Funding for this position is currently available up to June 30, 2013.
Mercy Corps’ portfolio of program research and impact evaluations is growing, including several externally funded, long-term studies. Significant technical and management support is required to ensure the quality and utility of these studies. At the same time, the regional value propositions (RVPs) that Mercy Corps has prioritized place a strong emphasis on research, and several contain explicit research agendas. Refining and executing these agendas is central to informing the RVPs’ strategies and in understanding their success. Increasingly, Mercy Corps is employing rigorous, quantitative methods as part of its research and impact evaluations. These methods require expertise in statistics and econometric techniques. Mercy Corps’ Strategy and Learning team requires additional support to strengthen the data collection and analysis, and the communication of the status and results of its current and upcoming research efforts.
The Research Analyst will provide support to the Director of Research and Learning with quantitative data analysis, and communication of research and evaluation processes and findings. This support will contribute to producing accurate and credible research findings, and to greater awareness and use of research products among internal and external audiences.
Essential Job Functions
Research design (25%):
Input to research and evaluation designs, including reviewing quantitative data collection instruments to ensure the data produced will be conducive to analysis
Advise on sampling strategies and sizes, including doing power calculations
Research literature for existing quantitative measures, especially for complex, unobservable constructs (e.g. adaptive capacity and government responsiveness)
Data analysis (25%):
Prepare data for analysis, including cleaning, organizing, recoding data into consistent formats, and deriving new/composite variables
Conduct inferential statistical analyses to test and generate hypotheses
Conduct factor analyses to validate and develop scales from related sets of data
Communication of research findings (25%):
Produce tables, charts and other graphics to illustrate key research findings
Develop or edit research briefs and other accessible summaries of studies
Support communications regarding ongoing studies with Mercy Corps country and technical teams, and with research partners
Capacity building (10%):
Develop or revise tip sheets or other forms of guidance on research-related topics aimed at promoting better practice in the field
Assist to organize web-based training sessions and forums for sharing research findings
Other duties identified (10%)
Organizational Learning (5)%:
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
The responsibilities will vary by assignment, and may include:
Reviewed data collection instruments and plans
Sampling plans and power calculations
Cleaned and (re)coded data sets
Outputs for statistical tests
Accessible narrative and graphic representations of key findings
Research briefs and summaries
Knowledge and Experience
MA or MSc in international development or other relevant social science
At least two years of fieldwork in a developing country
Demonstrated skills in applied research and statistical analysis
Experience with quasi-experimental research designs, including propensity score matching
Proficiency using SPSS, STATA, or other statistical analysis package
Demonstrated ability to explain research findings, both visually and in writing
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent written/verbal communication skills, including in report writing
Good organizational skills and ability to work under time constraints
Flexibility to adapt to changing conditions and requirements
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Reports directly to: Director of Research and Learning
Works with: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning and Technical Support Unit team members
Living /Environmental Conditions:
This position will be based in Washington DC. No major travel is expected. Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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