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Research Coordinator

From23-01-2018 Locationna Hoursna Educationna

Research Coordinator

 

  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.

     

    The Caregiver Support Program

    The Caregiver Support Intervention (CSI) is one WCH’s core interventions. The CSI is an 8-session group intervention for parents and other caregivers of children affected by armed conflict and forced migration. The CSI aims to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of parents/caregivers, while also increasing their knowledge and skills regarding effective parenting in settings of adversity. Preliminary research on the CSI in Gaza and Lebanon has shown it to be well-received and perceived as useful by participants. Next steps in the development and evaluation of the CSI include: (1) incorporation of additional material relevant to parents of very young children; (2) small scale implementation of the revised intervention (with the new material) and qualitative assessment of acceptability and perceived usefulness; (3) a pilot cluster randomized control study (CRCT), aimed at developing the methodology and ensuring the feasibility of conducting a full CRCT of the CSI. In Phase 2 of the project.

     

  2. 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 WCH’s Lebanon country offices (Beirut and Tripoli) to coordinate all research activities related to the CSI. S/he will work in close coordination with the Psychosocial Trainer & Supervisor and the Principal Investigator.
  • The Research Coordinator will be responsible for:
    • Taking a lead role, together with the Principal Investigator, in adapting all interviews, questionnaires, and other research materials for use in Lebanon.
    • Recruiting and hiring a local research team including independent assessors, data entry assistants, and translators/interpreters as needed. 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 the team together with the PM and Principal Investigator.
    • Together with the PI, assisting with capacity-building of local research team in research methods, ethics, with support of the Research and Development team within Head Office. This competency-building will involve:
      • Basics of data collection for qualitative and quantitative research projects
      • Use of tablet-based survey data collection
      • Interviewing methods
      • Data management processes
      • Research ethics including participant safety, confidentiality, reporting of adverse events, maintaining integrity of research data
      • Child safe-guarding
    • Supervision and coordination of the tasks of the local research team including:
      • Scheduling and coordination of data collection including managing all logistics such as transport, work schedules, and resources required, in partnership with the Project Manager
      • Data management, in coordination with data management team in Amsterdam Office
      • Monitoring of quality of data collection, adherence to ethical practices, and intervention fidelity, in partnership with the Project Manager
      • Overseeing data entry, and able to be assist with data set cleaning.
      • Communicating key information from the research in a simple, clear, effective way to stakeholders who 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 the Principal Investigator and the research team
  • The Research Coordinator will conduct several field visits during training and implementation for a better understanding of context and quality monitoring
  • The Research Coordinator may also travel with the PI to present findings from the research at a professional conference.

     

  1. Reporting
    • The Research Coordinator will report to the Principal Investigator. The RC will be based in the Lebanon team’s Research, Monitoring, & Evaluation Unit, and so will also report to the manager of the RM&E unit.

       

  2. 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 or coordinating field-based research with human subjects in a relevant field (i.e. mental health, psychosocial support, education, and/or child protection).
  • Proven track record in implementing research activities and data management for human subject research projects.
  • Experience in supervising research assistants and building competency.
  • Excellent communication skills in Arabic and English (oral and written).
  • Ability to communicate the results of research to others in a simple, clear, effective way.
  • Ability to operate independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work with SPSS or similar data analyses software

     

    Desirable:

  • Extensive experience working within Lebanon
  • 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

     

  1. Job Location: Beirut, Lebanon with significant travel to Tripoli as needed

     

  2. Time frame:   The assignment is expected to start on February 15, 2018; a later start (i.e. Jan 1) is possible.  This is a fulltime position.

     

  3. How to apply

 

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before February 10, 2018. Make sure to upload your English CV and cover letter by using following hyperlink:

 

 

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  

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