Research Specialist Job Careers - The Leadership Team

Job Title:         Research Specialist
Organization: The Leadership Team
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
The Leadership Team is an international training and consulting firm equipping leaders with the practical tools and knowledge needed to lead their organisations towards enhanced performance and long term sustainability.

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 Ugandan candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below. The applicants are required to upload an application / cover letter in Pdf / Microsoft Word format stating the current and expected salary, daytime contacts, detailed Curriculum Vitae with three professional referees and copies of certificates.

Deadline: 29th May 2016 by 5.00 pm.

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