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Research Coordinator

From29-07-2019 Locationna Hoursna Educationna
  1. Background

War Child Holland (WCH) is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and young people while enabling adults to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of conflict affected children and young people. In the next five years (2016 – 2020), based on innovation of our approaches, and solid research of our outcomes and impact. War Child aims to evolve towards a globally renowned and recognised expert organisation in the field of psychosocial well-being of children and youth affected by conflict.

 

  1. Research Project

Exposure to loss, trauma and other adversity, such as socioeconomic deprivation, is a common experience for those living in humanitarian and low-resource settings. Adversity is a risk factor for the development of anxiety and depression.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the use of evidence based psychological interventions for the treatment of emotional conditions in children and adolescents. However access to such treatments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is limited (World Health Organisation 2016). The exposure to violence continues to have significant impact on mental health and psychosocial well-being of children, who have grown up surrounded by conflict.  The protracted crisis has had a profound effect on access and quality of basic services including health and education, leaving many children and adolescent without support to address their mental health needs. 

 

This project will implement the Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions (EASE) a group based psychological intervention to help young people aged approximately 10 to 14 years who are impaired by prolonged distress (e.g. by depression, anxiety, grief, and stress). It is intended to be delivered to groups of young adolescents and their caregivers by non-specialist providers.

 

Through this intervention War Child is proposing to pilot test and adapt a number of tools on the EQUIP platform.  The War Child developed WEACT tool and the GroupAct instrument to asses; (a) core competencies among the EASE facilitators; (b) EASE treatment specific competencies, and; (c) group facilitation competencies. This will build on the current pilot testing of the WEACT tool in Gaza, to adapt and align the instrument with other EQUIP instruments and tools.  

 

  1. Roles and responsibilities
    • The Research Coordinator is essential to the success of any research project- s/he forms the backbone of a research team.
    • The Research Coordinator will work within the EQUIP team to coordinate all aspects of implementation of research activities.  
    • S/he will be responsible for coordination of relevant partnerships and maintenance in close collaboration with the research and implementation team in Lebanon and Amsterdam.
    • Coordination and preparation of logistics around research implementation.
    • Recruitment, selection, and hiring of local research assistants.   This will involve:
      • assisting in drafting job descriptions
      • assisting in the circulation of advertisements to relevant networks
      • participating in the screening potential applicants and shortlisting several for interview together with HR Department
      • coordinating and participating in  an interview panel to conduct interviews
      • taking a critical role in final selection of team together with the Lebanon and EQUIP team.
    • Assisting in competency and capacity-building of local research team in research methods, research ethics, and interventions, with support of the Research and Development team within War Child Holland Head Office. This competency-building will involve
      • Basics of data collection for qualitative and quantitative research projects
      • Interviewing methods
      • Data management processes
      • Research ethics including participant safety, confidentiality, reporting of adverse events, maintaining integrity of research data
      • Intervention facilitation (with support from relevant trainers)
      • Child safe-guarding
    • Supervision and coordination of the tasks of the local research team to ensure quality of data collected.  This will include:
      • Holding regular supervision meetings and performance appraisals with research assistants
      • Scheduling and coordination of data collection including managing all logistics such as transport, work schedules, resources required,
      • Monitoring of quality of data collection, adherence to ethical practices, and intervention fidelity
      • Overseeing data entry and data management, and able to be responsible for data set cleaning.
      • Communicating key information from the research in a simple, clear, effective way to stakeholders that are non-researchers
    • Managing and reporting on adverse events and serious adverse events related to implementing the research project according to War Child Holland data management protocols
    • Participating in regular research supervision and coordination meetings with War Child Holland Research and Development Head Office team
    • The Research Coordinator takes a proactive role in monitoring progress of research implementation and proactively observes, documents and shares any community-level barriers.
      • S/he participates in weekly research supervision and coordination skype meetings with War Child Holland R&D department.
      • S/he shares updates about the research implementation in a structured way with the rest of the team.
      • S/he is proactive in problem solving and suggesting solutions to community-level barriers.
      1. Reporting
        • They will report to the Senior Program Manager in Lebanon with a functional reporting line to the Director, War Child Holland Research and Development Department in Amsterdam.
    • S/he supports, if needed, with protocol writing and ethical review submission.

 

 

  1. Profile

Essential:

-          At least Masters level degree in relevant field (e.g. Psychology, Nursing, Education, Public Health, Social Sciences).

-          At least 3 years’ experience in leading and coordinating field-based research with human subjects in a relevant field (i.e. psychosocial support, education, and/or child protection).

-          Extensive experience working within Lebanon

-          Proven track record in implementing research activities and data management for human subjects research projects.

-          Experience in supervising research assistants and building competency.

-          Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) and Arabic.

-          Ability to communicate the results of research to others in a simple, clear, effective way.

-          Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision

-          Available full time, committed to invest at least 1 year in contributing to our research agenda in Lebanon

 

Desirable:

-          Experience in (basic) analyses of data sets in SPSS of similar software package

-          Previous experience in a research coordinator role in a field-based project

-          Previous extensive experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods

 

   
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