Senior Local Researcher

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 5 June 2020
  • Dominican Republic
  • Closing on 31 August 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Senior Local Researcher for Dominican Republic Youth Assessment

Only candidates located in the Dominican Republic will be considered.


Making Cents International is recruiting a Senior Local Researcher to support a youth assessment in the Dominican Republic. The assessment will inform the USAID Mission’s 2021-2026 Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and its corresponding project/activity designs. It will provide programmatic recommendations and data for standalone and cross-sectoral interventions and recommendations for evidence-based decisions that will benefit current and future USAID/Dominican Republic programming related to youth. The assessment will include two weeks of field work in the Dominican Republic.

Role of the Senior Local Researcher

The Senior Local Researcher will work with the Local Team Lead to conduct in-country field work including key informant interviews (KIIs), focus groups, and surveys by recruiting participants and scheduling appointments. He/She will lead the recruitment of Local Youth Researchers, who he/she will help train, guide, and mentor. The Senior Local Researcher will arrange, coordinate, and track the KIIs and focus groups. He/She will provide support to survey dissemination and preparation of qualitative and quantitative data for analysis. He/She may also provide input into the assessment report.

Tasks to be conducted in coordination with the Team Lead

  • Identify appropriate individuals and organizations for the team to interview and survey during the assessment, and assist with the scheduling of meetings and logistics
  • Participate in meetings and planning sessions as requested by Team Lead
  • Recruit Local Youth Researchers
  • Coordinate and participate in training Local Youth Researchers
  • Provide guidance/mentoring to Local Youth Researchers as requested by Team Lead
  • Support work of Local Youth Researchers as requested by Team Lead
  • Schedule, organize, and track key informant interviews (KIIs) with youth and other stakeholders
  • Prepare qualitative and quantitative data for analysis


  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field and 5 years of experience; OR Master’s Degree in a relevant field and 1 year of experience, required
  • English, spoken and written fluency, required
  • Haitian Creole, spoken and written fluency is beneficial
  • Prior experience participating in assessment teams, working with and training youth, logistics and coordination
  • Located in the Dominican Republic, required

Proposed Level of Effort:

Maximum Level of Effort will be 14 days (including Saturdays). The Senior Local Researcher must be available to accompany the Assessment Team at all times during field work and must work exclusively on the assessment while the Team is in the field.

Work Schedule

Fieldwork to be completed in the Summer/Fall 2020.

About the Organization

Company Background:

Making Cents International is a dynamic social enterprise that has been increasing economic opportunities in developing countries for fifteen years. We are known as a source of high quality technical services, and a thought leader in the economic growth arena. Our technical services and collaborative learning activities consistently improve the ability of target populations - especially youth, women, smallholder farmers, and vulnerable populations - to launch and grow businesses, participate in profitable value chains, access finance, and obtain meaningful work. Our services are based on an appreciation of client assets and market needs, local capacity building, and a desire to achieve greater sustainable results. Our success is grounded on core competencies that focus on innovation, quality, teamwork, communication, leadership, and knowledge management.

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