Research Officer

Job Description

Title: Research Officer

Company Name: BBC Media Action

Vacancy: Not specific

Job Location: Cox's Bazar

Employment Status: Contractual

Experience Requirements:
∎ Na

Job Context:
∎ Reports To : Senior Research Officer
∎ Grade : 3
∎ Start: : 1 November 2020
∎ Context:
∎ Established in 1998, BBC Media Action is the BBC`s international development charity. Working with media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in claiming their rights, our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. BBC Media Action reaches some 200 million people through local broadcast partners, BBC channels (especially the BBC World Service), online, mobile and print platforms and through interpersonal communication. We are currently delivering projects in 28 countries, including in Bangladesh. BBC Media Action has been working on communication for development projects in Bangladesh since 2005, giving us a well-developed understanding of Bangladeshi audiences and significant experience of producing and evaluating media content on a range of issues to diverse target audiences.
∎ The Research & Learning (R&L) Group based in London and in each of our country offices, focuses on four key activities: (1) providing BBC Media Action projects with audience and market insights to guide project strategies; (2) conducting quantitative and qualitative research studies to capture the impact of all of Media Action`s interventions; (3) building capacity in research skills and methodology and (4) documenting and disseminating the insights and learning from BBC Media Action`s projects internally and to the wider development community.
∎ Summary of the role:
∎ BBC Media Action is recruiting one Research Officer (RO) to support research activities for Rohingya response. The role is based in the BBC Media Action Cox`s Bazar office (however, due to the current pandemic situation, this position is expected to work remotely until the organization deemed its normal to work from the office). The RO will be responsible for executing research activities of an anticipated project which aims to address young people`s willingness to engage across groups; their self-reliance and ability to resolve problems and engage peacefully; and the capacity of and trust in systems that facilitate peaceful dispute resolution in a humanitarian crisis context. S/he will maintain liaisons with project and training team, as well as external partners and consortium members to ensure the overall delivery of the project research activities. S/he will have to lead and execute research studies applying different qualitative methods.
∎ This role may involve working with groups of vulnerable children and adults. For the successful candidate, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Action`s safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct. A police background check is mandatory part of the recruitment process. BBC Media Action operates a zero-tolerance policy concerning all forms of abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people.

Job Responsibilities:
∎ Lead on the research plans and execution when assigned a research project
∎ Work within the research team to manage the day to day research operations, including designing research, fieldwork activities, project planning, timeliness, and delivery.
∎ Support the formulation of qualitative research designs (when required in quantitative designs as well), preparing research briefs, and implementing or monitoring fieldwork (where appropriate) to complete the research.
∎ Design and review qualitative research instruments such as in-depth interview guide, focus group discussion guide, observation checklist etc. by internal clients/research assistants.
∎ Lead the field research team and liaise with agencies and/or consortium partners in conducting fieldwork including briefing the field team and supervising the piloting of the research instruments and recruitment of research participants as needed.
∎ Monitor and control the quality fieldwork/survey. Look for ways to improve data collection, research design, moderation, and analyse qualitative data.
∎ Analyse qualitative data and draft research reports, with support from research assistants.
∎ Present findings creatively and disseminate key findings and strategic recommendations to internal/external stakeholders.
∎ Identify and solve project and production requirements in line with project deliverables and provide update in project/donor reporting
∎ Train and share knowledge with research assistants helping to build their skills and project management knowledge.

Additional Requirements:
∎ Strong ability of analysing qualitative data and interpretation of results and reporting.
∎ Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to form and maintain effective working relationships at all levels.
∎ Strong IT skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
∎ Understanding and implementing the qualitative research analysis software like Atlas ti., NVivo will be an added advantage.
∎ Previous research experience working with an NGO or media organisation specially on Rohingya crisis and/or social media, transparency, accountability, or community participation will be an added advantage.
∎ Strong written and spoken Bangla and English. Ability to understand Rohingya dialect is desirable.
∎ Understanding of safeguarding principles, practice, and compliance.
∎ Commitment to equal opportunities and health & safety.
∎ Good time management skills, with a track record of delivering research findings to deadline.
∎ Demonstrable understanding of cultural diversity and cross-cultural research within Bangladesh.
∎ Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills to communicate research results and narrative with wider development community.

Application Deadline: 21 Oct 2020

Company Information:
∎ 6 Oct 2020
∎ BBC Media Action
∎ Business : BBC Media Action is the BBC`s international development charity. We use media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. We partner with civil society, local media and others to produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences around key development issues, and strengthen the media sector through capacity building. Our work is built on insights from our research and engagement with communities, and is focused on three key themes: governance and human rights, health and resilience.

Category: NGO/Development