Forcier Consulting is seeking a Research Manager to oversee teams responsible for the implementation of research projects across South Sudan. Through their management of Research Officers, the Research Manager will oversee a multitude of projects from inception to final submission. They provide mentorship and guidance on a range of topics including client communication, research methods, quantitative and qualitative tool design, fieldwork management, budget management, statistical and qualitative analysis, and report writing. Overall, they ensure that staff and resources are adequately matched to client needs in order to ensure that all projects are delivered with high quality, on time, and within budget, while also collaborating on research protocols and policy implementation and systematization. In addition, the Research Manager, in coordination with the Senior Director of Research and Forcier’s Global Technical Team, will be responsible for vetting and hiring new research staff and for orchestrating the capacity-building of existing staff. Finally, the Research Manager will work with their office’s business development team to ensure that all proposals are methodologically coherent, locally contextualized, profitable, and are in keeping with the highest standards of research quality. Although the majority of projects take place in South Sudan, there may be further opportunities for projects in other countries.
Forcier is looking for a highly self-motivated individual with significant academic training in research design, as well as experience managing and implementing field research projects in complex settings. Clear, solution-oriented thinking is essential. An ability to track and manage a variety of projects simultaneously, as well as a multitude of key staff, is required. The ideal candidate will be amicable under pressure and should be able to serve as both a patient teacher or mentor, as well as a task- and detail-oriented manager. Every day at Forcier is different, and we are looking for a Research Manager who is a proactive leader, strong communicator, and passionate about quality research.
Actively track all ongoing and incoming/nascent projects, and appropriately match people/teams and their toolkits with projects;
Guide key decisions related to statistical analysis, including choices of appropriate inferential-statistical tests, data structure, weighting, and other adjustments to account for survey design (including stratification and clustering)
Provide or appropriately delegate/assign the provision of quality assurance and quality control on all research-related deliverables (e.g. research protocols, analytical reports, datasets, and presentations;
Provide input on local context and other practical aspects of research execution, both internally and with our clients;
Follow all standard work policies and procedures for the research department and conduct annual performance evaluations of research staff in conjunction with the Director of Field Operations;
Guide key decisions related to research aims and methodological design of projects at the proposal stage and during project implementation;
Provide expert input on matters of sample design, questionnaire design, and analysis techniques/approaches
Review proposals and provide feedback to the business development team to ensure that all bids are competitive, methodologically coherent, and can be executed fluently by available staff, within proposed budgets and timelines;
Serve as the primary point of contact with clients during the proposal stage and continue high-level management of the client relationship during implementation of projects, including planning and attending client meetings as necessary;
Actively track all key research staff, their levels of utilization, and their skillsets;
Learn, teach, and uphold Forcier’s existing systems for ensuring quality research, and aid with the roll-out and adoption of new research-related systems as necessary.
Maintain reasonable workloads and expectations for all research staff;
Develop professional development plans for research staff to ensure appropriate skill-building and mentoring activities occur.
M.A. degree and at least 3 years of experience, or PhD and at least 1 year of experience. Appropriate graduate level education will be in political science, anthropology, international development, statistics, public health, or a related field. Irrespective of degree field, graduate level training in research methods and statistics is required.
● Graduate-level coursework in econometrics and inferential statistics, ideally including applied regression analysis, survey data analysis, data visualization, and power analysis
● Advanced knowledge of Stata required
● Demonstrated ability to clean and interpret real-world data, generating publishable insights
● Experience in managing teams and human resources to ensure successful completion of projects and objectives
Salary commensurate with relevant experience, and in line with Forcier compensation guidelines
· In-country living stipend when stationed abroad
· Accommodation at the Forcier guesthouse at your assigned duty station; or a similar arrangement organized by Forcier
· Round-trip flights from your home base to duty station at the start and end of the contract
· Additional flight allowances during contract period
· Generous paid time off
· Medical benefits while stationed abroad
· Medical evacuation coverage while stationed abroad
*Title of this position may change by hiring date.
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