Senior 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 prioritize 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 Senior 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 Senior Research Officer is the most senior analyst on the team. This role serves three purposes: 1) executing scientific rigorous research methodologies for public perception studies from inception to the final report; 2) supporting the production of ad hoc research projects; and 3) writing of project success stories.

 

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

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Develop scientific rigorous research methodologies in collaboration with ARK’s Senior Research Consultant and ARK’s Head of Research.

Identify the data collection process for large- and small-scale research deliverables.

Work closely with the data collection team to ensure proper training and adherence to research methodology.

Clean, process, and analyse qualitative and quantitative primary data.

Oversee data quality assurance process.

Lead on data visualisation.

Produce first drafts of research reports.

Assist project mentor’s integration of research findings into the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Work with SAIG team members to identify project success stories and produce the first draft of agreed upon pieces.

Support other ad hoc research projects as requested.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

 

Essential

 

Minimum of five years conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis in conflict environments, preferably in Lebanon and/or the Middle East.

Experience producing in-depth reports in English that communicate the ‘so what’ of research findings.

Knowledge of designing sampling strategies.

Experience with data collection, data management, and quality control.

Excellent skills in analysing qualitative and quantitative data and producing reports based on findings.

Knowledge of data visualisation.

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 products in a fast-paced environment and adhere to deadlines.

Excellent writing and oral communication skills.

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

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

Full professional proficiency in English and Arabic.

Desirable

 

Experience with large scale qualitative and quantitative public perception studies.

Experience presenting research findings to high-ranking military officials.

Knowledge of strategic communications.

Experience working on international assistance projects.

 

How to apply

 

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

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