Entry Level Researcher Jobs – QED Group, LLC

Title:    Researcher
Organization: QED Group,
Project: USAID/Uganda
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project
Kampala, Uganda
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director
Group, LLC is a full-service international development firm that provides
practical solutions to social problems through sound analysis, proven
management techniques, and creative implementation. We focus our efforts on two
core practice areas: Monitoring & Evaluation and Knowledge Management. We
work with U.S. agencies and overseas governments, international donors,
private-sector clients, and PVOs/NGOs in more than 80 countries around the world.
Key clients include USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the
U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
USAID Project:
USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning project (Learning Contract) is
the five-year organizational program support vehicle through which USAID/Uganda
will pursue realizing its development objectives within the complicated and
shifting Ugandan development context. 
The purpose of the Learning Contract is to provide monitoring,
evaluation and learning support services and build capacity of USAID/Uganda to
implement USAID’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting methodology to
strengthen the implementation of USAID/Uganda’s Country Development Cooperation
Strategy and enhance USAID’s organizational effectiveness.
USAID Uganda
is developing its next CDCS, which attempts to emphasize partnership,
contextualization and integration. CDCS 2.0 will require intrinsic mechanisms
that continuously feed analytics and research into the program cycle in order
to enhance the contextualization of the results framework and improve
development results. The Learning Contract will provide research ideas,
synthesize available studies, produce literature reviews and initiate studies
that can serve as basis for decisions in the Mission. As part of this effort,
the Learning Contract will also find relevant data, analyze it and present it
to the Mission.
The Researcher will provide the Mission with timely, relevant research
related to the CDCS, analyze data, conduct desk reviews and write reports. The
researcher is also expected to look at data emerging from current USAID
databases and work with the M&E Director to identify trends and suggest
areas of further inquiry . The researcher will also keep the Learning Contract
and the Mission updated regarding new relevant research findings and research
agendas in Uganda. The Researcher is also expected to network with those
Ugandan and East African research communities relevant to the CDCS.  The position will furthermore require close
cooperation with the topic specific M&E Specialists in the Learning
Contract for Health, Governance, Education and Youth and Economic growth.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Provide the Mission with syntheses, research,
literature reviews and other knowledge products that are fed into the CDCS 2.0
Develop research agendas on cross-cutting
development themes;
Develop research design scopes of work relevant to
various research questions and link them to appropriate methodologies across
the quantitative, mixed, qualitative and participatory spectrum.
The incumbent will overseer and steer the
development of Learning Contract initiated cross-cutting studies and analytical
Facilitate coordination meetings of both internal
actors as well as external partners around research topics;
Provide the Mission with material to the KM
Coordinate and ensure alignment with other
Learning Contract activities and team members;
Work in liaison with the M&E Director to
analyze data and identify trends and areas of further inquiry;
Perform any other tasks, as assigned. 
Skills and Experience: 
The ideal candidate for the USAID Learning
Researcher vacancy should hold a degree in social science research,
international development, or related field.
Broad understanding of  development with two to three years prior
experience working in development, program management, and/or community
improvement, preferably in a field context;
Demonstrated survey and research design experience
Broad knowledge and understanding of rigorous
research methods, including statistics, ethnography and comparative methods.
Understanding of how research relates to Monitoring,
Evaluation and Learning
Excellent written and oral communication skills,
project management skills/experience and a highly collaborative self-starter,
who is willing to take initiative and work with little supervision, while
synthesizing diverse views into a shared vision and broad engagement;
Ability to thrive and maintain sensitivity in
diverse and challenging work environments;
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We are also an equal
opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.
to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Candidates who meet the above criteria should send
their CV, Cover letter and Bio Data Form, download here,
expressing interest to qed.recruitment.me.specialist@gmail.com with the subject
line as “ATTN: Researcher.”
Friday, 15th January, 2016 by 5:00 pm

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