Senior Research Advisor

  • Do you want to do work that really matters? Help us end avoidable blindness
  • Full time, Permanent Role based in Bangladesh, Vietnam, or Philippines (Flexible work arrangements available)
  • Applications close: Sunday the 4th of August 2024


The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working to prevent blindness and restore sight. This year marks The Foundation’s 30th anniversary of carrying on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. The Foundation is known around the world as an organisation that works with purpose and determination. With a reputation for excellence, we are well known for making change happen.

The Foundation has grown to work in more than 25+ countries throughout Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as Australia. The Foundation has restored sight to more than 3 million people worldwide. We have an ambitious five-year strategic plan that aims to take us even closer to realising our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind, or vision impaired and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to sight and good health.

We are also proud to announce we were awarded the Employer of Choice Award (Public Sector and NFP) at the 2022 Australian HR Awards. The Foundation is also endorsed and in partnership with The Life You Can Save.

To find out more about our work, please visit our website


You have mastered research and evaluation design, including sampling techniques, with advanced analytical proficiency in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Your strong written communication skills enable effective engagement with diverse stakeholders and facilitate participatory processes. Adaptability and flexibility characterize your collaboration within team environments. You possess the ability to comprehend and address the support requirements of both internal and external stakeholders, including non-research staff and project members. Furthermore, you excel in project management, adeptly managing multiple projects simultaneously to ensure quality and timely delivery.


The Senior Research Advisor is responsible for spearheading and overseeing The Foundation’s emerging portfolio of impact studies and providing high quality research technical assistance to teams throughout (and sometimes beyond) the Programs Division.


  • Act as chief investigator on The Foundation’s impact studies – including leading study design, ensuring effective study set up, providing ongoing technical oversight, ensuring effective project management, and effective analysis, reporting, communications, and knowledge translation.
  • Impact study guidelines and tools – ensuring guidelines and tools for supporting the conduct of impact studies are maintained and further developed as required.
  • Communicate research findings and recommendations to key stakeholders through reports, presentations, and other mediums.
  • Stay abreast of emerging trends, best practices, and innovations in impact assessment and research methodologies.
  • Participate in research grant development to secure funds for impact studies.
  • Other tasks as requested by your manager.


  • Demonstrated expertise in mixed-methods research and evaluation design, sampling techniques, data collection methods, data visualisation and report writing.
  • Strong experience acting as chief investigator, co-investigator, or project manager on research projects – including experience designing research studies, developing research protocols, ethics applications and data collection tools, and undertaking and/or coordinating research in low resource settings.
  • Strong experience in managing research consultants, including oversight of their work, ensuring adherence to project timelines and deliverables, and fostering productive working relationships to achieve project objectives.
  • Demonstrated high-level understanding of a broad range of development, humanitarian, and equity issues.
  • Strong experience working in and with diverse teams.

How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you.

To find out more about our benefits click here

How to apply


Applications should be made via our Website, and should include your resume and cover letter. Please address your cover letter to the Talent Acquisition Team and include a response to the “About You”, “Key Responsibilities” and “What You’ll Need to Succeed” sections of the advert.

Applications Close: Sunday the 4th of August 2024

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to ensuring our projects and activities are implemented in a safe and productive environment that prevents harm and avoids impacting the health and safety of all people, particularly children, vulnerable people and disadvantaged groups. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

Please be advised:

  1. Fred Hollows Foundation will never ask for a fee during any stage of the recruitment process.
  2. All active roles are advertised directly on our website here.
  3. Please note we will not be accepting CV’s via agencies for this role.

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