Earn over 53m Annually as Research Officer at Sightsavers

Organisation: Sightsavers
Duty Station: Uganda
Salary: 53,489,650 to
72,368,350 UGX
About Sightsavers:
Sightsavers is an International
Development Organization which works with partners to eliminate avoidable
blindness and promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities in
over 33 developing countries across Africa, Asia and America. Sightsavers seeks
to achieve a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where
visually impaired people participate equally in society. Each year, we improve
the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world. Sightsavers
offers a great place to work within easy reach of London and Brighton.
Job Summary: The
Research Officer will technically support research and other
evidence-generating activities within Sightsavers’ programmes in health,
education and social inclusion in East, Central and South Africa (ECSA)
region.  Our current research portfolio
includes a range of quantitative and qualitative studies, including prevalence
surveys, behaviour studies,  operational
and  system research and impact
evaluations. The post holder will work with our global Research team and our
programmes in the ECSA region and will support a range of research,
dissemination and capacity building activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work
    in liaison with the Sightsavers Research team and country offices to
    identify research questions pertinent to our programmes and to integrate
    operational research within our ongoing projects;
  • Collate
    country specific information and evidence to underpin our new programmes
    and funding applications;
  • Significantly
    contribute to the development of study protocols and research tools; and
    submit ethics applications;
  • Work
    closely with the in-country academic partners and/or consultants and supervise
    all aspects of the fieldwork;
  • Actively
    contribute to data collection; data analysis; reporting and dissemination
    of findings through peer-reviewed publications; and presentations;
  • Discuss
    research findings with programme managers and implementation  partners and ensure that the
    implications of research  are well
    understood and used in future programmes and advocacy;
  • Actively
    contribute to organisational capacity building in the area of research
    skills and knowledge.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold an Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Research Officer vacancy should hold a
    postgraduate degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics or a
    related discipline.
  • Comprehensive
    knowledge of different research paradigms and methods, including both
    quantitative and qualitative approaches;
  • The
    incumbent should have a strong interest in health and disability research
    to join its Policy & Strategic Programme Support team.
  • Proven
    experience of conducting and managing research in the areas of health
    and/or disability;
  • Good
    working knowledge of bibliographic databases and literature review
  • Previous
    experience of developing research protocols and tools;
  • Past
    exposure and experience of collecting quantitative and qualitative data
    and fieldwork supervision;
  • Good
    knowledge and experience of research in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Past
    experience of working in partnership with academic institutions.
  • Prior
    experience of writing literature reviews, research grant applications,
    research reports and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of research governance and ethical principles
    particularly in relation to research with children and vulnerable people;
  • Possess
    excellent analytical skills;
  • Possess
    the ability to plan, design, undertake and supervise research projects;
  • Ability
    to collect data using both quantitative and qualitative techniques;
  • Excellent
    data analysis skills using software packages, e.g. STATA, SPSS, NVIVO
  • Excellent
    written and spoken communication skills in English;
  • Possess
    the ability to motivate and work within multidisciplinary and
    multicultural teams;
  • Ability
    to work under pressure;
  • Ability
    to travel for up to 16 weeks a year (national and international)
  • Skills
    in communicating & influencing                        
  • Team
  • Excellent
    Planning & Organising skills                                                 
  • Skills
    in Change & Improvement
  • Decision
    Making skills
  • Skills
    in Delivery and Implementation
How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly
encouraged to send their application
and equal
opportunities form
as two separate documents to:  jobs@sightsavers.org.
Deadline: 25th January 2015
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