Description of the Department
The Learning, Innovation and Knowledge (LINK) Unit is part of the Programs Department. This Department consists of one director, seven goal units and two expertise units, of which LINK is one. The purpose of the Programs Department is to achieve impact by shaping policies, designing thematic strategies, supporting, managing and implementing our programs/projects and global, regional and national level campaigns that help achieve our 10 year vision (Manifesto 2030) of an inclusive (Equal), secure (Safe), equitable (Fair) and sustainable (Green) world in an efficient and effective manner, ensuring high quality. Our programs are driven by the voice of the people whose lives we seek to impact in order to achieve system changes. We seek mutually beneficial partnerships with other civil society organizations and change actors.
Purpose of the Unit
The unit supports, connects and collaborates with colleagues and partners to ensure impactful multi-country programs are informed by sound research methodologies, monitoring and evidence of progress towards objectives, as well as lessons learnt on what works for our Equal, Green, Fair and Safe goals. This is achieved within and beyond the Oxfam confederation through the team’s expertise and by influencing and challenging the culture and practice around monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL), Research, Innovation as well as Knowledge & Learning.
The unit is responsible for leading and overseeing organizational learning (including evaluations), adaptive management, knowledge management, development of tools and approaches, and delivery on our outcomes, in cooperation with our compliance colleagues.
The senior researcher will be responsible for supporting applied research and analytics in diverse and complex settings. Some examples of the research outputs produced by our team can be found here. The researcher will be responsible for the design of methodologies, coordinating or leading data collection and analysis, the production of evidence synthesis reports, leading sense-making efforts and validating results with interested teams and partners; drafting findings and recommendations to foster adaptive responses in project and program implementation, and developing clear, accessible briefs to present the results of our work. The researcher will also lead learning agenda and Theory of Change development for projects and programs, knowledge organization and sharing, and support project leads leverage available data to produce insights.
Main tasks of the Researcher
- Designs, coordinates and leads formative and evaluative research—including some, but not all, of the following processes.
- Synthesis of existing data and desk review to understand audience segmentation and rubrics associated with the effectiveness and impact of our programs, contributing factors within theory of change, and other insights that inform the direction of our work.
- Cross-sectional, longitudinal, and panel designs from primary or secondary data sources, including the relevant sample techniques.
- Mixed methods such as surveys, data analytics, social media harvesting and sentiment analysis, stories of change, outcome harvesting, in-depth interviewing, target group-led research and focus-group discussions.
- Data cleaning, preparation and analysis for quantitative and/or qualitative data.
- Leads research on audience segmentation and analysis, including social media metrics and other influence and advocacy data.
- Co-creates, drafts and communicates research findings for internal and external audiences through diverse media, including internal reports, blogs, academic papers, conference presentations, learning events, webinars, podcasts, and others.
- Participates in collaborative research with the Oxfam Confederation’s country offices and partners, Oxfam Novib’s GOAL units and departments, other partner organizations and researchers.
- Contributes to internal learning and knowledge sharing through participation in internal learning events and on-the-job teaching.
- Supports and contributes to our quantitative and large data research strategy.
- Supports and contributes to Unit strategy development and implementation.
- Ensures learning materials and knowledge products are accessible, timely and adhere to the needs of our implementation teams, including partners and confederation, regional and country staff.
- Contributes to the development and nurturing of partnerships/collaborations as necessary.
- Supports our relationships with academic partners.
- Contributes to the quality of learning and knowledge exchanges in Oxfam Novib, with colleagues on other Oxfam Affiliate offices and Oxfam International staff.
- Works closely with other impact measurement specialists, MEL colleagues, researchers and project leaders located in other teams, units or country offices.
Requirements for the job
- MA in social sciences, data science, or related field with relative specialization in quantitative or mixed-methods research.
- 5 years of experience in a similar position, preferably in a civic organization, research center or in the public sector
- Familiarity with and ability to train others on data analysis software such as STATA, R, Python, MaxQDA, or others. Knowledge of Power BI is a plus.
- You have practical experience leading quantitative and qualitative research.
- You have practical experience working in the global south, cultural awareness and sensitivity
- You have some experience developing (e-)learning initiatives
- You are a good presenter
- You are a pro-active networker
- You are collaborative, can take initiative
- You have excellent command of English, both written and spoken. Professional fluency in Dutch preferred. Working knowledge of either Arabic, French or Portuguese would be an advantage.
- You have a valid permit to reside and work in the Netherlands
Working at Oxfam Novib
- All our work is guided by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.
- At Oxfam Novib, we work according to the Feminist Principles – Oxfam Policy & Practice.
- Oxfam Novib is committed to offer you a motivating work environment at our offices in The Hague. We offer a one-year contract from start (including a 1-month trial period), with the possibility to extend.
- Oxfam Novib offers an attractive and honest benefits package, including a year-end allowance and yearly pay increase from the Collective Labor Agreement. Moreover, we offer complementary options to choose from. The salary range for this position is set in scale 9 with a salary range between €3.112,- and €4.788,- gross based on 36 hours a week.
- Oxfam Novib is based on the power of difference. That is why we aim to attract a diverse mix of talented people who share our standards, values and principles, and who are committed to prevent and eliminate any type of misconduct.
- We have an active policy against sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any form of abuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. This subject will be covered in our application and selection process.
- Do you believe that this is the job you are looking for? Then we would love to meet you! Please send your resume and cover letter via our application portal.
- If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Jorge Romero Leon, Unit Manager Learning, Innovation and Knowledge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Only applications received before the closing date 22 February 2024 and submitted via our application portal Researcher and Impact Measurement Specialist (senior) (oxfamnovib.nl) will be considered.
- This job opening is posted internally and externally. Internal candidates are given preference if they are sufficiently qualified or the requisite experience can be obtained in short term. We believe it’s important in our organization that our employees are offered maximum opportunities for growth in new themes and competencies. Priority for internal candidates supports this.
- At the time of a contract offer, it is necessary for Oxfam Novib to request valid references. Our candidates will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including criminal records and terrorism, financial checks or integrity screenings/references.
- Oxfam Novib reserves the right, to its sole discretion, not to make agreements regarding this job opening, make an agreement in a lower level, or make an agreement with an amended job description.
- We are currently working hybrid (50% in the office in The Hague and 50% at home).
- Qualified candidates residing in the Netherlands, or other EU/EEA countries and who are willing to relocate to the Netherlands at their own expense and responsibility, are encouraged to apply.