CowaterSogema recruits 01 Research lead

CowaterSogema recruits 01 Research lead


Cowater International is preparing for an upcoming opportunity focusing on managing and overseeing delivery of the UK Sahel Flexible Fund (SFF) in Mali, East Sector (Gao Region). The programme aims to promote greater stability, reduced violence and increased human security, aligned to the aims of the UN peacekeeping mission to Mali (MINUSMA) to which the UK has deployed 300 troops, through the commissioning and managing of local stabilisation projects in Sector East (Gao region Mali). The programme will provide technical assistance to help the client to deliver an integrated approach to stabilisation.
The programme is expected to start in 2021 for a period of 30 months.
The Research Lead will be a core member of the team, reporting directly to the Team Leader to support the delivery of local contextual research to provide context analysis and ensure conflict sensitivity throughout.
Lead the development and implementation of the programme’s approach to research of new stabilisation interventions
Conduct scoping activities, and design research scope to inform project development, selection and implementation, and ensure alignment with Malian needs
Maintain a high degree of quality control over research and analysis conducted internally and by partners
Provide technical assistance to key stakeholders for empowered formulation of projects
Support the development of potential projects through scoping activity to generate new ideas for stabilisation interventions
Coordinate research interventions with partners and experts
Lead on reporting for research-related outputs, as well as fulfilment of contractual reporting to the client
Coordinate and participate in the planning and delivery of events, e.g. workshops, discussion groups, joint research working groups
Together with the MEL team, ensure that iterative learning processes are actively informing the development and adaptation of the project
Provide strategic direction to the Team Leader, ensuring an informed and evidence-based approach is embedded into decision-making processes
Proactively seek to share knowledge with, coordinate programme inputs and learn from other interested stakeholders
A relevant professional qualification or graduate degree
Essential Skills:
At least 10 years’ experience in research, developing and operationalising research-into-use strategies in a conflict/post conflict context
Culturally sensitive and aware of the context and dynamics in Mali
Strong track record in stabilisation and peacebuilding interventions with an experience in informing the development of local interventions
Detailed knowledge of international peacebuilding policy trends in the Sahel
Established relationships with CSOs and state authorities in Mali and the Sahel
Experience in mainstreaming conflict sensitivity, gender sensitivity, a Do No Harm approach, and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda into programme design and implementation
Excellent communication skills in English and French (speaking and writing)
Malian nationals, and individuals with experience in Mali/Sahel, highly encouraged to apply and knowledge of local languages is an asset.
Candidates are encouraged to as soon as possible. For your application to be considered, please send your cv to and
For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.
We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.
With more than 35 years’ experience, Cowater International is Canada’s global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Cowater International also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec; London, United Kingdom; Nairobi, Kenya; and Brussels, Belgium, in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.


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