Forcier Consulting Research Officer Jobs in South Sudan

Forcier Consulting Research Officer Jobs in South Sudan

Role Description

Research Officers in South Sudan are the main project managers, analysts and capacity builders on the research team in Juba. They lead research initiatives from inception to reporting while working hand-in-hand with fieldwork managers and local researchers.

They manage budgets, fieldwork planning, and logistics of all projects alongside their local fieldwork manager colleagues. They manage client communications, tool design, report writing and analysis with support from the Global Director of Research and South Sudan Research Manager.

Beyond research, Research Officers help build research capacity by designing and leading training, and through on the job training of local counterparts. They also have the opportunity to learn about the complexities of life in South Sudan, and the context within which all of the work we do unfolds. This opportunity to work alongside local research enthusiasts adds a unique learning opportunity that you can only gain on the ground.

Finally, this position also has opportunities to contribute to the area of business development through both helping with proposal writing and networking opportunities. At Forcier, we are very proud of the work we do and sharing that with people we meet in and out of formal settings is an important part of this position.

Position Requirements, Skills and Experience

To advance our purpose of improving livelihoods in crisis contexts through practice-oriented research, Forcier seeks to attract and support a diversity of backgrounds, experience, talent and thought. While we are looking for candidates who bring a well-honed set of quantitative and analytical skills, we are prepared to support the ROs with training in the areas of survey/tool development, project management, report writing and proposal writing.

Responsibilities may include any of the below and more:

Research Preparation

  • Conduct literature reviews and gather relevant background information as necessary.

  • Design quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, including survey instruments and questionnaires, and other outputs as requested by the Research Manager.

  • Co-design data collection plans and fieldwork budgets in consultation with the Fieldwork Manager.

  • Manage, train, and delegate tasks to Fieldwork Managers and Team Supervisors

    Fieldwork Management and Oversight

  • Assist the training of fieldwork teams in person or remotely

  • Remotely oversee enumerators and team supervisors in the field during the implementation of mixed methods research projects in multiple countries.

  • Conduct quality control and provide feedback to teams on the ground throughout fieldwork.

    Team Management, Communication and Coordination

  • Enact the project’s timeline and execute its vision, as agreed with the Director of Research

  • Lead all research and internal communication processes on the project

  • Manage day-to-day communications with the client

  • Prepare and lead presentations for internal and external stakeholders

    Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Clean, code and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.

  • Produce key project documents, such as inception reports, data collection reports, weekly reports, and final reports alone or in collaboration with other team members

    Financial Management and Budgeting

  • Create and monitor budgets.

  • Timely and accurate submission of deliverables and invoices.

    Business Development

  • Contribute to proposal development, as needed
    Attend networking events in Juba.

    Role Requirements

    We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply. This includes candidates who have previously encountered challenges in being considered for other positions based on their qualifications, disabilities, personal background or life events. If you would like to apply for the position but see a barrier to joining us, please apply, and we will work with you to find a solution if you’re the right fit.

    Required Skills:

  • M.A. degree in political science, anthropology, international development, statistics, public health, or a related field.

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant research experience.

  • Practical experience with data collection fieldwork in developing countries.

  • Demonstrable experience in writing research papers, reports, and monitoring and evaluation assignments.

  • Proven experience in project management and leading teams.

  • Strong theoretical background and training in quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, as well as in survey methodology.

  • Advanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (STATA, NVivo).

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

  • Familiarity with key institutional frameworks and stakeholders.

  • Fluency in English.

  • Strong presentation and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Keen attention to detail.

  • Patience, cooperation and teamwork.

  • Irrespective of degree field, graduate level training in research methods and statistics is required.

    Desirable Skills:

  • Prior work or living experience in post-conflict settings, particularly in East-, Central- and South of Africa.

  • Experience in managing teams and human resources, ensuring successful project completion and achieving objectives.

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

  • Experience in teaching and/or leadership positions.

  • Familiarity with Open Data Kit (ODK), SurveyCTO, or KoboToolbox.

  • French, Portuguese and or/additional languages and dialects.

    How to Apply

    All applicants should send their Cover Letter and a 1-2 page CV in separate
    PDF files to; with the email subject line clearly expressed:

    "Name – South Sudan Research Officer”.

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