Research Officer

Beirut, Lebanon
Apply by 4 March 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 21 February 2018

Job Description

Position: Research Officer

Location: Beirut / Lebanon

Sayara International in a development firm committed to building positive change in transitioning societies. By working closely with local partners and the communities that we serve, we take a holistic approach to implementation, research, and monitoring and evaluation. Our programs help communities and institutions develop sustainable, research-based solutions to solve complex development challenges in Central Asia and in the Middle East. The Research Officer will work within the Research & Evaluation Team. The Research Officer will work on projects across all our thematic pillars, including mixed migration, humanitarian aid delivery and public health.

Minimum qualifications/requirements

  • Minimum BA (MA preferred) in social science, political science, international affairs, development, or any other relevant field
  • Proficiency in using SPSS or STATA
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and report writing (1 year minimum)
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation (humanitarian work and/or development programs)
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work long-hours when needed
  • Experience living in a foreign country, preferably in the Middle East
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Fluency in Arabic is a strong plus


  • Conduct literature reviews, concept notes and inception reports
  • Lead, plan, coordinate assigned projects in a timely manner
  • Conduct fieldwork (KIIs, FGDs, etc.)
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Train and supervise field teams
  • Write analytical reports
  • Support proposal development
  • Prepare research instruments: Key informant interviews, Focus Groups Discussions Guide, Survey Questionnaire, M&E Frameworks
  • Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
  • Summarize interviews
  • Manage and respond to project related emails
  • Coordinate work with the field team
  • Attend project meetings
  • Attend area seminars and other meetings as necessary
  • Prepare progress reports for the clients
  • Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations

Application Process

  • Send your CV (2 pages maximum) and a motivation letter (200 words maximum) to
  • Optional: Writing samples and publications (5 mb maximum)

About the Organization

About Sayara International

Since 2003, Sayara has applied innovative solutions to complex communications, development and stabilization problems. Founded by Afghan and international strategic communication specialists, Sayara is renowned for its unique approach to public sector initiatives, utilizing in-depth local knowledge, regional networks and effective creative designs. Since its initial founding in Afghanistan, Sayara has expanded and established offices in Beirut and Islamabad with a headquarters in Washington DC.

Sayara has a unique understanding of development communications. Combined, our senior management share over 30 years of experience with the United Nations (UN), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other international organizations, managing large-scale development, rule of law, justice, democracy, stabilization, independent media and civil society development programs. Sayara has 13 years of experience managing communications, outreach, media, civil society support, and community interactive consultation programs for different UN and international donor agencies.