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  • Posted on: 23 June, 2016 Deadline: 5 July, 2016
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    The Population Council is an international, non-profit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources.  

    Population Council Nigeria is seeking a highly skilled Qualitative Researcher to provide qualitative research support on key activities for this study.

    Qualitative Research Analyst (Consultancy)


    Purpose of the consultancy

    Under this phase, the consultant will work in conjunction with the Population Council team to design, plan, and coordinate the overall work of the project. Translate study objectives into thoughtful research plans; provide advice as well as tactical guidance to teams; support delivery across all aspects of the project lifecycle, from instrument finalization and analysis to deliverable development and presentation; moderate qualitative research across a broad range of methods; provide methodology expertise, particularly in qualitative research; synthesise research to identify key themes, trends, and insights; helping keep our programme at the cutting edge of research innovation.

    Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant 

    The consultant will support the project team to develop a detailed work plan that will include undertaking at least the following tasks: 
    • Review secondary literature on medicalisation of FGM/C in Nigeria as well as identify information gaps.
    • Facilitate data collection training and monitor the research processes in coordination with the Program Manager
    • Develop analysis plan, and oversee data processing and analysis
    • Draft and present report of findings
    • Maintain close communication with the Program Manager to ensure program goals are being met, and that project challenges are promptly addressed. 
    • Review and refine the research protocol
    • Contribute to the finalization of a robust and cost-effective research strategy 
    • Coordinate and ensure harmony of the design of the qualitative research study
    • Refine data capture tools, and support the pilot and implementation of the tools /instruments. 
    • Refine plan for the qualitative methods /data collection training

    Outcomes of the consultancy:
    • Clear implementation plan/research strategy
    • Refined Study/data capture tools
    • Field work report
    • Data processing/analysis plan
    • Data analysis report & datasets
    • Training curriculum, strategy and presentations
    • List of research assistants trained and attendance records
    • Complete and verified tools /instruments
    • Validated transcriptions

    Period of performance: August 2016 to February 2017 

    Level of Effort: not to exceed a total of 40 days 

    Lines of communication:
    The consultant will report to and work closely with the Program Manager. Additionally, the consultant will collaborate with relevant staff from the programme as necessary and its partners. 

    This is an on-site assignment that will require travel within Nigeria. The costs related to travel, as well as logistics incurred during the contract will be covered by the Population Council.


    Person Specification: 

    • Educated to Masters level in relevant discipline (e.g. Public Health, Social /Behavioural Sciences, Policy Research)
    • Educated to doctoral level 
    • Evidence of professional CPD

    • Strong background in planning 
    • Proven research experience in international projects 
    • Experience in the design, proposal writing, and/or management of research programmes 
    • Experience of conducting qualitative research in African settings
    • Experience of designing and implementing training involving adults Demonstrate ability to analyse complex issues to facilitate decision making and action steps for improvement activities
    • Experience of writing scientific documents such as reports, guidelines and peer reviewed papers
    • Experience of writing and submitting ethical applications for rigorous studies

    • Understanding of health research principles and terminology
    • Understanding of the challenges of conducting research programmes in mid and low income countries
    • Knowledge of Reproductive health, FGM/C and it’s theoretical underpinnings

    • Qualitative research skills 
    • Excellent communication, team working, relationship and organisational skills
    • Ability to write reports for a variety of audiences
    • Ability to synthesise information and review literature 
    • Qualitative software skills (NVivo, Atlas.ti or equivalent)

    • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members in various locations, including remotely writing and revising documents 
    • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organisations, and technical experts from multiple sectors
    • Ability and commitment to work collaboratively to achieve results
    • Self-directing and able to use own initiative to make decisions and identify solutions to problems not previously experienced. 

    Other circumstances:
    • Travel within Nigeria for short periods as required to conduct data collection training and fieldwork

    Application should include: 
    • An updated copy of CV
    • Work plan 
    • A sample of relevant work they have authored
    • Contact details of 2 references
    • Availability

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    Research Intern


    During the internship period, the young researcher will be expected to support the Nigerian Principal Investigator (PI)/Program Manager of the project to carry out all research related activities including providing logistics and administrative support. 


    1. The Research Intern will assist in the following: 
    a. In consultation with PM, research and summarize literature on FGM/C 
    b. the day to day running of the project activities 
    c. the development of project timeline with deliverables integrated with internship responsibilities and activities 
    d. the development of data collection instruments 
    e. the process of hiring data collectors 
    f. the training activities 
    g. conducting data collection, and work closely with the analysis team to conduct substantive and methodological analyses of data 
    h. the preparation of the Quarterly Programme Report 
    i. Other programmatic and technical responsibilities, as assigned 
    2. Work with and be mentored by an experienced researcher 
    3. The Research Intern will gain task management skills that are important in any research project career

    Eligible applicants should: 

    • Have obtained a minimum of a university degree or degree equivalent 
    • Have completed NYSC service 
    • Should have strong organizational skills in social science, public health or policy research skills (e.g., literature reviews, systematic reviews) 
    • Experience developing tools, collecting and analyzing data 
    • Prior experience working on public health/social science research related activities preferred 
    • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite ( Excel, Power point, Word)
    • Be flexible and keen to learn new skills 
    • Strong attention to details 
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
    • Be committed to working full time from August 2016 - July 2017 
    • Demonstrate creativity and ability to use initiative 
    • Demonstrate excellent written and oral English communication skills. 
    • Fluency in either Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba preferred 
    • Ability to work in a team, take instruction, share experiences, and cooperate with authority of the Principal Investigator 

    Interested candidates should please submit the following documents: 
    1. Current CV 
    2. Brief essay (500 words maximum) on how this internship program will support your professional goals over the next three years 
    3. Two letters of recommendation

    Method of Application

    To apply, click on preferred job title(s)

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