Research Coordinator at The Engine Room

The Engine Room

Research Coordinator

Full-Time in Ecuador - Remote OK

We’re looking for a Research Coordinator to join our Research and Learning team to support the design, implementation and evaluation of research projects and support our other teams in helping civil society organisations make the most of data and technology to increase their impact.

The Engine Room is a global team and we actively seek diverse perspectives, experiences and voices in all areas of our team and in our work. Our organisation prioritises empathy, respect, humility, flexibility, fun and a healthy work-life balance. We highly encourage individuals from all backgrounds, experiences and identities to apply. We are entirely remote which means we don’t have a physical office anywhere and all our staff and contractors work remotely, including this role.

  • Location: Remote
  • Start date: 3 February 2020 at the latest
  • Hours worked: full-time
  • Pay: 3,700 - 4,200 USD per month gross, depending on skills and experience
  • Perks: up to 300 USD per month in reimbursed expenses
  • Application deadline: November 30.


  • To apply:
    • please upload your CV/resume using the link below and complete the questionnaire.
    • deadline: November 30
  • For questions:


  • Support project managers in developing, implementing and improving processes for project team communication, resource development, documentation and evaluation.
  • Work closely with the Research and Learning Team Lead to ensure high quality and timely delivery of project planning and implementation goals
  • support opportunities for growth, deepen sector knowledge, implement team strategies and develop and implement evaluation plans.
  • Provide project support and coordination to other teams as needed and facilitates smooth cross-team collaboration and communication
  • Support internal documentation, learning and knowledge management throughout the organisation and across programmatic teams
  • Builds relationships with potential consultants in a variety of regions and sectors and maintains a roster with updated information
  • Facilitate recruitment, communication, coordination and project and information management as they relate to our engagement with external consultants
  • Provide other support to project managers, e.g., conducting desk research, interviews.

You can learn more about our research projects here


Our team relies on significant cross-team collaboration to bring together all our diverse sets of skills, experience and knowledge and to ensure we share learnings across The Engine Room. We design our research projects to be impactful and aim for our findings to inform the work we do with other partners. This collaboration allows us to take on a diversity of projects across approaches, sectors and topics and increase our impact and efficiency. It also requires extremely clear and smooth processes to reduce overhead and friction. The Research Coordinator helps to make this possible, by working with our Research Manager to make the most out of major projects, with our Knowledge Coordinator to ensure project learnings contribute to our knowledge-building approach, and with the Research and Learning Lead to support your team strategy and growth, and across teams to support the effective and cohesive use of research across the organisation.


You are good at analysing large amounts of information and gleaning key insights. You are interested in the role that tech and data could or do play in civil society. You enjoy learning about new topics, and are naturally curious and open. You enjoy collaborating with others and believe strong relationships with people are critical to creating impact. You communicate clearly, proactively and frequently. You are a problem solver and are comfortable with ambiguity. You see gaps in processes and proactively figure out how best to fill them. You are comfortable working in complex situations and taking on new responsibilities. You are adaptable while also being organised and methodical. Our organisational values resonate with you.


  • Demonstrated interest working in social justice
  • Ability to balance multiple projects, tasks or responsibilities
  • Supportive and collaborative approach to work
  • Organisation, attention to detail and diligence
  • Clear and proactive communications with diverse audiences
  • Fluency in English and at least one other language
  • Based in a location between the following time zones: UTC-5 and UTC+5
  • Access to fast, reliable internet
  • Eagerness to learn and grow


  • Some level of technical or design skills
  • Remote work experience
  • Familiarity with/demonstrated interest in critical data topics (ethics, responsible data, feminist data approaches, data audits, etc)