SO0011 - Research Officer with a Focus on Food Security and Resilience


Position: Research Officer with a Focus on Food Security and Resilience

Forcier Consulting is a dynamic research consultancy firm operating across Africa since 2011. Our core services include monitoring and evaluation (M&E) research, capacity-building, training, and reporting for UN Agencies, NGOs, governments, and private sector clients operating in post-conflict contexts and challenging environments. Forcier currently has field offices in South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Egypt. These offices are supported by a remote technical unit in Washington, D.C., and our headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Job Description: The Research Officer is responsible for managing ongoing resilience and food security studies throughout the country and leading teams of local researchers on a range of topics. Research Officers are responsible for all phases of project implementation, which includes drafting inception reports and research tools, training researchers, managing project finances, analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, and drafting final reports.

Our ideal candidate is a strong team player, self-starter, and keen learner, eager to take on tasks outside his/her comfort zone, and has the ability to multi-task effectively, manage multiple projects at once, and can respectfully engage with clients and fellow staff members from different cultural backgrounds. We are looking for someone who will go above and beyond to make sure deadlines are met and deliverables are of the highest quality, which sometimes means long hours and working weekends. You are also willing to lend a hand to your colleagues and help others meet their deadlines when they are in a bind. An interest and experience in food security and resilience work is highly desirable.
This is a full-time position based in our Hargeisa, Somaliland office. The Research Officer reports to the Research Manager.

Description of Main Duties:
Conduct literature reviews, draft concept notes and inception reports, and gather relevant background information as necessary;
Draft quantitative and qualitative data collection tools for projects covering food security and resilience, other topical areas may also be relevant;
Develop budgets and staffing plans, and monitor their effective execution;
Collaborate with local staff and manage teams in the field;
Monitor, clean, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and lead report writing;
Provide support and training to other Forcier staff;
Communicate with clients on project implementation and timelines, as necessary;
Other tasks as agreed between the Research Officer and Research Manager.
Position Requirements:
M.A. degree (or equivalent) in resilience, food security, sustainability, international development, or a related field with 2+ years of work experience, OR B.A. degree (or equivalent) in sustainability, international development, or a related field with 5+ years of work experience;
At least 1 year of experience (professional or academic) conducting quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis;
Experience (professional or academic) with resilience and/or food security research highly desirable;
Experience collecting quantitative and/or qualitative data will be considered an asset;
At least 1 year of project management experience;
Prior experience managing budgets and project timelines preferred;
Basic knowledge of Stata, SPSS, or R required;
Experience collaborating with and managing diverse, multi-cultural teams preferred;
Eagerness to learn and be pushed into new areas, and ability to learn from mistakes;
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
Ability to produce high-quality work under tight deadlines;
Willingness to work long hours when needed;
Creativity and an ability to think outside the box to conceptualize projects and implementation strategies;
Prior experience living and working abroad, preferably in a developing country;
Cultural sensitivity;
A sense of humor and comfort with ambiguity;
Fluency in written and spoken English.

Forcier Consulting
What we offer:
Salary determined based on relevant experience and educational background in line with standard Forcier compensation guidelines.
Accommodation provided in security-compliant compound.
In-country living stipend.
Flight benefits for paid time off.
Local transportation.

How to apply:
Please apply on our website: http://joinforcier.com. Locate the Research Officer with a Focus on Food Security and Resilience job posting, and click Apply.
Submit a single PDF containing your cover letter, CV and two professional references and any other relevant documents. Applications will be received on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.