Position Available: Research Manager

The Roma Education Fund’s (REF) mission and ultimate goal is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma. In order to achieve this goal, the organization supports policies and programs that ensure quality education for Roma through scholarships, grant making and advocacy activities. The objectives of REF include:

•  Expanding Romani children’s access to quality early childhood education and care

•  Improving primary education outcomes for Romani children aged six to fourteen

•  Boosting academic performance and graduation rates from secondary education for Romani pupils

•  Supporting access to tertiary education, improving graduation levels and strengthening identity of Romani university students

•  Expanding employment opportunities for young Romani adults

The Roma Education Fund operates its activities in close links with civil society and institutional partners in 16 countries of Central and South Eastern Europe.

Candidate Profile: The Roma Education Fund seeks a Research Manager who will be responsible for developing and managing the research activities of the foundation. The Research Manager is part of the senior management team which holds management role and responsibilities related to research and advocacy objectives of the Fund. The candidate should be a skilled professional with at least 5 years expertise on research design and implementation.   

Purpose of Position: The Research Manager will provide a scientific background to REF activities and help REF and other stakeholders learn from the experience of those activities. The work of the Research Manager will contribute to the strategic thinking of REF, ensure that tools and models developed and used by REF generate intended change in school systems towards quality, inclusive and affirmative education from which Roma children can benefit.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct regular analyses of the educational environment in the REF countries.
  • Collect, analyze and summarize external research relevant to the strategy and activities of REF.
  • Provide support to Program Officers, Communications and Fundraising teams, and other REF staff in data collection and analysis, monitoring and reporting.
  • Supervise Advocacy Officer(s) in identification of advocacy issues and implementation of advocacy plan and strategies based on research results
  • Help REF and other stakeholders learn from the projects implemented or assisted by REF.
  • Carry out impact assessment studies, using quantitative and qualitative methods, where appropriate, including the ability to:

- Assemble and lead teams of experts and assistants to carry out such studies.

- Design and implement primary data collection activities (surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.), and/or make use of secondary data sources (national surveys, national administrative data).

- Design and implement measurement strategies with maximum internal validity.

- Summarize results for REF staff and partners in accurate yet accessible ways.

- Participate in the dissemination of results to the wider academic and policy community.

  • Review current processes and foster innovation, including use of new technologies, experiments or testing, to assist monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
  • Promote effective knowledge management activities, including translation of research knowledge to REF staff and partners.
  • Organize training in data analysis for REF staff based on needs.
  • Solicit, monitor and evaluate outsourced research.
  • Participate in REF internal and external reporting, including creating donor reports, by providing input on research and evaluation activities and results.
  • Participate in REF advocacy activities by liaising with relevant Ministries and attending conferences and seminars; prepare and present papers and contribute to the policy dialogue with partners. 

Education/Experience 

  • Minimum Master’s degree in quantitative social science such as Education, Sociology, Economics, Policy Evaluation or Survey Statistics.
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum 5 years) in designing and implementing primary data collection as well as accessing and analyzing secondary large-scale databases.
  • Knowledge of data management and quantitative techniques using programs such as R, SPSS, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the methods of program impact assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience in evaluation of projects similar to those implemented by REF is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of issues related to education of minorities in Central and Eastern Europe and Roma issues is an advantage. 

Skills Required

  • Experience with Roma inclusion policies, programs and projects
  • At least a general knowledge of education issues and development trends in REF countries
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with a very wide range of stakeholders: Roma people, Roma organizations, governments at all levels, international agencies, aid agencies, foundations, non-governmental and civil society organizations, educational leaders
  • Ability to supervise multiple positions
  • Familiarity with the international policy environment in Europe
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Excellent public speaking and advocacy skills
  • High personal integrity
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and complete multiple work assignments in a timely manner
  • Working knowledge of Romanes and/or any language spoken in countries of Central and Eastern Europe in which REF is active is considered as an advantage
  • Ability to work in a multicultural team in various contexts
  • Commitment to and passion about the REF mission

Start Date:  ASAP

Location: Budapest

Compensation: The successful candidate will receive highly competitive compensation package 

Please send a letter of interest your professional CV with at least three references to ajelasity@romaeducationfund.org by February 20, 2017.