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Forcier is seeking a Director of Research to ensure the delivery of high-quality research and data collection projects for its clients. Through direct management of Research Officers and Researchers, the Director of Research is responsible for ensuring the quality of all research-related deliverables generated by their research staff. In coordination with the Regional Director, the Director of Research will ensure that research staff are matched with clients and projects in a way that makes the best use of staff abilities, and ensures that staff have an equitable workload and high job satisfaction. The Director of Research plays a critical role in managing clients, including providing advice on key decisions related to research design by spelling out both the methodological and practical (i.e. budgetary and logistical) implications of a given decision. In addition, the Director of Research, in coordination with the Senior Director of Research and Forcier’s Global Technical Team, will be responsible for vetting and hiring new research staff and for orchestrating the capacity-building of existing staff. Finally, the Director of Research will work with their office’s business development team to ensure that all proposals are methodologically coherent, locally contextualized, profitable, and are in keeping with the highest standards of research quality.
Forcier is looking for a highly self-motivated individual with significant academic training in research design, as well as experience managing and implementing field research projects in complex settings. Clear, solution-oriented thinking is essential. An ability to track and manage a variety of projects simultaneously, as well as a multitude of key staff, is required. The ideal candidate will be amicable under pressure and should be able to serve as both a patient teacher or mentor, as well as a task- and detail-oriented manager. Every day at Forcier is different, and we are looking for a Director of Research who is a proactive leader, strong communicator, and passionate about quality research.
● Guide key decisions related to research aims and methodological design of projects at the proposal stage and during project implementation;
● Provide expert input on matters of sample design, questionnaire design, and analysis techniques/approaches
● Guide key decisions related to statistical analysis, including choices of appropriate inferential-statistical tests, data structure, weighting, and other adjustments to account for survey design (including stratification and clustering)
● Provide or appropriately delegate/assign the provision of quality assurance and quality control on all research-related deliverables (e.g. research protocols, analytical reports, datasets, and presentations;
● Review proposals and provide feedback to the business development team to ensure that all bids are competitive, methodologically coherent, and can be executed fluently by available staff, within proposed budgets and timelines;
● Actively track all key research staff, their levels of utilization, and their skill sets;
● Actively track all ongoing and incoming/nascent projects, and appropriately match people/teams and their toolkits with projects;
● Provide input on local context and other practical aspects of research execution, both internally and with our clients;
● Learn, teach, and uphold Forcier’s existing systems for ensuring quality research, and aid with the roll-out and adoption of new research-related systems as necessary.
● Serve as the primary point of contact with clients during the proposal stage and continue high-level management of the client relationship during implementation of projects, including planning and attending client meetings as necessary;
● Follow all standard work policies and procedures for the research department and conduct annual performance evaluations of research staff in conjunction with the Director of Field Operations;
● Maintain reasonable workloads and expectations for all research staff;
● Develop professional development plans for research staff to ensure appropriate skill-building and mentoring activities occur.
M.A. degree and at least 3 years of experience, or PhD and at least 1 year of experience. Appropriate graduate level education will be in political science, anthropology, international development, statistics, public health, or a related field. Irrespective of degree field, graduate level training in research methods and statistics is required.
● Graduate-level coursework in econometrics and inferential statistics, ideally including applied regression analysis, survey data analysis, data visualization, and power analysis
● Advanced knowledge of Stata required
● Demonstrated ability to clean and interpret real-world data, generating publishable insights
● Experience in managing teams and human resources to ensure successful completion of projects and objectives
● Prior experience and technical skills in qualitative and quantitative tool development, scripting questionnaires in CAPI software (preferably with ODK), sampling, operationalization of complex research designs, data cleaning, and quality assurance methods
● Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively edit the technical writing of others
● Outstanding analytical and writing skills with both quantitative and qualitative data
● Fluency in written and spoken English
● Experience collaborating with and managing diverse, multi-cultural teams
● Strong communication skills, cultural sensitivity, curiosity, sense of humor and a ‘can do’ attitude
● Ability to conduct themselves in a professional manner with it comes to client and partner communication and interaction, and liaising with upper-level management
● Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office package, including good skills in Excel
● Ability to work independently in a stressful environment with minimal supervision
● Ability to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines
● Creativity and an ability to think outside the box to conceptualize projects and implementation strategies
● Flexibility and willingness to work in other countries as needed
Preferred (but not required) Skills
● Prior experience living and working abroad, preferably in a developing country
● Graduate-level coursework in research design and sample design
● Training in, or experience using qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo)
● Training in, or experience using GIS analysis software (e.g. QGIS)
● Knowledge of R, Python, or other statistical programming/databasing languages is an asset
● Prior experience in a teaching/mentoring capacity ● Prior experience in planning and managing budgets and resources
Salary and fringe benefits commensurate with relevant experience, and in line with Forcier compensation guidelines, Generous paid time off, Local transportation
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