Technical Specialist (Gender-Based Violence)

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About the Role

This is a mid-level role in a leading international consultancy and research organisation in the field of social development. As a Technical Specialist, you will have the opportunity to work within the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) portfolio, with the potential to work in other thematic areas on gender and social inclusion.

We are seeking candidates who will thrive in a smaller, specialist consultancy organisation in the international development sector. Please read on to learn more about the company, team and role, and the kind of applicants we are looking for.

Summary of role

Reports to: Tina Musuya (Head of Gender-Based Violence Portfolio)

Location: This is a UK-based role. You must have eligibility to work in the UK.

SDDirect’s Head Office is located in Old Street, London. We operate a hybrid working model with flexibility on the frequency of office visits. This can be discussed further during the recruitment process. International travel may be required for this role.

Appointment term: Full time, permanent contract

Remuneration Package: This role is Band C with a salary range of £33,500 – £43,000. Salary upon appointment will be commensurate with experience and in line with team members in equivalent roles.

You can find further information about our benefits on our website, here: Working with us as an employee | Social Development Direct (

As a Technical Specialist, you will focus on providing research and technical support on GBV across a number of SDDirect’s projects. Your role will involve providing research for our two helpdesks, including the Ending Violence against Women and Children Helpdesk (for UK government staff) and GBV AoR Helpdesk (for humanitarian actors). You could also be involved in providing support to knowledge products and guidance material, policy and programme guidance, specialist research, and monitoring and evaluation of GBV programmes.

Main Duties And Responsibilities

  • Undertake a range of desk research, including rapid response literature reviews, mappings, country briefs, longer knowledge products, interviews, and other research activities, within tight timescales and to a high standard.
  • Work collaboratively to provide high-quality technical and programme management support on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) to a range of consultancy and research assignments. Some of these may involve international travel.
  • Support the development of SDDirect’s body of knowledge and practice on GBV, including by staying up-to-date with current thinking on key areas of research, good practice and relevant debates.
  • Support in the delivery of other SDDirect projects across other portfolios (e.g. safeguarding, climate, digital) as needed and depending on availability.
  • Contribute to positive relationships and collaboration with clients and partners, including with FCDO and other UK government departments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations, foundations, and consultancy partners.
  • Support the growth of SDDirect’s portfolio of work in GBV by providing technical input and content for relevant expressions of interest, bids, and research proposals to prospective clients.
  • Provide coordination and implementation support as needed to SDDirect’s learning, knowledge-sharing and dialogue activities (internal and external).
  • Collaborate respectfully and effectively with colleagues and stakeholders from a variety of experience levels, backgrounds and cultures

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please refer to the Person Specification and submit your tailored CV and cover letter here. The deadline for applying is 21st July 2024. Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to respond to shortlisted candidates.




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