Research and Learning Officer NGO Job Careers – AVSI Foundation

Job Title:       Research and Learning Officer
Organization: AVSI Foundation
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Research and Learning 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:  IMPAQ (AVSI UGANDA partner) is seeking to
recruit suitably qualified personnel for the position of Research and Learning
Officer to contribute to the research and learning of program interventions for
Graduating to Resilience. The successful candidate will report to the Research
and Learning Technical Advisor. In collaboration with the Monitoring and
Evaluation team and the Research and Learning team, the Research and Learning
Officer will provide support for the design, implementation and technical
quality of collaborating, learning, adapting, knowledge management efforts on
the program.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
In
collaboration with AVSI the lead agency, and the external evaluator, support to
design the Activity’s research efforts; efforts to identify key research
questions and the design of studies to 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.
·       
Support
the facilitation of internal stock-taking exercises such as pause-and-reflect
sessions, before action reviews, after action reviews, and opportunities to
give and receive stakeholder feedback.
·       
Support
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.
·       
Support
the ongoing adaptation of Activity design and interventions using monitoring
and evaluation data and stakeholder feedback.
·       
Support
qualitative data collection, transcription, analysis, and report writing.
·       
Support
operational and formative research design, implementation, and data use.
·       
Support
the refinement and implementation of the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting
Plan for continuous learning, collaborating, and adapting for Activity staff,
partners, donors, host country government counterparts and other stakeholders.
·       
Participate
in the development of project monitoring tools, data collection procedures, and
train program staff on use of tools for data collection.
·       
Participate
in tools for data quality assessments and conducting periodic data quality
assessments, field monitoring activities and provide feedback to the program
team.
·       
Support
the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor in defining and implementing the key
project 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 program 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 Officer should preferably hold a
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences/Monitoring and Evaluation studies or
related disciplines.
·       
Three to
five years of field experience in a similar position in development and/or
humanitarian context, preferably within a non-governmental organization.
·       
Experience
collaborating with program stakeholders.
·       
Experience
working with project learning efforts and knowledge management.
·       
Knowledge
of developing a logical framework.
·       
Ability
to design Monitoring and Evaluation tools and surveys.
·       
Demonstrated
ability to train and build capacity of staff in Monitoring and Evaluation
related areas.
·       
Demonstrated
expertise in qualitative data collection, in-depth knowledge about qualitative
sampling, and experience in using interviews, focus groups, and interactive
tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.
·       
Field
research experience, including leadership of research teams.
·       
Good communication
and inter-personal skills, team player, able to work under minimal supervision
in a fast-paced academic environment.
·       
Willingness
to be based in a rural setting with frequent travel within the implementation
area.
·       
Cultural
sensitivity, patience and flexibility.
·       
Additional
skills and experience
·       
A post
graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation or Project Planning and
Management.
·       
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.
·       
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 Officer’.”
Deadline: 19th March 2020 by 5.00 pm
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