Research Manager

Master's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1238
Date Posted:Jul 11, 2020
Closing Date:Jul 29, 2020
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Research/Survey
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:5 - 10 Years
Contract Duration:12 month(s)
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About BBC Media Action:


BBC Media Action uses media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. To achieve this, we partner with civil society, local media and governments to: strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity, and produce creative media outputs which inform and engage audiences around key development issues. Background: BBC Media Action has been working in Afghanistan for over 20 years, delivering media and communications projects on governance and health themes.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Country Director, Afghanistan the Research Manager will be accountable for oversight of all project’s research activities that BBC Media Action is currently undertaking and line managing Research Officer(s) under those projects. The Research Manager will lead research to support project and production teams’ requirements, and to report on impact to donors. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the research is technically well designed, resourced and implemented; findings are synthesized, reported and disseminated to a range of audiences. Generating insights from research to support Country Director and other project managers for business development will be an important responsibility for the post holder. The role includes coaching and mentoring junior research staff to manage the research, including support to staff to undertake agency recruitment, research instrument design and piloting, qualitative and quantitative fieldwork, analysis and interpretation. The post-holder will be responsible for the quality of analysis and interpretation, ensuring that the research is useful and used by BBC Media Action production and creative teams. The position is based in Kabul and may involve regular travel within country and internationally from time to time.  

Duties & Responsibilities:

Working with research team in Kabul and London to deliver and assure quality of research portfolios of the projects accountable for, to inform media production, outreach and/or capacity building activities and to deliver evaluative research to meet donor requirements.

Lead the development of research plans, instruments and sampling design, commissioning of agencies for quantitative research, qualitative and quantitative analysis and interpretation, reporting and dissemination of research findings on time, to budget and to high quality for the projects responsible for.

Be accountable for planning and monitoring resource needs (with support from Country Director and London based RM), including creation and input into Gantt charts and research, project and programme plans, and maintain and update delivery dash board for projects responsible for.

Manage overall budget for research projects have oversight of including research services and ensure all research activities planned are delivered in time and within the forecasted budget.

Support and develop research team, including coaching, mentoring and/or training to develop their research and project management skills.

Undertake, and support any other projects to design and undertake quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, ensuring that the interpretation supports development of media products and is thematically appropriate. Also provide technical and thematic support to other projects either being technical lead in terms of research methodologies (qualitative or quantitative) or providing thematic input in different stages of research.    

Engage proactively and collaboratively with non-research staff in the office, including the Country Director and creative, production, project and finance teams to support the development and use of research in the production of BBC Media Action’s creative outputs.

Prepare and deliver research presentations and reports to inform the creative process, monitor and evaluate project effectiveness, and contribute to project strategy. Support the Country Director in external dissemination with donors and for business development clients.

Synthesizing insights from research findings for business development and overall organisation strategic development.  

Represent R&L and BBC Media action with external and internal stakeholders, as instructed by the Country Director, including disseminating research findings and investigating new funding opportunities.

Line management of research staff in Afghanistan, including supporting personal development, motivation and technical support. 

Job Requirement:

Experience of designing and managing qualitative and quantitative research in support of practical outcomes.

Strong quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis using SPSS or similar software or qualitative analysis software

Experience of undertaking or managing fieldwork and adapting methods to challenging and resource-constrained conditions.

Excellent project management skills, including planning, budget and resource management.

Experience of delivering research training and building research capacity.

Strong ability to communicate technical concepts to colleagues.

Experience of managing staff including technical research oversight, personal development and performance management.

Strong presentation skills and experience of adapting oral and written research outputs to present in non-technical language to diverse audiences from grassroots to senior levels, including NGO staff, non-researchers, academics and donors.

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage appropriately with audiences, journalists, local researchers, contractors, senior project staff and donors.

Excellent track record of delivering research findings on time, on budget and to a high standard.

Ability to quality assures quantitative or qualitative analysis and reporting.

Fluent in written and spoken English and fluency in spoken Dari and or Pashto

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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