Research Manager Job Placement – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Title:        Research Manager
Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: REL Technical Advisor
About US:
The
International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian
crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at
the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and
life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At
work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity
and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads
the way from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998. The
current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building,
gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children &
youth.
Job Summary: The Research Manager plays a critical role in
ensuring that the research is valid, contextually appropriate and of high
quality. The incumbent will be responsible for the coordination, implementation
and oversight of the research project on the ground. This includes developing
project management tools and processes, supporting research activities and contributing
to research products and dissemination. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Manager will work with the
IRC Uganda staff, local stakeholders and the project’s research partners to:
Coordinate research
activities:
  • Catalog humanitarian NGOs operating in Uganda
    and develop a plan for recruiting research participants
  • Keenly review and verify feedback practices
    among NGOs to determine eligibility for participation
  • Offer support in the submission of research
    protocols for in-country ethics review
  • Organize the piloting of research tools and
    the collection of feedback  (e.g.
    baseline survey, decision-making tools)
  • Support and monitor field research
    implementation schedules
  • Organize logistical and administrative
    support for all activities led by the research partners
  • Actively facilitate engagements between the
    research partners and IRC Uganda staff
  • Organize early engagement meetings with a
    subset of research participants for the action research
  • Develop monthly and quarterly implementation
    and donor progress reports
  • Proactively identify and communicate
    potential challenges in research implementation
  • Develop and offer contextually appropriate
    and feasible solutions
  • Support development of a dissemination and
    communication plan for research products
Contribute to research
inputs and outputs:
  • The incumbent will identify and summarize
    previous research and reports on beneficiary feedback in Uganda
  • Review research instruments for contextual
    appropriateness
  • Support development of in-country
    presentations of findings to IRC staff and local partners
Build support research
network:
  • Lead local outreach and networking among
    local stakeholders to ensure efficient implementation of the project
  • Convene group discussions and attend events
    on beneficiary feedback with local champions
  • Develop communication pieces about research
    process and outputs (e.g. blog posts, social media messages)
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the IRC Research
    Manager job placement must hold a Masters in Social Sciences,
    International Relations, Psychology, Behavioral Science, Development
    Studies or related fields
  • University-level training in empirical
    methods, statistics or research methods (preferred)
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working
    within the humanitarian aid system and within NGOs in particular
  • Previous experience with supporting rigorous
    research using quantitative methods such as randomized controlled trials
    in a lab or field setting (preferred).
  • Previous experience with action research, a
    plus.
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in
    beneficiary feedback mechanisms, NGO accountability and responsiveness
  • Experience working in East Africa; experience
    in Uganda preferred
  • Previous experience managing USAID or BPRM
    programs or research projects preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to
    develop strong relations with local counterparts, donors, and other
    stakeholders
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and
    written;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
How to Apply:
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the International
Rescue Committee (IRC) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to visit
the link below to Apply.
Deadline: 25th September, 2016
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