Forcier Consulting Research Manager Jobs in South Sudan

Forcier Consulting Research Manager Jobs in South Sudan


  • Forcier brings together academic-level research skills with real-world experience collecting data in logistically challenging environments. The Research Manager is Forcier’s jack-of-all-trades for research design and implementation. They are a capable manager, decisionmaker, and communicator. They are responsible for the quality of data produced in the office that they are directing. The Research Manager is uniquely qualified to optimize research strategies with reference to 1) client needs, 2) academic standards and M&E best practices, and 3) budget.

  • Running research projects in South Sudan is no easy task. Nothing ever goes according to plan or schedule, but the work is fascinating and rewarding. Adaptability is as essential as an understanding of best practices in monitoring and evaluation for international development work.

  • Possessing a high level understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodology, especially survey research methodology, brings the Research Manager a level of confidence to be able to lead Research Officers in the execution of projects in a country where the conditions are some of the most challenging in the world. The Research Manager knows what resources are best suited to meet contractual obligations and ensure that staff are working to their strengths. They make research efficient, while also making it exciting. The Research Manager is able to design and implement research, playing a key role in business development as the go-to research person on the ground.

    Roles and Responsibilities:

    Research:

  • Actively track all ongoing and incoming/nascent projects, and appropriately match people/teams and their toolkits with projects

  • Provide input on local context and other practical aspects of research execution, both internally and with our clients

  • Learn, teach, and uphold Forcier’s existing systems for ensuring quality research, and aid with the roll-out and adoption of new research-related systems as necessary

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with clients during the proposal stage and continue high-level management of the client relationship during implementation of projects, including planning and attending client meetings as necessary

    Leadership:

  • Lead, manage, and mentor all research staff in assigned office

  • Ensure daily monitoring and mentoring of all research staff

  • Look after training needs of staff

  • Ensure all research staff are adequately resourced to perform well in their roles and to maintain a healthy work-life balance

    Business Development:

  • Guide key decisions related to research aims and methodological design of projects at the proposal stage and during project implementation

  • Provide expert input on matters of sample design, questionnaire design, and analysis techniques/approaches

  • Guide key decisions related to statistical analysis, including choices of appropriate inferential-statistical tests, data structure, weighting, and other adjustments to account for survey design (including stratification and clustering)

  • Provide or appropriately delegate/assign the provision of quality assurance and quality control on all research-related deliverables (e.g. research protocols, analytical reports, datasets, and presentations)

  • Review proposals and provide feedback to the business development team to ensure that all bids are competitive, methodologically coherent, and can be executed fluently by available staff, within proposed budgets and timelines

    HR

  • Actively track all key research staff, their levels of utilization, and their skill sets;

  • Annual performance evaluations for all research staff.

  • Daily supervision, coaching/mentoring and feedback to all Research Officers (ROs) and Fieldwork Managers.

  • Periodic supervision and training of researchers/enumerators.

  • Maintain performance database for contract researchers/enumerators.

  • Maintain reasonable workloads and expectations for all research staff.

  • Develop professional development plans for research staff to ensure appropriate skill-building and mentoring activities occur.

    Requirements

  • M.A. degree and at least 3 years of experience, or PhD and at least 1 year of experience. Appropriate graduate level education will be in political science, anthropology, international development, statistics, public health, or a related field. Irrespective of degree field, graduate level training in research methods and statistics is required.

    Required Skills

  • Graduate-level coursework in econometrics and inferential statistics, ideally including applied regression analysis, survey data analysis, data visualization, and power analysis.

  • Advanced knowledge of Stata required.

  • Demonstrated ability to clean and interpret real-world data, generating publishable insights.

  • Practical experience with data collection fieldwork in developing countries.

  • Strong theoretical training in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis.

  • Background and training in survey methodology

    Preferred Skills

  • Experience in managing teams and human resources to ensure successful completion of projects and objectives.

  • Experience living and working in post-conflict settings.

  • Teaching experience.

  • Leadership experience.

  • Knowledge of Open Data Kit (ODK), SurveyCTO, or KoboToolbox.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Forcier Consulting Research Manager Jobs in South Sudan


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