Regional Researcher, Social Transformation

Full Time Greater Accra IOM

Description
Lead research on social transformation and gender while serving as the leader of the EU funded Resilience Against Climate Change-Social Transformation and Policy Advocacy (REACH-STR) project, which responsibility for integrating all research components and managing project administration and outreach. Specifically:

Social Science Research

Design and implement research on social transformation analysis in development planning at different governance levels; including research on gendered transformation.
Design and implement participatory scenario modelling activities to apply in scenario forecasting to inform development strategies.
Conduct background and end line studies on social transformation and development planning.
Design and supervise the gender work stream of the project, Design and conduct gender work stream baseline study and implement gender research activities.
Guide the development and supervision of research activities and thesis writing of Masters and PhD students supported under the project.
Contribute to other IWMI social science research development as necessary.
Scientific Writing and Reviews:

Oversee qualitative and quantitative data collection, project database management and data analysis
Prepare and publish scientific papers/articles/policy briefs/synthesis reports targeting diverse audience
Review reports submitted by collaborating partners; synthesize research insights into journal articles and policy briefs.
Project Management & Outreach

Oversee project implementation, liaise across the REACH implementing team and ensure project deliverables are of a high quality.
Represent and promote the REACH-STR project internally within IWMI, the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), other CGIAR centers and CRPs as appropriate; nationally, within the Ghana policy context; and at international conferences.
Establish effective working relationships with national and international partners.
Based on agreed work plan with the partners, supervise the project work package implementation, including monitoring progress, liaising with all partners, and reporting on progress both internally and externally.
Contribute to project work streams led by other partners, including, migration and resilience aspects of social transformation; from research design to data collection, analysis and scientific reporting.
Contribute to Policy Advocacy activities including the synthesis of policy insights as recommendations for dissemination at different governance levels; prepare and implement media engagement plan.
Manage project budget lines effectively, and ensure compliance with all necessary policies and procedures of IWMI and the donor.
Liaise with donor representatives on project progress, communications and reporting
Requirements
Essential

A PhD in Social science, Geography, Sociology, Political Economy, Public Policy, Development Studies or related discipline.
3-5 years of post-PhD experience in leading Social Science research studies in geographic region.
Knowledge of social science research tools, approaches, methodologies for interdisciplinary research.
Proven experience in the use of gender transformative approaches in research and a good understanding of social transformation issues and proven practical experience in working on such issues.
Demonstrated commitment to demand-driven research that supports decision making and delivery of outcomes
A record of peer-reviewed publications on relevant subjects.
Demonstrated experience in developing fundable social science research projects.
Project Management Experience

Demonstrated success in building and maintaining strong partnerships.
Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and non-academic stakeholders and in multi-institutional and interdisciplinary projects.
Strong communication skills, both written and oral English and to communicate research results to stakeholders at different levels.
Ability to engage with high-level policy audiences and liaise with key donor agencies.
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications, including database management and Power Point.
Ability to use appropriate statistical tools for qualitative and quantitative data analysis
Capacity to work under pressure, manage teams effectively and deliver effective performance across all team members.
Proven commitment to gender equality and wider knowledge of youth and inclusion issues in Africa.
Familiarity with the social development context in Ghana.
Experience of field research in northern Ghana.
Project Management Experience

Experience in the management of research for development projects in developing country contexts
Proven knowledge of monitoring and evaluation techniques and experience in project reporting for development partners
Demonstrated success in building and maintaining strong partnerships
Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and non-academic stakeholders and in multi-institutional and interdisciplinary projects
SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Essential

Strong communication skills, both written and oral English and to communicate research results to stakeholders at different levels.
Ability to engage with high-level policy audiences and liaise with key donor agencies.
Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications, including database management and Power Point
Ability to use appropriate statistical tools for qualitative and quantitative data analysis
Capacity to work under pressure, manage teams effectively and deliver effective performance across all team members.
Proven commitment to gender equality and wider knowledge of youth and inclusion issues in Africa.
Desirable

Familiarity with the social development context in Ghana.
Experience conducting field research in northern Ghana.
Benefits
This is a Regionally recruited position with a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive retirement plan, comprehensive international health insurance coverage, Life, AD&D and Travel insurance and a transportation allowance. The duration of the contract will initially be for a three-year period with the possibility for extension.

TO APPLY

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, a cover letter that addresses the above stated requirements and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

Applications will accepted through 24:00 (IST) 15 November, 2020 (Sunday).

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of gender diversity and inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff more generally.

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