Senior Researcher


Job Description

Vacancy announcement for 2 Posts with Transparency Solutions

Post title

Senior Researcher


Negotiable based on experience

Hours and days of work

Full-time- six days working per week

Period of appointment

Post 1: Six week fixed term contract

Post 2: One year with possibility of extension


Hargeisa, Somaliland

Job ID

TS001- Senior Researcher

About Transparency Solutions (TS)
Transparency Solutions is a Somali business run by social entrepreneurs who are passionate about delivering social development through high quality knowledge-based services in research, training, strategy and project management in all sectors. We have been awarded formal Strategic Partner status by the world class University of Bristol. Our Somali First initiative with the University of Bristol is doing pioneering work to promote Somali-led development
Role purpose and key objectives
TS is looking for a Senior Researcher to join the team as a Senior Researcher.
You will be managed and supported by Transparency Solutions, contracted to work on a project called ACRA, a collaborative, multidisciplinary project between the Department of Informatics, King’s College London, the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London, the London Business School and in partnership with The HALO Trust.
The overall purpose of the job is to collect and assess data held by HALO Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation. This is part of an Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (SDAI) for developing deeper exploration and exploitation of the data held by NGOs in developing contexts.
The role involves searching, collecting, cleaning, analysing and managing data sets. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in peace and conflict research, data science or analytics, and are competent in qualitative and quantitative data analysis methods.
The post holder will be responsible for planning, execution, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of this data using systematic data collection and analysis methods.
Decision making, planning & problem solving
The post-holder will be expected to:

Coordinate with the TS and the research team in a timely and prompt manner;
Develop and implement the tasks of the project as agreed;
Effectively manage his or her research tasks as well as research administration activities;
Identify potential problems and bring them to the attention of the Research team as soon as possible;
Be able to act independently to take forward assigned tasks.

Service Delivery

Be responsible for carrying out the plans discussed with the research team, including the planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and reporting of their research and other activities;
Be responsible for providing the team with research data and results upon request;
Assist in ensuring the overall requirements of the research project are met.

Analysis & research

Conduct systematic data collection and reviews
Analyse data
Produce stakeholder mapping
Produce written reports
Carry out all research analysis to consistent and high standards.

All of the above under the guidance and supervision of the Research team.
Team work

Work with the Research team members to help ensure all requirements are met for the project;
Collaborate with colleagues at other universities and relevant organisations if required.

Qualifications and skills

Bachelor and master’s level degrees (preferably in social sciences, peace and conflict studies or related discipline)
Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali.
Experience in data transcription from Somali to English and vice versa;
Good research skills especially and including data manipulation and analysis
Experience with carrying out, and analysing qualitative and quantitative data
Experience in designing qualitative and quantitative research tools, such as household surveys; focus group discussion guides, questionnaires;
Proven track record of facilitation and recording of focus group discussions and individual interviews;
Excellent knowledge of academic scholarship on research methods;
Experience in conducting literature reviews;
Experience in using qualitative analysis software (e.g. NVivo);
Excellent analytical and writing skills.

Personal characteristics and special requirements

Good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships;
Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with people from different professional and national backgrounds;
Experience in demonstrating the ability to engage effectively with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners
A desire and capacity to communicate effectively with, and influence wider research, business, NGO and policy communities;
Be highly motivated, enthusiastic and well organised and able to work to deadline.
You may be required to work irregular hours in accordance with the needs of the role;
Information of a confidential nature must be kept strictly confidential and should never be disclosed either inside or outside work.

Application process
Please send your CV to with Subject line of Job ID (Refer to above and period of appointment) by 19/11/2018.
If you do not fit the profile but have other skills to offer, please send your CV for us to consider you for upcoming opportunities with “General Application” in the subject line.
We very much regret that due to limited resources, we are usually only able to inform short listed candidates of the outcome of their application.
If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. We would like to assure you, however, that every application we receive is considered in detail and a shortlist only drawn up after careful reference to a detailed person specification.
If therefore, your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be discouraged and will still apply for other suitable vacancies with us as and when they are advertised.
Please note
This job description reflects the core activities of the post and as the research is dynamic the post-holder may be inevitably asked to do some other duties. It is expected that the post-holder recognises this and adopt a flexible approach to work.

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