Research Coordinator (STRETCH-South west) – War Child Holland (WCH)

Job Title:           Research Coordinator (STRETCH-South
west)
Organisation:  War Child Holland (WCH)
Duty Station:   Kampala, Uganda
Reports to:       Programme Manager with Functional
accountability to Researcher for STRETCH in Amsterdam.
Salary Range Between: V Monthly UGX Gross (4,190,416 to 6,502,809).
About US:
War Child Holland (WCH) is an
independent and impartial international non-governmental organization, with programme
offices in fourteen countries, investing in a peaceful future for children and
young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and
young people while enabling adults to bring about positive and lasting change
in the lives of conflict affected children and young people. In the WCH
strategy 2016 – 2025, WCH’s Research and Development department (R&D) is
responsible for the rigorous development and evaluation of a holistic,
multi-level and interconnected care system with interventions focused on child
protection, education and psychosocial support and supportive approaches
enabling accessibility and quality. WCH envisions evolving towards a globally
renowned and recognised expert organisation in the field of psychosocial
well-being and resilience of children and youth affected by conflict, where the
evidence-based interventions of the care system are vertically and horizontally
scaled, implemented beyond WCH.
WCH has been working in Uganda
since 2004 to support children affected by LRA conflict. As the situation
stabilized, WCH intended to close down its operations in 2016.  While preparation for closing down were
ongoing, the conflict in RSS escalated in July 2016 resulting in a high influx
of refugees into Uganda. WCH assessed the refugee situation in November 2016
and decided to start intervention for the refugee response in 2017. WCH
implement projects in the area of mental health and psychosocial support,
education and child protection in the West Nile and South West of the country,
and currently operates with one coordination office in Kampala and five field
offices in the West Nile and South West. This will be the first research
project conducted from WCH Uganda office.
Project background
 The intervention is a stigma reduction approach
called STRETCH. The intervention framework of STRETCH is developed based on
literature research and informed by field research in DR Congo in 2018 and
Lebanon in 2019. While existing stigma reduction interventions mostly focus on
single stigmas such as HIV/AIDS or mental illness, STRETCH as a common stigma
reduction approach intended to be applicable to various stigmas, is based on
the presumption that underlying stigma drivers are universally comparable and
can be tackled through driver-specific strategies. STRETCH consists of four
phases in which contextual data is gathered and analysed, and existing
community actors of change play an active role in adapting and implementing the
strategies. Children are a direct and indirect target group.
A feasibility study will be
conducted from end 2019 to end 2021, implying a mixed-methods study, with
emphasis on qualitative data. The aim of this feasibility study is to
investigate the applicability, practicality and acceptability of the approach,
looking into its potential to positively impact the populations subject to
stigma. Specific attention will be given to potential negative consequences.
Data will be collected to understand which changes need to be made prior to
further testing (piloting and evaluation). The actual implementation of the
feasibility study will take approximately 9 to 12 months, with preparation
beforehand and analysis, publication, dissemination and approach adaptation
afterwards.
 KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 
·        
The main role is the coordination of all aspects
of implementation of research activities. Depending on the research, s/he will
work in close collaboration with the Researcher STRETCH, based in Amsterdam
with frequent travel to Uganda. Other direct contacts are the War Child Uganda
staff, local partners (TPO-Uganda for STRETCH), local (academic) contributors
and local communities. The RCs will also be part of the global R&D team.
             The RC has 7 areas of
responsibility, in collaboration with the researcher for STRETCH:
·        
HR Function: Recruitment, selection, training
of, and coordinating/managing a local research team, including independent
assessors and data entry assistants, in research methods and ethics, amongst
others;
·        
Research implementation: Supervision and coordination
of the tasks of the local research team including planning, logistics and
transport, budget management, refresher training where required, data
management (quantitative and/or qualitative), monitoring of progress and
regular reporting to relevant stakeholders, and proactive problem-solving on
barriers;
·        
Ethics: Ethical research implementation,
including managing data collection, reporting and appropriately addressing
adverse events triggered by research or the intervention;
·        
Analysis: Contribution to data analysis through
support to data entry, cleaning, coding etc;
·        
Dissemination: Contribution to a dissemination
strategy of the findings to the research participants and other stakeholders;
‘opportunity to join as a co-author on scientific outputs, including journal
articles’;
·        
Representation: Represents WCH at local level
i.e. government institutions, working groups, and coordination meetings.
·        
Other tasks that are identified to benefit
proper research implementation and advance the WCH research agenda.
·        
Reporting
            The contract is with the WCH Uganda
office, and the RC will be line-managed by the           Programme Manager of War Child
Uganda. Functional management is done by the Researcher STRETCH based in
Amsterdam.



Qualifications,
Skills and Experience:
·        
At least Masters level degree in relevant field
(e.g. Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Education, Public Health, Social
Sciences)
·        
At least 3 years’ experience in conducting
qualitative field-based research with human research participants in a relevant
field (e.g. psychosocial support or child protection)
·        
Experience in the supervision and training of
research assistants
·        
Excellent communication skills in English (oral
and written)
·        
Excellent communication skills in local
language/s of South West; French, Kiswahili, Runyabwisha
·        
Ability to operate independently with remote
supervision, as well as strong ability to work in a team
·        
Ability to work in Kampala and frequent travel
to South West Open-minded, eye for detail, demonstrated strong interpersonal
skills and coordination skills.
·        
Ability to work with qualitative data analysis
software
·        
Existing relationship/liaison with a national
university  or experience collaborating
with local research institutes is desirable

How to apply:
Interested and qualified
candidates are invited to apply online at the link below.
Make sure to upload your English
CV and motivation letter. WCH is an equal opportunity employer.
NB: Only shortlisted applicants
will be contacted for interviews.
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Deadline: 3rd
November 2019

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