Social Science Researcher (Local Consultant)

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Sri Lanka
Apply by 1 July 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 2 June 2018

Job Description

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.

CAMRIS clients include U.S. government agencies and multilateral and private organizations. Our core practice areas include public health, agriculture and food security, economic development, education, environment, humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, and medical research.

CAMRIS seeks a Social Science Researcher (Local Consultant) for the upcoming Mid-Term Performance Evaluation of the Strengthening Democratic Governance and Accountability (SDGAP) Activity for USAID/Sri Lanka. The purpose of this evaluation is to evaluate the mid-term achievements and implementation performance at strengthening Sri Lanka’s systems and processes in public accountability and policy reform, and to identify recommendations for course correction to ensure that activity goals and objectives are fully met.

Note: The position is contingent on contract award.

* Serve on a four-person SGADP evaluation team.
* Conduct desk review and provide technical contributions to the evaluation team.
* Contribute to the development of data collection instruments, identification of interview respondents, evaluation research design, and drafting of the inception report, out brief presentation and final report.
* Conduct key informant interviews and focus group discussions with project beneficiaries and key stakeholders.
* Lead the organization, coding, and management of qualitative and quantitative data.
* Analyze the evaluation data and present findings using graphs, tables, and charts.
* Carry out other duties as assigned by the Team Lead.
* A bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience as a researcher or data analyst participating in research studies, evaluations, assessments, or surveys.
* Experience conducting key informant interviews and leading focus group discussions.
* Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills.
* Proficient in MS Excel and Powerpoint.
* Able to visually display quantitative and qualitative data using graphs, tables, and charts.
* Fluent in English, Sinhala, and Tamil.
* Excellent English writing skills.
* Previous USAID experience is preferred.

About the Organization

CAMRIS is known throughout the U.S. for its leading edge services to support our national programs and particularly for serving our Veterans. CAMRIS is also known worldwide for excellence serving client programs to improve economic, social, political, and health conditions of people in all parts of the world. For 45 years, since our first contact with USAID in 1963 and with work in every year since, our most important partner in the international sphere has been the United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”). In fact, CAMRIS has worked with USAID in each year since its founding. Before USAID we assisted its predecessor organizations dating back to the Kennedy Administration in 1961, to address humanitarian needs and to counter instability posed by underdevelopment. To date CAMRIS has carried out assignments for USAID in 50 countries in all regions and in many technical areas. Today CAMRIS continues this proud tradition as it works on significant USAID assignments in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our current work includes technical assistance to support major USAID-funded initiatives in the areas of Global Health, Democracy and Governance, Development, and Monitoring and Evaluation, and active assignments including several global initiatives and our present work in 24 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Botswana, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe). ABOUT CAMRIS INTERNATIONAL CAMRIS is an International Development Consulting Firm working within the public and private sectors to advance the human and institutional capacities of organizations and communities worldwide. WHAT WE DO We apply a combination of proven interdisciplinary, scientific and management approaches to identify, develop and implement the most effective solutions in support of our clients' program goals. We do this most often in the areas of international development and global health, and selectively in additional areas where our cross-cutting capabilities are well suited to meet the needs of our clients. We operate in all regions of the world, often in very challenging or austere conditions. At all times our focus is on evidence-based effectiveness, quality, reliability, and sustainability. We successfully completed initiatives in nearly 80 countries to date. KEY CAPABILITIES * Short-Term and Long-Term Technical Assistance * Program Management Services * Institutional Support * Research and Analytic Support CORE PRACTICE AREAS * Monitoring and Evaluation * Capacity Building * Project Design * Knowledge Management * Adaptive Technologies * eLearning * Democracy and Governance * Infectious Diseases STAFF CAMRIS has grown rapidly over the last 5 years to a peak of 200 staff, complemented by highly experienced consultants and collaborating partners and universities. CAMRIS is headquartered in Bethesda, MD in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with remote offices, operations and worksites in various locations in the U.S. and overseas.

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