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  • Senior Research Associate at Laterite

  • Posted on: 2 October, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Laterite is a data, research, and technical advisory firm that helps clients understand and analyze complex development challenges. We provide three types of services to clients: i) comprehensive data collection and data processing solutions; ii) research services, from the design of large-scale research projects through to analysis; and iii) strategic and technical research advice. We work with internationally recognized universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations, and government ministries and agencies.

    At Laterite, we transform the way development research is done. Our mission is to deploy the most innovative research methods and the latest academic thinking to design effective responses to development issues. With every new challenge and opportunity, we try out new ideas and embrace new technologies, always with the objective of creating new and better ways of conducting research.

    We believe that impact is a long-term endeavor that requires being embedded in the local context. Delivering high quality research requires building local teams and data collection systems, understanding the context, establishing close working relationships with key players, and understanding their constraints and motivations.

    Laterite’s growing network of offices currently includes the Netherlands, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and India. Our teams bring together more than 45 full time local and international staff, 500 enumerators across countries, in a dynamic and fun work environment. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization.

    Senior Research Associate - Kenya


    Job Details

    • Do you want to make a difference to knowledge creation in East Africa through development research?
    • Are you passionate about leading social and economic research projects across education, public health, youth, agriculture and urbanization sectors, with a focus on gender and social inclusion?
    • Do you work best when collaborating with experts across disciplines and getting the best out of their expertise?
    • Do you value mentoring and managing to build a team and grow a cutting-edge business?

    If yes, then this might be the role for you! Laterite's Senior Research Associates have the opportunity to hone leadership and technical skills and make a difference to development research in East Africa.

    Position Description & Key Responsibilities

    As a Senior Research Associate based in Uganda you will:

    • Play an active role leading a portfolio of impactful research projects, from design through to data collection, analysis and follow through.
    • Lead research teams to ensure we deliver actionable insights for our clients, using rigorous and innovative research methods.
    • Manage relationships with our clients so that we can build successful partnerships and help our clients get the evidence they need to make informed decisions
    • Mentor a growing team of research and data professionals with a particular focus on the development of the team and ensuring that Laterite is a great place to work.
    • Contribute to country-level strategic decisions such as the types of projects to pursue, how to develop the team, and how to increase the impact of our research.
    • Support business development and recruitment processes, with the objective of building an exciting portfolio of research projects and a great Laterite team.

    As part of Laterite's management team, you will have a voice in project selection, corporate strategy, process improvements, and structuring Laterite’s research agenda. You will serve as role model for the team, actively promote our corporate culture, and help us as an organization to achieve our mission.


    You are an excellent researcher. You are passionate about social and economic research in Sub-Saharan Africa. You can quickly grasp research concepts, and structure your technical approach to a problem. You have solid project management skills to oversee a portfolio of projects at different stages in the research lifecycle. You build high-trust relationships and can effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders in public and private sectors. You have led teams, have excellent interpersonal skills, and are self-motivated and can flourish in a fast-paced environment, where timelines can be unpredictable. You also have excellent written and oral communication skills (in English).

    Proficiency in STATA, R, or Python is a must! You have a master’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Public Health, Public Policy, or a related field, and at least 5 years of relevant professional experience. Research experience in education, youth, public health, agriculture or urbanization is strongly desirable. You are willing to develop your professional skills, lead the growth of an organization dedicated to social and economic development, and thrive in an innovative and collaborative organization.

    Method of Application

    We invite you to submit your CV and complete our application form with more information about yourself and your career.

    At the end of this application you will be sent a link to a 30 minute quantitative assessment. The assessment must be completed within one week of submitting your application.

    We will contact successful applicants to discuss next steps.

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply ASAP.

    We are also recruiting for a Senior Research Associate based in Kampala, Uganda

    Interested and qualified? Go to Laterite career website on www.idealist.org to apply

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