Senior Research Officer Job Vacancy at BBC Media Action (BBC MA) Abuja

BBC Media Action is looking for interested/motivated and dynamic candidates Researchers with strong quantitative research skills, and an understanding of how research informs programming to join the Team as;

Job Title: Senior Research Officer

Location: Abuja

Job Purpose
Will support the Head of Research and Learning in the efficient and effective co-ordination and implementation of quantitative research activities mainly as well as qualitative research activities for the BBC Media Action’s projects in Nigeria.

Main Duties and Responsibilities;

    Support the effective design, co-ordination and delivery of research for all BBC Media Action’s mass media campaigns across a range of different themes, comprising of formative research, baseline studies (e.g. surveys), process research and impact evaluation;
    Support the facilitating, monitoring and commissioning (where necessary) of all research and outreach activities (e.g. quantitative studies / surveys, focus group sessions, panel studies, case studies, listening groups etc), including negotiations on technical matters with SEC Media Action staff and external agencies , wrong to budget and deadline requirements;
    Support the analyses of quantitative data primarily and qualitative data (when required), interpreting and communicating earnings from primary and secondary research work in order to help Senior Management, Project Management, production, and training teams to draw insights from the data that will be useful in the design of activities.
    Undertake line management (as assigned) and oversee the supervision of research work of other team members to include tasks as determined by the Head of Department;
    Liaise with other BBC Media Action partners (NGO, Civil Society Organizations, and listening groups) to monitor quality control and timely delivery of projects.
    Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Core Technical Skills

    Strong quantitative research skills (sampling and survey design, data management and analysis using
    SPSS, questionnaire design etc)
    Good knowledge of qualitative research techniques and how they inform quantitative research methods.
    Moderate qualitative research skills (moderating, analysis and interpretation of data)
    Experience of writing precise and clear reports and briefing documents.
    Good IT skills, including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    Good communication skills, and the ability to clearly communicate the findings of our research and what these insights mean for the users of our data.

Knowledge and Experience (Desirable)

    Capacity building and performance management;
    Ability to work in a team and in a multicultural environment
    Continuous learning and flexibility in knowledge sharing;

Academic/Professional Qualification

    A good first degree in the Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Behavioural sciences, the Humanities or any other relevant field;
    A Master’s degree in any of the disciplines above will be an added advantage;
    Ability to speak and write one or more Nigerian Languages: Hausa, Yoruba and / or Igbo. Hausa speaking and writing ability is a definite benefit.

Analytical Thinking - Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.

Strategic Thinking - Can identify a vision along with the plans that need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues, etc. in the short, medium and longer-term.

Planning and Organisation - Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

Resilience - Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.

Influencing and Persuading - Ability to present sound and well - reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.

Managing relationships - Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
Self Development - Is able to Identify and apply opportunities for learning and development.

N320,000.00 gross per month
The 1 position are Abuja based but may involve traveling the focal states in Nigeria. They have a projected start date of December 2013 and a probation period of 3 months. Initial contract is for 1 year with possibility of renewal.

Method of Application
Applicant should send their application/cover letter with an introduction and capability statement stating their capability for the job, as well as a detailed CV (word document please) with names and addresses of at least 2 professional referees (including their telephone, fax and email addresses) to:

with the position applied for clearly stated on the application letter:

Deadline: 5th November, 2013

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