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UK Research and Knowledge Manager - USAID

GlobalGiving UK
London (Central), London (Greater)
£32,000 - £35,000 plus 5% pension contribution
Closing date
25 Apr 2021
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GlobalGiving exists to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change. Our aim is to develop an alternative model for philanthropy and development that put communities in the lead. You should be motivated by our mission to do development differently. We are driven by our values: to never settle, remain always open, commit to wow our partners, and listen, act, learn so we innovate and strive for the best.

The Programme: Assets, Agency and Trust

GlobalGiving is the consortium lead for Assets, Agency and Trust, funded by USAID Philippines LocalWorks initiative which aims to drive innovation and experimentation in locally-led development. GlobalGiving and its two consortium partners, Global Fund for Community Foundations and Nonprofit Finance Fund, strongly believe that community ownership is key to sustainable development and that resources that are generated by and for a community can create durable and thriving societies.

Through partnerships, research and engagement with civil society actors and social change makers in the Philippines, this two year action-research programme will:

  • Explore new and emergent forms of community philanthropy in the Philippines
  • Identify current challenges, opportunities and ideas for furthering community philanthropy models in the Philippines
  • Provide 'anchor institutions' (civil society organisations and/or other change-makers) in the Philippines with support (as relevant depending on learning) to test and learn from ideas identified for furthering the use and support for community philanthropy approaches in the Philippines
  • Document and communicate learning to key audiences as identified through influencing strategies with the long-term aim of shifting mindsets and funding practices in line with GlobalGiving’s vision

Your Role

The Assets, Agency and Trust programme is envisioned as a dynamic action-research programme, where information gathering around community philanthropy approaches in the Philippines overlaps with idea cultivation for furthering community philanthropy approaches and with the testing and piloting of ideas and new approaches based on learning. Learning and evidence will be captured throughout and used to inform consequent programme phases and/or make adjustments to programme activities and goals as needed. It will be the responsibility of the Research and Knowledge Manager to ensure that information, evidence, and learning is systematically and accurately captured, organised and analysed throughout the programme. The successful candidate will support in ensuring that a reliable evidence-base exists and is accurately used for programme decision-making and planning as well as for the development of resources and tools for external audiences. Lastly, the Research and Knowledge Manager will support in the communication, sharing and influencing of key audiences, as well as in the development of research resources and learning internal to GlobalGiving. Given the focus of this initiative on emergent trends, innovative thinking and identifying structural changes, we are looking for someone who is creative, open minded, adaptable, and curious.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development and implementation of appropriate, participatory and innovative tools and methodologies for gathering primary data and programme learning across the programme cycle (such as social network analysis, decolonising research methods, participatory action research, user-centered design research, or similar)
  • Designing and implementing information management systems for organising significant amounts of qualitative data (mainly primary, but also some secondary)
  • Cleaning, verification and organisation of incoming information according to research questions
  • On-going follow-up with colleagues in the Philippines, analysis and development of recommendations throughout the programme
  • Ensuring information reliability through structured verification methods
  • Regular communication with colleagues in the Philippines to follow-up on and verify information submitted
  • Information visualisation for internal and external audiences
  • Supporting in the creation of information products to use for dissemination and influencing of findings to relevant audiences
  • Support GlobalGiving in developing and testing research and influencing methodologies and models based on learning

Requirements Essential

  • Minimum three years experience in a similar role (research, information management, or evidence and learning)
  • Experience with developing exploratory research methodologies and analysis frameworks for gathering large quantities of mainly qualitative information in ways that are non-extractive and respectful of local contexts
  • Ability to independently develop and implement sampling plans and ability to set up systems for tracking incoming data against sampling plan
  • Experience with developing appropriate, participatory and innovative tools and methodologies for gathering primary data and programme learning across programme cycle (such as social network analysis, decolonising research methods, participatory action research, user-centered design research, or similar)
  • Ability to independently develop and implement information systems and processes for organising, verifying, cleaning, and analysing mainly primary qualitative data using relevant software (such as Nvivo, Stata, SPSS, or similar)
  • Ability to use relevant information visualisation software to support in the development of information products for reporting, sharing, feedback, and influencing to key audiences
  • Fluent in English with excellent writing skills to support in drafting of information products (such as reports, learning summaries, articles, factsheets, etc.)
  • Ability and interest in thinking creatively and innovatively about research methodologies and willingness to test new approaches and to be led by emergent learning.


  • Knowledge of theory and wider conversations around community-led development, community philanthropy, and/or philanthropy
  • Contextual understanding of the Philippines (socio-economic and political, civil society, social enterprise, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) experience (developing participatory tools; meaningfully tracking impact-level change; organising, cleaning, verifying, and analysing MEL data)
  • Experience with developing and implementing methodologies for monitoring learning throughout research programmes (i.e. beyond one set data collection period)


Salary: £32,000 - £35,000

Benefits: 5% pension contribution

Contract: Fixed Term: May 2021 – December 2022

Working Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week)

Line management: Senior Programme and Consortium Manager

Location: Home working with occasional meetings in central London (1-2 x per month)

How to Apply

To apply, you must include your resume and a cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for this role with specific examples. The deadline to apply is 25th April at 23:59. First round of interviews will take place in the week of 26th April. Please state in your application if you are unable to make any of these days for an interview.

Candidates must already have the full legal right to work in the UK without restriction prior to application.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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