What does a Research Consultant do?
Research consultants perform research or investigative services for a business or client, typically as a freelancer or independent contractor. They work in a broad range of industries, including business, healthcare, publishing, science, and legal services. They often research technical or complex subjects, but may also gather business intelligence for competitive analysis or market research purposes. They compile a report or briefing summarizing their findings, which is often packaged with more thorough annotated documentation of the entire project.
Research consultants typically have an advanced degree in their field, although a bachelor’s degree combined with extensive relevant professional experience may be acceptable. They must have well developed research and investigative skills, and be proficient with a wide range of online resources and databases. These roles require excellent writing skills.
- Responsible for data collection and analysis, working closely with IEO evaluation managers.
- Provide direct support to the implementation of IEO's evaluations and synthesis.
- Supporting the development of communities of practice, and partnering with professional evaluation networks to improve evaluation utility and credibility.
- Data sources include internal and external documents, UNDP enterprise resource planning systems, key informant interviews, focus groups, surveys and questionnaires.
- Bachelor's Degree in business, computer science, or engineering.
- Hands-on experience with a range of frameworks and operating systems.
- Exhibit strong leadership and problem solving skills.
- Experience with scripting and writing protocols.
How much does a Research Consultant make?
Research Consultant Career Path
Learn how to become a Research Consultant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
Research Consultant Insights
“I got the opportunity to work alongside some of the most brilliant research consultants in the industry.”
“I really hope they treat the next person they fire better than they did me.”
“No salary review and no role development.”
“But I do believe that this message is not clearly communicated when interviewing with the company and having regular L&D talks about your career prospects.”
“Contract was only 1 month so could not see full business development”
“many career development opportunities depending on personal's goal”
“great people to work with”
“Good work life balance”
Research Consultant Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Research Consultant
- Research Analyst
- Research Fellow
- Research Manager