Call for EOIs: Research into the intersection of ageism and ableism in development and humanitarian response

About us

At CBM Australia is a Christian organisation empowering compassionate Australians to end the cycle of poverty and disability. Through our programs, technical advice, and advocacy, we help millions of people transform their lives each year. As Australia’s only international development organisation focused on disability inclusion our work improves the quality of life of people with disabilities living in the poorest countries.

Partnering with local organisations we build and promote an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

About the research

This research is collaboration between CBM Australia and Fred Hollows Foundation.

Globally, older people with disabilities have been identified as experiencing intersectional marginalisation and discrimination. There has been little analysis of how development and humanitarian programming and policy account for and address the intersection of ableism and ageism, and a lack of guidance to inform an intersectional approach to programming and policy.

This research will centre on the intersection between ageism and ableism, elucidating how older people with disabilities may experience marginalisation and discrimination and how development and humanitarian programs and policies may perpetuate this. It will take a rights-based approach – focusing on existing barriers to equal participation and cases of discrimination and exclusion faced by older people with disabilities – and is intended to be generative and provide space for further research and discovery.

The report will be disseminated among development agencies, NGOs and other actors implementing development and humanitarian programs. It will also form the basis for consideration and development of advocacy strategies toward development actors in order to drive more inclusive intersectional approaches and effective development and humanitarian outcomes.

Further details, including a desired timeframe, a contained in the Terms of Reference.

About the consultancy

The consultant will be selected based on provision of a single PDF including their CV and one-page EOI outlining their approach to the research, experience to deliver on the task, and proposed budget. Kindly note that:

  • the maximum budget allocated for this work is 20,000 AUD and the work is estimated to take between 15-20 days.
  • failure to submit a single pdf will disqualify the candidate.

The consultant will be contracted by CBM Australia (CBMA, and the work will be jointly supervised by a small steering committee comprising staff from CBMA and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

About the consultant

This research will be contracted to a consultant who will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • A master’s degree in International Development, Disability Studies, Ageing, or Public Health.
  • Demonstrable experience conducting literature reviews and synthesising information from diverse sources as well as conducting qualitative research, including key informant interviews, and analysing qualitative data.
  • In-depth knowledge of disability rights, ageing and related policy frameworks, and an understanding of the intersection between ageism and ableism, as well as other forms of disadvantage.
  • Experience working on development and humanitarian policies and programmes. Familiarity with the development and humanitarian sector, including existing programmes and policies in Australia is highly desirable.
  • Commitment to ethical research practices, including consent, confidentiality and ensuring the voices of older people with disabilities are accurately represented.
  • Ability to facilitate participatory processes that involve stakeholders in the development of recommendations as well as capacity to identify gaps in existing policies and practice and propose innovative solutions to address them.
  • Demonstrable experience writing reports and briefing papers in English tailored to diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, practitioners and community members.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and an ability to communicate complex concepts and findings in a clear, concise and accessible manner suitable for a lay audience.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and nuances in disability and ageing experiences across different contexts.
  • For this role, you will need to have your own insurance and Australian candidates will require an ABN.


If you meet the above criteria, please submit a single PDF including your CV and one-page EOI outlining your approach to the research, experience to deliver on the task, and proposed budget via Ethical Jobs.

Failure to submit a single pdf will disqualify the application.

CBM Australia is committed to workplace equity and diversity and encourages applications from candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and people with lived experience of disability. Please contact using the subject line: Intersection of ageism and ableism research enquiry via Ethical Jobs for confidential support to ensure an equitable, barrier-free application process. We ensure that any information provided to the contact is private and confidential, will only be used to provide accommodations and will in no way determine the outcome of an application.

CBM Australia is committed to the safety and best interest of all children accessing CBM supported services and programs and workplace. Preferred candidates are advised that they will be required to sign the CBM Child Safeguarding Standard, and we reserve the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures prior to employment being confirmed.