The British Council is seeking a consultant to undertake a needs-analysis of Ukraine’ trade publishing sector and develop a Strategy on how to best use UK-sector expertise to internationalise it.


Location Based in UK, with travel to Ukraine
Duration 09/12/2019 - 30/04/2020
Closing date Monday 18 November 2019

Role overview

About the project

The Literature team in the UK work together with the arts managers in British Council offices in more than 100 countries around the world to create programmes that help to build important connections and increase mutual knowledge and understanding. We work with individuals and organisations from all parts of the UK literature sector and their international counterparts. In recent years, there has been a significant consolidation of the Ukrainian publishing sector. Ukrainian publishing and literature professionals start gaining a greater exposure in the international markets (e.g. in 2019 the Ukrainian Book Institute presented a Ukrainian stand at the London Book Fair for the first time). The British Council has recently initiated several activities that harnessed UK expertise to support the growth and internationalisation of the Ukrainian publishing sector. We wish to continue strengthening this area of our work. 

About the role

The British Councils wishes to engage a Consultant to:

  • Conduct research into Ukraine’s trade publishing sector, scoping opportunities for internationalisation, including a detailed needs-analysis of publishers.
  • Devise a 3-year strategy (in the form of a written report) recommending ways that UK-sector expertise can be used to enable Ukrainian publishers to build international trade links and thrive in a global environment.

The consultant will be expected to do the following:

  1. Survey trade publishers and professional bodies within Ukraine.
  2. Identify skills gaps related to international publishing (e.g. in rights buying or selling, preparing rights materials, networking and forging international contacts, agenting, editorial, digital publishing, subsidiary rights exploitation).
  3. Identify need and demand for various interventions – including but not limited to professional training, brokering international networks, translation subvention, support for international trade delegations and attendance at book fairs.
  4. Provide a baseline assessment of the relevant skills, resources and international reach of Ukrainian publishers which can be used in future evaluations.
  5. Interview past participants in British Council Ukraine publishing interventions (see above) and evaluate their impact, and how these activities contribute to the agenda of growing and internationalising the Ukrainian publishing sector.
  6. Interview publishers in other key markets where there is potential for growth in rights trade with Ukraine (to be agreed with the Consultant, but likely to include, for example, awareness of key UK or Ukrainian publishers and their lists, rights available, and barriers to trade).
  7. Where appropriate, draw evidence from case studies in other countries that have successfully internationalised their publishing sector.

Outputs will include:

  • Research findings and data (e.g. surveys, interview notes, links to other research), supplied in appendices, data files and citations.
  • Executive Summary of research (pdf document format).
  • Strategy including rationale, programme activity, timelines, monitoring and evaluation toolkit (pdf document format).

Qualifications and experience required

A consultant should demonstrate experience of:

  • designing and conducting research in the publishing sector;
  • the international rights market;
  • using a range of research approaches including desk and field research, interviews, surveys, meta-studies;
  • writing executive summaries of research findings;
  • devising professional development programmes;
  • designing evaluation methodologies/toolkits;
  • working in an international context and experience of cultural differences and sensitivities.

How to apply

If you are interested to apply for this role, please follow detailed instructions provided in the RFP document* below and submit your responses to copying in with the title Ukraine Publishing Research Consultant by 18/11/2019.

*Kindly download the documents below for more information. Please ensure that you complete and submit the relevant documents by the deadline.

Please note that we will only respond to successful applicants on 29/11/2019.