Researcher At War Child Holland

experienced professional who combines entrepreneurial spirit with knowledge of education in emergency, project management and passion for innovation

Your Challenge

War Child Holland (WCH) is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and young people while enabling adults to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of conflict affected children and young people. WCH’s Research and Development (R&D) department is responsible for the rigorous development and evaluation of a holistic, multi-level and interconnected care system with interventions focused on child protection, education and psychosocial support and supportive approaches enabling accessibility and quality. WCH has recently been named a recipient of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) global grant from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). This grant funds research to support the adaptation and scaling of evidenced education programmes, which WCH aims to do on the Can’t Wait to Learn programme in Uganda, Sudan and Chad.

Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) is a curriculum-aligned, reading and numeracy education programme centred on a serious gaming approach delivered via a tablet. It is designed to address some of the many challenges of access to quality education in conflict-affected settings. CWTL was first developed in Sudan for children living in areas where formal education infrastructure was unavailable. To date, multiple mixed-methods research studies on CWTL have been conducted and show promising results, including significant increases in mathematics and reading competency as well as improvement to multiple dimensions of psychosocial wellbeing. More information on CWTL can be found here.

As a Researcher for KIX you will be responsible for leading some of the KIX studies and supporting the conduct of others. In this role you report to the Director of Research and Development and work directly with the KIX programme manager.

This position can be stationed in the countries where WCH has its offices (the successful candidate needs to be eligible to work in that location; preference given to local candidates).

Your responsibilities

· To be the focal point for consultant-led value for money analyses of CWTL (incl. design choices, data coordination, project management)

· To lead a feasibility and validation study, in preparation for a randomized controlled trial

· To evaluate and finalize quality assurance tools currently under development

· To support coordination of a randomized controlled trial

· To conduct data analyses as needed, in collaboration with a statistician and other members of the research team.

Your Profile

Essential requirements:**

· Relevant master’s degree and advanced or further training related to complex research projects, or relevant experience

· Minimal 3 years of relevant research experience, preferably with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, design and analysis with some or all of that experience in a low- or middle-income country or humanitarian setting

· Familiarity with implementation science and capacity building of researchers

· Significant experience with different study designs (eg., randomized control trials, ideally in settings of adversity (conflict, urban slums, violence etc.))

· Team worker who can work together with research and non-research colleagues

· Able to think through randomization, sampling issues and analysis plans

· Advanced familiarity with SPSS and NVivo

· Enjoy managing large data sets and is able to undertake appropriate advanced quantitative data analysis

· Support the capacity strengthening of colleagues

· Demonstrable experience in data cleaning, quantitative and qualitative analyses of data sets in Stata/SPSS/NVivo or similar software package, and writing scientific articles or reports

· Full professional proficiency in English, preferably with a minimum of B1 level French

· Affinity with War Child’s mandate, values and mission

· Eligibility to work in the country where WCH has an office

· Available 40 hours per week, ideally able to start in September 2021

Desirable qualifications:

· Experience in research coordination, or a related role in a field-based project

· Experience in validating measurement tools

· Experience in conducting or collaborating on a value for money analysis

· Experience in conducting or collaborating on a randomized control trial

· Collaboration experience with governmental bodies and international organizations.

Our offer **

Depending on the duty station, local contract with salary and secondary labour conditions based on the local salary scale and T&C will apply. An indicative salary range for the position stationed in Amsterdam and some general labor conditions are as following:

· Salary range from €3535 to €4664 gross per month, based on 40 hours week (the exact step determined by the years of your relevant working experience)

· Laptop to work from any location

· Possibility to follow (online) trainings and/or courses and attend War Child’s events

· Contract for a period of 20 months (prolongation might be possible)

· Good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!

The Organisation

War Child is a dynamic organization. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child Holland offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by no later than 18 July 2021. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter (stating your preferred WCH office) by using the following hyperlink:

Please mention where you found this vacancy. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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War Child is an international organisation, and we are committed to be a diverse and inclusive employer, placing human and child rights at the centre of our existence and work. We hire our new colleagues based on their talents, competences and shared values; we do not distinguish them based on their age, sex, gender and gender identity, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc.

The safety of children and youth is a paramount and essential to War Child’s work. War Child has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of abuse. To prevent placing children and youth at any risk this subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.**


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