In-Country Researcher (DRC and/or Mozambique)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 30 January 2020

Job Description

Sonder Design Collective is in search of experienced researchers to collaborate as In-Country Researchers in support of a formative Human-Centered Design (HCD) research initiative into vaccine delivery data collection and usage. We are seeking to partner with one resarcher in the DRC and one researcher in Mozambique.

*DRC applications must be submitted by February 12, 2020*

Sonder has received a Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is partnering with JSI Research + Training Institute, Inc. to execute an HCD research process in Kenya, the DRC, and Mozambique. The purpose of this work is to uncover immunization data system and data use pain points in these key geographies to inform future solution development.

The In-Country Researchers will support the Vaccine Delivery Data Research Study in the DRC and Mozambique, respectively. They will use the Human-Centered Design approach to conduct qualitative research, synthesize findings, and engage a wide range of stakeholders throughout the duration of the project. The In-Country Researchers will also work closely with JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) team members who will be supporting this effort.

Roles and Responsibilities:
- Closely collaborate with the JSI local resource to engage stakeholders in the respective location. Attend and document meetings with these stakeholders.
- Support the development of the Research Plan, Research Tools, and Discussion Guide.
- Work closely with the JSI local resource to support and monitor the recruitment process and field logistics.
- Work together with the Country Lead to lead field work activities, such as facilitating interviews and team debrief sessions in the respective country.
- Support the documentation of research, including filing raw outputs and structured note-taking templates. Coordinate translation work where needed.
- Help facilitate the in-country synthesis and insights generation activities, including frequent team debrief sessions, synthesis work sessions, and post-workshop data processing.
- Help to plan, facilitate, and document the in-country Synthesis Workshop.
- Support the generation of content outputs such as the Initial Insights Report, Archetypes of Data Users, System & Journey Maps, and the Pain-point Prioritization for the respective country.

- Must speak fluent English and French (DRC) or Portuguese (Mozambique)
- Must be based in the DRC or Mozambique, respectively, and have previous, in-depth work experience in the country
- Must have a minimum of 3 years of research experience, preferably in the health sector
- Preferred, demonstrable experience in human-centered design research
- Self-motivated, resourceful, able to adapt and think quickly on their feet
- Curious, comfortable with ambiguity, and able to tame complexity
- Works well with a diverse, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural team
- Good people skills

How to Apply:
- To apply for the position of In-Country Researcher in the DRC or Mozambique, please send an email to with “In-Country Researcher” in the subject line and indicate the country for which you are applying
- In the email, please tell us who you are, why you are interested in this opportunity, and what you can contribute to this project.
- Please include your CV and attach/include a link to previous relevant work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

About the Organization

Sonder Design Collective (Sonder) is an international network of independent design experts working for a more sustainable and equal future. We are a self-organized network that receives funds from foundations and organizations to lead design projects or collaborate with other organizations in the design and implementation of system-level projects with social and/or environmental impact.

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