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Humanitarian & Development Research Coordinator

GOAL has responded to the world’s major humanitarian crises since its founding in 1977, working with vulnerable communities in more than 60 countries over the last 40 years. While GOAL continues to be an agile first-responder to humanitarian crises, it is also committed to working with vulnerable communities to help them survive crises and support them on the road to recovery.

GOAL’s purpose is to save lives and empower communities to develop resilience and greater control over their lives and livelihoods. GOAL aims to increase the resilient wellbeing of the world’s poorest people and focuses on those who are excluded or marginalised, particularly those who are vulnerable due to socio-economic status, gender or age.

GOAL believes in a world where poverty no longer exists, where vulnerable communities are resilient, where barriers to well-being are removed and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

Job Purpose

This is an exciting and dynamic position within GOAL’s Global Citizenship department, reporting directly into the Global Citizenship Manager. The Research Coordinator will play a vital role in generating research, content and opportunities to shape GOAL’s strategic objectives, in particular public engagement campaigning and influencing.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Research and development of briefing papers communicating GOAL’s programmatic evidence and expert position across GOAL’s key strategic priority areas; Humanitarian Crisis, Resilient Health and Food and Nutrition Security
  • Collate evidence-based research and supporting materials in close collaboration with GOAL’s programmes, technical, MEAL and other teams at HQ and country level to translate technical documents into well-written and engaging content suitable for a wide range of audiences
  • Identification and coordination of engagement opportunities to amplify GOAL’s strategic objectives aligned with international development and humanitarian priorities including external events, webinars, seminars, annual conferences and workshops
  • Identify and provide opportunities and platforms to share the voices and experience of communities, partners and other key stakeholder with whom GOAL works globally
  • Active engagement and relationship strengthening in sector networks and working groups

Experience & Skills


  • Relevant post graduate qualification ideally in international relations/affairs, humanitarian, development studies or human rights; other relevant qualifications may be considered
  • Minimum 4-5 years’ experience working with key issues in the humanitarian and development sector and relevant international and national contexts, systems and processes
  • Strong understanding of GOAL’s key strategic priority areas; humanitarian crises, resilient health, food and nutrition security and global citizenship
  • Proven experience in researching and producing materials for varied audiences
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing research and content shaping public communication and engagement campaigns
  • Excellent communications and presentation skills (oral & written), with the ability to communicate complex messages in an accessible manner for varied audiences
  • Proven project management, time management and organisational and administrative skills with ability to optimise independent use of time against variable workload.
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic team player, happy to share learning and collaborate while also able to work on own initiative


  • English is the working language of GOAL. Competency in an additional language used in GOAL programmes is an advantage.
  • Commitment and interest in the work of GOAL

GOAL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

Accountability within GOAL

A commitment to GOAL values and GOAL’s integrity framework is critical to working with GOAL. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 1) Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols; 2) Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area; 3) Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

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