Research Analyst

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Job Description


International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

Job Title: Research Analyst

Department/Location: China

Reports To: Senior Management

Type: Regular Full-Time

Classification: This is an exempt level position and is not eligible for overtime pay.

Overview: IBTCI is seeking an experienced Research Analyst for a proposed World Food Programme (WFP) evaluation in China. The purpose of this evaluation is to review WFP’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for China in order to provide evidence and learning on WFP’s performance and to provide accountability to WFP stakeholders, including the Government of China, United Nations agencies, the World Bank’s IBRD, the private sector, and civil society in China.


The WFP’s CSP in China supports four strategic outcomes:

SO1: Malnutrition rates among children in targeted “poverty counties” reduced in line with national norms by 2020.

SO2: Year-round livelihoods among smallholder farmers in frequent need of food assistance in areas such as Anhui, Gansu, Guangxi, Hainan and Hunan provinces are enhanced.

SO3: Populations regularly affected by natural disasters in Anhui, Gansu and Guangxi provinces and other poor disaster-prone areas better able to withstand and respond to shocks all year round.

SO4: Selected developing countries assisted in enhancing food security and nutrition in line with their prioritized SDG2 targets by 2030.

SO5: Work to enhance food security and nutrition in targeted “poverty counties” and selected developing countries supported year-round by increased private-sector resources and public-private partnerships.

The evaluation will cover WFP’s activities from 2017 to April 2020 to contribute to the CSP strategic outcomes, establishing plausible causal relations between the outputs of WFP activities, the implementation process, the operational environment and changes observed at the outcome level, including any unintended consequences, positive or negative. The evaluation will analyze if and how gender equality and women’s empowerment were considered in the CSP design and implementation guided by the WFP Gender Policy, identifying any gaps, and proposing areas for improvement. The evaluation will also analyze the WFP partnership strategy in China.

The first phase of this evaluation is conducted by WFP. The second phase of this evaluation, the inception report, will be done remotely. Phase 3, fieldwork, is anticipated to be done in-country later this year provided that conditions related to COVID-19 permit. Otherwise, phase 3 activities will be done remotely.


Essential Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities:

• Provide support to an in-depth evaluability assessment and critically assess data availability, quality and gaps to inform its choice of evaluation methods. This will include an analysis of the results framework and related indicators.
• Manage and archive all documents collected by the research team for this evaluation.
• Assist in designing data collection tools.
• Support all research activities in the field, including conducting of focus groups, designing research protocols and other tools, managing surveys, supervising data collection staff, validating and managing data.
• Together with the evaluation team, develop an analysis plan and produce analytic products for both qualitative and quantitative methods.
• Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Minimum Requirements:

  • At least five (5) years’ experience in conducting evaluations and/or assessments in the area of international development, with a focus on food security, nutrition, and livelihoods.
  • Demonstrated experience in research, including both qualitative and qualitative research methodologies.
  • Strong written and oral communication and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Oral and written fluency in English required.
  • Fluency in Mandarin is required, and proficiency in other dialects is preferred.
  • Prior experience in conducting research and evaluations in China is necessary.

Education: Master’s degree in the social sciences, in particular: research methodology, statistics, economics, public policy, health or other relevant field.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Prior experience in conducting WFP assessments and evaluations is preferred.

Working Environment: Work is typically performed in an office environment, with short-term periods for data collection in the field.

Physical Requirements: This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 20 lbs.

Supervisory Responsibility: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: International travel may be required if COVID-19 conditions permit.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws. We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. We are an E-Verify Employer. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

If you are an applicant with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability, or unable to use the online application system and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Human Resources at 703-749-0100.

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