Senior Researcher: Learning Through Play Non-profit Careers – War Child Holland (WCH)

Organization: War
Child Holland (WCH)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
War Child Holland
(WCH) is an independent and impartial international non-governmental
organization, 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.
Job Summary: The
Senior Researcher (Learning through Play) is responsible for co-coordinating
the research agenda across the 5-year $100 Mil USD PlayMatters consortium project,
funded by the Lego Foundation and lead by the International Rescue Committee
(IRC). PlayMatters is designed to promote learning through play for all
conflict affected children aged 3 to 12+ in Ethiopia and Uganda, working with
stakeholders including children, caregivers, educators, communities and
education systems. War Child’s role in the consortium includes co-leadership of
the research agenda with the consortium lead, as well as designing and
implementing War Child’s own research activities. The Senior Researcher is
responsible for providing guidance in the content, design, implementation and
analysis of research projects that meet essential requirements for both
scientific research and good humanitarian practice, and contributes to advances
in the sector through networking and collaboration with consortium partners,
other international organizations and research institutes.
The Senior
Researcher Learning through Play is part of the Research and Development
(R&D) Department, and reports to the Director of R&D, Prof. Mark
Jordans.
The Senior
Researcher will be based preferably in Kampala (location in other War Child
country offices can be discussed).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·       
Develop
and implement the research agenda for the PlayMatters program, in collaboration
with relevant counterparts
·       
Design,
propose and adopt PlayMatters and related War Child research projects, in
collaboration with consortium partners
·       
Support
the development of appropriate qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods
research projects and strategies for the development of the PlayMatters program
·       
Plan and
manage data collection (for different research projects), including RCTs, in
consultation with consortium partners and WCH Uganda counterparts
·       
Disseminate,
communicate and uptake results within and beyond the consortium
·       
Undertake
relevant program/financial management, reporting, and accountability
responsibilities for research projects
·       
Provide
research data when needed to senior management of War Child and the PlayMatters
consortium to facilitate decision making processes and scaling strategy
·       
Manage,
train, and/or supervise relevant staff (e.g. technical advisors, research
assistants, research coordinators) and consortium partner staff where
appropriate.**



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant
must hold a PhD degree in Education, Psychology, Social Sciences or other
relevant discipline
·       
At least
five years of relevant research and implementation experience (e.g. play-based
learning, ECCE, primary education, child-focused MHPSS, in LMICs and/or
conflict affected settings)
·       
Significant
experience with different study designs, for example randomised control trials,
mixed methods studies, ideally in settings of adversity
·       
Cultural
sensitivity and competency, and knowledge of East Africa context
·       
Flexibility,
and ability to adapt processes to varying contexts
·       
Able to
conceptualise and ensure functional relations between research activities and
program design/implementation for rapid translation of research findings
·       
Able to
perform as a project manager; managing, coordinating and facilitating proper
implementation, budgeting and reporting
·       
Fluent
in written and spoken English
·       
Fully
support War Child’s mandate and mission
How to Apply:
All interested
applicants should apply online at the link below
Deadline: 19th April 2020
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