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Research Manager – Cash, Markets and Livelihoods

Deadline: 30 November 2022

Organisation: IMPACT Initiatives

Amman, Jordan

We are currently looking for a Research Manager to support our team in Amman, Jordan.

Department: REACH
Position: Research Manager – Cash, Markets, and Livelihoods Unit
Contract duration: 12 months
Location: Amman, Jordan
Starting Date: ASAP

Under the supervision of the REACH Syria Deputy Country Coordinator (DCC), the Research Manager is responsible for the management of the Cash, Markets, and Livelihoods portfolio, including its staff and research cycles. The Research Manager is directly accountable to the Deputy Country Coordinator for strategic relevance, efficient use of resources, HQ alignment, and quality control within his/ her Unit, including resource mobilization and management, partnership framework, and evaluation of activities conducted.

The Research Manager responsibilities include the following:

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION

• Context analysis: With attention on his/her Unit’s technical, programmatic and institutional focus, and in coordination with the DCC.
• Develop and oversee the implementation of a Unit Strategy in alignment with country and global priorities, and fully integrated into country strategy.

RESEARCH PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION:

• Ensure that all research is planned in line with relevant project and program objectives;
• Ensure that all research complies with IMPACT’s HQ Research Department guidelines;
• Ensure relevant stakeholders and partners are engaged in assessment design and planning;
• Ensure logistics, financial, administration, security and HR processes directly related to the Unit’s work and ongoing assessment have been implemented and coordinated with the relevant departments.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND LEARNING PROCESS

• Ensure the development and application of a M&E system/plan for each program within Unit, in line with IMPACT’s M&E guidelines;
• Lead on internal and external program evaluations as necessary and ensure the execution of baseline, periodic, and final evaluations as necessary.

PROJECT CYCLE MANAGEMENT

• Management of relevant all Project / Grant cycles within his/her Unit (in coordination with DCC);
• Control project budgets within Units to avoid under/over-spending, in coordination with DCC;
• Ensure accurate and timely financial reporting and budget expenditure, in coordination with DCC;
• Ensure proper asset management;

TEAM MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

• Provide leadership within their unit as well as within the country Senior Management Team;
• Transmit IMPACT’s values and vision, and their declination within his/her unit;
• Ensure that staff within his/her unit understand and are able to perform their roles and responsibilities;
• Promote team building, productivity and staff welfare;
• Mentor and support the Unit team to build capacities, and improve efficiency and performance;
• Support the transparent and timely identification and recruitment of staff working for the Unit;

EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT

• Senior external engagement and output dissemination with relevant UN agencies, local and national government, and NGO stakeholders, as well as coordination of external engagement by all unit staff;
• Under the guidance of the DCC, lead the development of content for country level advocacy;
• Development strategic partnerships with key humanitarian stakeholders and decision makers;
• Develop proposals, concept notes, and budget in close coordination with the IMPACT Country Coordinator, in line with the init and country strategies.

REQUIREMENTS

1. Academic_ Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (International Relations, Political Sciences, Economics, Development Studies, or similar).
2. Management experience: Previous experience in a management role at field level. Proven track record in successful management of international and national teams in humanitarian contexts.
3. Familiarity aid system: Familiarity with the aid system, and the research community;
4. Communication/reporting skills: Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting, including experience in contributing to high level presentations/briefings.
5. Years of work experience: At least 4 years of relevant working experience.
6. Research skills: Experience in assessments, M&E, field research, evaluations an asset.
7. Software skills: Familiarity with statistical analysis software an asset.
8. Multi-tasking skills: Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles;
9. Level of independence: A self-starter with a proven ability to work independently;
10. Cross-cultural work environment: Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment;
11. Experience in geographical region: Past experience with the Syria context is desirable;
12. Experience with thematic focus: Past experience with cash and markets assistance is desirable;
13. Language skills: Fluency in English required, competency in Arabic or Kurdish an asset;