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Researcher Mubende

Posted by DFID-funded Northern Uganda Private Northern
  • Company: DFID-funded Northern Uganda
  • Experience: Undefined
  • Studies: Undefined
  • Category: Science - R&D
  • Contract: Undefined
  • Salary: Undefined
The DFID-funded Northern Uganda – Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agribusiness Market Development (NU-TEC MD) programme aims to improve smallholders’ livelihoods and climate resilience in a post-conflict, environmentally-vulnerable and economically-lagging region. NU-TEC MD intends to employ both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. As its primary qualitative research methodology, NU-TEC MD plans to use the Reality Check Approach (RCA)—a tested approach to gaining up- to-date understandings of the lives of the poor and marginalised—to engage the beneficiary perspective and strengthen the programme’s formative and diagnostic components.Building on the tradition of beneficiary assessments and listening studies, the Reality Check Approach is a qualitative research method in which trained researchers undertake a rapid but intense immersion of a minimum of four days and nights with families involved in the programme.This informal approach utilises open conversations and participant observation—two key ethnographic techniques—to enable researchers to gain insights into the multiple realities facing families, their neighbours and the wider community. Specifically, RCA- trained researchers engage in detailed conversations and participate in daily activities with a small number of households in their own environment.By sharing in these families’ lives, they can build a more comprehensive understanding of local experiences, perspectives and attitudes, providing context to other research with limited qualitative depth. Beyond the host household, researchers also converse informally with neighbours and other community members, including village leaders, agriculture suppliers, school teachers and shop owners.Purpose of RoleThe Research Member will conduct fieldwork as part of the greater team for this RCA study in Uganda. The Research Member receives a unique opportunity to learn the RCA approach through a 6-day training and being involved in a real study. They will be mentored and supported throughout the entire process. Contracts are only provided to those who satisfactorily complete the mandatory level 1 training.DurationThe Research Member will be engaged through a Consultant Agreement to work for an initial maximum of 30 days. The expected period of assignment will be February – March 2017.Minimum education and experience required.A .Technical CompetenciesBachelor’s degree in development related subject e.g. sociology, anthropology, development studies, development communication, political science, public policy etc)Very strong reading and English writing skills and Fluency in one of the following languages is a MUST – Luo, Alur, Acholi, Langi, Runyakitala, Luganda or any of the local languages in Eastern Region.Some experience in qualitative research is preferred.Knowledge of social development and poverty as well as knowledge of terminologies of qualitative research will be an advantageOther Qualities and ExperiencesAbility to work independently as well as in a multi-cultural teamWillingness to work flexible hours during the researchWillingness to stay in remote and/or challenging locations with minimum facilities during immersion/study workAble to maintain attention for extended periods of time and to maintain high quality outputsPatience, curiosity, and/or good interpersonal ’people’ skillsGood listening and communication skills; proactiveDemonstrated enthusiasm and energyWillingness to learn new skills (Reality Check Approach)Available to attend RCA orientation (in person) tentatively scheduled for February 6, 2017Available to participate in the RCA training currently scheduled from 8 to 13 February, 2017Available to participate in the RCA study from approximately 15 February through 5 March, 2017
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