Fresher Research Assistant to the Director Jobs – Refugee Law Project (RLP)

Assistant to the Director
Organization: Refugee
Law Project (RLP)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director
About US:
The Refugee Law
Project (RLP) is an outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University.
Our Mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host
communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives. Refugee Law Project’s
work is currently structured in five thematic areas: Access to Justice;
Conflict, Transitional Justice & Governance (CTJ&G), Gender &
Sexuality; Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing; and Media for Social
Job Summary:  The Research Assistant to the Director will
work with the Director, Refugee Law Project, in conducting various types of
social and policy research, including ensuring any necessary research
permissions are obtained and maintained, data collection and analysis, report
writing, administration of capacity-building events, administrative support to
visiting scholars, project documentation..
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Conduct various types of research (quantitative and qualitative) as
    thematically defined
  • Participate in data collection processes and activities using a
    variety of research methods (including but not limited to interviews,
    focus group discussions, online surveys etc.).
  • Identify and prepare research training materials and tools as
    necessary for execution of specific research project
  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Conduct field research visits and follow ups in the research areas
  • Participate in the analysis of data and writing final reports for
Networking and
  • Maintain regular contact with related institutions and networks of
  • Organize and arrange meetings with experts, consultants, and
    stakeholders for research work and dissemination as necessary
  • Recommend relevant advocacy platforms for dissemination of
  • Based on research evidence, engage with the various policy makers to
    catalse policy review, change or adoption as necessary
  • Ensure that RLP is acknowledged in relevant publications, workshops
    and other events as necessary
  • Ensure that necessary research permissions are obtained and
  • Ensure that research outputs (text, pictorial, audio, video etc. are
    added to RLP’s growing archive are appropriately archived)
  • Provide administrative support to visiting scholars
  • Administer capacity-building events
  • Generate concept notes, requisitions and accountabilities for
    project-related activities
  • Ensure that RLP’s rules and regulations are implemented with
    relevance to the activities as well as policies and procedures;
  • Participate in necessary meetings and reviews;
  • Perform any other tasks that may be identified or assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a first degree in humanities and social
  • At least two years of research experience, including knowledge of
    the Ugandan context
  • Strong and demonstrated writing background
  • Computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheet)
  • Familiarity with research analysis tools (e.g. SPSS, Stata, Tableau,
    N-Vivo, etc.)
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Touch-typing (or willingness to learn)
  • A post-graduate qualification in social science related disciplines
  • Post-graduate research experience is highly desirable
  • Research publications are highly desirable (candidates are
    encouraged to submit links)
  • Familiarity with UNCST procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge of language(s) spoken by refugees in Uganda is an added
    advantage (e.g. Arabic, Swahili, French, Lingala, Nuer, Dinka).
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join the Refugee Law Project (RLP) in this capacity are encouraged to
send a motivation letter and curriculum vita in one file not exceeding 2MBs
electronically to:
NB: The
position applied for MUST be indicated in the subject line of the email. Copies
of certificates should not be attached, but will be requested for from
short-listed candidates only.
Deadline: 10th May 2019
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