Call for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Facilitator for a Virtual Masterclass on Ethics and Integrity in Research and Innovation


The Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) is participating in the Management of Research Calls project, under the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI). The Initiative aims to strengthen the capacities of Science Granting Councils (SGCs) in sub-Saharan Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. Launched in April 2015, the Initiative has been strengthening the ability of Councils in 15 sub-Saharan African countries in order to: i) manage research, ii) to design, monitor research and give directions on policies based on the use of evidence, iii) to manage research competitions for development impact iv) to promote networking among themselves and with other science system actors. Research excellence, gender equality and inclusion, and strategic communication and knowledge uptake are cross-cutting issues. These capacity strengthening activities are expected to lead to more effective research investments and strengthened research leadership for development in sub-Saharan Africa. In an effort to achieve these objectives, the Initiative holds an annual Masterclass on an agreed topic. This year 2021, Zimbabwe with its co-hosts Botswana and Burkina Faso will host the Masterclass virtually, in line with the contemporary and novel COVID-19. Zimbabwe will take the leading role with assistance from the co-hosts. The theme of the Masterclass is: Ethics and Integrity in Research and Innovation.

A Call is being made for interested individuals to virtually facilitate the Masterclass that will be hosted by Zimbabwe on 30 March 2021.

Eligibility and Specifications for the EOI

An individual who is a senior in research and has knowledge in facilitating in virtual workshops or engagement with an understanding of the SGCI should apply. Further, the individual should have an understanding of STI and able to contextualise ethics and integrity in research, innovation and research governance. In addition, the individual should have experience in having worked with the academic institutions, the private or public sector. Understanding of ethics and integrity in research is a must.

 Scope of projects

The individual will facilitate a hybrid meeting i.e., a combination of physical and virtual meeting which will last for about 6 hours. The physical participants will attend in line with the COVID-19 guidelines of a maximum of 30 who will be located at a select venue in Harare and interfacing with participants from the region and the globe virtually. Eligible and interested persons are to apply stating the facilitation fees.

Expected Outcome

It is envisaged that use of an experienced facilitator will enable participants to have equal opportunity to contribute and participate maximally in the Masterclass deliberations, which will in turn contribute to economic and social development of the Sub-Saharan region.

Terms and conditions

  1. The Expression of Interest should demonstrate understanding of the Call.
  2. RCZ decision on the choice of the facilitator is final.
  3. RCZ will provide specific Terms of Reference (ToR) to the successful candidate.


The EOI must be submitted electronically to: or

Closing Date

11 March 2021