Laterite Senior Research Associate Jobs in Uganda

Laterite Senior Research Associate Jobs in Uganda


Position:
  • Senior Research Associate

    Education:
  • Min. Masters in Economics, Public Policy, Public Health, Statistics or Engineering

    Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience

    Language requirements:
  • English; Luganda a plus

    Position Summary
  • Do you want to make a difference to knowledge creation in Uganda through development research?
  • Are you passionate about leading a technical team of researchers and working across various thematic
    levels such as agriculture, education, poverty, gender, etc.
  • Do you work best when collaborating with experts across disciplines and getting the best out of their
    expertise?
  • Do you love discovering new contexts and spending time in countries like Uganda?

    If yes, then this might be the role for you! Laterite's Senior Research Associate role based in Uganda will provide
    you with the opportunity to hone your leadership and technical skills and make a difference to development research
    in Uganda.

    About Laterite

    At Laterite, we transform the way development research is done. Our mission is to deploy the most innovative
    research methods and the latest academic thinking to design effective responses to development issues.

    We provide three types of services to clients:

  • comprehensive data collection and data processing solutions;
  • research services, from the design of large-scale research projects through to analysis; and
  • strategic and technical research
    advice to public and private sector clients.

    Who We Are

    Laterite is led by a team of entrepreneurial professionals who strive to transform the way development research is
    done.

    Our research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities and vast experience delivering
    research projects in emerging markets. Our data collection team is recruited from the best local universities and are
    rigorously trained.

    We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization.

    We are also very proud of our office culture
    that is hard working, but relaxed, non-hierarchical, and fun!

    Position Description & Key Responsibilities

  • Laterite is hiring for a Senior Research Associate to be based in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Senior Research Associates at
    Laterite play a hands-on role in leading research projects, overseeing technical analysis and delivering research to
    clients.
  • They are involved in all the steps of the research process, from designing research proposals to designing
    and piloting research instruments, designing sampling strategies, supervising data collection processes, conducting
    quantitative and qualitative analysis, writing reports, managing communication with clients and presenting findings
    and recommendations to clients.
  • Senior Research Associates are part of Laterite’s Management Team and have a voice in project selection, corporate
    strategy, and structuring Laterite’s research agenda.
  • They have direct management responsibilities when it comes
    to the delivery of research projects.
  • Senior Research Associates lead research teams on specific projects and are
    directly responsible for the management and technical oversight of these projects.

    Job Description

    At Laterite, we value the career progression of our staff.

    We expect our staff to progress within the company and grow professionally, from both a managerial and technical perspective.

    Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage specific research projects and research teams (from operational and technical perspective)
  • Contribute to the development of research proposals and pro-actively propose new research
    ideas/opportunities
  • Oversee research
    design and development of sampling strategies/research instruments
  • Lead qualitative and quantitative analysis, using statistical software such as STATA, R, or Python, and train
    research team members to ensure continuous professional development of the team on these tools
  • Coordinate with Laterite Data & Quality Assurance teams to ensure the highest data quality standards
  • Manage project budgets, including tracking project expenses and adherence to the budget targets
  • Ensure that timelines and benchmarks are being met for our clients
  • Lead client communication for project portfolio
  • Develop a strong understanding of the Ugandan context
  • Provide support, as needed, to senior management team – including accounting, HR, logistics and related tasks.

    Profile
  • Ideal candidates have outstanding technical and analytical skills.
  • You are passionate about social and economic
    research in SubSaharan Africa.
  • You can quickly grasp research concepts, and structure your technical approach to a
    problem.
  • You have solid project management skills and can manage a portfolio of activities/projects involving
    varying levels of stakeholders.
  • You have excellent interpersonal skills, are self-motivated and can flourish in a fastpaced environment, where timelines can often be unpredictable.
  • You also have excellent written and oral
    communication skills (in English), and can effectively communicate internally and externally.
  • Proficiency in STATA/R/Python is a must! You have a Master’s in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Engineering or
    related field, and at least 5 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Lastly, you are willing to develop your
    professional skills, lead the growth of an organization dedicated to social and economic development, and thrive in
    a growing organization setting.

    Qualifications
  • Pre-requisite: excellent quantitative skills with a strong knowledge of econometrics, sampling techniques
    and program evaluation
  • At least 5 years of work experience in international development, public policy, economic and social
    research, or management consulting
  • Masters degree in economics, public policy, international development, public health, or a related field
  • Strong statistical analysis skills and knowledge of related tools/software (in particular R, Stata, Python, and
    MatLab)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English
  • Fluent in English (Luganda is a plus)
  • Excellent management and organizational skills; must be detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks
    efficiently, independent and motivated self-starter
  • Experience living and working in different cultural settings; time spent in sub-Sahara Africa or other
    developing countries strongly preferred
  • Must thrive in a growing organization setting, and be able to adapt to dynamic growth and change

    Application Process
  • Please apply online by 13th June 2019 including a CV, cover
    letter and a short writing sample within the link.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you
    to apply ASAP.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Laterite Senior Research Associate Jobs in Uganda

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