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  • 5+ years
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  • Kathmandu, Nepal, with frequent visits to 10 distr

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

HAMRO SAMMAN PROJECT

POSITION TITLE: Research Specialist (national position)

LOCATION:  Kathmandu, Nepal, with frequent visits to 10 districts in central, mid-west and far-west Nepal

REPORTS TO: Policy and Advocacy Manager

CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 months

BACKGROUND:

Nepal is a source, transit, and destination country for sex, labor, and organ trafficking. A 2014 report estimates that 230,000 Nepalis are subject to slavery at any given time, and nearly 30 percent of the economically-active population is unemployed or under employed.1 USAID’s Hamro Samman is a five-year program generously supported by the American people and implemented by Winrock International. It seeks to build the capacity of and facilitate coordination among the GON, civil society, and private sector to combat human trafficking in Nepal.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Winrock International seeks a Research Specialist to provide technical support and oversight to policy and action-oriented monitoring and research by project staff, grantees, CSOs and international partners to strengthen local capacity to inform policy around counter trafficking in persons (CTIP) efforts in Nepal. The Research Specialist will support project partners and grantees to develop a project learning agenda, and to design and implement international and local level research to contribute to evidence-based policy advocacy and global learning.

The Research Specialist will provide technical support on program activities to ensure the quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all products and activities. S/he will assist program staff, partners on activities related to learning, research, assessments and evidence gathering.

The Research Specialist will have a deep understanding of the drivers of human trafficking and unsafe migration, and an in depth understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodology. S/he will have an enthusiasm for sharing learning and providing evidence to drive the Hamro Samman project forward to achieve meaningful and sustainable impact that reduces human trafficking.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the management of the Policy and Advocacy Manager and in consultation with the M&E Specialist, the Research Specialist will provide technical leadership on research and learning initiatives and strategic guidance to inform the program’s approach to enhancing research and evidence collection and Collaborating, Learning, & Adapting (CLA). S/he will work closely with program and partner teams to ensure that research and evidence gathered is relevant to and informs interventions to reduce TIP. Specifically s/he will:

  • Advise the Policy and Advocacy Manager in guiding the Hamro Samman program’s strategic approach to enhancing research and evidence in collaboration with key stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the design of the Learning Agenda as well as assist in organizing annual learning summits, including follow up of the implementation of the Learning Summits’ Plans of Action;
  • Identify key learning opportunities across components
  • Facilitate workshop and meeting discussions with partners, consultants, and key stakeholders;
  • Provide technical input and guidance to implementing partners and grantees around research and learning activities and oversee the implementation of research grants to international and national organizations to ensure quality;
  • Provide support to program research, mapping activities and assessments, advising on methodology, key research questions and target groups and key informants;
  • Provide technical input and support to the M&E Specialist on the development of the M&E data collection and analysis;
  • Collaborate with other project staff, stakeholders to deliver far-reaching results and impact in line with program expectations;
  • Contribute to work plans, success stories, and communication material;
  • Keep up to date on information related to human trafficking such as online data, publications, research, etc. and keep the project team informed;
  • In coordination with the Policy and Advocacy Manager and the M&E Specialist, coordinate and track relevant data, best practices and lessons learned from other USAID regional CTIP projects and other country level initiatives to ensure that information and learning is informing research and programming
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual reports to USAID;
  • Carry out other tasks as required to support the Policy and Advocacy Manager and M&E Specialist

QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful candidates will have excellent research and analytical skills as well as relevant experience implementing human rights or related development projects. Specific experience in human trafficking or foreign labor migration. Expertise in designing and conducting human trafficking field research and experience interviewing trafficking victims is highly preferred.

Education: Advanced degree in international relations, social science, political science, or other related field.

Technical:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in information management, organizational learning, analysis, facilitation, strategic communications and research
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of issues related to human trafficking and foreign migration
  • Expertise designing and conducting human trafficking field research
  • Experience facilitating learning, collaboration and knowledge management
  • Familiarity with monitoring & evaluation, complexity theory, and systems thinking preferred

CORE COMPETENCIES:

Professionalism: Excellent research skills and strong knowledge of counter human trafficking and foreign labor migration.

Planning & Organizing: Ability to plan work and manage conflicting priorities.

Communication: Excellent spoken and written communication skills, including the ability to liaise with technical staff and present information in a clear and concise style. Excellent presentation skills. Fluency in written in English and Nepali. Ability to draft and write reports. Advanced computer skills, particularly in the MS Office suite of programs.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

Analytical skills: Ability to analyze information and solve problems with excellent attention to detail.

To apply, please submit your application by email, referencing in the subject line “Research Specialist”, to Hamro.Samman@winrock.org on or before December 27, 2018. Your application must include a cover letter and C.V. Hard copies of applications will not be accepted. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Women, people with disabilities and those belonging to discriminated groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

All employees should adhere to USAID and Winrock International’s code of ethics, and specifically child safeguarding and trafficking in persons provisions covered in the project agreement.

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