Research Officer – Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC)

Job Title:  Research Officer
Organization: Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Manager, Consultancy & Research
About MTAC:
Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) is a body corporate
under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives; established initially
as an ILO/UNDP/GOU Project in 1964 and later, by an Act of Parliament Cap. 29
of 1969. It was established, among other things, to promote industrial and
enterprise development.
Job Summary: The Research Officer will be responsible for
designing, preparing and delivering research and consultancy assignments.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • In charge of research administration in
    attracting research funding, creating relationships, and developing and
    implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.
  • Identify, collect, organize, analyze, and
    disseminate information on stakeholders to contribute to the intellectual
    capital on key business markets and issues.
  • Actively participate in consultancy
    services to help organizations to improve their performance, operates
    primarily through the analysis of existing organizational problems and the
    development of plans for improvement
  • Participate in audits and Quality
    Assurance of operational practices, in consultation with managers making
    recommendations and setting up systems designed to improve service
    delivery.
  • Conduct and report on benchmarking
    exercises with other similar service providers as appropriate as directed
    by senior management team comparing service delivery, performance and
    cost.
  • Develop a management information strategy
    and action plan for development of the service and review as appropriate.
  • Ensure capacity-building activities
    designed to nurture the institutional research enterprise and initiate
    partnerships, networks, and alliances with funding agencies
  • Conduct day-to-day supervision of research
    staffs for assigned projects and act as primary contact for research team
    for any questions and concerns.
  • Maintain biographies for clients and
    collect all daily news for internal and external data and assemble all
    presentation materials and maintain all business development materials.
  • Responsible for planning, designing and
    implementing an overall risk management process for the organization, and
    conducting audits of policy and compliance to standards, including liaison
    with internal and external auditors
  • In charge of developing effective ways to
    mitigate organizational compliance risk though collaboration with
    management and the implementation of appropriate monitoring plans
  • Providing technical support, education and
    training to staff to build risk awareness within the organization.
  • Completing research and consultancy tasks
    on projects managed by themselves as well as those managed by others, to
    time and budget
  • Generating business through active client
    and prospect development, networking and high quality proposal writing to
    enhance revenue collection.
  • Actively contribute to the training and
    development of colleagues, as appropriate, in the form of formal and
    informal training and knowledge sharing
  • Maintain up-to-date understanding of
    relevant policy changes and business environment
  • Keep appropriate records in line with
    company policies and procedures.
  • Particularly in fulfillment of the
    company’s objectives in relation to quality standards.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Research
    Officer should hold a Hon. Degree in Social Science, Statistics or related
    disciplines and Post Graduate Training in Business or Management
  • Four years’ experience in conducting
    academic and/or consultancy research work. At least 2 years of
    teaching/training in a higher education institution is a requirement
  • Extensive and advanced comprehensive
    knowledge and understanding of business management, operations, financial
    processes, information technology and regulatory requirements
  • Policy knowledge and tracking,
    understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodology and
    appropriate application of each, strong analytical ability, excellent
    report writing skills and high level presentational skills
  • Project management and people/team
    management skills, strong communication skills, ability to manage external
    relationships (client and partner companies) ability to deliver to
    financial targets
  • Reviewing opportunities, co-coordinating
    the development of (and contributing to) high quality proposals, new
    prospect development, profile raising, developing client contacts
  • Report writing; critical thinking and
    analysis; creative thinking; problem solving; and decision making;
    constructive thinking
  • Developing constructive, productive and
    sustainable relationships with colleagues, collaborators/associates,
    clients and potential clients; clear and effective communication and
    delegation skills
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates should obtain hardcopy application
forms (Get them from Front Office Desk of MTAC) and attach copies of academic
and professional credentials with an updated CV that contains full addresses of
three professional referees and send to: The Chairperson, Governing Council,
MTAC, Plot M175, Jinja Road, Nakawa. P O. Box 4655, Kampala, Uganda.  Please drop the envelope with an application
at the MTAC Front Desk Office and sign it in the registration book.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted
Deadline: Friday 15th May 2015 by 4:00pm.
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