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Belgium: Multi-tasking Researcher/M&E Officer (working on Digitalisation & Communications)

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Organization: AIDS Accountability International
Country: Belgium
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

AIDS Accountability International (AAI) is seeking to appoint a multi-tasking Research and M&E staffer to its Brussels secretariat. The person will be primarily responsible for supporting the Research & Communications Director on research assistance, Monitoring & Evaluation of projects, and implementation of AAI’s Digitalisation ambitions.

This person will, besides the professional skills, also bring understanding of Health, Human Rights and Social Justice issues.

The Research and M&E officer will be based in Brussels and the position is set to a 50-60% employment. The person must be able to work in Brussels. AAI cannot relocate the successful candidate or finance work permit procedures for this position.

About AAI

AIDS Accountability International is an independent research and advocacy think tank organization, holding leaders accountable for the commitments they have made to respond to health needs. AAI was established in 2005 with the mission to follow up on commitments to the AIDS epidemic that were made by governments. Our work has since expanded to sexual and reproductive health and rights, malaria, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases, as well as underlying causes such as inequality and discrimination. We work on holding all leaders accountable, such as business, civil society, funding partners and bi and multi-lateral development organizations. AAI is a non-partisan and non-religious organisation.

Today, we are just under 10 employees located in offices in South Africa, Brussels and Stockholm. The Swedish Secretariat works mainly “remotely” on financial and operational issues, whilst the South Africa office leads on strategy, research and advocacy. Brussels provides resource mobilisation and research and communications support. In 2017, AAI started a five-year Build-programme supported by the Ford Foundation, and will expand our staff resources in different areas.

For more information look at the AIDS Accountability International (AAI) website:

Position Specification


The Researcher will contribute to AAI’s work in the form of assisting the Director in research and advocacy work by mainly providing assistance and coordinating research activities, research administration/management, reporting and occasionally some advocacy and outreach activities. All these tasks and activities are expected to be done in a timely, consistent and high-quality manner with professionalism, integrity, honesty and excellence.

Monitoring and Evaluation

As AAI’s recent impact assessment noted, we need to pay more attention to documenting AAI’s ongoing contributions, especially to demonstrating our impact, which in turn helps with fundraising. We need to do monitoring and evaluations of our project and organizational objectives and impacts more frequently and more robustly. Vitally, we need to share the findings with partners (and especially funding partners). AAI needs to put more strenuous M&E systems in place that go beyond project deliverables to also measure the long-term impact of our work. The new person will lead this work.


AAI has developed a reputation for out-of-the-box communications for a development think tank. AAI wants to expand on our existing online data bases and develop new online tools for greater use of and engagement with our and our partners’ data. This position also calls for someone who could develop online tools to improve accountability. The person also needs to understand how their work connects to the communications work at AAI, including an interest in supporting our social media work. This will require the person to develop the relevant platforms and manage them.

Background and Experience

Candidates for the role will require:

Minimum 5-year job experience in at least two of the three work areas mentioned (Research, M&E and Digitalisation)

Experience from work in human rights, health, social justice, governance, sexual reproductive health and rights;

Understanding of the rating work of AAI and its think-tank character;

International experience, a knowledge of the global public health and human rights architecture is an asset;

Experience in working in partnership with civil society actors and advocates;

Experience in acting in a representative capacity;

Experience from working in an international organization is an asset.

Skills and Competencies

Candidates should possess

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English - other languages an asset;

A manifest commitment to the human rights part of the AAI agenda;

The capacity to convey complex messages to lay audiences, as well as interacting meaningfully with expert ones;

Financial literacy;

Research literacy - must understand the core work of AAI;

Coding and software savvy and trained, preferably with an expertise in health statistics;

Willingness to occasionally perform simpler office jobs, like copying and putting reports together;

The breadth of mind to build partnerships across many sectors;

Willingness to travel;

Optimism and openness to new ideas.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a full CV, together with a supporting statement of no more than one side of A4, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to before July 31, 2017.