Research Assistant at Samuel Hall – Children & Youth Pillar
The Research Assistant/lntern will be part of Samuel Hall’s Children & Youth Pillar and based in the Nairobi office. In addition to tasks supporting the strategic and business development of the pillar, RAs conduct integral components of research projects, including desk reviews, key informant interviews, and fieldwork to collect data and analyse results. There is a strong potential for domestic, regional and international travel.
Who we are
Samuel Hall is a social enterprise dedicated to research in countries affected by migration. Our mandate is to produce research that delivers a contribution to knowledge with an impact on policies, programmes and people. We have worked with more than sixty-five organisations worldwide since 2009 through our offices in Afghanistan and Kenya covering Asia and Africa.
We are a rapidly growing research organisation: you will be expected to growth with us and carve out your own spot in the team. We look for pro-active, creative individuals who can identify opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We believe in hiring people who can show their ability to be both strong leaders and reliable followers, who have skills that our team currently lacks and who join us to add value from the very start. We hire people who can expand our knowledge and help us reach our social impact objective in their field of expertise. We work in a fast-paced, demanding and challenging environment: you will need thick skin, passion and dedication!
Nature of the role
Objective. To fulfil the role of a Research Assistant/lntern to the Children and Youth Pillar.
Background. Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in a relevant field, have proven interest and training in Child- and Youth-related implementation and/or research, and have a proposal for submission to the company outlining perceived areas in which their skills could be best used.
Specificities. Dependent on interests and experience, each research assistant will support the Children and Youth Pillar lead on a variety of activities. The specific end goal for Samuel Hall is to ensure that capacity is built for full time integration as a core member of the Samuel Hall team beyond this timeframe.
Specific project needs
Samuel Hall is seeking a motivated Research Assistant to join its Children and Youth Pillar for six months to one year in Nairobi. The Research Assistant will cover various related topics such as child protection, child labour, education, youth employment, migration, marginalized communities, gender, etc. Applicants will possess and be able to demonstrate:
Interest and experience working in children and youth- related domains
Excellent spoken and written skills in English
Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (for example, MS Excel, SPSS, NVIVO)
Keen attention to detail
Ability to being patient and to work well within a team
Ability to cope well under pressure, work occasionally irregular hours and meet tight deadlines
Key tasks and responsibilities to be performed under the contract
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PILLAR SUPPORT
Support and assist the Pillar Lead in all her work (research, partnerships, dissemination / communications, strategic expansion, report writing)
RESEARCH SUPPORT (tasks may vary according to the nature of on-going research projects)
Support the development of technical proposals
Conduct secondary research — literature review and secondary data analysis
Support or lead logistical preparations for fieldwork and other travels
Adhere to the Project Cycle Sops and train field teams on components of the project cycle
Lead fieldwork and primary data collection
Support and monitor field teams’ work, including solving field problems
Effectively communicate with supervisors on progress with daily updates
Provide input to improve the quality of the field teams’ notes, transcripts, outputs. Under the supervision of the Pillar Lead and/or Director, transcribe interview notes, draft field reports, field diaries, progress updates, and analytical documents
Draft analysis documents to contribute to reporting
Ensure all project related information is stored correctly, using the Organization’s SOPs
Summary of Job Description
Employer Samuel Hall Location Nairobi, Kenya Position Research Assistant Contract Duration Six months minimum, renewable once Remuneration Stipend provided Vacancy Closure 20 February 2019 Required Background International development, child protection, social sciences, statistics, education Minimum Qualifications Master’s degree or equivalent E-mail for Submission email@example.com
All applicants should send their cover letter and CV in separate PDF files, each labelled: ‘CL/CV — Full name of Applicant‘ with the e-mail subject line using the following format: ‘Name — Children & Youth RA’. Three samples of relevant work should also be included, showcasing your ability to write, analyse data/information and construct an argument. These can be (excerpts from) a thesis, university essays, articles, reports, op-eds, , etc.
Samuel Hall is an equal opportunities employer. Applications that do not follow the required format or content will not be considered. Only selected applicants will be notified.
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