Monday, March 14, 2016


The CRS Zambia country program was established in 2000, and administers a varied and diversified portfolio of food security, economic growth and livelihoods, health systems strengthening, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) research and HIV and AIDS programs. CRS works primarily through local church partners, but also counts hospices, hospitals and community-based organizations among its partners. The country program now implements a number of large and consortium-managed projects in all areas of the country, implemented by over 40 local partner organizations. Primary funding sources include USAID, Health and Human Services (HHS)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Global Fund, and a number of private foundations.
Job Summary:
The Research Coordinator will oversee all research, evaluation, and learning activities for the EFI Africa project being conducted in Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia, including research design, development of scopes of work; selection of researchers and/or research firms; relationship management with external researchers and firms, day-to-day oversight of all ongoing research, direct field research (in some cases), analysis of data, report-writing, and capacity building and technical support to country program and partner project staff. Major components of the research  include: 1) a large-scale, two-year Financial Diaries study in Zambia; 2) poverty assessment studies in the 4 countries, involving PPI surveys and  targeted ethnographies; 3) operations research on agent productivity and earning trends; as well as agent network effectiveness; and 4) an evaluation of the mobile money linkage initiative in Uganda.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Execute and enhance current research program, in close coordination with the EFI Africa Project Director, Regional Office, Research Assistant and Country Program Managers;
  •  Manage deliverables to be produced by Research Assistant, in coordination with partner and consultants.
  •  Develop, select, and manage the relationships with external researchers, survey firms, and analysts;
  •  Work with the EFI Technical Lead/Training Specialists to ensure that MIS protocols are in place, that data collection and analysis is completed on a quarterly basis, and assist with MIS troubleshooting, as needed;
  •  Oversee management of consulting firms supporting Financial Dairies project, including data cleaning and quality-control for the Financial Diaries’ program;
  •  Analyze Financial Diaries data, including substantive input on innovative approaches to mining the data;
  •  Review and disseminate the interim and final report on Financial Diaries’ program to be drafted by consultants;
  •  Analyze baseline poverty outreach data and prepare and disseminate  the baseline reports for EFI each country;
  •  Prepare and disseminate the midterm and final reports on poverty assessment research;
  •  Monitor & collect data for ongoing poverty outreach observations of SILC members in selected communities;
  •  Manage the ethnographic research in selected communities in 2 of the 4 EFI Africa countries;
  •  Monitor & Collect Data for Intake Surveys for all incoming field agents.
  •  Conduct merges of Agent Intake Data with productivity data; analyze results, and prepare and disseminate reports;
  •  Support evaluation of the mobile money linkage program in Uganda, may include research design, data collection fieldwork, analysis of results, and preparation and dissemination of results;
  •  Support review and integration of any external evaluation findings, including Mid-Term Evaluation and Provide technical support and mentoring to the project Training Officers to ensure internal data collection is carried out according to protocols;
  •  Actively Keep abreast of research undertaken by other organizations that is relevant to the EFI Africa program;
  •  Represent CRS and the EFI Africa project in professional conferences and in all other relevant contexts; and Any other duties, as required by the EFI Africa Project Director.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Research Assistant–In coordination with consultants hired for project management of Financial Diaries.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: EFI Africa Project Director, EFI Regional Office Staff, CRS EFI country programs (Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia), Training Officers.
External:  Implementing partners, SILC members, Research participants
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
Serves with Integrity
Models Stewardship
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Promotes Learning
Program Manager Competencies: These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
Sets clear goals and manages toward them
Collaborates effectively with staff and stakeholders
Manages financial resources with integrity
Applies program quality standards to project design and organizational learning
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Ph.D. in economics (preferred), international development, anthropology, or other closely-related field; particularly strong candidates with Master’s degrees may be considered;
  • A minimum of five (5) years related work or post-doc experience;
  • Field-level experience with program evaluation in developing contexts, including instrument design, sampling, fieldwork, and data analysis;
  • Experience with quantitative design, data management and  analysis, including formal statistical methods;
  • Experience with qualitative field methods, including analysis and report writing;
  • Familiarity with one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, Stata, SAS, etc.) required;
  • Familiarity with savings group programming preferred;
  • Familiarity with various database software including MS Access, Sales Force, M-SQL, etc.,
  • Ability to conduct and supervise quality research on a short timeline;
  • Ability to synthesize research into succinct and clear reports;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting, in a fast-paced environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including with national and partner staff.
  • Strong command of English, both written and oral communications;
  • Proficiency in French a strong plus but not required.
  • Must be able to work independently under general direction of the EFI Africa Project Director;
  • Appreciation for (or willingness to learn about) the Catholic Social Teaching concepts; and
  • Willingness to travel up to 50 percent of the time in the four program countries.
Preferred but not required:
  • Familiarity with the Financial Diaries research methodology preferred but not required.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Interested & Qualified candidates should send their Application Cover letter & CV to The Human Resources Manager on email:
Deadline: 18th March 2016


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