Job at Never Again Rwanda (NAR) : Research Fellow (SHPG) (Deadline: 25 November 2017)

Job at Never Again Rwanda (NAR) : Research Fellow (SHPG) (Deadline: 25 November 2017)

Job at Never Again Rwanda (NAR) : Research Fellow (SHPG) (Deadline: 25 November 2017)

Job Title

Research Fellow for the Societal Healing and Participatory Governance for Sustainable Peace in Rwanda programme (SHPG programme)

Reporting requirements

Reports directly and is line managed by the Senior Research Coordinator

The SMT team may from time to time request tasks of the research fellow, of which require to be coordinated and clearly communicated with the Senior Research Coordinator at all times.

Purpose of Position

The role of the Research Fellow is to conduct policy-oriented research related to supporting programmes in peace building and reconciliation, good governance (local and national context) and contribute to case studies, advocacy briefs, draft literature reviews and research grant proposals; to generally edit and review a variety of organisational documents.

Main Responsibilities and Deliverables

Specific Responsibilities

Applied research

  • Conduct policy-oriented research in the areas of peace building and reconciliation with awareness of political policy and political context, governance and political processes to meet the demands of context-specific and thematic programme teams
  • Draft or contribute to a variety of products, including but not limited to research reports, activity reports, case studies, discussion notes, advocacy strategies, interview guides, and concept notes
  • Take the lead on gender analysis of research products

Writing, drafting and editing documents

  • Compile literature reviews and contribute to research grant proposals, as needed, under the guidance of the Senior Research Coordinator
  • Edit and proof read documents for internal or external publication, to ensure it conforms to the house style (aligns to the organisational vision, mission and values) and is tailored to different audiences
  • Take the lead in writing, drafting or reviewing specific programme documents in collaboration and liaison with other organisational staff and at times in response to back-donor feedback

Support Resource

  • Under the guidance of the senior research coordinator, to provide support to other teams (thematic programme teams), other Research teams, Peace building, Governance and Rights, M and E, Communications and Audio and Visual (AV)
  • Ability to coordinate with other internal teams under guidance of the senior research coordinator
  • Support and contribute to trainings, specifically Gender

Publication of articles and relevant papers

  • To publish and to contribute articles and briefing papers relevant to research, advocacy, in the interests of the wider organisation

Time sheet of hours worked and tasks accomplished to line managers and to the finance team.

Organisational Learning and Capacity Building

As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve. NAR expects all staff members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities, through providing training and presentations that benefit capacity building of Never Again Rwanda staff as well as themselves

Administrative Support

As part of the office team, assist in general administrative duties. This may include making phone calls, sending invites and on-line publications to NAR stakeholders (local and international partners, civil society organisations, Government agencies, donors, local and international academics and other potential supporters); host visitors, support interns and volunteers. Being tasked to support key large organisational events.

Performance-related management

As a staff member of the organisation, you will be expected to undertake and manage staff performance appraisal formats (based on tasks and responsibilities undertaken) and complete an accompanying competency format (*how a task is undertaken, behaviour, skills and attitudes) for you and staff under your supervision. This will be undertaken 6-monthly and annually.

work plan of yearly objectives will need to be produced between the line manager and employee at the start of the year in January, after the annual planning of yearly programme activities and events have been completed.

The list of responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be requested to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. The job description may be subject to regular review and appropriate modification.


Under the guidance of the  Research Coordinator , to provide support, mentoring and guidance to interns and other temporary support staff

Behavioural Competencie

Organisational Awareness

Understands how their job contributes and delivers NAR vision, mission and goals in accordance with NAR values and the organisational strategic plan

Planning and Delivery of Work

Thinks ahead, managing time, priorities and risks, and developing structured and efficient approaches to deliver work on time and to a high standard


Considers the information that is available, identifies options and makes timely decisions

Working with Others

Takes responsibility to build and maintain positive relationships and value the opinion of others

Team Building

Works in a participatory and inclusive manner to encourage team support of one another, mentoring, coaching and accompaniment

Communicating and Influencing others

Presents information and ideas clearly and convincingly, ensuring that messages are understood; and that others see NAR as credible and engage with the organisation

Managing Change

Is able to be flexible to sustain performance when situations change, workload increases and priorities shift

Research and Analysis

Gathering information, opinion and data from varied sources, making sense of it, testing its validity and drawing conclusions that can lead to practical benefits



Professional Experience, Knowledge and Skills

Minimum qualification: A postgraduate degree or an advanced degree in international conflict resolution, international relations, political science, law, governance or a related social science field with at least three 3-5 years of relevant work experience and demonstrated research learning and expertise.

  • Research skills in relevant social scientific disciplines
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Familiarity with interdisciplinary research methodologies and conceptual frameworks (quantitative and qualitative methodologies)
  • Excellent contemporary knowledge of Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, Transitional Justice, Good Governance, Community participation
  • Strong community facilitation and communication skills
  • Able to take the lead in Focus Group Discussions, Individual interviews, SWOT analysis, and other participatory learning and appraisal techniques
  • Ability to not only gather information from community members in a formal manner, but to have experience and understanding of interpreting diverse groups’ body language, intonations and attitudes when conducting individual interviews and group discussions interviews
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills, with proficiency in both oral and written English
  • Excellent speaker, reader and writer in Kinyarwanda
  • Added advantage: knowledge of written and spoken French
  • Strong team player with strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a diverse environment with sensitivity and respect
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic environment and to help build a leading national/ regional research institute
  • Excellent IT skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) for the latest Windows application
  • Willingness and ability to travel and work

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send an application letter with and updated Curriculum Vitae in English including 3 names of professional referees to [email protected]

The deadline for receiving applications is 25th November 2017

Please mention Research Fellow (SHPG) as the subject of your email application.

*Note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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