Position Description

Research & Evaluation Specialist
Location United States
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Position Title:            Research & Evaluation Specialist

Status:                        Regular, Full Time

Location:                    Seattle or DC

Classification:           Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime Pay)

Salary:                        $70,000 – 85,000 DOE

Job Summary: The Research & Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for supporting Landesa’s mission, strategic objectives, its advocacy, and its programs by carrying out a wide range of research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities. They will design and apply monitoring and evaluation tools and practices for Landesa programs, carry out qualitative and quantitative research to assess policies and programs for rural land tenure security and access to land in developing countries, and strengthen Landesa’s and partners’ understanding and application of evidence in the land and development sectors. 

Reporting and relationships: The Research & Evaluation Specialist will report to the Director of Research, Evaluation & Learning

Availability: The Research & Evaluation Specialist will be expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. This position requires substantial international travel, between 40 and 100 days per year, contingent on COVID-19 policies. Evenings and weekends will be required at times.  Currently all staff are WFH. Post pandemic, we are anticipating a hybrid approach. Days in the office would be based on need and negotiated with your supervisor. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conducts research on a broad range of topics in development and resource economics such as customary and legal land rights, women’s land rights, sustainable land management, agriculture, governance, and other socioeconomic dimensions of land tenure in developing countries.
  • Supports the design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research processes such as surveys, case studies, community mappings, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions, including through design of data collection tools and training data collectors.
  • Analyzes qualitative and quantitative data, including data from surveys, interviews, focus group discussions and field observations, using relevant econometric and qualitative techniques and documents analytical processes and choices
  • Manages, organizes, and cleans primary data for analysis and in accordance with ethical and funder requirements
  • Contributes to clear, compelling, and methodologically robust reports, journal articles, policy briefs, presentations, and other ways of making research, monitoring, and evaluation results available and accessible to Landesa audiences
  • Contributes to proposals by identifying relevant evidence and preparing literature reviews
  • Guides monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans and frameworks of Landesa projects to create land-related knowledge and to enhance interventions designed to strengthen the land rights of the rural poor
  • Works with project teams to prepare reports including summarizing project results, coordinating the reporting of indicators, and success/learning stories
  • Other duties, as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A deep commitment to the mission of a better, safer future for the world’s poorest people through land ownership and secure land rights
  • Strong understanding of land tenure issues in developing countries  
  • Familiarity with econometrics and statistical analyses and economic and social science theory sufficient to conduct reviews of technical literature
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • Understands and can independently implement appropriate quantitative and qualitative appropriate methods, including advanced, multivariate quantitative econometric and statistical techniques
  • Substantial experience working with STATA including writing code for data management and analysis
  • Able to synthesize complex information, understand what is most important, and communicate analytical findings in writing and orally in a way that is clear, compelling, and concise for both research and non-research audiences
  • Experience developing monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks and theories of change for development programs
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software.
  • Ability and commitment to apply a gender-sensitive approach in their work
  • Self-motivated and able to set and meet goals
  • Flexibility and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
  • Ability to work in support of and collaboratively with a range of people cross-culturally and at all levels

Education and Professional Experience:

  • A strong foundation in statistical methods and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Masters degree in the social sciences with at least one year of graduate coursework in applied economics or statistics
  • A minimum of 2 years social science research experience
  • Preference will be given to individuals with work experience on land and/or gender-related issues. Prior work experience with international or national development institutions and field research experience are considered beneficial.

Work Environment and Working Conditions for Travelers to Developing Countries: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards which are prevalent for the location and/or country of assignment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work. The employee may be required to travel overseas and domestically. When traveling in a developing country, the employee may be exposed to: Physical Hazards (illnesses, noise, extreme temperatures, wet or humid climates, etc.), Road Hazards (unfinished/dirt roads, potholes, traffic-related accidents, etc.), and Atmospheric Conditions (odors, dust, fumes, smog, etc.).

Additional Comments:  The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Equal employment opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Landesa. Landesa is committed to a work environment in which relationships are characterized by dignity, courtesy, and respect. We are committed to nondiscrimination in all of our business operations and embraces diversity as a key strategic philosophy and strength of how we do our global work.  Landesa actively seeks diverse candidates for employment. 

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