This position is open to Ethiopian nationals only, with absolutely no exceptions. You will be asked to verify your nationality as part of the interview process. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. This position requires experience conducting research with children and an in-depth understanding of the ethical considerations of this type of work.
The Qualitative Researcher works directly with the Lead Consultant to organize and conduct qualitative data collection, including in-depth interviews, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions. The Qualitative Researcher is expected to:
- Review and comment on the scope of work for the project and identify potential challenges in fieldwork.
- Collaborate with other team members to recruit and schedule interviews as well as logistics including refreshments, interview facilities, etc.
- Assist in making payments for fieldwork expenses and maintaining receipts and other financial records required during the execution of the project.
- Secure permissions and administrative introductions prior to the start of data collection.
- Conduct qualitative interviews as instructed, recruiting the correct number and type of participants, recording interviews (where permitted and required), taking diligent notes as per Forcier quality standards, and coding those notes following each interview.
- Contribute to fieldwork reports and context analysis at the conclusion of the project.
This position requires an understanding of qualitative data collection techniques and the challenges posed in qualitative data collection in Ethiopia. You are expected to know how to properly prepare for research including permissions, recruitment, etc. You should know how to work with informants to make them feel comfortable and allow them to speak candidly as part of the data collection process. You should be aware of ethical considerations in data collection and how they apply in the Ethiopian context, particularly regarding research with children and vulnerable groups.
Forcier is dedicated to building the capacity of researchers within Ethiopia, and as part of this role you will have the opportunity to work alongside specialists and receive training that will enhance your skills in research, monitoring & evaluation, and project management.
This position will require travel to field locations within Ethiopia up to 50% of the time of the contract. The estimated LOE for this assignment is approximately 15-30 days, depending on the final methodology decided with the client.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- Minimum 5 years of experience conducting research in the field. This can either be as a full-time position or a series of project-based positions that add up to 5 years of experience.
- Experience conducting research with children and/or other vulnerable groups.
- Ability to communicate effectively in an English-speaking work environment
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and G Suite applications
- Advanced executive function and task management (you should be able to manage multiple tasks with various deadlines and be able to allocate your time and efforts accordingly
Forcier isn’t the place for everyone. But for those who do find us to be a good fit, they can’t imagine being anywhere else. Our company operates with five immutable laws. If these don’t resonate with you, working with us probably won’t be a good fit for you. If they speak to you, you’ll find a new home with us.
- Be nice or leave. All our staff deserve to be treated professionally and with respect. Discrimination, racism, tribalism, sexism, and neo-colonialist language will not be tolerated. This applies to our clients as well.
- This is a stress free zone. The places where we work are stressful enough, we don’t need to add extra pressure. Increasing stress increases the likelihood of errors. We all work to minimize stress together.
- We embrace a strong work ethic and a strong rest ethic. We believe that balance is critical to long-term success. We all work together to avoid burnout on our teams and ensure that team members have the opportunity to frequently and regularly take complete time off. We recognize the needs for every team member may be unique depending on their individual circumstances.
- Safety first. We never put staff or partners in harm’s way for any reason, and we do not ask staff to go places or complete work with which they do not feel personally comfortable – for any reason.
- Quality is paramount. We stand behind the integrity of our work. We don’t cut corners and we deliver the absolute best product possible every single time, both internally and externally.
Forcier aims to be an employer of choice in Ethiopia. As a result, we offer a competitive daily rates, as well as on the job training opportunities, to attract the best talent available.
How to apply
Please submit both a cover letter and a CV. If you do not take the time to at least follow these instructions, you will demonstrate to us that you do not have the attention to detail required for this position. Please be sure to clearly indicate on your CV your experience conducting research with children.
You must answer the following questions as part of your cover letter for your application to be considered:
- Based on our immutable laws, why do you think you are a good fit for Forcier?
- What do you feel is the greatest challenge in qualitative data collection in Ethiopia?
- Explain your experience in conducting research with children and/or other vulnerable groups.