Refugee Law Project Research Assistants Jobs in Kenya

Refugee Law Project Research Assistants Jobs in Kenya

The Refugee Law Project (RLP) is an outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University.

Our Mission is to empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs and host communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives.

The Refugee Law Project has a wide physical presence with offices in Kampala, Hoima, Mbarara, Gulu, Kitgum, Nakivale, Kyangwali, Kiryandongo, Lamwo,Adjumani, Maaji II, Bidibidi (Yumbe), Palorinya (Moyo) and Arua.

Refugee Law Project now seeks to make appointments for the following vacancies:

Research Assistant to the Director

Job summary

This 3 year position, funded by the Irish Research Council, involves active support to and participation in research activities led by the Director’s office, with particular focus on Human Trafficking, Forced Migration and Gender Equality in Uganda.

This project, in partnership with the National University of Ireland, Galway, has a focus on policy development and capacity building.

The Research Assistant will work with the Director in conducting various types of social and policy research, including obtaining and maintaining any necessary research permissions, data collection and analysis, report
writing, administration of capacity-building events, administrative support to visiting scholars,project documentation.

Key Performance Areas

KPA 1: Research

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Conduct various types of research (quantitative and qualitative) as thematically defined
  • Conduct field research visits and follow ups in the research areas Participate in data collection processes and activities using a variety of research methods (including but not limited to interviews, focus group discussions, online surveys etc.).
  • Identify and prepare research training materials and tools as necessary for execution of
    specific research project
  • Participate in the analysis of data and writing final reports for publications

    KPA 2: Networking and advocacy

  • Maintain regular contact with related institutions and networks of researchers
  • Organize and arrange meetings with experts, consultants, and stakeholdersfor research work
    and dissemination as necessary
  • Recommend relevant advocacy platforms for dissemination of information
  • Based on research evidence, engage with the various policy makers to catalse policy review,
    change or adoption as necessary
  • Ensure that RLP is acknowledged in relevant publications, workshops and other events as

    KPA 3: Documentation

  • Ensure that necessary research permissions are obtained and maintained
  • Ensure that research outputs (text, pictorial, audio, video etc.) are added to RLP’s growing

    KPA 4: Research Administration

  • Generate concept notes, requisitions and accountabilities for project-related activities
  • Provide administrative support to visiting scholars
  • Administer capacity-building events

    KPA 5: Other

  • Ensure that RLP’s rules and regulations are implemented with relevance to the activities as
    well as policies and procedures;
  • Participate in necessary meetings and reviews;
  • Perform any other tasks that may be identified or assigned

    Qualifications and Competencies Required


  • A first degree in humanities and social sciences
  • A minimum of two years demonstrated research experience, including knowledge of the
    Ugandan context
  • Strong and demonstrated writing background
  • Computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheet)
  • Touch-typing (or willingness to learn)
  • Familiarity with research analysis tools (e.g. SPSS, Stata, Tableau, N-Vivo, etc.)
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
    Highly Desirable
  • A post-graduate qualification in social science related discipline
  • Post-graduate research experience
  • Research publications (candidates are encouraged to submit links)
  • Familiarity with UNCST procedures and guidelines
  • Knowledge of one or more language(s) spoken by refugees in Uganda will be an added
    advantage (e.g. Arabic, Swahili, French, Lingala, Nuer, Dinka).

    How to Apply
  • For all positions listed, please submit an application cover-letter and up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, as well as links to any publications you wish us to consider.
  • Copies of academic credentials are NOT
    required at this stage.
  • Applications should be sent by email addressed to the Human Resources Officer at with the title of the position applied for in the subject-line.
  • All applicants must be submitted by 11.59pm on Friday 10th May 2019.
  • Applications received after this time and date will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Candidates must be in a position to cover their own travel expenses to interview.
  • Refugee Law Project is a human-rights based organization with strong Anti-Discrimination policies.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Refugee Law Project Research Assistants Jobs in Kenya

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