Introduction to CRD

Connecting Research to Development (CRD) emerges as a distinguished non-profit think tank, intricately blending evidence-based research with practical development initiatives across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and beyond. At the juncture of public health and social sciences, CRD meticulously addresses a spectrum of critical challenges, aiming to catalyze both meaningful and sustainable development outcomes. Since its establishment, CRD has championed the cause of building and nurturing strategic collaborations with an eclectic array of stakeholders. This includes forging strong ties with academic institutions, engaging with local and international organizations, and liaising with government bodies, ensuring that our research findings are not just theoretical but translate into tangible, actionable strategies.

In the realm of Research and Design, CRD prides itself on spearheading the development of innovative research methodologies and the conceptualization of projects that are specifically tailored to address the nuanced demands of diverse development contexts. Our approach is deeply entrenched in both creativity and scientific rigor, propelling our interventions to not only be groundbreaking but also solidly evidence based.

Understanding the critical importance of Capacity Building and Training, CRD dedicates itself to enhancing the capabilities of both individuals and organizations within the development sector. By deploying meticulously designed training programs, we aim to bolster the professional competencies and operational effectiveness of our partners. This, in turn, significantly amplifies the impact of our collective endeavors, ensuring that development efforts are both efficient and impactful.

In the sphere of Policy Work and Public System, CRD takes a proactive stance in influencing policy development and implementation. Our goal is to foster enhanced governance and the resilience of public systems. Through initiatives informed by comprehensive research, we strive to effect positive systemic changes, thus improving the welfare and living conditions of communities across the MENA region and further afield.

Monitoring and Evaluation stand as critical pillars of our strategy, ensuring the accountability, effectiveness, and scalability of various development projects and policies. This essential function enables us to make evidence-based adjustments, promoting a culture of continuous improvement and learning.

Open Call for Expertise:

CRD is actively seeking to enhance its expert roster by inviting applications from highly qualified individual consultants and experts, particularly those with a PhD or currently pursuing one, who possess deep knowledge and experience in our recategorized and comprehensive fields of expertise. These fields are essential to our multidisciplinary approach, designed to tackle the complex development challenges faced in the MENA region and beyond. Successful candidates will bring a depth of understanding and proficiency that is vital for contributing to CRD’s mission. They will also have the unique opportunity to engage in a variety of projects, ranging from research proposals and national and regional activities to capacity building, policy analysis, and project evaluation, furthering our commitment to driving sustainable development outcomes.

Research Innovation and Methodologies

  • Advanced qualitative and quantitative research techniques
  • Innovative data analysis and visualization tools
  • Participatory action research methodologies

Public Health

  • Maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition
  • Communicable and non-communicable diseases prevention and control
  • Health systems strengthening, policy, and financing.
  • Health promotion.

Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health

  • Artificial Intelligence applications in development, including machine learning, natural language processing, and predictive analytics
  • Implementation and scaling of digital health solutions to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes
  • Health informatics, including electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchange (HIE), and data interoperability
  • Digital interventions for health education, awareness, and behavioral change

Social Sciences and Humanitarian Studies

  • Conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and security studies
  • Gender studies and gender mainstreaming strategies
  • Sociology, anthropology, and development

Governance, Legal Frameworks, and Policy Analysis

  • Public policy analysis and legislative reform
  • Governance models and public administration
  • Access to justice and legal empowerment

Infrastructure and Urban Development

  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) engineering
  • Urban planning and sustainable city development
  • Infrastructure resilience and disaster risk reduction

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)

  • Theory of Change development and logical framework analysis
  • Impact evaluation and outcome mapping
  • Participatory monitoring and feedback mechanisms

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Template: Detailed information about professional background, expertise, and experience.
  • Motivation Letter: Explanation of interest in joining the CRD expert roster and alignment with CRD’s mission.
  • Daily Consultancy Rate: Expected compensation.
  • Portfolio/Case Studies: Demonstrations of expertise and achievements (if applicable).

Selection Criteria:

  • Proven expertise in the relevant field, particularly with a focus on CRD’s core areas of work.
  • PhD qualification or current pursuit of a PhD in a related field.
  • Extensive experience in research, development, or humanitarian initiatives across the MENA region.
  • Exceptional analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

CRD is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and inclusion and encourage applications from qualified individuals of all backgrounds, nationalities, and personal characteristics.

How to apply

Application Submission:

For application, please complete the online form available at this link:

Kindly ensure you fill in all the required details and submit any necessary documents as part of your application process

Further Information:

For any inquiries or further details, please contact [email protected]