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Manager- Research Policy & Knowledge Management

Job Description

World Vision Lanka (WVL) is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It is dedicated to working with the worlds most vulnerable people regardless of their ethnic, religious or social background. World Vision has been in Sri Lanka since 1977 and has invested over USD 380 million in relief and development projects across the country.

At World Vision we are passionate about children and are committed to bringing fullness of life to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Every day for over thirty nine years, that is what our team at World Vision has been doing.

We are currently looking for dynamic & creative individuals to join us in our journey of caring.

MANAGER RESEARCH, POLICY & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

Job Profile

The position will lead the Research Unit of WVL, in developing innovative research strategy & methodology, to facilitate progressive improvement of quality evidence base, that relates to organisational priorities and programmes, in order to increase World Vision Lankas (WVL) relevance to progressive policy making/reform. He/she will identify & promote research opportunities/partnerships, relevant to expert areas within WVL, keeping abreast of Sri Lankas development sector and contributing to the development of a comprehensive research strategy (based on contextual and policy needs), to develop quality programming relevant to the local context and organisational goals and objectives.

Key Result Areas

  • Availability of well-developed research methodologies, pre-tested tools, and innovative methods of analysis that are relevant to the context and project specific research objectives.

  • Established research and knowledge base on development policy and practice.

  • Capacitated Research Team and research partnerships that meet needs of research department, projects, and inter-departmental strategic deliverables.

  • Support for innovation, new knowledge, and influential expertise to improve organisational effectiveness

  • Support for innovation, new knowledge, and influential expertise to improve organisational effectiveness

Key Objectives of the position

  • Strategic management of comprehensive research strategy and coherent work plans for all staff based on their various research expertise

  • Mobilising research networks, and production and presentation of high quality reports and publications (commissioned reports, project reports, fact finding report etc), for the benefit of all WVL programmes)

  • Ensure all data and information relevant or critical to the organization is secured, updated, analysed and shared for decision-making, reporting and publication.

  • Efficient and effective management of Research Team

  • Respond to research capacity needs of ADPs, Special Projects, and Grants

  • Manage and facilitate the progressive improvement of a quality evidence base, which utilises available data and information from WVL projects/programmes

  • Generate innovative research solutions for business development that is responsive to the needs of the internal and external environment

  • Effective & Efficient Grants implementation aligned with the strategic objectives through proper design, staffing, and quality assurance.

  • Establish effective systems & processes for efficient Grant/project management, budget and expense allocation, reporting ,monitoring & evaluation and communications systems and ensure appropriate controls/procedures are in place to mitigate potential risks

  • Accurate & timely Grant project reports submitted in line with donor requirements

  • Establish & maintain effective linkages among donors and external stakeholders

  • Effective collaboration and coordination with GAM, Advocacy and internal stakeholders

Preferred Education, Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • A Masters Degree in Public policy, Economic Development, Public Health, Environmental Sciences, or in the Social Sciences, with independent research work demonstrating the capacity for critical analysis and application of specialist knowledge

  • At least 05 yearsexperience in developmental research, including conceptual research methodology, policy analysis, policy-based development programming, impact evaluation methodology, and qualitative research.

  • Experience in networking with government/institutional donors, while working in a consultancy company, an international organization or similar entity.

  • Ability to influence and contribute effectively for departmental strategic planning.

  • Ability to ensure individuals and teams adhere to the highest standards of quality, relevance, and timeliness.

  • Excellent knowledge about research philosophies, research concepts and principles, statistical definitions, scientific tools and techniques.

  • Ability to design a facilitation process with appropriate and relevant facilitation tools.

  • Ability to recognise, capture and manage DME resources and learning effectively, and to contextualise DME tools.

  • Expert knowledge of information presentation techniques (graphing, charting, tabling etc.) and interpreting the same.

  • High level advocacy and communications skills, including excellent command of the English language and knowledge of one or more national languages.

  • Ability to recognise the need for learning and flexibly apply technology to support development.

  • Expert data handling skills (classification, categorising, tabulation etc.) and demonstrated diligence in data management.

  • Knowledge and understanding of key poverty issues, development theories and holistic development in relation to programme quality.

  • Well-developed conceptual thinking skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to World Visions values and philosophy, and capacity to engage with the broader community in living these values

World Vision Lanka offers a competitive remuneration package based on individual competence and skills. If you meet the required criteria and wish to apply for this or any of the available vacancies, select the position you wish to apply for & submit your on-line applicationwith your CV and details of three non-related referees on or before the given closing date.

Closing Date: 3rd April , 2017

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be notified.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

This offer of employment is made contingent upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.

World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children