London, Greater London
£25,000 - £30,000 per year, depending on your experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About us 

Jigsaw is a social enterprise based in London. We undertake independent research, evaluation and strategy in the international development and humanitarian response sectors. We specialise in work that focuses on education and learning, refugees and forced migration, faith and religion, and digital technologies. We believe that high-quality work can have a positive impact on programme and policy outcomes. We are committed to becoming the best at what we do. We work with a wide range of NGOs, governments and international organisations.

About you 

You are passionate about the impact of research, evaluation, and strategy in international development and humanitarian response. You want to use your skills to make a long-term difference to the lives of marginalised communities around the world. 

You have specific research expertise in the way technology can be used to help education in low-income contexts. You can analyse complex data sets, work fast, and write well. You have strong empathy, are willing and able to travel to challenging environments, and have high levels of social and cultural awareness. 

You are likely to have a couple of years of relevant experience and a Masters or PhD in a related topic but these things are not essential: we want to find exceptional people regardless of whether you have the expected qualifications. 

About the role 

Approximately 80% of your time will be spent as a core member of the research team for the Ed Tech Hub. You will also have the opportunity to contribute occasionally across other Jigsaw studies. 

The Ed Tech Hub is a new 8-year programme from DFID, the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. It exists to help address the global learning crisis by improving the way in which technology is used in education - through research, innovation and engagement. Jigsaw is one of the research leads for the EdTech Hub and we work in partnership with the University of Cambridge, Open Development and Education, Brink, Results for Development, and the Overseas Development Institute. 

The role is based at our office in London. It will involve lots of collaborative work with the other partner organisations, including regular co-working at the University of Cambridge. As a researcher focused on the use of technology in education you will contribute to literature and landscape reviews, help design methodological approaches, conduct policy analysis, interact with people working across the sector, undertake in-country research, analyse and present data, and write reports. 

Additional details

  • The role has a three-month probation and then becomes a permanent contract 
  • 25 days holiday pro-rata 
  • Optional 5% matched pension contribution 

Application process 

To apply please press on the button ‘apply with CharityJob’ and follow the process. You will need to attach your CV and a written response to the five questions below by using the ‘add a cover letter’ option. The application deadline is Thursday 16 January. 

Your CV should be a maximum of two pages. In addition to all the standard content, please make sure that your CV includes: the languages you operate in and your level of proficiency, the quantitative research software you have worked with, and the countries you have worked in.  

Your written response should be a maximum of two pages and should provide an individual answer to each of the following five questions: 

  1. Why do you think rigorous research is important within international development and humanitarian work? 
  2. Why do you think there is a particular need for rigorous research regarding the use of technology in education in low-income contexts? 
  3. What book, theory, or world-view most influences the way you engage with the use of technology in education in low-income contexts and why?  
  4. What do you consider to be your biggest professional strengths and why?
  5. What do you want to be doing professionally in five years time and why? 

In your application please emphasize your specific strengths and areas of genuine interest rather than trying to cover everything you think we might want to hear. We will contact short-listed applicants in mid January. Short-listed candidates will be asked to complete an online test for one hour, and the highest performing candidates will be called for a face to face interview. Please note that we can only correspond with short-listed applicants and if you have not heard from us by the end of January then your application was unsuccessful. We look forward to hearing from you.


Posted on: 17 December 2019
Closed date: 16 January 2020
Job ref: EdTech researcher
Tags: Intl Development, Policy/Research