Research Officer

at Ark Group
Published September 15, 2022
Location Beirut, Lebanon
Category Research  
Job Type Full Time  

Description

ABOUT ARK:

 

ARK is a social enterprise, empowering local communities through the provision of agile and sustainable interventions to create greater stability, opportunity, and hope for the future.

 

We believe that strong, resilient communities are the foundation of local, national, regional and international development and stability – and ultimately a safer, peaceful and more prosperous world. At ARK, we have delivered research and programmatic interventions validating this approach in over twenty countries since 2008. As a social enterprise we work in partnership with communities, our donors, and other implementers to build local capacities, generate opportunity and bring about sustainable change.

 

Learn more about our impact here: https://www.ark.international/impact

 

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

 

ARK is looking for a Research Officer. The position will work on the UK-funded National Security Assistance Programme which seeks to strengthen resilience of the Lebanese army. The programme will prioritise sustaining and enhancing capabilities of the LAF to maintain stability and provide effective, accountable, security across Lebanon, particularly along the land border with Syria and around flashpoint areas.

 

The Lebanon Research Officer will be a part of the programme’s Strategic Analysis and Insights Group (SAIG), which provides strategic analysis and situational awareness, to inform HMG strategic thinking and rapid adaptation to a changing environment. SAIG works in close coordination with the donor and delivers periodic conflict, political and economic analysis, and thematic reports, at their request. In addition, SAIG establishes and manages a donor facing dashboard, which, updated regularly, is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the country’s security situation. Additionally, SAIG supports the programme’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) activities.

 

The Research Officer provides administrative and project management support for SAIG activities as well as support for SAIG research projects through monitoring and secondary source research. Additionally, the role provides support for the project’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) data gathering and reporting.

 

This position is based in ARK Group’s office in Beirut, Lebanon.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Monitor SAIG work plan.

Support other ad hoc research projects as requested.

Provide support for SAIG research projects through secondary source monitoring and research.

Provide administrative support to visiting Subject Matter Experts.

Provide routine administrative and logistic support for all SAIG daily operations and activities.

Support the implementation of the MEAL activities across the project.

Conduct data collection.

Clean and compile the collected data.

Conduct initial data analysis under the guidance of the Head of SAIG and the Senior Research Officer.

Produce reporting inputs for donor monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting.

Support SAIG team in identification of project success stories.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

 

Essential

 

Two years’ experience working in international assistance programming.

Experience collecting qualitative and quantitative primary data including through focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and surveys.

Experience conducting secondary source research from a variety of sources.

Experience producing reporting inputs in English.

Knowledge of digital and social media monitoring.

Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

Excellent organisational and project management skills, flexible with strong attention to detail.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a cross-cultural team environment.

Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, delivering high quality support in a fast-paced environment, and adhere to deadlines.

Bachelor’s degree in international relations, political science, social science, or related field.

Full professional proficiency in English and Arabic

Desirable

 

Knowledge of strategic communications.

Experience working with the security sector.

 

How to apply

 

Candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send a cover email and CV by email with 'Research Officer - Lebanon' in the subject line.

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