Program Researcher NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program Coordinator
About US:
Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements
high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy
Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to
implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a
community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity
needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing
factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID), the European Commission (EC), United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).
About GIRL Program:
Corps is undertaking new research in order to advance the organization’s gender
and resilience strategy. We are interested in testing the critical links
between women and girls’ access over assets and whether this leads to
empowerment, increase influence over household decision making, improved food
security and household adaptive capacity as a result. This research will align
closely with Mercy Corps’ Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL)
program, which aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Karamoja region to
improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food
security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their
Job Summary: The Program Researcher will be responsible for
helping to design and implement this research initiative. The incumbent will
offer support in the planning and execution of key research activities. The
Program Researcher will work closely with the GIRL program team members in the
Karamoja Region (Uganda), Turkana and West Pokot County (Kenya) to design and
implement research activities including market assessments, gender and
resilience reports, case studies and internal and external communications
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Generate and implement research tools (Survey
    design, KII and FGD guidelines)
  • Carry out assessments, evaluations and
    monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail developing
    survey tools, administering tools, entering and analyzing data, report writing
    and facilitating results discussion.
  • Regularly document and share all learnings
    from research activities
  • Write reports, articles and blogs that
    synthesize key findings from across research activities and GIRL Program
    M&E efforts
  • Work in liaison with GIRL Program Coordinator
    to ensure synergy across GIRL M&E efforts and research activities
  • Visit sites and partners to collect
    supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both
    independently and in teams
  • Build and strengthen professional relationships
    with local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other
    development organizations, and civil society organizations
  • Work with Program Coordinator, Program
    Officer and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan
    and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally
    and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not
    jeopardize its mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by
    his/her supervisor or representatives
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Mercy Corps Program
    Researcher job opportunity should hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics,
    Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant
  • A minimum of three years of program
    monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Previous exposure and experience in the areas
    of gender, resilience and/or market development
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of concepts
    and skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and
    frameworks, participatory monitoring
  • Ability to design and implement surveys, have
    knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Broad working knowledge of quantitative and
    qualitative data collection, reporting techniques.
  • S/he should understand and be able to apply
    basic measures of central tendency and spread
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the incumbent
    should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data management software
    including Ms Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Fluency in both spoken and written English.
    N’Karamojon, Pökoot and Turkana language skills is an added advantage
How to Apply:
suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail
applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements,
updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the Human Resource Manager, Kampala Head Office
on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications
with cover letter should be sent to:
Deadline:  24th
February 2016

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