Research Field Officer
War Child UK
Research Field Officer
18 July 2018
War Child UK is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and young people while enabling adults to bring about positive lasting change in the lives of conflict affected children and young people.
Can’t Wait to Learn Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) proposes new (cost-) effective solutions to the urgent challenges facing education for children in emergencies. By utilising innovative technological solutions with a focus on serious gaming, CWTL has ambitions to increase the number of children with access to quality education in mathematics and literacy in areas affected by conflict in Africa and the Middle East, including Jordan. Developing fresh, interactive materials based on the national curricula and creating effective partnership structures to distribute them creates new opportunities for making education accessible to children who have been excluded from education, thus increasing children’s resilience and preparing them for a positive future.
Throughout the first school semester of 2018/2019, the CWTL programme will be implemented and evaluated in the 2nd directorate of the Zarqa district of Jordan through the school system.
Further information can be found at: www.warchildholland.org/cant-wait-to-learn
The purpose of this job is to assist in the successful completion of the CWTL research project in Jordan, mainly through the supervision of the collection of data, quality assurance, and conducting in-field data checks.
The research field officer will support and supervise, along with the Research Manager, a team of research assistants to collect qualitative and quantitative data for this project. The main tasks of the job include overseeing research assistants during collection of consent and demographic, educational and psychosocial data, and conduct regular data checks. Both the research field officer and research assistants will receive pre-project training in the specific research procedures and ethical standards, and on-the-job mentoring by the research manager and research coordinator.
Key duties and responsibilities
- Coordinate the research participant recruitment and consent processes with the Deputy Project Manager
- Supervise consent and assent gathering process
- Coordinate logistics and schedules with the relevant teams
- Supervise timeliness and quality (including ethics) of data collection at all data collection points including demographics, baseline and endline
- Conduct data checks, quality improvement, and follow up with research assistants regarding data as required in preparation of data cleaning and analysis
- Provide regular and constructive feedback on RAs as required and capacity building?
- Responsible for upload of tablet-collected data and safe transportation of paper-collected data from the area where data was collected to the place where it will be stored. In this period, the research field officer will prevent data loss and/or damage as much as possible.
- Assisting with uploading assessment data from tablets to servers
- Communicate with Research Manager, Research Coordinator, and Research Assistants actively and constructively, providing updates and regular feedback.
- Training, supervision and reporting
- Participate and support in research training and refresher training as required
- Participate in regular supervision and debriefing meetings as required
- Report any adverse events promptly
- Has completed a bachelor degree in Education, the Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Public Health) or Behavioral and Social Sciences (Psychology, Social Work, Counselling) or a related field
- Fluent in Arabic, oral and written
- Good English language skills, oral and written
- Experience in managing teams
- At least 1 year of previous experience in research and/or monitoring and evaluation
- Sound judgment and sense of responsibility
- Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision
- Available fulltime, committed to invest at least 6 months in contributing to our research agenda in Jordan
- Willing and able to work sometimes odd hours, e.g., starting early/finishing late, working sometimes at weekends.
- Willing and able to travel between CWTL sites within Zarqa and between Zarqa (including Azraq camp) and Amman.
- Previous experience working with vulnerable groups, especially children.
- Good MS Excel and Word skills
- Previous research experience in education and/or health
Position: 6 months short term contract
Working Hours: Full time
Travel: This position is primarily based in the field (Zarqa Governate, with occasional visits to Amman’s Office)
Benefits: Annual leaves, social security and health insurance
Nationality: Open for national staff only
HOW TO APPLY:
o Submit your CV through Akhtaboot or at Recruitment.firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 July 2018.
o Quote the following title “RESEARCH OFR” in the subject line. Emails with no “Title” in the subject line will not be shortlisted for the next stage.
o Due to limited resources War Child HR will contact only the shortlisted candidates.
o We’re hiring on a rolling basis, so if we find good candidates within 2 weeks we will close the application.
The safety of children is essential to War Child. War Child does not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures.