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  • Research Associate at Elnuk Nigeria

  • Posted on: 10 December, 2018 Deadline: 18 December, 2018
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  • Elnuk - Our client is an emerging think tank organization dedicated to using evidence-based approaches and tools in informing policy making. They derive their results from working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders in a bit to proactively contribute to critical society issues.

    Their core areas of research and intervention include: Economy, Education, Global Health, Inclusive Development, Public Financial Management, Electoral Systems and Technology Solutions & Management.

    Research Associate


    Position Overview

    • The Research & Systems Strengthening unit of the think tank has a mandate to conduct thorough data driven research/studies and provide support to collaborators in study design methodology, sampling protocols, survey development, data collection, data management/analysis & research publications.
    • The RSS unit will also conduct internal assessments & evaluations of the organization projects to monitor progress and measure impact in line with overall organizational goals.
    • The Research Associate will work directly with the Executive Director to support various research activities across various disciplines.
    • Responsibilities will include but not limited to research proposal development, literature mapping & reviews, research writings & reviews, support research publications efforts and other research activities as assigned.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities
    To perform excellently on this role, the candidate must be able to perform each of the following essential duties and responsibilities:

    • Conduct preliminary studies and other fact finding assignments to facilitate research activities.
    • Development of robust technical research proposal across multiple disciplines and subject matter that is of interest to the think tank.
    • Perform high quality, scholarly literature searches and/or systematic reviews of scientific literatures, including article retrievals
    • Uses creative strategies to comprehensively identify and clearly synthesize complex information about various research studies; develop publishable articles based on rigorous scientific evidence, policy issues, program evaluations.
    • Work on IRB applications, publication writing processes, identify appropriate Journals and follow up with submission process.
    • Maintain a database and calendar of relevant workshops and conferences; prepare abstracts, posters and presentations.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    • Position has no day to day supervisory duties but will be required to supervise ad-hoc field research staff from time to time.

    Education and Professional Experience

    • Minimum 5 years of academic or professional experience in research field.
    • Masters Degree from university in a Science/Social Science program; PhD degree will be a distinct advantage.
    • Strong writing skills (grammatically and creatively) and detail-oriented; ability to multi-task and complete time-sensitive tasks.
    • Must have knowledge of diverse literature, or an interest in learning about the various fields; preference for applicants with prior scientific writing experience in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Knowledge of research ethics and experience with IRB duties with evidence of previous research publications in reputable journals.
    • Must be able to work independently, with minimal direct supervision, and participate in check-ins via Skype/Hangout/Bluejeans with Executive Director.
    • Good learning ability, action oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment.

    Skill Requirements:

    • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodology
    • Oral and Written Communication Skills
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft office suite, SPSS, STATA, Tableau etc
    • Transcribing Skills
    • Online researching skills
    • Knowledge of proof reading and referencing
    • Knowledge of field-work implementation
    • Flexibility and working under pressure
    • Good computer skill
    • Planning and Organizational skills
    • Excellent time management skills

    Functional Requirements:

    • Knowledge Management and Learning
    • Shares knowledge and experience and contribution to the organization Programme areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development
    • Ability to support top quality policy support services on education, economic and global health issues
    • Practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues
    • Development and Operational Effectiveness
    • Good knowledge of education, economics and global health and current development issues particularly those pertinent to the organization.
    • Ability to assist in analysis of data, application of conceptual models, policy frameworks
    • Ability to assist in formulation and evaluation of development programmes and projects
    • Ability to support the RRS and apply relevant theories to carry out high-quality research
    • Management and Leadership
    • Focuses on impact and result and responds positively to critical feedback
    • Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation
    • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
    • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
    • Builds strong relationships with within and outside the organization

    Key Performance Indicators:

    • Ensure adherence to schedule of work for publication within the stipulated time frame.
    • Evidence of high quality and scholarly writing
    • Accuracy of data and literature (both Primary and Secondary)
    • Strong data analysis capability using latest version of softwares and tools
    • Robust research writing skill and competence
    • Numbers of targeted vs accepted articles in a particular time frame.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should send their Application package in a single PDF file to:

    The package should consisting of:

    • Suitability Statement
    • Detailed Curriculum Vitae with desired salary at the top left corner of the document
    • Soft Copy of academic publications

    Note: Please note that applications that does not follow the method described above will be rejected.

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