Research Manager Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) Employment Opportunity – AfriChild Centre

Organization: AfriChild
Centre (AfriChild)
Duty Station: Africhild
Centre, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The AfriChild Centre
(AfriChild) is a multidisciplinary research Centre that works to improve
child-focused policy and practice through scientific research, analysis and
knowledge development in collaboration with the public and private sectors, academia
and civil society.
About Project:
In collaboration
with World Vision International and the Heilbrunn Department of Population and
Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, AfriChild seeks a Research
Manager to conduct research on Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Emergencies
Research Project – Strengthening the Evidence Base II. CFS is used by a growing
number of agencies in an increasing range of contexts and emergencies but a
commonly agreed set of standards, best practice, monitoring and evaluation
tools have not yet been fully developed. Evidence from our previous global
research was the first to reliably document the short and long-term
effectiveness of CFS intervention practice on children’s mental health and
psychosocial well-being in various humanitarian settings. Building on this
earlier work and established partnership, a more concerted effort to unpack
structured activities offered within CFS is the next step to further support
and improve programme design and effectiveness in the acute phase, while
strengthening the potential for lasting impacts.
Job Summary: The
Research Manager will serve as the qualitative field researcher for the
project, responsible for the preparation of qualitative research tools,
training of field staff, supervision and support of implementation of field
data collection, coordination with the research supervisor and DM&E
Officer, collation and analysis of qualitative data, and co-drafting of
research reports and peer-reviewed publications. (S)he will work under the
supervision of the AfriChild Director Research and Knowledge Development.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support research
design and implementation
The Research Manager
will support the development of the RCT in consultation with World Vision staff
and research officer from Columbia University. This will involve:
  • Drafting of qualitative study protocols, work plans, budgets for
    field implementation
  • Selection, refinement and development of appropriate qualitative
  • Training of staff and enumerators, supervision of data collection,
    conducting data analysis, report writing, and peer-reviewed manuscript
Research reports
documenting the work are disseminated to, and valued by, key child protection,
mental health and psychosocial support & children in emergencies
  • Carry out data analysis and compile report for all qualitative data
    collected during the study, draft papers for submission to peer reviewed
  • Responsible for the collation of feedback from collaborators
  • The RA will feed insights into all technical reports.
Through the
strengthened evidence base and research reporting, approaches to measure the
protective and restorative outcomes of CFS and related programs are improved
  • Work with Columbia University and World Vision to develop, document
    and strengthen agency capacity for qualitative research design and
    participatory methods.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in the
    field of community development, public health, social work or related
  • Extensive work experience in Uganda amongst refugee and displaced
  • Knowledge and expertise in the fields of child protection and
    psychosocial support
  • Knowledge of the key institutions, processes and cultures of
    humanitarian assistance
  • Proven ability to work independently with appropriate guidance
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to multi-task and meet
    deadlines while paying attention to detail.
  • Experience of training and supervising research teams in challenging
    field setting.
  • Strong analytical capability with qualitative/participative data
    (e.g. use of NVivo or Dedoose)
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested individuals should send their applications and CV
addressed to the Executive Director of the AfriChild Centre to or hand deliver to the AfriChild Centre located at the
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Makerere University, Plot 103, Mary
Stuart Road, opposite Lumumba Hall of Residence.
Deadline: 4th June 2018
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