Job Title: Research Assistant
Organization: Bridge International Academies
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 120,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their children to live a very different life. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to standardize and scale every aspect of quality education delivery, from how and where academies are built to how teachers are selected and trained, and how lessons are delivered and monitored for improvement. We are vertically-integrated, tech-enabled, and on our way to profitability. Bridge expects to continue rapid expansion in East Africa, and will be launching operations in Nigeria in September 2015, with India to follow in 2016.
Job Summary: The Research Assistant will be committed to our customer and will be responsible for both quantitative and qualitative support. The jobholder will help in designing both quantitative individual and household surveys, qualitative surveys as well as school surveys. Most importantly, you will be based out in the field for approximately 80% of your working time conducting the different types of interviews as well as working hands-on with families living below the international poverty line of $2 a day. Travelling throughout Uganda will be required while spending a lot of time outside the comfort of your home.
You’re are required to be a people person with the ability to quickly make others feel at ease and interested in talking to you. This is what the day to day, one on one interviews will entail. You will be leading focus groups, conduct ethnographies, and other customer interviews in person or with the help of the Research Coordinator. This requires you to comfortably explore a slum on your own, approach random families, and visit local schools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Carry out household interviews in slum communities
- Carry out plot specific and other one on one field based research
- Conduct follow up with our parents and other operational research either in the field or through phone interviews
- Conduct field-based exercises to calculate population density using electronic data collection devices
- Consolidate qualitative surveys transcripts and run thematic analysis
- Prepare and submit research reports based on both quantitative and qualitative observations
- Actively participate in the design of new research studies and research tools
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Demography, Anthropology or other related field
- A minimum of two years’ experience in conducting field research
- Working knowledge and experience working in slums and informal settlements
- Working knowledge and experience using Excel for data entry
- Knowledge and experience in statistical analysis of research data
- Very good at interpreting and using maps, and connecting what you see on a map with the realities when on the ground
- Working knowledge and experience in use of PDA or net books for data
- Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
- Good planning and organizational skills
- Ability to work under minimal to no supervision
- Attention to detail
- Excellent analytical skills
- A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
- A networking mastermind – You excel at meeting new people and turning them into advocates. You communicate in a clear, conscientious, and effective way in both written and oral speech. You can influence strangers in the course of a single conversation. Allies and colleagues will go to bat for your ideas.
- A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in volatile, low-resource communities and runs on fees averaging just $6 a month per pupil. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand. Every dollar you spend is a dollar our customers, who live on less than $2 a day, will have to pay for.
- A customer advocate – Our customers – these families living on less than $2 a day per person – never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their customer benefit, experience, and value.
- A life-long learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates who wish to apply for this vacancy are encouraged to send their updated CVs and cover letters online at the web link below.
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