Research, Monitoring and Learning Specialist – DRC

Search For Common Ground


Position summary

DRC is Search’s largest country program with an annual budget of approximately $4 million and approximately 120 staff working in 8 provinces using community dialogue, media and research tools to address community violence reduction, security sector reform, conflict-sensitive value chains, intercommunal reconciliation, Ebola response, and stabilisation with a diverse range of donors and partners. DRC is the largest Search program in terms of revenue, portfolio, staffing, and geographical reach.

Search is full of committed, enthusiastic and talented individuals. It is a fun place to work and an exciting place to learn, offering a rich range of opportunities.

Directly supervised by Search DRC Country Director and working under the technical supervision of the Regional Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for East, Central and Southern Africa, the Research, Monitoring and Learning Specialist for the DRC, will support Search’s DM&E Work in the DRC, including its research, and conflict analysis department.

The Research, Monitoring and Learning Specialist for the DRC will be based in one of the Search for Common Ground Country office in DRC (Goma, Bukavu or Kalemie) with frequent travels within the country. S/he should be ready to begin work, on site in January 2020 and to commit to working for Search full-time on the basis of a two year-long contract.

Key responsibilities

The DRC Research, Monitoring and Learning Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership and technical support on design, monitoring and evaluation and on research for the DRC-based DM&E and Conflict Analysis teams, consisting of two DM&E Managers (one based in Bukavu and one in Goma) and one Conflict Analysis Coordinator. The Research, Monitoring and Learning Specialist will ensure high-quality DM&E, research and learning support for the DRC Country Program.

The primary tasks and responsibilities of the Research, Monitoring and Learning Specialist will be to:

Key Area 1: Ensure quality, sustainable and effective monitoring and evaluation and conflict analysis

Overall responsible for the quality and timeliness of DM&E efforts and conflict analysis in the DRC program, as well as the program’s contribution to regional DM&E and conflict analysis study;
Support DM&E teams in the design of quality DM&E systems, conflict analysis and conflict monitoring;
Manage the implementation of baseline studies, monitoring missions, and evaluations, ensuring quality methodology and analysis as well as timely delivery;
Supervise and provide technical support to all conflict analysis research done in the country;
Foster learning within the organization, including reflection processes and dissemination of results;
Support teams in analyzing data collected and share findings with key internal and external stakeholders;
Develop Terms of Reference (ToR) and manage consultants as needed for research;
Review ToRs for conflict analysis research;
Provide leadership in the development of monitoring systems (e.g. the development of common indicators, M&E plans, data collection tools, evidence-based processes, and knowledge management plans) and conflict analysis;

Key area 2: Create a culture where DME is valued, supported and recognized

Develop the capacity of the country program to improve program design, monitoring and evaluation;
Provide orientation, technical support, and training to DRC program staff members, particularly in areas of design, monitoring and evaluation and conflict analysis;
Provide regular coaching and support to DM&E, learning, conflict analysis and program staff;
Contribute to the development of project log frames and proposals;
Contribute to cross-organizational learning, including providing information, guidelines, lessons learned, and tested tools to the HQ-based Institutional Learning Team;
Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Skills and competencies

Minimum Qualifications:

M.A/S or equivalent in Peacebuilding, International Relations, Conflict Management, Statistics, Sociology, or a related field required;

At least 6 years of relevant work experience in M&E, project design, research, conflict analysis and conflict monitoring research methods in international development;
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Excellent written and oral skills in both French and English – ability to draft, edit, and proof-read in both languages is mandatory;
Experience in data gathering, data analysis and report writing, including on conflict analysis and conflict monitoring;
Multi-country and cross-cultural experience related to research and DM&E implementation
Knowledge and experience with participatory DM&E approaches, as well as case study methodology development and implementation;
Experience in designing and implementing data collection methodologies and tools, as well as both quantitative and qualitative data analysis;
Strong data analysis skills and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative software is required, such as: NVivo, Dedoose, SQL Server, R, SPSS, or STATA;
Team management skills and past experience in supervising and coaching teams is required;
Ability to multitask, work independently, and work to meet tight deadlines;
Good computer skills (including Word, Excel, various Web 2.0 tools).
Behavioral Competencies

Working with People: The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy, listens, supports; consults others and shares information and expertise, builds team spirit and adapts to the team.
Flexibility: The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, to tolerate ambiguity, to adapt personal style to different people and situations.
Drive for Results and Efficiency: The ability to set quality standards, monitor and maintain quality of work, and set goals to achieve continuous improvement.
Relationship Management: The ability to manage interactions, to provide service and to support the organization while building an effective internal and external network.
Leadership and Navigation: The ability to manage and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization while making progress toward change and continuous improvement.
Communication: The ability to effectively exchange information with others, to effectively deliver critical information, to gather information and communicate with others.
Global and Cultural Effectiveness: The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties and be able to work cross-culturally.
Ethical Practice: The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
Business Acumen: The ability to understand and apply information to contribute to the organization’s strategic plan.

This position will close on November 30, 2019.

How To Apply

To apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal:

current resume
cover Letter

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Type: Full Time

Application Deadline: 11/30/2019