Vacancy: Research & Knowledge Manager

Vacancy: Research & Knowledge Manager

ISEAL is looking for an experienced project manager with research management, knowledge management and communications expertise to lead the delivery of the Evidensia Platform (www.evidensia.eco) and support its growth and vision. Evidensia is an ambitious effort to inform sustainability action and policy with credible evidence.

The Evidensia Platform is a unique online repository and knowledge portal to support market-linked sustainability action with credible evidence. Launched in 2019, and supported by a growing range of partners and organisations, Evidensia is the largest online hub for research, knowledge and insight on the impacts of different tools and approaches to drive sustainability impact. Its core offerings include an online library with 1000+ resources, interactive features that allow users to access and interpret evidence and a commitment to knowledge sharing and learning through regular events, blogs and engagement opportunities.  

This position will manage the portfolio of activities linked to Evidensia and contribute to its growth and offerings through upcoming projects and partnerships. The Manager will lead on content development for the Platform working closely with the academic community and other stakeholders. This will include leading research projects including evidence mapping and synthesis, working closely with the Senior Manager and associated research teams. This position will implement key components of grant-funded projects, manage Evidensia’s communications and outreach activities, maintain and widen partnerships with academia, NGOs, private sector and policy-makers to support uptake of evidence and insight.  

Evidensia is a new and unique effort in the sustainability space, making this an exciting and different role. We are looking for a strong project manager with grounding in research methods and science-based communications, especially in the fields of sustainability and international trade and development. The role requires a track record of stakeholder outreach and engagement, and in converting research into usable insights to inform action. The ideal candidate will bring a strong passion for research, evidence and science and a proven ability to manage a wide portfolio of activities through internal teamwork and external partnerships and collaborations. This is a great role for someone who wishes to work at the intersection of science and practice and take Evidensia’s work to the next level.  

Responsibilities

Delivery of the Evidensia Platform

  • Manage Evidensia platform and lead on associated workstream activities such knowledge management, outreach, communications, events, & engagements
  • Ensure a strong and steady flow of content into the Platform, working closely with the research community to identify and spotlight new and relevant research in the field and bring it to Evidensia’s audiences
  • Oversee the front-end and back-end of the Platform, in partnership with the IT agency, to ensure smooth functioning and continuous improvement in Platform features and offerings
  • Maintain and grow Evidensia’s partnerships with a wide range of organisations that support with content and outreach and uptake of evidence
  • Manage Evidensia’s engagement and communication channels including the newsletter, social media outreach and regular learning events
  • Collaborate with team to ensure Evidensia’s governance process functions smoothly
  • Coordinate effective project management and workplan development of key grant-related deliverables associated with the Evidensia platform or related activities  
  • Manage and build key external stakeholder relationships

Research, analysis and writing

  • Lead on specific pieces of evidence search, literature reviews, evidence mapping as synthesis as part of Evidensia’s ongoing work or specific research projects
  • Contribute to Evidensia’s thought leadership with articles / insights on the evidence base on specific sectors, issues, topics or other questions of interest
  • Participate in and support in the application of evidence and knowledge to other ISEAL projects and workstreams
  • Contribute to production of impacts information, research and evidence needs emerging from within ISEAL

Grant, financial and line management

  • Lead on grant management activities (with support from Senior Manager) and grant related reporting
  • Manage and track project and grant budgets
  • Contribute to business model development for Evidensia
  • Line manage direct reports and oversee their development and growth
  • Supervise and mentor any interns who work with the Evidensia team and supervise contributions of assistants and coordinators to activities

Other

  • Contribute to ISEAL’s wider work on impacts and evidence, especially with the ISEAL Community and its members
  • Help shape strategic discussions around the growth and scope of Evidensia’s work and ISEAL’s impact and evidence workstream
  • Participate actively in Impacts & Innovation team and organisational planning and activities
  • Participate in internal staff management processes such as performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant subject (e.g. sustainability, int. development/ relations/policy, geography, environmental or social policy, etc.) and/or equivalent work experience
  • Substantial understanding of research/knowledge management, ethics, good practices (direct work experience or interactions with researchers in past roles will be an advantage)
  • Good understanding of sustainability and market based approaches to delivering on sustainability goals
  • Experience working in international NGO/membership organisation or research organisation / think tank / university in a coordinating function
  • Track record in project management including effective time management, task management, multi-tasking, basic budget and resource management, ideally for grant funded projects
  • Proven research skills including literature reviews and desk research, appreciation of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Strong data and information management skills and capabilities including high proficiency in Excel
  • Some experience with the delivery of webinars or group/meeting facilitation
  • Strong and compelling written English communication and experience with production of articles, blogs and/or podcasts for a non-research audience (evidence of past writing or publications sought)
  • Confidence in using IT systems, familiarity with virtual meeting tools (e.g. Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc), use of contact management databases (e.g. Salesforce) and proficiency in MS Office
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with people across cultures and timezones
  • Track record of working independently in a remote work environment, and communicating effectively with team members  
  • Desire to contribute to a more sustainable world

Additionally desirable

  • Experience working in certification/standard setting, ideally familiarity with ISEAL´s members
  • Interest in and knowledge of sustainability tools, standards, and reporting frameworks used in the public and private sector'
  • Experience with other data and analytical software and platforms such as STATA, ArcGIS, DSpace
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in other languages, esp Spanish and French will be desirable

Other relevant information

Term: Initial 12-months fixed term contract

Salary: From £40,500 p.a. depending on experience

Working Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week.

Location: The preferred location for this position in London, but other locations will be considered for exceptional, in particular Belgium and Netherlands or cross

border employment for these two countries. Applicants will need to provide evidence that they are entitled to work in the relevant location

International Travel: The post holder may be required to undertake occasional international travel

Annual Leave: 25 days / year for a full-time position (including office closure Christmas/New Year)

How to apply

To apply for this position please send your CV and a cover letter, outlining how your experiences and skills fit the role to recruitment@isealalliance.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews starting on 18 May.   Please note that we will only contact shortlisted applicants.