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READY Initiative, Knowledge Management and Research Consultant

Time range: June 2022 – September 2022

Effort level: 15 working days, with possibility of extension

Location: Home


In 2018, USAID’s Office of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded Save the Children (SC) to lead a three-year initiative to increase global capacity to respond to major epidemics. Through a consortium of partners, the READY initiative complements existing efforts to strengthen coordination between global humanitarian outbreak structures and operational response organizations. READY builds the capacity of humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to respond more quickly and effectively to major outbreaks, including COVID-19, with an integrated, multi-sectoral approach that responds to the holistic needs of affected communities – with community engagement and communications at the center.

In 2022, BHA funded the next phase of READY which builds on READY’s global platform, expertise and networks to expand its reach with an in-depth capacity building portfolio, additional investments in development, operationalization and application of operational and technical guidance, and development of a comprehensive knowledge management strategy to improve awareness and use of the best global resources for outbreak responses. In this next phase, READY is refining its focus on building the capacity of national and local NGOs, involving these stakeholders in the design and deployment of resources. The main objectives of READY are centered on holistic capacity building and capturing and applying learning. The READY initiative is led by Save the Children in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, UK-Med and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.

READY is seeking a Knowledge Management and Research Consultant to support the development of the READY dissemination strategy and curation of existing resources for the READY Learning Center on Epidemic Preparedness and Response. The consultant will conduct desk research on mailing lists and key networks for non-governmental organizations around the world to ensure that READY reaches its target audience with tools and trainings. The consultant will also research existing e-learning courses related to infectious disease outbreaks to support the development of the READY Learning Center on Outbreak Preparedness and Response on Kaya, and compile a list of relevant technical terms to ensure consistency across language translation products.

Key deliverables

  • Cartography existing networks, forums, newsletters, key contacts, etc. to be integrated into the READY dissemination strategy and to be used for the dissemination of READY tools and training. This should include contact information, links (if any), target audience (region/country), timing (if it is a newsletter or other communication in progress), connections, etc.
  • Listing existing e-learning courses that align with pre-determined course topics for the READY Learning Hub. This should include relevant titles, summaries, links, etc.
  • Compilation of key technical terms for linguistic translation.

How to register

Please submit an Expression of Interest to Laura Romig, READY Senior Associate at before June 14, 2022. The expression of interest should include a resume with relevant experience, a cover letter and a daily rate.