Project Manager for Children & Youth Pillar

Samuel Hall Consulting

Job Summary

Applications are invited from qualified persons for the above vacant position.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

Samuel Hall is a social enterprise dedicated to research in countries affected by migration. Our mandate is to produce research that delivers a contribution to knowledge with an impact on policies, programmes and people. We have worked with more than sixty-five organisations worldwide since 2009 through our offices in Afghanistan and Kenya covering Asia and Africa.

We are a rapidly growing research organisation: you will be expected to grow with us and carve out your own spot in the team. We look for pro-active, creative individuals who can identify opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We believe in hiring people who can show their ability to be both strong leaders and reliable followers, who have skills that our team currently lacks and who join us to add value from the very start. We hire people who can expand our knowledge and help us reach our social impact objective in their field of expertise. We work in a fast-paced, demanding and challenging environment: you will need thick skin, passion and dedication!

We are seeking a PM who will directly support the Pillar Lead to lead research, manage projects and other pillar staff, and support the strategic development of the pillar. With a passion for child protection or education, the PM will bring academic technical expertise to the team, in addition to the desire to produce strong results which partners and clients can use to guide and improve programming. There is a strong potential for domestic, regional and international travel.

Required experience
Prior experience in child- or youth related research and project management are requirements for this role. The successful project manager is further required to have:

• A Master’s or PhD (preferred) in a relevant field (5+/ 3+ years of additional experience preferred) • Past consulting and research experience specific to children/youth, with education or child protection experience
• Knowledge of key institutional frameworks and stakeholders
• Excellent spoken and written skills in English; Swahili and / or French a plus
• Proven experience in writing academic papers, research papers, consultancy reports and policy briefs
• Strong presentation / speaking skills and ability to build strong professional relationships

• Proven experience in project management

• Proven experience in the development of academic-standard quantitative and qualitative tools and methodologies

• Significant experience of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (for example, MS Excel, SPSS, NVIVO)
• Keen attention to detail
• Ability to be patient and to work well within a team
• Ability to cope well under pressure, work occasionally irregular hours and meet tight deadlines
• Aspirations to manage with autonomy and develop a concrete area of expertise and leadership within the pillar
• Relevant programmatic / operational experience desirable

Key tasks and responsibilities to be performed under the contract •

  • Manage and lead projects in multiple countries, including: Design of methodologies and research tools; Fieldwork oversight; Interviews with key stakeholders; Direct management of field teams
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses at an academic level
  • Lead in the writing of client deliverables and research reports
  • Support the Pillar Lead in business development, communications and dissemination: Participate in conferences; Develop concept notes and proposals in conjunction with partners; Regular discussions with key stakeholders; Work with the pillar lead to develop abstracts and academic publications
  • Develop internal expertise on sub-themes of relevance to the Children and Youth Pillar
  • Manage junior staff within the pillar
  • Maintain all processes as required for a well-functioning pillar.

Applicants should have a PhD in a related field (education or child protection) with 2+ years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree with 5+ years of relevant research experience. Must have proven expertise in Child- and Youth-related research and desire for a strong role in strengthening the pillar’s thematic knowledge. Should be able to articulate how their skill set will specifically add to the pillar and Samuel Hall’s work.

Applicants should have a PhD in a related field (education or child protection) with 2+ years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree with 5+ years of relevant research experience. Must have proven expertise in Child- and Youth-related research and desire for a strong role in strengthening the pillar’s thematic knowledge. Should be able to articulate how their skill set will specifically add to the pillar and Samuel Hall’s work.

How to apply:

All applicants should send their cover letter and CV in separate PDF files, each labelled: ‘CL/CV – Full name of Applicant’ with the e-mail subject line using the following format: ‘Name – Children & Youth PM’. Three samples of relevant work should also be included, showcasing your ability to write, analyse data/information and construct an argument. These can be (excerpts from) a thesis, university essays, articles, reports, op-eds, etc.

For a detailed job description, visit: http://samuelhall.org/careers/

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