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Project Cordillera’s Catalyst Program: Research Officer

2nd May 2016

Supporting our policy and impact, monitoring and evaluation, and the development of sustainability partnerships, the Research Manager’s main tasks will involve refining and delivering research briefs as assigned by the Head of Sustainability. You will contribute to the campaigns discourse as well as liaising with development partners and potential partners – both in Latin America and elsewhere. The role is responsible for ensuring we effectively communicate the impact of our work, working closely with a remote but highly collaborative team.

The Role:
The Research Officer will help ensure the Sustainability Strategy is on track and delivered to the standard expected by our customers, clients and our team. You will build on significant contributions already made by other development researchers and analysts, and support the continued dedication to the social, environmental and economic impact our social enterprise has locally in Perú. The role is challenging and project-oriented, and you will be exposed to an ambitious and creative team who work together to turn ideas into actions.

In the past, this role has been undertaken as a complementary activity alongside graduate and post-graduate studies and research. Previous Research Officers have included students studying international development, geography, social enterprise, education and sustainable tourism.  

Specific tasks include:

  • Delivering research briefs on-time and on-message
  • Researching and nurturing relationships with development partners and potential partners
  • Delivering development-focused presentations and outreach for use at conferences and/or in the communities we work
  • Contributing to our SEE (Social, Environmental, and Economic) methodology, M&E infrastructure and reporting 
  • Liaising with team members to ensure effective and timely communications
  • Supporting campaigns and business development
  • Participating in our research strategy and planning
  • Other tasks requested by the Head of Sustainability

Our personal specification is broad and we are open a diverse range of candidates. However, the following characteristics, attributes and experiences will be strongly favourable to your application:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High levels of motivation, productivity and self initiative
  • Exceptional organisation and time management skills
  • Diligent and analytical, with close attention to quality
  • Confidence and good presentations skills
  • Collaborative and a good team player
  • Organised, ambitious and responsible
  • Have a proven interest in international development and/or sustainable tourism
  • Comfortable discussing complex development issues

The successful candidate will be a respected member of our team. You will be encouraged to use your initiative and creativity to drive sustainable, locally-led change in the world. You will be joining the most exciting social enterprise in adventure travel. 🙂

Key Info:

Length: Six months
Location: Remote (at home or on the road!) 
Commitment: 15+ hours a week
Renumeration: Structured mentorship
Deadline: Monday 30 May 2016
Apply by: Send resume and cover letter to info@projectcordillera.org  
*For exceptional candidates, we consider applications throughout the year

What They Say:

Previous successful candidates to the Catalyst Program – whether they worked at home or abroad – have had some very nice things to say about the program. Here are some examples:

“While some friends’ internships involved climbing 6 flights of stairs to deliver tea to their boss, mine involved climbing mountains nearly 6km high and meeting the wonderful people who make them their home. The Catalyst Programme threw me in at the (Spanish-speaking) deep end, but working as part of Project Cordillera’s team has given me the confidence (and the skills) to pursue a career in sustainable development.” Tom Sandiford, 2015 Catalyst

“I very much enjoyed the work I was asked to undertake. I found the combination of both short-term tasks and long-term projects to be the ideal balance.  I also enjoyed the creative freedom and independent nature of my tasks: for example I was able to shape the content and style of delivery of the network analysis research. Further, I felt it was made clear how my work would contribute to the wider project.  This motivational driver was perhaps more vital on consideration of the remote working set-up.” Elizabeth Hosier, 2014 Catalyst

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