Apply Now! | Freelance researcher to support Latin America Conference

Words by Ross Cathcart, Head of Local Comms and Events, Rethinking Economics

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Description of Contract Work

Rethinking Economics (RE) is looking for a contractor to carry out a fixed piece of work on a Latin American Conference. The contractor will be a freelance basis for 2 to 3 months to research the viability of hosting a Latin America-wide, student-led conference to promote the aims and vision of RE across the continent. The aims of the conference would be to:

– Raise awareness of Rethinking Economics and DeAmericaSoy in Latin America

– Increase engagement and membership of Rethinking Economics across Latin America

– Bring everyone together across Latin America, internal and external to Rethinking Economics, who are working to reform economics education and our economic system

– Discuss ways of working and cooperation to make DeAmericaSoy and Rethinking Economics work effectively for change in Latin America

The contractor will produce a detailed report outlining where, how and with whom RE could host this conference.

The contractor will be proactive and driven, strong analytical, communication and organisational skills as well as a desire to tackle new challenges. Previous research experience is essential.


About Rethinking Economics and DeAmericaSoy

Rethinking Economics are a student led campaign to reform economics education. Our purpose is to build a diverse movement of people who challenge and renew the practice, teaching and application of economics in order to create economic systems which serve people and planet. We were registered as a charity in 2015, have a staff team of 8, and support over 60 student groups to campaign for curriculum reform at their universities in 26 countries.

DeAmericaSoy are a coalition of our student groups based in Latin America from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina. They are recently formed and have co-created a manifesto which they are galvanising students around in order to raise awareness and grow the movement in Latin America.


Key Duties and Responsibilities in Carrying out the Contract Work

– Work in collaboration with RE staff and DeAmericaSoy to assess the feasibility and cost of a Latin America-wide, student led conference.

– Work with the co-directors to devise a work plan and budget for your research project

– Do a context analysis of the movement for economic systems change in Latin America as well as the student appetite for campaigning for economics curriculum reform

– Conduct research into the most suitable locations to host such a conference

– Conduct research into possible partners to host the event

– Work with the co-director of organising to develop a budget for the conference including and pre or post conference events and travel and accommodation for delegates.

– Produce a report with recommendations of; what the conference would look like, what the legacy should be and how we would ensure its success, which country is best suited to host the event, the logistics of hosting a conference in the chosen country, who potential partners could be, and how best to engage other Latin American student and organisations in the process


Contractor Specification

– Fluent Spanish and English

– A graduate level qualification

– Experience in carrying out qualitative research, including, interviews, focus groups, and literature and policy reviews

– Experience planning and putting on events

– Excellent analytical skills and an ability to present information in a clear and understandable manner

– Ability to work independently to tight deadlines

– Excellent written and verbal communication skills

– Excellent interpersonal skills


Term & Conditions

Period: From July 2019

Length of contract: 40 days over 2-3 months

Pay: $130 per day

Reporting to: Ross Cathcart, Membership and Organising Manager, Rethinking Economics

DeAmerica Soy Steering Group


Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides each) to Please reference the person specification when writing the cover letter and where possible please evidence any available research reports you have led on.

If you are interested in the role but are not sure whether you meet all aspects of the person specification, we would strongly encourage you to apply or to contact us for an informal discussion, indicating which aspects of the role you feel you are well suited to. If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact Ross at

We are an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcome applications from women, people who identify as black and ethnic minority, people with disabilities and people who identify as working class.

The closing deadline for applications is Friday 12th July.




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