Research Specialist At Aflatoun

Company- Aflatoun

Location -Amsterdam, Netherlands

Job type -Full time (40 hours per week)

Remuneration – Paid

Salary -Indicative gross salary between € 2854 and €3212 per month

Comment- Inclusive of pension, health insurance, holiday allowance and national insurance contributions

Deadline- 18th August 2021

The Organization

Aflatoun International is a non-profit organisation, which offers social, financial & entrepreneurhip education to children and young people worldwide, empowering them to make a positive change for a more equitable world. Aflatoun creates high-quality curricula, for different age groups, which are contextualised to local needs and specific circumstances, and are implemented by over 300 partner organisations in 101 countries, reaching over 10 million children annually.

Aflatoun programmes inspire children to discover their talents and put them to use, to stand up for their rights and those of their communities, to play games and to solve problems. They learn how to save, how to budget and how to set up social and financial enterprises that benefit themselves, their families and their neighbourhoods.

Aflatoun has been recognised globally (Brookings, Harvard, HundrEd, Million Lives Club) for its high-impact, low-cost model, which has demonstrated to be effective in changing behaviors of its participants across the globe. By using a social franchise model, Aflatoun transfers curricular content, monitoring and evaluation tools, and training capacity to partner organizations, helping them to enhance their existing expertise and to create an efficient learning ecosystem. Aflatoun’s programmes follow an active-learning, participant-centered methodology, which combines social and financial education (SFE) to transform the lives of their participants, educators, government institutions and civil society organizations.

Research Specialist

The Research Specialist works mainly on conducting primary research to evaluate Aflatoun’s curriculum and programs. As part of the Research and M&E Unit, the M&E specialist also works on other assignments on specific projects.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

Primary Research – Studies and Evaluations

· Conduct research studies for organizational learning and international advocacy.

· Synthesize research findings and work with the Communications Team to translate it into communication products (blogs, briefs, articles and others)

Tool development & training

· Provide support in building and strengthening the technical capacity of the Aflatoun Secretariat and the partner network, as well as partners in specific projects, in the use and implementation of M&E methodologies. These includes **

o Support the development and maintenance of Aflatoun’s M&E tools, including reviewing and improving existing M&E tools and developing new or adapted M&E tools tailored for specific purposes. **

o Provide technical assistance on the monitoring and evaluation of Aflatoun program to partner network as well as partners in specific projects through consultation as well as capacity building events. **

Compilation of Strategic Information

· Consolidate a pool of SFE key evidence to promote the use of knowledge-based evidence across the different areas of the organization.

Project management

• Conduct research studies for organization learning and international advocacy. This includes acting as lead researcher for a set of assigned donor-funded research projects, including:

o develop a research project plan and budget, manage consultants, allocate tasks and billable time to team members and track costs against budget.

o execute the research project according to the project plan, conduct adjustments to ensure successful delivery of the project in compliance with donor requirements.

o develop progress reporting for donors when required with input from partners

Proposal writing

• Provide support in developing the Research and M&E components of project proposals in coordination with resource mobilization team;

Non-technical responsibilities as Aflatoun staff

Positively contribute to team discussions and the effective running of the organization.
Cross-departmental collaboration, compliance with organizational policies and procedures including submitting monthly timesheet.
Keep relevant sections of the website up to date and contribute to organizational communications materials in relation to curriculum development.
Promote Aflatoun’s work on social media.
Perform other duties and tasks, consistent with the skills and expertise, as required in non-routine circumstances.
Be willing to adapt to different tasks and different cross-organizational tasks, this includes but is not limited to helping deliver Aflatoun events such as the International Conferences and staff retreats.
Required Skills & Qualifications

Advanced university degree in Economics, Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines.
Experience designing and conducting Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)
Experience designing and conducting quantitative research (i.e. Needs Assessment, Impact Evaluation, Theory of Change)
Experience conducting qualitative research is desirable.
Experience developing tools (quantitative and qualitative) for data collection.
Experience using data analysis software (SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo, others).
Familiarity with education programs. Knowledge of Social Financial Education is desirable.
Previous employment with or knowledge of International Organizations (IOs), NGOs; experience working with IOs/NGOs in a similar position is a plus.
Demonstrated skills in project management is desirable.
Proven ability in collaborating closely with multilevel stakeholders; experience in managing projects implemented in consortia will be considered an advantage.
Proven track record in delivering results, such as publications, policy briefs or others.
Proficiency in English and French. Additional language(s) (Arabic, Russian, Spanish) is an advantage.
Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations.
Strong organizational skills.
Flexible, self-motivating and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and work under pressure with attention to detail.
Understanding and willingness to conduct work and demonstrate behaviors in line with Aflatoun International’s values and policies.
Management may appoint at a lower step based on the candidate’s skills and experiences against the position’s requirements

Employment details

The position is for a full-time workweek (40 hours). We offer a dynamic and pleasant multicultural working environment, with an indicative gross monthly salary range of

€ 2.854and € 3.212 (inclusive of pension, health insurance, holiday allowance, and national insurance contributions) – the salary level awarded will depend on relevant work experience and educational background. Due to the nature of Aflatoun’s work with children around the world, specific attention is drawn towards Aflatoun’s Child Protection Policy and its Policy on the Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). These two policies are required to be signed by new employees and forms part of the employment documents related to the employment contract. The applicant commits to zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse. An additional written test may be required.

How to apply

Please apply online at

no later than 18th August 2021. If you have any specific questions on the position please contact the HR Officer Chitra at A valid work permit and/or European passport is required in order to be considered for the position


Share this job

Contact Us

Maiduguri Borno State Nigeria

Available Jobs