Research Analyst (Social Science)

WorldFish, Mongu, Zambia

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th May, 2015

Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the design of pro-poor, gender transformative approaches to agriculture and rural development, including monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Responsible for designing and conducting gender transformative social, economic, nutritional and agriculture studies with the AAS program team as required, collecting both qualitative and quantitative data, conducting rigorous analyses and writing high-quality reports/science outputs.
  • Work with staff and program partners to design, integrate and implement gender transformative programs in technical interventions (e.g., nutrition, productivity, flood risk) using participatory action research (PAR) methods.
  • Monitor and evaluate program activities, outcomes and impacts to draw out lessons learned, including documenting critical reflection, action, and learning cycles among a wide variety of program stakeholders as well as collecting sex-disaggregated and other gender-relevant qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Contribute to gender capacity development among WorldFish staff and program partner organizations and participants.
  • Be involved in learning networks/platforms at community, district and provincial levels, organize or participate in workshops to exchange knowledge that can support learning from and adaptation of gender transformative approaches to agricultural and rural development.
  • Provide support and conduct other such activities as and when required by the Gender Scientist, AAS Program Country Leader, and Regional Director.

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, International Development).
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Prior experience using participatory action research (PAR) or other participatory research methodologies including facilitating and documenting critical reflection, action, and learning cycles.
  • Ability to use qualitative software packages like Nvivo.
  • Prior experience developing grey and/or published articles/papers.
  • Capacity to integrate gender in agriculture and community development programs.
  • Demonstrated strong background working with rural populations in Zambia.
  • Understanding of nutrition, agriculture, value chains, ecosystem services, fisheries, and/or water and land management.
  • Good understanding of networking, partnerships and capacity building and ability to organise meetings and facilitate training sessions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a proven team player.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and SiLozi.

Desired skills and qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of how to collect and analyze quantitative data; ability to use quantitative software packages like STATA
  • Experience conducting studies on gender norms, power relations, social inclusion
  • Knowledge of GIS and remote sensing

Our offer

  • This position will be based in Mongu, Zambia.
  • The initial employment contract will be for a three-year term, with possibility of renewal.
  • It is a position that is open to national (NRS)  candidates. Subject to applicant status, salary and benefits will be in compliance with WorldFish NRS  remuneration policies.

Our commitment

  • WorldFish is committed to promoting a work environment where diversity of thought, style, culture and experience is valued.
  • We support individual performance and potential in achieving our organizational goals and mission.

How to apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information:

  • A cover letter including a 300-word (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate and what you would bring to the role;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of three professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications and work experience.

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