05 August 2016

Research Manager Job Placement - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:        Research Manager
Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: REL Technical Advisor

About US:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building, gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children & youth.

Job Summary: The Research Manager plays a critical role in ensuring that the research is valid, contextually appropriate and of high quality. The incumbent will be responsible for the coordination, implementation and oversight of the research project on the ground. This includes developing project management tools and processes, supporting research activities and contributing to research products and dissemination. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Manager will work with the IRC Uganda staff, local stakeholders and the project’s research partners to:
Coordinate research activities:
  • Catalog humanitarian NGOs operating in Uganda and develop a plan for recruiting research participants
  • Keenly review and verify feedback practices among NGOs to determine eligibility for participation
  • Offer support in the submission of research protocols for in-country ethics review
  • Organize the piloting of research tools and the collection of feedback  (e.g. baseline survey, decision-making tools)
  • Support and monitor field research implementation schedules
  • Organize logistical and administrative support for all activities led by the research partners
  • Actively facilitate engagements between the research partners and IRC Uganda staff
  • Organize early engagement meetings with a subset of research participants for the action research
  • Develop monthly and quarterly implementation and donor progress reports
  • Proactively identify and communicate potential challenges in research implementation
  • Develop and offer contextually appropriate and feasible solutions
  • Support development of a dissemination and communication plan for research products
Contribute to research inputs and outputs:
  • The incumbent will identify and summarize previous research and reports on beneficiary feedback in Uganda
  • Review research instruments for contextual appropriateness
  • Support development of in-country presentations of findings to IRC staff and local partners
Build support research network:
  • Lead local outreach and networking among local stakeholders to ensure efficient implementation of the project
  • Convene group discussions and attend events on beneficiary feedback with local champions
  • Develop communication pieces about research process and outputs (e.g. blog posts, social media messages)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the IRC Research Manager job placement must hold a Masters in Social Sciences, International Relations, Psychology, Behavioral Science, Development Studies or related fields
  • University-level training in empirical methods, statistics or research methods (preferred)
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working within the humanitarian aid system and within NGOs in particular
  • Previous experience with supporting rigorous research using quantitative methods such as randomized controlled trials in a lab or field setting (preferred).
  • Previous experience with action research, a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in beneficiary feedback mechanisms, NGO accountability and responsiveness
  • Experience working in East Africa; experience in Uganda preferred
  • Previous experience managing USAID or BPRM programs or research projects preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop strong relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to visit the link below to Apply.

Deadline: 25th September, 2016

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