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Terms of Reference: Qualitative Research Assistant

About GAGE

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) is a nine-year (2015-2024) mixed-methods longitudinal research programme exploring the gendered experiences of adolescents aged 10-19 years. We are following the lives of 18,000 adolescents in six focal countries, two each in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda), Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal) and the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon).

GAGE aims to generate new evidence on ‘what works’ to transform the lives of adolescent girls and boys to enable them to move out of poverty and exclusion, and fast-track social change. GAGE research involves the most vulnerable adolescents, including adolescent refugees, adolescents with disabilities, those out of school, married girls and adolescent mothers.

The results will support policy and programme actors to more effectively reach adolescent girls and boys to advance their wellbeing and what is needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, including the commitment to Leave No One Behind.

The GAGE consortium, managed by the Overseas Development Institute, convenes 35 research, policy and programming partners globally and is funded by UK Aid from the UK government.

Purpose of the role

Under the supervision of the programme director, she/he will analyse longitudinal qualitative data, prepare summary reports and literature reviews, and support senior researchers in writing with the aim of inspiring and informing policy on gender and adolescence. She/he will assist with other administrative tasks related to maintaining a very large database of qualitative data. Specifically, the job will contribute to areas of focus of the GAGE programme which include work on issues related gender, adolescence, gender norms, education, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, health and nutrition, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, voice and agency and economic empowerment).

The tasks involved will take at least three days per week, and the exact timings can be negotiated.

Main duties and responsibilities

Research

  • Specific technical inputs to inform ongoing research, including carrying out rapid evidence reviews, revising qualitative research tools, reviewing transcripts and drafting summaries, data coding and analysis;
  • Authoring or co-authoring research reports, policy briefs and other documents for publication;
  • Undertaking some travel overseas for research and dissemination related purposes.

General administration

  • Supporting maintaining a very large database of qualitative data;
  • Support the organising of meetings with country research teams;
  • Support with the organising of research field trips;
  • Developing presentations and related materials.

Person specification

Required:

  • Strong understanding of gender and age/adolescent dynamics in developing country contexts,
  • A degree and post-graduate degree in relevant social science discipline;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated experience in producing research and policy outputs;
  • Demonstrated experience using different research methodologies;
  • Flexible attitude and strong ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to carry out rapid evidence reviews;
  • Ability to revise qualitative research tools;
  • Ability to review transcripts and make summaries;
  • Ability to review transcripts critically – to develop training tools;
  • Ability to develop and format powerpoint presentations
  • Willingness to travel, if needed.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of MENA, South Asia and East Africa contexts;
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis packages, such as MAXQDA;
  • Qualitative research field experience.

Selection process

Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter as to why they are suited and interested in the role, along with their availability to gage@odi.org.uk by 30th June 2018, at midnight UK time, with the subject title ‘Research Assistant.’

 

 

 

 

Terms of Reference: Communications and Publications Coordinator   

About GAGE

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) is a nine-year (2015-2024) mixed-methods longitudinal research programme exploring the gendered experiences of young people aged 10-19 years. We are following the lives of 18,000 adolescents in six focal countries, two each in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda), Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal) and the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon).

GAGE aims to generate new evidence on ‘what works’ to transform the lives of adolescent girls and boys to enable them to move out of poverty and exclusion, and fast-track social change. GAGE research involves the most vulnerable adolescents, including adolescent refugees, adolescents with disabilities, those out of school, married girls and adolescent mothers.

The results will support policy and programme actors to more effectively reach adolescent girls and boys to advance their wellbeing and what is needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, including the commitment to Leave No One Behind.

The GAGE consortium, managed by the Overseas Development Institute, convenes 35 research, policy and programming partners globally and is funded by UK Aid from the UK government.

Purpose of the role

The Communications and Publications Coordinator will work to increase the impact of GAGE research with specific responsibility for supporting the communications activities of the programme. This consultancy will involve managing the development, layout, production and dissemination of key GAGE publications and uploading content to the GAGE website using the Drupal content management system. The successful consultant will have excellent communications expertise, an eye for detail to support in-house publications and website management.

The consultancy will be for three plus days per week, and exact timings can be negotiated at interview stage.

Main tasks

Project management

  • Create and maintain production schedules around communications and publications activities;
  • Manage the development of GAGE publications; working with authors and relevant stakeholders to plan and develop outputs from concept note to publication;
  • Brief and manage external suppliers, such as copy editors, translators, printers or designers; advise stakeholders on options and best practise in editing, design & printing.

Production

  • Provide quality assurance across publications, ensuring GAGE house style and brand consistency across all publication formats;
  • Maintain and curate the GAGE website, including uploading content to the GAGE website using the Drupal content management system (CMS), creating publication landing pages for new publications;
  • Layout publications using the Typefi production system and InDesign DTP software, as required.

Dissemination

  • Brief printers, obtain competitive quotes, source new suppliers, and place print orders for publications;
  • Manage hard copy distribution of GAGE publications as required, ensuring timely and cost-effective delivery to key and targeted stakeholders.

General administration and other communications tasks

  • Support with the administrative aspects of events and calendar management;
  • Support media and public affairs work, including: responding to media requests and mapping relevant stakeholders to receive publications;
  • Support digital and multimedia work, including: creating and updating website content; sourcing images for online use, handling permissions and copyright;
  • Participate in weekly communications team meetings.
  • Monitor and log impact of communications activities.

Person specification

  • A proven background in publications coordination and production, preferably for a research or academic institute or publishing house.
  • Experience of web-based communications and the maintenance of websites.
  • Practical website skills including basic HTML and experience working with different content management systems.
  • Significant publications project management and production experience, planning and managing multiple parallel publications to tight deadlines, whilst maintaining quality.
  • Experience of briefing and managing relationships with external agencies and freelancers, in particular briefing editors, designers and printers.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage and prioritise tasks.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • A confident typesetter, with strong experience of DTP (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Good knowledge of social media, digital platforms and web content best practice.
  • Self-starter – ability to generate plans and ideas and carry them through to completion.
  • The ability to work efficiently and diplomatically with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • The ability to work independently, as well as part of a dynamic team.
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and under pressure.
  • Knowledge of and interest in adolescence, gender and international development.

Selection process

Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter explaining their suitability and interest in the role to gage@odi.org.uk by 30th June 2018, at midnight UK time, with the subject title ‘Comms Coordinator.’