What are the best places to share one-off opportunities for impact?

post by pseudobison · 2020-12-28T20:20:33.091Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

Every once in awhile, I learn about one-off opportunities that might be helpful to have effective altruists involved in, e.g. chances to contribute to a project with a large impact. One such opportunity is below. I find myself unsure of the best place to share things like this: This forum seems like it is largely (though not exclusively) for more big-picture sorts of discussions, though perhaps things like this are welcome here. I see that there is a large effective altruism subreddit (where I initially posted the below), and a Facebook group, but not sure what the norms are around cross-posting. I also don't know if there are other venues that would be more suitable to post something like this in. Any guidance would be appreciated.


The Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia is currently looking for experts to serve as paid reviewers to review research proposals in the WHO COVID-19 research priorities (these priorities are summed up in https://www.who.int/blueprint/priority-diseases/key-action/Coronavirus_Roadmap_V9.pdf?ua=1 p. 15-16). This is part of a one-off project to allocate funds raised by the popular Catalonian charity marathon La Marató de TV3, which has raised over 10 million euros for COVID-19 research this year. Note that the WHO COVID-19 priorities include ethical topics that members of the EA community with the requisite expertise might be particularly well-suited to advise on, such as "Ethical governance of global epidemic research", "Articulate and translate existing ethical standards to salient issues in COVID-19" and similar, see p. 56. They say: "Please note that this collaboration is rewarded and implies reviewing about 10-15 expressions of interest (5-6 pages) around February-March 2021. The exact number of proposals to review will depend on the number of submissions (call closes end of January) and its topics matching your expertise."

I am not affiliated with any of the above organizations, but have been asked to let them know if I know of anyone suitable who might be interested in participating. If you have expertise and a publication history in any relevant areas - they will ask you to provide a list of up to 5 of your most relevant publications related to the WHO COVID-19 research priorities - and you would like me to pass your name along, then please DM me your name, the e-mail you would like me to provide them with, and list of relevant publications before the end of the year. Thanks!


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comment by EdoArad (edoarad) · 2020-12-29T08:10:29.576Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I encourage you to post as many of these as you'd like. Similar to what I've written in Requests on the Forum [EA · GW], I think that this could be useful and wouldn't be too demanding of the readers' attention if you use correct tags (we might need to create something like "job opportunity", but for now "Get Involved" and "Community" might be enough) and a clear title. The tags allow people to remove these automatically from their feed.

You should definitely also post on the facebook group(s) and subreddit. Perhaps also consider notifying 80k or similar orgs when relevant.

comment by pseudobison · 2020-12-29T12:45:08.151Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks! This is helpful, much appreciated.

comment by Aaron Gertler (aarongertler) · 2020-12-30T12:17:05.878Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

The biggest "general-purpose" EA Facebook groups are also a good place to share (once you've shared something on the Forum):