IMPACT Initiatives REACH Public Health Research Manager Jobs in South Sudan

IMPACT Initiatives REACH Public Health Research Manager Jobs in South Sudan

Position Profile

IMPACT is seeking an experienced candidate, who has previously managed various teams and implemented projects in a complex humanitarian setting. The candidate should be comfortable representing IMPACT with donors and be able to coordinate and liaise with a range of senior external partners.

The Research Manager will be responsible for overseeing the development and strategy of the unit, under the supervision of the IMPACT Deputy Country Coordinator, and IMPACT HQ in Geneva. The position is based in Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan, with potential travel to other areas of the country.

The overall goal of the RM will be to ensure the smooth running of activities, and he/she will be responsible for the implementation and completion of the various workstreams within the unit. This will include management of activities, including line-management of (Senior) Assessment Officers, oversight of project implementation, operational understanding to support the Operations Support Manager in terms of logistics, administration, HR, partner coordination, reporting, grants management, and providing input to the strategic development of REACH in South Sudan.


Staff management

  • Direct management of international and national assessment team members, including recruitment, appraisals, and capacity building;

  • Day-to-day management of the team, including the development of work-plans and performance indicators, and development and implementation of capacity training plans to improve efficiency and performance;

  • Conduct regular check-ins with staff within the unit, and promote team building, productivity and staff welfare as the main pastoral focal point for the unit’s staff;

  • Be available to provide regular support and technical backstopping;

  • Take on additional work streams and management responsibilities as well as advise in strategic mission decision-making as a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) as required, in coordination with the other research managers.
    Management of research cycles

    Assessment preparation and planning

  • Ensure that all assessments are planned in-line with relevant project and programme objectives and with REACH research cycle and other relevant guidelines;

  • Ensure that all (Senior) Assessment Officers are comprehensively briefed on objectives and expected outputs of research cycles, and that the overall implementation strategy of any given activity is clearly understood;

  • Ensure that required secondary data analysis has been conducted in preparation for an assessment;

  • For each research cycle, review ToRs before they are sent to HQ for validation and ensure that TORs are validated before data collection begins;

  • Support in composing and constructing, in close coordination with GIS and data officers, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools

  • Ensure relevant stakeholders and partners are engaged in assessment design and planning, data collection, and management.

    Data collection

  • Ensure that enumerators are trained for primary data collection;

  • Monitor data collection, ensuring correct implementation in line with agreed ToRs;

  • Keep track of progress and delays of all assessments within the unit;

  • Ensure regular situation updates on data collection have been produced and circulated to relevant REACH, ACTED and external counterparts. Provide support and follow up on identified challenges during the data collection process;

  • Work closely with the Senior Operations Support Manager to ensure logistics, financial, administration, security and HR processes directly related to REACH are appropriately implemented, alongside the relevant ACTED departments;

  • In coordination with the ACTED security department, monitor the security situation on the ground and conduct regular check-ins with staff in the field.

    Product drafting

  • Maintain regular communication with IMPACT HQ on progress and deadlines for written products;

  • Ensure the drafting of timely and accurate assessment outputs (i.e. reports, factsheets, etc.) which comply with IMPACT’s guidelines and quality standards;

  • Review all products before they are sent to IMPACT HQ
    for validation and ensure that all written products are validated by IMPACT HQ before external release.

    Product dissemination and evaluation

  • Under supervision of IMPACT HQ, ensure that research products are uploaded in relevant data portals, as specified in Research ToRs;

  • Support in conducting monitoring and evaluation as specified in the research ToRs and in line with IMPACT Guidelines.
    Strategy development and implementation

  • Lead on identifying information gaps in line with humanitarian priorities, and identify advocacy and dissemination strategies to strengthen the impact of our work;

  • Lead on formalising synergies with other assessment and knowledge management actors, as well as strategic partnerships with key humanitarian stakeholders and decision makers;

  • As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), contribute to the development and implementation of the REACH South Sudan country strategy;

  • Review dissemination strategies to strengthen the impact of the unit’s projects.

    External engagement

  • Represent REACH/IMPACT in cluster and multi-sector meetings/technical working groups in country, and follow up on technical issues identified in cluster meetings;

  • In coordination with the Country Coordinator and Deputy Country Coordinator, present research findings to relevant partners, to enhance their use and impact;

  • In coordination with the Country Coordinator and Deputy Country Coordinator, ensure that relevant partners are consulted and involved at all stages of research cycle: the preparation of the assessment; data collection; data analysis; review of research products; product dissemination; and lessons learnt;


  • Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master’s degree;

  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience in a humanitarian setting, such as programme management, research and analysis;

  • Previous experience managing large and complex teams in a humanitarian setting required, ideally with experience in a senior management role in an INGO team;

  • Experience demonstrating leadership, with a solutions-oriented outlook

  • Excellent management, coordination, organisational and planning skills required, including an ability to manage large workloads, oversee multiple teams and effectively meet deadlines, through multi-tasking and prioritisation;

  • Experience with external engagement (donors, partners and other key stakeholders) required;

  • Familiarity with the humanitarian coordination system required;

  • Excellent internal and external communication and drafting skills required for effective report writing;

  • Excellent analytical skills required, and an ability to situate findings within a wider context;

  • Solution-oriented, flexible, and open-minded, including ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment required;

  • Fluency in English required;

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel required;

  • Experience in research cycle (design, data collection, analysis and reporting) implementation required.

  • Experience with quantitative research, including mobile data collection (ODK, ONA, KOBO) required;

  • Experience with qualitative research, including focus group discussions and key informant interviews required,

  • Knowledge of the Adobe Suite software, particularly Illustrator and InDesign an asset;

  • Prior knowledge of the South Sudan context an asset;

  • Past experiences with Public Health projects (nutrition, food security, WASH) as well as participation to the IPC FSL or AMN, an asset.

  • Experience working and living in challenging environments, especially South Sudan, for extended periods of time an asset;

  • Willingness to relocate to South Sudan and being hosted in ACTED guesthouse.

    How to Apply

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