) – a small function with 2 co-heads, 2 REL advisers, and a Research Communications Adviser.
REL’s aim is to improve the quality of evidence generated and used in Christian Aid in order to strengthen our programmes, policy and advocacy work, and to inform our organisational analysis and decision-taking. We are also working to build Christian Aid’s profile as an organisation that produces credible research. We encourage others involved in development research to consider how best to design, implement and communicate research in ways that are inclusive of diverse knowledge and perspectives, useful and useable for practitioners.
About the role
This role takes a lead on the capacity development strand of REL’s work. The post-holder will design and lead a range of learning interventions focused on strengthening Christian Aid and partners capacity to critically engage with evidence, to integrate research into their programmes and make better use of research produced by others. S/he will work with our university partner to evaluate and develop our flagship blended learning course ‘Evidence for Development Professionals’ which will be piloted with Christian Aid partners later in the year.
Alongside key projects REL advisers also play a role in responding to diverse technical support requests from colleagues across Christian Aid. This could include advice on research design; partnership development and brokering with universities; critical engagement with a research funding proposal; and feedback on the quality of evidence generated through a review process. All REL team members are committed to reflective practice and are encouraged to capture reflections from experience of strengthening research and evidence processes within Christian Aid, for sharing with internal and external audiences; contributing to wider learning on research partnerships; and promoting good practice in applied research both within Christian Aid and the broader sector.
You will have excellent understanding of learning design including knowledge of online pedagogy. You will have had direct experience in developing blended and online courses and ability to manage and deliver digital learning. You will be familiar with applied research at every stage of the research cycle – from identifying relevant research questions, designing appropriate methodologies, to developing strategies for real-world impact – as well as the role of research and evaluation in relation to the programme management cycle.
You will enjoy working in a practice setting, building the capacity of others to produce high quality evidence and develop and deliver research. You will be confident in managing your own projects while also offering advice and accompaniment to others in their research. You will be comfortable engaging with academics and development/ humanitarian practitioners, and you will have had experience of working with colleagues across the globe.
Equally important will be your interpersonal skills, your ability to build strong relationships and work across different departments, and help colleagues to reflect and learn, make sharper decisions and achieve better results. You will have a good appreciation of the diversity of cultures, workstyles and perspectives that exist. You will be good at managing your own workload and competing priorities.
We are open to job share and part-time applicants. Please signal in your covering letter your work preference and the specific skills and aptitudes you believe you would bring to the role.
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
Christian Aid is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment for every person connected to the work we do; and to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour including harassment, exploitation, abuse, and financial misconduct. Any candidate offered a job with Christian Aid is expected to share and demonstrate our values, and adhere to Christian Aid’s Safeguarding policy and sign Christian Aid’s Code of Conduct.
We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters happen, we get people the help they want straight away.