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Project Manager, BRACED Project

***This is a Limited Appointment, Grant Funded Position***

The Project Manager position provides the opportunity to play an important managerial role in a unique multi-country inter-disciplinary study program focusing on resilience in Sudan and Chad. The Project Manager will coordinate and administratively support a number of studies over the course of up to 4 years. This project will work with the traditional agricultural sector (rainfed farmers), pastoralist livestock producers, including nomads, and the displaced population, thus allowing the opportunity to explore in-depth the resilience of different livelihood systems and groups. The Project Manager will work with an international / national multi-disciplinary research team, including Tufts employees, national and international consultants and consortium partner personnel. The Project Manager will take a lead role in the management, coordination and administration of the project, and a support role in the research activities. The coordination function operates at multiple levels; with the Concern Worldwide Central Coordination Team based in London, with the Tufts/FIC research team, administrative and finance staff, and with the national and local teams in Eastern Chad and the Darfur region.
This Project Manager position is part of the ‘Building Resilience Against Climate Extremes and Disasters’ (BRACED) research program, undertaken by Tufts/FIC in partnership with Concern Worldwide in two border regions; the Goz Beida region of Chad and West Darfur, Sudan. This research builds on an ongoing Tufts/Concern research program in eastern Chad, which is part of a large, multi-intervention approach to build community resilience to future shocks known as ‘Community Resilience to Acute Malnutrition’ (CRAM). Over the past two years under CRAM, a Tufts team has started to rigorously test the model using both quantitative and qualitative methods and to contribute meaningfully to further discussions around resilience. CRAM will be amalgamated within BRACED to generate a multi-country multi-stakeholder resilience building program, with a major research component.
The Project Manager will play a key role in the coordination and management of the project, including liaising with the Consortium Coordination Unit, supporting the recruitment and management of researchers, travel and accommodation. Another important role is the project financial support, including monitoring, forecasts, budget revisions, and narrative reporting.
The Project Manager will also play a support role in the research, including supervision of field workers, storage and management of data, organizing transcription of interviews, data analysis and writing up results and contributing to final reports with written inputs or with editing. Depending on the involvement of the Project Manager, there may also be opportunities for publishing briefing papers and journal articles.
This position is full time through to April 2016 with the possibility of extension through September 2017. This job is likely to include some field travel in both countries to areas served by CONCERN Worldwide and national partners.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
Master’s Degree with 3 years’ experience in project or research management with activities in developing countries with national or international partners. Microsoft Office Suite with appropriate research skills including for example, use of qualitative analysis software, statistical packages and bibliographic software. Willingness to visit and spend short periods in a challenging environment, international travel, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, experience of working with large complex budgets in excel, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to relate effectively to people across national and cultural boundaries. Will work a varied schedule with possible travel to Chad and Sudan for liaison with partners and support of the research activities, which will require considerable flexibility in working schedule as well stays in a challenging environment. This project may also involve participation in workshops and administration outside normal working hours.

Preferred Qualifications:
A desire to work as a member of a team of academics and practitioners which embraces multidisciplinary approaches and methods. Ability to interact with donor agencies, research and field partners, other international, national and local actors in country. Preferably reads/speaks French and also Arabic.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

Primary Location: Somerville

Organization: Feinstein Int’l Ctr – Friedman

Employee Status: Limited Appointment

Schedule: Full-time

Researcher/Senior Researcher, BRACED Project

***This is a Limited Appointment, Grant Funded Position***

This researcher/senior researcher position provides the opportunity to play a lead role in a unique multi-country inter-disciplinary study of resilience in Sudan and Chad. This will allow the researcher to explore livelihoods and nutrition, and implications for resilience over the course of up to 4 years, thus capturing seasonal and inter-annual dynamics. This project will work with the traditional agricultural sector (rainfed farmers), pastoralist livestock producers, including nomads, and the displaced population, thus allowing the opportunity to explore in-depth the resilience of different livelihood systems and groups. The researcher/senior researcher will have the opportunity to work in an international multi-disciplinary research team and take a lead role in further developing the qualitative component.
This position is full time for the first six months of the project through March 2015; part time for six months in Year 2 from April 2015 to March 2016 with the possibility of becoming a full time position in Year 2 with other related work. The funding for this position is through April 2016 with the possibility of extension through September 2017. This job includes extensive field travel in both countries to areas served by CONCERN Worldwide and national partners.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
Master’s Degree in Nutrition, International Relations or Social Sciences with 5 years’ experience in qualitative research and participatory approaches, as part of the humanitarian or other aid programs or policy research, related to livelihoods approaches, food security and nutrition, including a minimum of 12 months field experience managing field research in the same thematic areas. Microsoft Office Suite with appropriate research skills including for example, use of qualitative analysis software, statistical packages and bibliographic software. Willingness to spend several months in a challenging environment, international travel, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, context or conflict analysis, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to relate effectively to people across national and cultural boundaries. Will work a varied schedule which will involve travel to Chad and Sudan for field work which will require considerable flexibility in working schedule as well as extended stays in a challenging environment. This project may also involve participation in workshops and administration outside normal working hours.

Preferred Qualifications:
A desire to work as a member of a team of academics and practitioners which embraces multidisciplinary approaches and methods. Ability to interact with donor agencies, research and field partners, other international, national and local actors in country. Preferably reads/speaks French and also Arabic.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

Primary Location: International

Job: Research

Organization: Feinstein Int’l Ctr – Friedman

Employee Status: Limited Appointment

Schedule: Full-time/part-time

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