Advertisement: Programme Specialist (Social Science Formative Research), P3, Goma, TA 3 Months- Ebola Response -DRC
Job Number: 523769 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Congo, Dem. Rep
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
For every child,
As part of the 4th Strategic Response Plan (SRP IV) the Social Sciences Research Group (SSRG) has been included with the Epidemiological Cell as part of a greater Analysis Cell which supports all response pillars in the response through context based social sciences and formative research. Research agenda is developed from context, epidemiological analysis and from pillar and technical commission requests before or after programme intervention. The SSRG aims to improve the accountability and appropriateness of the Ebola response through this continued and flexible support.
Purpose of the job: The Programme Specialist (social sciences and formative research) reports to the Social Sciences & Formative Research Manager guidance and general supervision. He/she acts as the deputyof the Research Manager and supports in the development, preparation, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Social Sciences and Formative Research agenda both within UNICEF and as part of the Social Sciences Research Group.
The aim of the social sciences and formative research team is to work closely with Ebola coordination teams (within UNICEF and through the commissions under the Ministry of Health) to conduct mixed methods research which will result in clearly identified opportunities for improving quality and accountability of the overall response.
The incumbent ensures that the research team contributes to the Social Sciences Research Group (SSRG) and the Analysis Cell (under the Ministry-led Strategic Committee) as well as in direct and continuous coordination with UNICEF programme teams.
He/she will work closely with key pillars, actors and implementers in the response, to both contribute to context analysis and understanding in order drive and influence ways of working in the response.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS
Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be accountable for all or assigned areas of the following major duties and end results.
1. As part of the Social Sciences Research Group, support the development the Social Sciences and Formative Research Agenda; identifying key research themes and questions based on epidemiological situation, context and existing anthropological work
Represent UNICEF’s research team within the SSRG as part of the Analysis Cell (under the MoH).
Support the continued the situation analysis from various sources. Provide timely, comprehensive and current data to inform Formative Research agenda, looking at epidemiological data as well as existing (and current) context, gender studies and reports
Participate in coordination meetings on a regular basis and work with
Coordinate with key actors to ensure monitoring and evaluation of research recommendations and followed up and impact evaluations are designed and implemented
Work with program managers, colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies for the formative research agenda
Support research team in proposals toward agenda; identifying and area-specific needs
2. Support the management and capacity building of the UNICEF Social Sciences and Formative Research team, ensuring technical guidance, coordination with other programme teams
Support the management of national and international teams within the SSRG
Develop capacity building strategies and opportunities for national and international teams related to research themes, analysis, coordination etc.
Provide regular supervision and guidance analysis of data and identify appropriate programme-specific recommendations and action points.
3. Facilitate the coordination with the technical commissions and sub-commissions, with UNICEF programme teams and implementing partners; set up two-way information sharing and bi-directionality for research areas
At coordination level, ensure two-way sharing of formative research is both being led by and contributing to the direction of programmes
Participate in coordination meetings with commission leads, to follow on information sharing (and presentations/ research results follow up);
Create spaces for internal UNICEF reflection and adaptation for programme approaches at coordination level.
4. Review data analysis and recommendations developed by teams
Review data analysis and support in the development of appropriate programme recommendationSupport teams in identifying gaps in results, and opportunities to compliment with additional data (external sources);
5. Conduct mixed methods research analysis (meta-synthesis) of qualitative and quantitative data and draft technical research papers, thematic reports, public presentations and other communications materials based on research
Use qualitative and quantitative research tools (including Atlas Ti) to conduct meta-synthesis of existing data, develop codes and identify key themes via anlaysis
Work with field teams to support their capacity in data analysis
Write comprehensive technical reports and guidance notes needed/ based on outcomes
Contribute to the continued review of and analysis of existing monitoring tools and methods to oversee the impact of social sciences research within UNICEF and the Social Sciences Research Group;
Ensure all research papers, reports, publications (presentations) are shared via the Social Sciences Research Group for all partners
6. Support management and supervision of the innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Manage to the systematic assessment of UNICEF Ebola response capacity gap analysis, in collaboration with government and other stakeholders, and support the design of initiative to strengthen capacities systematically.
Together with team, identify capacity building opportunities for national and international teams, implementing partners (including the ministry of health) on social sciences research;
Contribute the management of database of tools and reports available for partners and UNICEF teams
The Formative Research in Ebola will contribute to an improved informed UNICEF response based on context and community knowledge and understanding, as well as strong research and understanding in short and long term potential impacts of the Ebola response. The research team will contribute to UNICEF’s accountability to affected populations and appropriateness and quality of the overall response.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A Master’s degree with SOCIAL SCIENCES RESEARCH experience is required: public health, epidemiology, anthropology or another relevant technical field. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement social sciences research in health is an asset.
At least 5 years social sciences research experience, working in humanitarian and development context (with UN-Govt-INGO) is required.
Experience working in public health emergencies is required
Fluency in French and in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
– Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next steps of the selection process;
– Selected candidate should be on ground within 31 days after acceptance of the offer.
Closing Date Mon Jul 15 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)