Developing a culture of research in Pakistan

Type  Consultanacy
Key dates

Deadline for queries: Friday 21 October 2016

Deadline for applications: Friday 4 November 2016

Appointment of successful applicant: Wednesday 30 November 2016

End of contract: Sunday 30 April 2016

Eligibility
  • strong understanding of the Pakistani context and with significant experience conducting research in the field of education, with an emphasis on higher education
  • understanding of the British Council’s objectives and to have examples of work published in peer reviewed journals on relevant topics.

We are seeking to appoint an individual or organisation to undertake a thorough review and analysis of the research sector in Pakistan and to assess the extent to which there is a ‘Culture of Research’.

The final report should also draw specifically on the strengths of the UK to develop recommendations for Pakistan to develop such a culture further, as well as recommendations for programmes or policies that the British Council could establish to encourage the development of a culture of research.

We conceive of a ‘Culture of Research’ as an attitude and approach that spreads across all tiers of education and includes a variety of structural, curricular and political elements. 

The concept for the research is more clearly elaborated in Annex [5] (Research Concept Note). The successful proposal is expected to include the following elements:

  • A literature review exploring what a ‘culture of research’ is, specific examples of strong cultures of research and an assessment of the strengths of the UK’s research sector. The project is expected to take a broad approach to the notion of a research sector and to include at least school curriculums, research structures and funding bodies, mechanisms for assessing research and the role of research in policy making when considering what a research culture is. The literature review should consider what skills should be developed at different levels of education to encourage a research mentality, how these can be developed and what can be put in place to encourage research based policy making. 
  • A series of qualitative interviews with Vice Chancellors in Pakistan exploring the challenges that they face in funding or pursuing research. This should include an exploration of necessary skills for research, as well as facilities. It should also explore whether the skills necessary for producing strong research are considered during undergraduate and graduate applications processes. The interviews should focus on identifying problems and proposing solutions. They should also consider how the needs of a developing country might differ from a developed country. 
  • A series of qualitative interviews with stakeholders in the UK exploring what factors they think are most important in developing a strong culture of research, with a focus on training and skills development across all tiers in the education system. They should also consider how the needs of a developing country might differ from a developed country.

 The outputs from the project are expected to be: 

  • A clear inception report to be submitted by the end of 2016
  • A clear literature review of at most 20 pages. 
  • Interview protocols for both sets of interviews, to be approved by British Council 
  • Transcriptions of all interviews- approximately 30 expected. 15 in Pakistan and 15 in the UK. 
  • Final report including an analysis of the interview transcripts, recommendations for British Council and recommendations for Pakistan more broadly. The report should also consider what impact a more developed Culture of Research might have on policy making and development programming. 

Eligibility

We are looking for a researcher or a team of researchers with a strong understanding of the Pakistani context and with significant experience conducting research in the field of education, with an emphasis on higher education. 

In addition, we expect the successful applicant to demonstrate an understanding of the British Council’s objectives and to have examples of work published in peer reviewed journals on relevant topics. 

How to apply

To apply for the consultant position, please complete Annex 1 and 2 and return them to Muhammad.Ali2@britishcouncil.org.pk by Friday 4 November 2016.