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Information Specialist,, Remote

Job Overview

Having published its first prototype synthesis on AEPs in 2022, is now investing in the formation of a high-quality, geographically diversified Synthesis Team under the leadership of its Head of Synthesis and Chair for Education Science and Policy. We are seeking an experienced Information Specialist to be an integral part of that team and support’s development of its own evidence and knowledge management systems, repositories and processes.

The Information Specialist is a key role, responsible for providing’s Synthesis Team with comprehensive literature searching support of published and unpublished evidence, including ‘grey’ literature and sources of evidence that are highly contextualized or locally generated which are usually ignored or under-represented in syntheses (see’s International Working Group initiative for more details on this evidence challenge). The Information Specialist will also provide hands-on, expert coding and classification support; lead the establishment of’s own repository of evidence; and support the high-quality development and outputs of its synthesis and knowledge management systems, processes and activities.

Contract type: Two-year fixed contract, renewal possible.

Location: Remote working, but occasional travel may be required.

Salary: Highly competitive international salary

Contract hours: Flexible: Minimum 3 days / 24 hours per week


  • Provide comprehensive literature search services for the’s Synthesis Team, including design or guidance on the design of search strategies; running of searches and provision of results; updating searches.
  • Lead the Synthesis Team’s development of high-quality, innovative and methodologically rigorous searching strategies and approaches for’s syntheses, High-Level Policy Briefs (HLPBs) and other Knowledge Translation outputs.
  • Design, run and evaluate search strategies and searches to find, classify and appraise valuable evidence from general repositories (e.g., Google Scholar), specialist education databases (e.g., ERIC – Education Research Information Center; UNESCO’s Planipolis) and – critically – from ‘grey’ literature at international and national levels.
  • Record sources searched, and evaluate their usefulness and relevance.
  • Provide advice and support to the Synthesis Team on the use of reference management tools (like Zotero), and other software used in’s editorial and production process.
  • Provide editorial review of search methodology and reporting in protocols, reviews and updates of reviews.
  • Work closely with the Head of Synthesis, Chief Product Officer, and other members of the Team to ensure the smooth flow of syntheses through the editorial process.
  • Lead’s data and evidence curation and annotation activities; including developing and maintaining the organization’s own repository of evidence found and used in its syntheses.
  • Strengthen and maintain’s internal knowledge management approach and processes.
  • Organize translations of papers where necessary to enable the Synthesis Team to assess papers for inclusion/exclusion in their syntheses.
  • Provide intellectual leadership to on the latest Information Technology developments and innovations (including the impact of AI) on information retrieval, informatics and library science.
  • Keep up-to-date with methodological developments in information retrieval and management.

As a small team we hope that all staff can contribute to our work and vision according to its developing needs, as well as undertake the duties outlined above.

To Apply

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To learn more about and see examples of our work see: Please email a CV/Resume and a covering letter outlining how you match the required skills to: [email protected], with ‘Information Specialist application’ in the e-mail address line.

If you would like to discuss the role or the application process, please contact Beverley Turton at:
[email protected].

Deadline: Please note that we aim to interview preferred candidates in the week beginning Monday 30th October, but reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

We are unable to offer work visas or permits and so any candidate will need to ensure you have
the right to work for whichever country you are applying from.