Research Scientist NGO Jobs – The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis (ACRES)

Job Title:  Research Scientist – (CRES-RS-01-24)

Organisation: ACRES – The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Senior Research Scientist


About Organisation:

ACRES – The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis is a Non-Governmental Research Organization whose core work involves supporting policy and decision-makers at national and district levels in all sectors to strengthen access to accurate and timely evidence for policies and decisions. The Center’s operational areas include a) an evidence syntheses unit, b) a policy analysis and engagement unit, c) a capacity building unit, and d) a research, evaluation, and innovation unit. The Center has a multidisciplinary team that ensures that the Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis responds appropriately and optimally to decision-makers.


Job Summary:  The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis seeks a self-motivated individual to join the team as a Research Scientist. Specifically, the candidate will coordinate the implementation of the Regional Hub. The regional hub was established to coordinate multi-institutional, multi-country knowledge translation activities and includes institutions from Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The Research Scientist will identify the hub needs, oversee the development of study designs, analyses, preparing and presenting reports and presentations of findings.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The specific roles on the hub include;

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of needs assessment on the collaboration in the Hub.
  • Support the recruitment processes for different technical capacities.
  • Facilitate discussions and decisions on scope and methods for needs assessment
  • Create and manage detailed project plans for execution and delivery; Manage day-to-day project activities and update plans on an ongoing basis in response to changing conditions.
  • Managing ongoing communication and ensuring timely progress and strategic alignment, and effectively representing the interests of the Hub.
  • Manage communication with the teams on timelines, progress, anticipated challenges and solutions during implementation.
  • Direct support as needed in mixed methods data collection and analysis, literature and desk reviews, survey design, interviewing, organising and maintaining datasets.
  • Monitor results and findings from data collection and analysis, providing frequent data quality checks, data validations and alignment.
  • Support the team in analysis of data to identify trends, patterns, and relationships, and present findings in a clear and concise manner.
  • Lead the report writing (interim and final reports), ensuring presentation and delivery are within the funder’s requirements.
  • Lead the capacity building initiatives and support to the Implementation teams.
  • Provide monitoring and evaluation support for Hub activities.
  • Lead the process of capacity building for the teams.
  • Support the reporting processes, analysis and syntheses for the Sustainable Development goals.

In additional to coordinating the hub activities, the Research scientist will;

  • Work on a rapid response mechanism responding to national and sub-national policymaker needs for evidence
  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement activities, including but not limited to policy dialogues and citizen panels
  • Coordinate capacity-building activities, both internally within the team and externally, as part of the Organisation’s activities
  • Carrying out research according to the organization’s research agenda and research requested for or commissioned by a governmental department or similar clients.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Masters’ degree specializing in epidemiology, biostatistics, data analysis, policy analysis, social sciences, or similar areas.
  • Holding Project planning and management knowledge is an additional advantage.
  • Three or more years’ experience in research, monitoring and evaluation role, including 3 years of experience with a research project.
  • Experience leading a team of researchers and working with external consultants.
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to lead multiple time-sensitive projects on deadline; highly organised and process-driven yet flexible and adaptive to changing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to compile and synthesise data and findings into polished comprehensive final reports
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including flexibility.
  • Comfortable with high profile liaison.


How to Apply: To apply for this position, applicants should submit the following;

  • Cover letter
  • Academic Documents
  • A page with email address and phone contact of three (3) referees
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Submit these as one document to Please indicate the position applied for in the subject line.


Deadline: 28th June 2024 by 5:00pm


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Date Posted 2024-06-17T14:14
Valid Through 2024-06-28T17:00
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization ACRES – The Center for Rapid Evidence Synthesis
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala , 0256, Uganda

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