Research Assistant

at Samuel Hall
Published November 13, 2022
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Category Research  
Job Type Full Time  


We are seeking a professional Social Equity Research Assistant (RA) to join its team for a full-time position based. SamuelHall's Social Equity Pillar covers a wide range of topics on economic inclusion and integration, social protection, food security, gender, labor markets, resilience to climate change, sustainable and efficient energy use, as well as urban and rural vulnerabilities.

We work in a fast-paced, demanding, and challenging environment – you will be expected to grow with us and carve out your own spot in the team. We look for proactive, creative individuals who find opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We look for strong leaders and reliable team-players who can add value from the very start, expand our knowledge and help us to maximise our social impact.


Objective 1 - Research

Assume responsibilities of the project cycle from A to Z
Support the design or design research tools and research methodology
Conduct secondary research and desk reviews
Provide strong analysis and recommendations in line with policy and academic standards
Transcribe interview notes, write field reports, and contribute to the draft/final report
Provide strong analysis and recommendations in line with policy and academic standards
Prepare drafts of deliverables in a timely manner
Objective 2 - Fieldwork

Undertake socio-economic research including fieldwork and primary data collection, putting fieldwork at the centre of the mission
Conduct qualitative and quantitative data collection (such as surveys, case studies, focus groups, field observations, and key informant interviews)
Support project fieldwork and monitor the quality of data collection
Provide input to improve the quality of the field teams’ notes, transcripts, outputs
Objective 3 - Organisational Support

Train field teams and colleagues as required on components of the project cycle and research standards - Plan fieldwork logistics, and adequate resource management with field coordinators
Support to widen Samuel Hall’s network
Effectively communicate with supervisors on progress with daily and weekly updates
Vacancy Requirements Required
A Master's degree in a related field (Economics, Political Science, International Development, etc.)
Previous experience in contexts of migration, economics, and international development
Knowledge in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (for example, R, SPSS, NVIVO)
Excellent verbal and written skills in English
Keen attention to detail
Ability to be patient and to work well within a global team
Ability to cope well under pressure, occasionally work irregular hours and meet tight deadlines
French, Arabic, Dari, Pashto and/or additional languages
Past experience specific to the East and Horn of Africa, Central/South Asia, and/or the Middle East and North Africa

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