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Senior Karamoja Research Associate - Uganda Learning Activity

QED Group
Kampala, Uganda

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

QED is a global consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience providing data-driven and insightful solutions in close to 100 countries. We are passionate about transforming lives through knowledge-based solutions. Leveraging deep expertise in monitoring, evaluation, global health, and learning, we help our clients collect, analyze, visualize, and ultimately use data in more effective ways. Our work maximizes results through the use of cutting-edge technologies and innovation, organizational development, and evidence-based decision-making.

Through USAID/Uganda’s Regional Coordination Initiative (RCI), the mission is supporting a regional leadership and coordination platform for Karamoja. A Steering Committee representing this platform is in the process of developing a regional strategy and regional investment plan; they are working closely with the Gulu Constituent College (GCC) in Moroto, the Resilience Africa Network (RAN) at Makerere’s School of Public Health, and with the Center for Basic Research (CBR) in Kampala, to conduct and coordinate research. They are also hosting local consultations to refine their priorities.
Senior counselors, partners and members of the Regional Steering Committee have described the need to develop a narrative around the framework so that the presentation to LC5s and the Minister clearly articulates the rationale, including constraints, opportunities, and assumptions that influence their prioritization. Further, the USAID/RCI recognizes a need for technical assistance to communicate priorities of the Steering Committee verbally, through presentations and collaboration, in addition to developing written products needed rather urgently. USAID/Uganda RCI will support the development of this narrative, communication, and collaboration, and recommends that engaging an expert from the CBR to accomplish this task is fitting as a task for the Uganda Learning Activity (ULA).

Responsibilities

  • Strategy Development and Investment Development Support: (to be further defined in terms of feasibility and value-add, upon engagement of the contractor, and to be refined through subsequent dialogue with the Steering Committee): Based upon consultations and research to date, finalize the prioritization framework developed by the Karamoja Steering Committee, including recommending sub-results, cross-cutting themes and illustrative signature investments aligned to the KIDP and the NPA, i.e. investments most likely to come to fruition, and to leverage the work of other actors (development partners, GoU, private sector) while maintaining focus on what has been prioritized through consultations and from the Steering Committee.
  • Further Regional Research, Advocacy, Communication, and Collaboration: Assist to research, communicate and advocate on behalf of the Regional Steering Committee. This will include producing written documents and presentations as well as attending meetings when needed. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for supporting the planning and agenda-setting of one Karamoja regional coordination and cluster collaboration meeting in partnership with the Uganda Learning Activity.
  • Disseminate Research with key Stakeholders: As needed and feasible, share research and learning with development partners, collaborate with GCC-Moroto and other universities, USAID Implementing Partners, and coordinate support across other regional fora that USAID is advancing.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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