Program Researcher NGO Jobs – Mercy Corps

Job Title:      Program Researcher
Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Girls
Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) programme
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program
About US:
Mercy Corps is
an international non-profit organization which has been implementing high-quality,
analytical development work and has been operating in Uganda since 2006 and
works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private sector, civil
society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy and secure
communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enable economic growth,
improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition, and improved
governance and conflict management. We implement programs in the northern
districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim, Amudat, Moroto and
Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as
other private donations.
About GIRL Program:
Mercy Corps is
undertaking new research in order to advance the organization’s gender and
resilience strategy. We are interested in testing the critical links between
women and girls’ access over assets and whether this leads to empowerment,
increase influence over household decision making, improved food security and
household adaptive capacity as a result. This research will align closely with
Mercy Corps’ Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) program, which
aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Karamoja region to improve their
livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and
adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities.
Job Summary:  The Mercy Corps Program Researcher will be
responsible for helping to design and implement this research initiative. The
incumbent will support the planning and execution of key research activities.
The Program Researcher will work closely with the GIRL program team members in
the Karamoja Region (Uganda), Turkana and West Pokot County (Kenya) to design
and implement research activities including market assessments, gender and
resilience reports, case studies and internal and external communications
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
The incumbent will generate and implement research
tools (Survey design, KII and FGD guidelines)
Carry out assessments, evaluations and monitoring
surveys in area of operation. This will entail developing survey tools, administering
tools, entering and analyzing data, report writing and facilitating results
Regularly document and share all learnings from
research activities
Write reports, articles and blogs that synthesize
key findings from across research activities and GIRL Program M&E efforts
Work in liaison with GIRL Program Coordinator to
ensure synergy across GIRL M&E efforts and research activities
Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary
data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams
Build and strengthen working relationships with
local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other development
organizations, and civil society organizations
Work in liaison with Program Coordinator, Program
Officer and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and
progress towards targets is not compromised.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and
personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its
Perform any other duties as assigned by the Program
Coordinator or his / her representatives
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant should hold a bachelor’s degree in
Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or
relevant field
A minimum of three years of program monitoring and
evaluation experience
Past experience in the areas of gender, resilience
and/or market development
Broad knowledge and understanding of concepts and proven
skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and
frameworks, participatory monitoring
Ability to design and implement surveys, have
knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques
Excellent writing and analytical skills
Working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative
data collection, reporting techniques.
S/he should understand and be able to apply basic
measures of central tendency and spread
Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft
Excel and at least one data management software including Ms Access, SPSS,
The ideal candidate will have the ability and
curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor
infrastructure of Karamoja sub region.
S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a
strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often
stressful environments.
Fluency in both spoken and written English.
N’Karamojong, Pökoot and Turkana language skills is an added advantage
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their applications
including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV
(with three professional referees), and copies of academic
qualifications/certificates to the HR/Admin Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th
Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road. The E-mail applications with
cover letter should be sent to:
30th October 2015

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