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Job Title:    Research Coordinator – Playmatters (2 Job Vacancies)

Organisation: War Child

Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

Salary Range: UGX Gross between (4,445,612 – 6,898,830)

Reports to: Regional Research Coordinator in Uganda and functional management by the Senior Researcher in Amsterdam


About US:

War Child is an independent and impartial international non-governmental organization (INGO), with programme offices in fourteen countries, investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We strive to empower children and young people while enabling adults to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of conflict affected children and young people.


About PlayMatters Project:

PlayMatters is a 5-year $100 Mil USD consortium project, funded by the LEGO Foundation and lead by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). PlayMatters is designed to promote wellbeing and learning through play for conflict-affected children aged 3 to 12+ in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda, working with stakeholders including children, caregivers, educators, communities and education systems. War Child Holland’s (WCH) role in the consortium includes co-leadership of the research agenda with IRC, as well as designing and implementing MHPSS/wellbeing interventions and resources that promote learning through play.


Job Summary: The Research Coordinator is essential to the success of any research project – the coordinator forms the backbone of a research team. The Research Coordinator is responsible for coordinating implementation of one or more research projects in Uganda within the PlayMatters consortium project, funded by the LEGO Foundation. Under the leadership of the Researcher, Regional Research Coordinator and the study lead, the Research Coordinator is responsible for supporting research design, data analysis and quality assurance, is accountable for implementation of one or more research projects in Uganda, and may provide remote support to replication of studies in Tanzania and Ethiopia.


The Research Coordinator is part of the Global Research and Development (R&D) team. The coordinator works within the Uganda Country Office. The Research Coordinator (RC) will be reporting to the Regional Research Coordinator (RRC) and the Senior Researcher (SR). The SRC will have dotted reporting lines to the Uganda Country Office Program Manager for the day-to-day administrative purposes, and will work closely with the M&E Manager and Play Matters Coordinator. The RC will manage one or more Research Assistants.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work within the PlayMatters country research team and in close collaboration with the SR and RRC coordinate all aspects of implementation of designated research project/s. The RC will be supervised by the study lead of the research project he/she is contributing to.
  • Country-level development and submission of research applications, ethics submissions, and protocols for one or more War Child PlayMatters research projects in Uganda
  • Conducting or supervising country and community-level participatory consultation with stakeholders and participants at all stages of research planning, preparation, implementation, and dissemination
  • Country level work-planning, budgeting, and reporting on one or more War Child PlayMatters research projects in Uganda
  • Selection and hiring of a local research team or partner team including research assistants, students and enumerators
  • Competency and capacity-building of local research team and relevant War Child or partner staff in research methods, research ethics, the research protocol, data management, and child safeguarding with support of the RRC and R&D department.
  • Supervision and coordination of the tasks of the local research team including:
  • Regular supervision meetings and performance appraisals
  • Scheduling and coordination of data collection including managing logistics such as transport, work schedules, resources required
  • Support and coordination for data management
  • Monitoring of quality of data collection, adherence to participatory and ethical practices, and intervention fidelity
  • Overseeing data entry and data set cleaning if needed.
  • Undertake travel to field locations where required and if possible to consult with colleagues and stakeholders, provide training and technical support, and oversee quality assurance
  • Managing and reporting on adverse events and serious adverse events related to implementing the research project according to War Child data management protocols
  • Participating in regular research supervision and coordination meetings with War Child regional research team and global R&D department.
  • Supporting or leading write-up and submission of academic manuscripts, book chapters, conference presentations, or other publications related to the Research Coordinator’s designated research project/s
  • Communicating key information from the research in a simple, clear, effective way to stakeholders that are non-researchers including community members and participants.
  • Provide remote support if needed to War Child and partner research teams in Ethiopia and/or Tanzania

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Masters level degree (e.g. Psychology, Social Sciences).
  • At least three years of experience in leading and coordinating field-based/community-based research with human subjects in a relevant field (i.e. psychosocial support, education, and/or child protection).
  • Proven track record in implementing research activities for human subjects research projects.
  • Proven track record in qualitative and quantitative data management for human subjects research projects.
  • Proven track record in implementing mixed methods research design.
  • Experience in capacity building and supervising research assistants.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written).
  • Ability to communicate the principles of research to others in a simple, clear, effective way.
  • Ability to critically reflect on research implementation progress and collaborate with stakeholders to keep research on track and of high quality.
  • Proactivity and ability to operate independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and analyse data using SPSS or similar data analyses software
  • Applications from candidates from East-African region are strongly preferred. Extensive experience working with conflict-affected communities in Uganda is considered a strong advantage.



  • Strong (creative/interactive) training skills.
  • Strong supervision, coaching and communication skills.
  • Strong planning skills
  • Able to quickly and with attention to detail identify needs / gaps and work towards solutions.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Result-oriented.
  • Willing and able to travel regularly.


How to Apply:

All candidates should apply online at the link below.


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