Research Officer

  BBC Media Action
Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1998
Date Posted:Jul 2, 2017
Reference:10/2017
Closing Date:Jul 15, 2017
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Media
Nationality:Any
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:3 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About BBC Media Action:

Founded:  

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. We are in the start-up phase of a three-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada, ‘Her Voice, Her Rights’. The project will, through media, support women and girls to claim their rights and take part in public discourse. It involves capacity-strengthening of provincial radio stations and civil society organisations and will be delivered in partnership with a national media and a women’s empowerment organisation.

Job Summary:

Overall Purpose of the Job
Reporting to the Senior Research Officer, the Research Officer will support the Senior Research Officer to deliver all necessary research for BBC Media Action Afghanistan. The Research Officer will undertake research to inform the strategy, content and quality of BBC Media Action’s media and communication projects. In particular, the Research Officer will design and deliver research and analyse data to support and evaluate the health project. The postholder will design research instruments, pilot research instruments, and undertake qualitative interviews. He or she will also analyse and interpret data, and write reports and presentation, ensuring the research is insightful and useful by production and creative teams. The Research Officer will support Research Assistants, and build their capacity to undertake and manage research activities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Main duties and Responsibilities

Assist the Senior Research Officer and Senior Project Manager to manage the day-to-day research operations including designing research, project planning, timelines and delivery

Support the formulation of research designs and preparing RFPs/research briefs (where appropriate) to complete research activities in consultation with colleagues in Kabul and London

Design and review research instruments such as discussion guides

Lead field teams in conducting fieldwork, including briefing teams and independently supervising the piloting of the research instruments, and recruitment of research participants as needed

Monitor and control the quality of fieldwork and data collection

Moderate focus groups and conduct in-depth interviews and continually look for ways to improve data collection, research design, moderation and analysis of data

Undertake analysis of qualitative data

Support Research Assistants to analyse and draft research reports

Help to presenting research findings and recommendations to BBC Media Action production and project teams, donors and other stakeholders

Train and share knowledge with Research Assistants, helping to build their research skills and project management knowledge.

Job Requirement:


Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience


Experience of participatory rural appraisal, observation or ethnography.

Experience of audience and media research.

Experience of working in public health, polio and child immunisation, women and gender rights and empowerment, and gender-based violence.


Relevant Competencies

Planning and organisation - able to think ahead in order to establish and efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources.

Influencing and persuading - able to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.

Communication - able to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.

Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.

Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience


A bachelor degree from social science or similar discipline.

Professional experience of market or social research in a development or research organisation/agency

Excellent written and spoken Pashto, Dari and English.

Experience of using qualitative research techniques such as sampling, data collection, data management, coding, and analysis using a qualitative framework.

Experience conducting focus group discussions and in-depth interviews

Experience of developing qualitative code-lists and framework and undertaking qualitative data analysis.

Experience writing up research findings and disseminating them in non-technical language to a wide range of audiences

Good time management skills, with a track record of delivering research findings to deadlines.

Demonstrable understanding of cultural diversity and cross-cultural research within Afghanistan.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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