Giving What We Can


Oxford, UK

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Giving What We Can (GWWC) is looking for a Researcher to help us provide people with high-quality guidance on where to donate to do as much good as they can.

This role provides an opportunity to help influence billions of dollars of charitable giving to be more effective.

Giving What We Can members have already donated more than $200 million to charity, and have pledged to donate more than $2 billion more. Additionally, our website reached half a million people in the past 12 months.

Over 6,000 of our members have pledged to give 10% of their lifetime income to effective charities. Fulfilling the pledge requires them to remain up to date on the most promising cause areas and giving opportunities. Our research and advice is designed to help.

In this role, you would develop and maintain our advice on effective giving. You would work closely with charity evaluators, grantmakers and other researchers in the effective altruism community to ensure that complex research is accurately and clearly communicated to both our members and the wider public. Improving the scope and quality of our advice means that you can act as a powerful multiplier.

You would report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with the rest of the team.

Remote with the possible option of working out of the CEA office in Oxford

Applications for this position must be received no later than September 15. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Staying up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of effective altruism
  • Translating primary research done by charity evaluators, grantmakers, and other researchers into actionable advice that is easily understood by the general public
  • Working closely with external parties (e.g. charity evaluators, grantmakers, charity representatives, primary researchers)
  • Maintaining and improving our giving recommendations, cause pages, and individual charity pages
  • Writing blog posts, research reports, and articles about relevant topics
  • Representing the organisation articulately with external parties (e.g. interviews)
  • Fact- checking our external-facing communications (e.g. blog posts, videos, marketing copy)
  • Maintaining our database of impact metrics
  • Using your knowledge of Giving What We Can's mission to help set the research agenda and grow our research team
  • See the ‘example outputs section’ below for specific examples of the types of outputs you would work on
About you
You are excited about effective altruism and have been closely following the work of a variety of effective altruism organisations for several years. You have a background in both qualitative and quantitative research in an academic or professional context. You have a solid understanding of effective giving, an interest in a variety of cause areas, demonstrated good judgement, and desire to produce high-quality research to best advance the Giving What We Can mission.

Essential skills, traits and
  • Passion for making the world a better place and alignment with the mission of Giving What We Can
  • Robust, value-driven self-motivation and the ability to work autonomously and remotely
  • Brings new perspectives and ideas
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated competency in qualitative and quantitative reasoning
  • Good written communication skills, especially in translating technical information to be understandable and compelling to the public
Desirable skills, traits and
  • Experience conducting literature searches and synthesizing complex data from different fields
  • Strong statistical background
  • Experience writing professional-quality reports and presentations, particularly for web
  • Good spoken communication skills
  • Ability to form cooperative relationships with staff at other relevant organisations (such as charity evaluators, grant makers, and other research organisations) and work towards the shared goals of effectively improving the world
Salary, benefits and
This is a full-time remote position, however a part-time or job-share position would be considered for the right candidate if desired. Location is flexible, provided the candidate can attend regular meetings compatible with various time zones.

Salary for candidates in Oxford is £41,000-£62,000 depending on experience, with some flexibility above this range for an exceptional candidate. Salaries for candidates who prefer to work remotely will be decided based on location and skills.

UK benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible work hours, a £1,000 annual training budget, extended parental leave, ergonomic equipment, a 3% pension contribution, and 25 days of paid vacation. We have similar benefits in the US.

About Giving What We
Giving What We Can's mission is to inspire donations to the world's most effective organisations. We do that by advocating for effective giving and managing a community of effective givers (most have pledged to give 10% of income to the most effective organizations). We support members in their commitments to helping others effectively with their donations. We aim to create a culture where people are inspired to give more, and give more effectively.

Giving What We Can is a project of The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the US, and a registered charity in England and Wales.

How to apply
If the chance to join our team excites you, we hope you'll apply! If you're not sure about applying because you don't know if you're qualified, we would really love you to apply anyway.

Applications for this position must be received no later than September 15. Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

See the 'example work trial section' to understand how we will evaluate applicants after the initial screening process.

Please contact if you have questions.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.

Example outputs
  • Researching and drafting our individual charity pages (e.g. The Humane League) and cause pages (e.g. Malaria).
  • Researching relevant impact metrics for our donation dashboard and How Rich Am I calculator and a new impact calculator (e.g. working with relevant organisations to identify the right metrics, building models when necessary, writing clear caveats).
  • Determining the process for selecting the charities and causes that appear in relevant sections on our website (e.g. our giving recommendations, charities page, causes page), external communications and educational presentations.
Example paid trial
After reviewing the initial applications we will invite some candidates to complete a short paid work trial. The duration will be less than 20 hours work and will involve tasks similar to those you will perform on the job. For example the trial may involve:

  • Writing a summary charity page similar to this one for Against Malaria Foundation for a chosen charity in a standard format that would be accessible to the general public.
  • Selecting relevant impact metrics for a charity and if necessary building a simple model to estimate the effectiveness of that charity (clearly articulating estimations and uncertainties)
  • Documenting the research process, articulating your reasoning during the process, and outlining what next steps would be required to improve the page to a publishable standard.

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2021-09-15

  • Category Other
  • Created by Luke Freeman
  • Submitted 27 Aug
  • Last updated 27 Aug