Research Associate job at De Montfort University

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Vacancy title:
Research Associate

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Education, and Training , Category: Education ]

Jobs at:

De Montfort University

Deadline of this Job:
16 January 2022  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Lusaka , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Position Detail: Research Assistant on BA GCRF funded project
Project Title: Developing resilience and enterprising opportunities for internally displaced women in Ethiopia and Zambia
Project Abstract: Volatility due to persistent poverty, political instability, social tensions, and natural disasters severely affect rural areas and contribute to rural-urban migration and internal displacement in Africa. Women suffer disproportionately in such contexts and are also extremely vulnerable to economic effects of Coronavirus pandemic. How can entrepreneurship by women provide the agency to alleviate these multiple problems in such contexts? This interdisciplinary research project seeks to bring novel insights from the hitherto underexplored contexts of Ethiopia and Zambia on how the internally displaced and rural-urban migrated women experience urban living, enterprising opportunities, and the development of urban resilience. The project aims to contribute to a holistic understanding of women’s entrepreneurship that helps to address the challenges of inequality faced by women (SDG 5), enhance their economic contributions (SDG 8), reduce poverty (SDG 1), support the disadvantaged (SDG 10), and develop sustainable communities (SDG11) in the contexts of Ethiopia and Zambia.

Research Themes: This project is at the intersection of two Research Themes: Cities, urbanisation, urban settlements, (in)formality, urban living and practices, urban governance, urban infrastructure; and, conflict, (in)security, human dignity, disaster, risk, crisis. These themes are relevant to this research project as it seeks to examine how rural-urban migrated and internally displaced women experience urbanisation and urban living, develop coping strategies, engage in entrepreneurial activities, and develop urban resilience. The project aims to make a difference in relation to policy and interventions on the socio-economic conditions of the migrant and displaced African women to develop their capabilities to adapt to urban living conditions and to address equalities of opportunities.
Applications Open: 16 December 2021
Applications Close: 16 January 2022
Interview Dates: 24-28 January 2022

Job Description
Job Title: Research Associate
Project: Developing Resilience and Enterprising Opportunities for Internally Displaced Women in Ethiopia and Zambia
Job Family: Research
Reporting to: Dr Kassa Woldesenbet Beta (PI) and Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila (Co-I)
Responsible for: Undertaking research as directed in line with funding project
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Background and Context: This position has arisen out of the need for field work to be conducted and data collected and analysed in Zambia

Job Purpose:
1. To identify and recruit women research participants as per the profiles generated in the project brief
2. To conduct quantitative and qualitative data collection activities
3. To participate in data analysis and reporting of results
4. Identify and establish rapport with appropriate local stakeholders in Lusaka for data collection and engagement

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct individual and collaborative tasks towards the research project.
• Collect quantitative and qualitative data from relevant primary and secondary sources and participate in analysis.
• Writing up results of research and contributing to publishing of results in high quality peer-reviewed academic literature.
• Project management: e.g., timetabling and meeting project milestones.
• Participating in regular discussions with the research team and other stakeholders as appropriate.
• Liaise with potential partners to create pathways to research impact generation.
• Participate regularly in group meetings.

Person Specification
• A Master’s degree (preferably a higher degree) in Management, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Development or interrelated field with a significant quantitative element
• Experience of conducting academic research for sustained period
• Demonstrated significant depth and breadth of specialist knowledge of at least two of the key considerations of the project i.e. internal displacement, rural-urban migration, gender and entrepreneurship, women empowerment, the Zambian context
• Proven demonstrable experience of working in research in the above areas
• Demonstrated good understanding of current developments and debates on the areas listed above
• Demonstrated potential to publish in high quality, peer reviewed journals
• Competence and experience in survey, data coding and quantitative analysis
• Experience of analysing large scale data sets
• The ability to apply a range of statistical techniques and use statistical software such as SPSS and other specialist research software

* Skills
• Ability to conduct individual research work and to disseminate results
• Use creativity to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions on the outcomes
• Excellent organisational and time management skills
• Ability to write research reports and to effectively disseminate outcomes
• Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills
*Language- Must be able to communicate in English, Nyanja and Bemba
*Digital- Must be able to use MS Teams and Zoom for communication; must be able to work with MSOffice Suite Proficiently

* Attributes
• High degree of commitment and self-motivation
• Excellence in establishing and maintaining productive work relationships with stakeholders
• Organisation – able to plan and deliver work to meet required deadlines.
• Tenacity – working to achieve own and team objectives and to overcome obstacles.
• Ability to work in a team and on own initiative

Market Rate: ZMW18,000 per month full-time or ZMW9,000 per month part-time
Type of job – Fixed contract/temporary (part-time or full-time) for a duration of 5 months.

We seek a capable candidate who can meet the above roles and person specifications. We ideally seek a person recruited to work full time for the duration of the project but flexibility can be negotiated as appropriate.

Education Requirement: No Requirements

Job Experience: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Job application procedure
Apply by submitting a detailed CV and cover letter addressing the criteria outlined in the job specification. Inquiries and applications should be sent to Dr Natasha Katuta Mwila [email protected]
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