Research and Learning Advisor International NGO Jobs – AVSI Foundation

Job Title:       Research and Learning Advisor
Organization: AVSI Foundation
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
About US:
AVSI is an international NGO with headquarters in Italy,
which has been active in Uganda since 1984. Its current activities are focused
in the areas of education, health, livelihoods, and protection, nutrition and
refugee programs in Uganda.
Job Summary:  The Research and Learning Advisor will contribute
to the research and learning of the program’s interventions. Reporting to the
Research and Learning Manager, the successful candidate will be based in
Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Kamwenge District. In collaboration with the
Monitoring and Evaluation team and the Research and Learning team, the Research
and Learning Advisor will lead the design, implementation and technical quality
of collaborating, learning, adapting, knowledge management efforts on the
program.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Collaborate
with AVSI personnel, the lead agency, and the external evaluator to support the
design of the program research activities; lead efforts to identify key
research questions and support the design of studies, provide evidence on best
practices and lessons learned, provide evidence to make programmatic decisions
and/or adaptations, contribute to the larger body of evidence related to the
graduation approach.
·       
Refine
and implement the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting Plan for continuous
learning, collaborating, and adapting for Activity staff, partners, donors,
host country government counterparts and other stakeholders.
·       
Facilitate
internal stock-taking exercises such as pause-and-reflect sessions, before
action reviews, after action reviews, and opportunities to give and receive
stakeholder feedback.
·       
Oversee
the compilation and dissemination of information from Monitoring and Evaluation
data and stakeholder feedback on successful and promising approaches, lessons
learned and other program results to local, national and regional-level
intergovernmental bodies, donors, partners and other stakeholders. Promote
forums which facilitate collaboration, learning and action as a result of this
information among these actors.
·       
Build
capacity of staff, implementing partners, government counterparts, and other
stakeholders in program monitoring and evaluation, data collection and
management, and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting methods as necessary.
·       
Coordinate
Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting activities with local and international
partners, including annual surveys, case studies, stakeholder workshop to
refine approaches
·       
Lead
ongoing adaptation of Activity design and interventions using Monitoring and
Evaluation data and stakeholder feedback.
·       
Lead
qualitative data collection, transcription, analysis, and report writing.
·       
Oversee
operational and formative research design, implementation, and data use.
·       
Participate
in the development of project monitoring tools, data collection procedures, and
train project staff on use of tools for data collection.
·       
Participate
in tools for data quality assessments and conducting periodic data quality
assessment, field monitoring activities and provide feedback to the program
team.
·       
Support
the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in defining and implementing the key
program performance indicators as well as monitoring them throughout the
duration of the program.
·       
Assist
the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in proposing strategies to increase data
use and demand amongst Activity staff.
·       
Assist
program staff and the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in clarifying program
information.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant
for the AVSI Foundation Research and Learning Advisor should preferably hold a
Master’s Degree in international development, quantitative research, statistics
or other area clearly relevant to data analysis and impact analysis is
preferred.
·       
5-7
years’ experience in international monitoring, evaluation, Collaborating,
Learning, and Adapting, knowledge management, and research efforts for large
USAID-funded programs.
·       
Prior
experience with USAID Food For Peace activities and programs is a plus,
including strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model,
food and nutrition security indicators, Monitoring and Evaluation plan, data
quality assurance, data utilization, and gender and youth integration into
Monitoring and Evaluation, experience working in refugee populations.
·       
Proven
track record of work monitoring and evaluation, data quality assessments, data
validation, data audits, data collection, with particular focus on supervising
and monitoring data collection activities.
·       
Demonstrated
ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country
government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor
agencies.
·       
Demonstrated
expertise in qualitative data collection, in-depth knowledge about qualitative
sampling, and experienced in using interviews, focus groups, and interactive
tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.
·       
Excellent
in written and spoken English (at least S/4 and R/4 levels).
·       
Hard
Skills: Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food
and nutrition security indicators, Monitoring and Evaluation plan, data quality
assurance, data utilization, and gender and youth integration into Monitoring
and Evaluation, experience working in refugee populations.
·       
Soft
Skills: Excellent organizational, administrative and presentation skills and
ability to multitask under tight time constraints. Willingness to be based in a
rural setting with frequent travel within the implementation area.
·       
Language
Proficiency: English. Knowledge of Kiswahili/French and any of the local
languages in the area (such as Runyankore, Rukiga, Rutooro)
How to Apply:
All candidates should send their application letters,
accompanied with updated Curriculum Vitae indicating 3 work-related referees,
plus copies of relevant certificates, should be addressed to: The AVSI Country
Representative, AVSI Foundation, P.O. Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda and sent to
hr.kampala@avsi.org
Please kindly indicate the e-mail subject as “Application
for Research and Learning Advisor.”
Deadline: 19th March 2020 by 5.00 pm
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