Day rate in range of £200 - £250, payable on receipt of invoices monthly.
Part-time, Temporary, Over 4-5 months Contract
Job description

Population Matters (PM) is looking for an independent, self-reliant, and smart researcher to carry out a 4-5 month scoping out contract into the feasibility of developing a virtual[1] Ecological Development Economics Institute[2].

The proposed new entity would exist to develop and promote an intellectual and policy framework to challenge the traditional growth-driven economic theory as being irreconcilable with our planetary future. At its core, would be the premise that achieving a smaller human population globally will benefit people both in developed and developing countries. The Institute would draw on resources of people, intellectual capital, policy development and implementation to provide a practical service for policymakers and leaders globally.

Ending population growth alone will not secure a world in which humanity lives in harmony with nature, but it is a crucial component for reversing the current trends of deteriorating biodiversity, accelerating climate change and escalating insecurity of human communities. Yet population remains a neglected element in public policy.

It is our conclusion that economic arguments will hold greater sway with policy makers. Hence, scoping out the feasibility of a new economics institute offering analysis and advice to policymakers globally. A key principle is that EDEI (name TBC) will not focus solely on developing nations or post-colonial nations – but look in both directions: developing countries (with their issues) and developed countries (with different issues).

NB - The proposed EDEI is not about funding or delivering SRHR family planning directly. That is the role, area of expertise, and responsibility of other agencies and national governments. 

Person Specification


  • Experience (paid or voluntary) of research project management or project management assistance, public affairs/international affairs and/or the charity/NGO sector.
  • Educated to degree level ideally in relevant discipline (e.g. economics, development, environment, international affairs, politics, studies).
  • Self-reliant, resourceful, able to sustain motivation and work programme to delivery.
  • Excellent communications skills, high standard of written and spoken English.
  • Strong organisational, administrative and IT skills - with experience of Google Drive, Zoom, Microsoft applications.


  • Experience of relationship management with external stakeholders and strong communication and relationship management abilities.
  • Knowledge of, interest in population, environment and/or development issues.
  • Commitment to Population Matters’ vision, mission and values.

[1] By ‘virtual’, we mean not having an actual, permanent physical presence in terms of office space with a name on the door, or a registered legal identity. EDEI would be hosted and overseen by PM, most likely with a small secretariat/admin centre residing within the PM operational staff team. EDEI is intended to be able to draw on a range of external experts and bring those into particular projects as appropriate to the need and scale of the project.

[2]Population Matters is a United Kingdom-based charity focused on the impact of human populations on global environmental sustainability. 

Application procedures:

Please send in a CV and 1500 words max written submission as to how your interests/experience/skills qualify you for delivering the brief.

Shortlisted candidates will be followed up with a video meeting/interview.

The successful candidate will report to and be overseen by the Director, Robin Maynard.

Additional documents
Background Brief (.pdf)
More about Population Matters
Population Matters

Population Matters is a UK-based charity working globally to achieve a sustainable future for people and planet. 

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Refreshed on: 20 January 2021
Closing date: 05 February 2021
Tags: Policy/Research

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