Senior Research Officer at BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action was founded in 1999 by the BBC as its international development charity. We apply the editorial standards of the BBC, build on its values and often work closely with the BBC World Service and other BBC departments. However, we are legally and financially independent and work to a distinct mission. Originally known as BBC World Service Trust we changed our name to BBC Media Action in December 2011.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Senior Research OfficerLocation: Abuja, Nigeria Department: Research and LearningReports to: Head of Research and Learning  Start Date: October 2018Type of Contract: Fixed TermDuration of Contract: 6 months (with possibility of extension) Job PurposeThe Senior Research Officer will provide senior level support to the overall design and implementation of research activities conducted to inform content, strategy and quality, to monitor and evaluate the impact of BBC Media Action’s development communications projects in Nigeria, under the guidance of the Head of Research & Learning where appropriate.S/he will work with the Head of Research & Learning to ensure the research is technically well designed, resourced, implemented, reported and disseminated to a range of audiences. S/he will also be responsible for research project management including budgeting and resource management.This role will also include line management of one or more Research Officers / Assistant Research Officers and supporting their personal development in elements of research such as research design, tool development, fieldwork, data analysis and interpretation. As such, the Senior Research Officer is expected to have substantial experience in research methods and research project management. The position is based in Abuja and will require travel to other states within the country.Main DutiesSupport the overall effective design, co-ordination and delivery of quantitative and qualitative research for all BBC Media Action’s projects across a range of different themes (e.g. health and governance).Lead on the development of research plans when assigned a research project, using innovative and suitable methodologies, including development of research instruments and sampling design, fieldwork and fieldwork management, data analysis and interpretation, reporting and dissemination of research findings to internal and external teams on time, to budget and to high quality, under the supervision of the Head of Research & Learning.Support the procurement and commissioning of research agencies and/or freelancers for research.Facilitate and monitor research (e.g. focus group sessions, panel studies, case studies, outreach activity assessments, quantitative studies / surveys etc.), including negotiations on technical matters with BBC Media Action staff and external agencies, working to budget and deadline requirements.Plan and monitor resource needs, including creation and input into research planning documents, project and programme plans and input into budget design for research elements of projects, with support and guidance from the Head of Research & Learning.To prepare and present research presentations that inform the production process and monitor and evaluate project effectiveness for internal and external audiences including producers and project managers, research firms, academic institutions, media partners, donors and NGOs.Lead on organising and implementing research review processes for key research deliverables (designs, reports) with project stakeholders, with support and guidance from the Head of Research & Learning.Support and develop Research Officers and Assistant Research Officers, including coaching, mentoring and/or training to develop their research and project management skills.Undertake, and support others to design and undertake data collection, analysis and reporting, ensuring that the interpretation supports development of media products and capacity strengthening designs.Engage proactively and collaboratively with the Project Management Team, Production and Training staff, Operations staff, Finance staff and London based research staff, with minimal supervision from the Head of Research & Learning to ensure research supports wider organisational/programme objectives and is properly resourced and reported.Oversee planning and implementation of study fieldwork, site selection, recruitment of respondents, data collection, data storage and data processing.Oversee research activity travel planning, including risk assessments.Line manage Research Officers and/or Assistant Research Officers including supporting personal development, motivation and technical support.Perform any other duties that may be assigned. 

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