Research and Learning Lead

Christian Aid, Kenya, Kenya

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th August, 2020

Job Description

This role leads our ‘Research, Evidence and Learning’ (REL) Hub; line managing 3 advisors (on capacity development, evidence and impact, and research communications) a thematic research specialist, and 2 fixed term posts (a research funding manager and a research associate).

REL has a dual mandate – to strengthen Christian Aid’s capabilities on research and evidence; and to influence wider sector thinking on development research. Team members deliver capacity development opportunities, provide technical support and advice, and work in collaboration with staff across the organisation to capture programme learning, and design and deliver research. The team also advocates for research led by practitioners, designed for impact, and inclusive of diverse, marginalised perspectives. Key to this is to build Christian Aid’s profile as an organisation that produces credible research, through our own research outputs, and in collaboration with academics and research institutes, especially those based in the global south.

In addition to strategic leadership and operational management of the team, this role is designed to strengthen Christian Aid’s ability to develop research partnerships at national and regional level across our African programmes, working with country teams to support them to think through the types of research partnerships which would be useful for their humanitarian, development and advocacy programmes. This includes 10 African country programmes working on a variety of themes: Climate, governance, health, markets and livelihoods, and gender.

About you

We are looking for an exceptional individual who is passionate about practitioner-led research, and the value of research for development impact. You will understand the dynamics of development programmes, while also feeling confident in engaging with academics and forging partnerships in both NGO and academic sectors. You will provide leadership on how to integrate research into the programme management cycle and design research to be useful for practitioners. You will feel as comfortable working with Christian Aid staff and partners as you are engaging with policymakers on issues of research funding and research agenda-setting, and you will share our vision of shifting power in research so that the voices of those working with or living in poverty can be better heard.

Equally important will be your leadership and interpersonal skills, your ability to build strong relationships and work across different departments, appreciating the diversity of cultures, work styles and perspective. You will thrive on learning and developing with others, enjoy facilitation and creating space to promote critical thinking and learning from practice. You will have experience of working as an advisor, be confident at team management and at managing your own workload and competing priorities.


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