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Research Manager, Economics – Resilience Pillar
We are seeking an experienced and professional Resilience (Pillar 2) Research Manager (RM) with a strong background in economics to join its team for a full-time position based in our Nairobi office. Samuel Hall’s Resilience Pillar covers a wide range of topics on economic inclusion and integration, social protection, food security, gender, labour markets, resilience to climate change, sustainable and efficient energy use, as well as urban and rural vulnerabilities.
The RM holds the overall responsibility for research projects, and is responsible for producing high-quality research plans, methodologies, tools, and deliverables/outputs for a given project. Their role is essential to maintaining Samuel Hall research standards – from conceptualisation to delivery – on key priority themes for the pillar. The RM sets the vision for the project with the Director of Research, and then ensures it is communicated at all levels. There is a strong potential for domestic, regional, and international travel.
Who We Are
Our research connects the voices of communities to changemakers for more inclusive societies. Samuel Hall is a social enterprise that conducts research, evaluates programmes and designs policies in contexts of migration and displacement. Our approach is ethical, academically rigorous, and based on first-hand experience of complex and fragile settings. With offices in Afghanistan, Germany, Kenya, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, we are based in the regions we study. We have over ten years’ experience in 70+ countries and have become a trusted partner and leading voice in the field of migration and displacement research, working with governments, donors, multilateral organisations and NGOs, as well public and private sector entities. It’s an exciting time for Samuel Hall – we were recently selected by Stanford University as one of the Global South’s high-potential, fast-growth social enterprises.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: We work in a fast-paced, demanding, and challenging environment – you will be expected to grow with us and carve out your own spot in the team. We look for proactive, creative individuals who find opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We look for strong leaders and reliable team-players who can add value from the very start,
expand our knowledge and help us to maximise our social impact.
Tasks & Responsibilities
Objective 1 – Research Management and Coordination
– Setting the vision of the project with the Director of Research
– Guide Project Leads and Research Assistants to understand and implement the vision for the research
– Manage and train teams
– Focus on specific thematic area of research and develop in-house expertise
Objective 2 – Client Management and Communications
– Liaise with stakeholders at all levels – including donors and government representatives – presenting Samuel Hall and its research partners in a clear and professional manner
– Prepare presentations for stakeholders (internal and external)
– Coordinate activities with relevant partners in close collaboration with the Director of Research
Objective 3 – Research
– Lead on methodology and tool design as per industry, academic, and SH standards
– Provide strong analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, and recommendations
– Lead the development and authoring of research papers, concept notes, draft and final reports, and other documentation as required during the ongoing projects
– Manage and conduct fieldwork in multiple countries, which entails qualitative and quantitative research
– Conduct secondary research, literature reviews, and key informant interviews
– Review and evaluation of data quality
– Contribute to dissemination strategies and activities as agreed with the Director of Research and Development Unit Opportunities for Growth
Working at Samuel Hall means that you are contributing to ground-breaking, innovative, and rigorous work that bridges research, implementation and policy. Most of our training happens on the job, but as part of our investment in learning and development, everyone is encouraged to apply for up to five days of paid professional development leave and financial resources to enable them to acquire new skills and knowledge.
– A Master’s degree in Economics or a related field
– A minimum of 6 years of relevant experience of research in labour/market/value chains assessments, TVET, un- and underemployment, and formal and informal economy
– Past experience specific to the East and Horn of Africa, Central/South Asia, and/or the Middle East and North Africa
– Proven experience in writing research papers, consultancy reports, evaluation assignments and policy briefs
– Proven experience in project management and leading teams
– Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (for example, R, SPSS, NVIVO)
– Knowledge of key institutional frameworks and stakeholders
– Strong presentation skills and ability to build professional relationships
– Excellent verbal and written skills in English
– Keen attention to detail
– Ability to be patient and to work well within a global team
– Ability to cope well under pressure, occasionally work irregular hours and meet tight deadlines
– A PhD degree in a relevant field
– Published articles/papers (peer-reviewed)
Method of application
All applications should be sent in the following format, unless stated otherwise:
Cover letter describing how your skills and experience would match Samuel Hall’s vision and strategy (please attach cover letter in a separate PDF file labelled ‘CL – Full name of applicant’). All applications for current and on-going recruitment should be sent in the following format, unless stated otherwise:
CV in a separate PDF file labelled ‘CV – Full name of applicant’
Three relevant writing samples
The subject line should clearly express which position you are interested in and the country (especially for current vacancies)
We have tried to make the recruitment process as transparent as possible. For more information, please read here.
Samuel Hall is an equal opportunity employer. Applications that do not follow the required format will not be considered. If you have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date, you have not been shortlisted for the position.