Saturday, May 25, 2013

Project Research Manager with the Research Group of Fertility and Family Planning under the Centre for Population, Urbanization and Climate Change (Advertisement #212/13)

icddr,b invites applications from suitable candidates for the position of Project Research Manager with the Research Group of Fertility and Family Planning under the Centre for Population, Urbanization and Climate Change. The appointment will be made on a Contractual Service Agreement (CSA) basis for 3 months, which may be extended for further period depending on availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
­­­­­Duty Station – Dhaka
­­Salary - Tk.87,708/-(consolidated)  per month inclusive of house rent and conveyance allowances.  No other benefit is admissible. 
Application Deadline: May 30,  2013

Job Profile:
  • Strategic and Local Level Planning: Review the research protocol to understand its objectives and targeted outcome; Devise draft work plan in line with the objectives; Coordinate with local level concerns to understand the merits and demerits of the work plan implementation; Submit final draft to Supervisor for review; Incorporate changes for finalization; Secure approval on the final work plan for implementation in order to achieve the highest result from the project;
  • Project Implementation: Organize and coordinate the planned activities i.e. provide logistics support to the field, organize quality data collection etc; Visit field sites periodically as per plan; Audit completion of data collection by field staff; Conduct follow up with field staff to understand issues and challenges; Provide one-on-one feedback for staff development; Identify skill gaps and recommend refresher training program; Design training programs as per needs i.e. identify gaps, prepare budget, develop modules and schedule; Conduct training on site; Design sampling for selecting new area, mapping and listing households, develop, field test and conduct surveys in order to achieve the planned objectives through implementation of the project;
  • Resource Management: Track deployment of field staff across projects; Monitor project completion dates and expiry of staff contracts; Transfer staff from one area to another based on project requirements; Conduct performance evaluation of field staff; Administer and visit Principal Investigator to seek staff feedback as per timelines; Facilitate meetings to finalize ratings in case of discrepancies in feedback; Recommend high potential staff for promotions (lateral / vertical) or transfer from short term to fixed-term employment; Organize supplies/logistics of the project i.e. transport, commodities in order to build a steady pipeline of logistics and field staff available for project work;
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Process Improvement: Develop monitoring tools for tracking work progress and reporting; Prepare checklist to assure quality of data; Review ongoing tools and recommend for improvement; Analyze feedback and learning's from projects on management issues (e.g. geographic considerations, timelines, challenges, demographic issues, practical issues for timelines across all studies); Identify gaps and areas of improvement; Discuss findings and share consolidated report with PI; Propose recommendations for modification; and secure approval (e.g. checklist for protocol development, career planning process); Develop guidelines for implementation and related communication material; Guide team to implement changes; Trouble shoot issues in order to ensure continuous progress monitoring and constantly improvise the project implementation processes;
  • Data Preparation and Reporting: Follow up on data entry work with data management team; Provide consultation in data cleaning job of data management team; Design reporting structure; Review and prepare final project report; Assist in analyzing subset of data for manuscript; Assist prepare manuscript for journal in order to ensure submission of project completion report to the donors.
Education and Relevant Experience:
  • Masters in Social Science with good academic records;
  • At least 10  years experience in managing surveillance systems, health related project/field research and different research projects in international organizations.
Functional Competencies - Field Research
  • Knowledge of:
    • Data collection methods and tools;
    • Training of field data collectors;
    • Quality of data collection;
    • Operational barriers of large scale surveys;
    • Ethical Guidelines;
    • Budgeting Skills;
    • Administrative Policies and Procedures of icddr,b.
Behavioral Competencies:
  • Good skills on Collegiality;
  • Good skills on communicate effectively;
  • Good skills on Foster partnerships;
  • Good skills on Innovative thinking;
  • Good skills on Nurturing Talent;
  • Good skills on Continuous learning. 
Interested candidates who fulfill the requirements should submit online applications using icddr,b website: by May 30,  2013. Internal candidates must mention their identification number in the application. Candidate who applied before need not apply. 
Special information
icddr,b is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates. Any persuasion will disqualify the candidature. Only short-listed candidates shall be invited for interview. All tests and interviews will be held in Dhaka.   

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