Wanted: Consultant to work on digital and sustainable development

Article, 17 January 2020

IIED is seeking a consultant for a short-term contract to develop its positioning on digital and sustainable development.

People using mobile phones film an interview

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres (left) interviews climate activist Greta Thunberg at the Vienna International Centre in May 2019, his first Instagram live interview. Thunberg's savvy use of digital technology has helped fuel global climate activism, such as the climate strikes (Photo: UNIS Vienna/Nikoleta Haffar via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

IIED is looking to recruit a consultant to help the institute identify a possible programme or area of research concerning digital and sustainable development. The work would support our 2019-2024 strategy.

The role may suit one or two consultants, potentially one with more digital technology experience and one with more general development experience, to combine their skills and experience. 

The consultancy is for around 20 days of time between February and March 2020. CVs should be sent to Liz Carlile (liz.carlile@iied.org), together with details of when you would be available, by midnight on Sunday, February 3.

Making the most of our strengths

Within the digital and sustainable development field, IIED is aiming to use its strengths, such as its focus on collaboration and partnership, to build the right kind of digital development and governance in the countries where we work, and to support the vulnerable communities we engage with.

We want to put digital into the heart of our work and ensure a digital and sustainable development trajectory that empowers the vulnerable. We also want to develop a clearer idea of where we can best focus our efforts in line with our mission of promoting social and environmental justice. 

Broad areas we believe might be of interest include:

  • Predicting future trends – horizon scanning for change
  • Getting money to where it matters – building a better understanding of financial technologies and their impact on the supply chain, or financial management
  • Emerging tech diffusion
  • The rise of social activism, and
  • The automation of production.

Tasks will include planning workshops, horizon scanning and research to produce a gap analysis report or slide deck (and verbal presentation). We would like to have a final report by the end of April 2020.

For more details of the skills and experience required for the role, download the full job description and specification (PDF).


Written applications, along with your CV, should be sent to Liz Carlile (liz.carlile@iied.org) by midnight on Sunday, 2 February.