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12 May 2016

Research Specialist DFID Project Job Placement -FSD Uganda (FSDU)

Job Title:   Research Specialist
Organisation:  FSD Uganda (FSDU)
Funding Source: The Department for International Development (DFID)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

About US:
FSD Uganda (FSDU) is an independent, not for Profit Company. We support innovation, conduct research and help improve policy and regulation. Our objective is a deeper, broader and more inclusive financial sector in Uganda. Our aim is to improve the livelihoods of Uganda’s low-income households through a market-development approach. The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to funding a financial services inclusion programme to provide access to appropriate products for poor people and small and medium enterprises.

Job Summary: The Research Specialist will be responsible for providing evidence and knowledge that may be used by stakeholders to evolve policies, regulations, products services and institutional arrangements that can steer/ guide/ influence the financial sector towards meetings the financial needs of low income Ugandan.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Significantly contribute towards the development and implementation of FSDU’s Strategic and Operational plans; providing colleagues with foundational research and knowledge to ensure that strategies are informed and evidence based:
  • Work closely with colleagues in order to understand their needs and objectives
  • Actively participate in the development of FSDU’s plans and, in particular, the influencing & communications plan & bring research-based insights into the strategic planning process
  • Work in liaison with relevant partners to understand financial sector research needs
  • Develop research agenda and strategies in order to deliver against requirements from 1 & 2
Oversee the roll-out of the research agenda ensuring that research is valid, reliable, relevant & useful and produced in time to continuously inform the needs of stakeholders:
  • Stay abreast with current events and stakeholder needs in order to determine timelines and applications of research projects
  • Keep abreast of emerging research methodologies and tools and findings
  • Commission and manage research projects; ensuring quality control and timeliness
  • Keenly review findings of research, consider implications, and determine key lessons learned
Build the capacity of colleagues and collaborators to conduct quality research following best practice:
  • Determine research capacity gaps and needs in reference to staff and other stakeholders
  • Develop strategies, plans and budgets for addressing development needs
  • Follow up coaching & other support that will develop capacity
  • Encourage requests for research proposals and support partners to access funding
Communicate and disseminate research findings in a way that will maximize utilization and potential to influence:
  • Tailor the output of the research so that it is relevant for the recipient (with reference to the influencing & communications strategy and ongoing stakeholder analysis)
  • Work closely with Communications Specialist to develop and implement innovative ideas for disseminating findings (including those of partners) in a way that will maximise uptake and impact
  • Work in liaison with communications specialist to produce and disseminate publications; including posting them on FSDU website
  • Organise and contribute to conferences & engage in public debates (including media/social media)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s in Economics, Business Administration, Finance or Statistics. PHD is an added advantage
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience in applied research
  • Working knowledge of public sector management and operations
  • Broad working knowledge of financial sector operations
  • Previous experience in disseminating research results
  • Experience in building and managing partnerships

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the DFID project are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the link below.

Deadline:  29th May 2016 by 5:00PM

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