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Opportunity: Part-time data analyst / quantitative social scientist

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International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute based in Antwerp (Belgium), providing governmental and non-governmental actors with information, analysis and policy advice to build sustainable peace and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is centred around four programmes: Natural Resources, Business & Human Rights, Arms Trade & Security and Conflict Mapping. 

IPIS is recruiting a part-time data analyst / quantitative social scientist, starting as soon as possible 

We invite academic staff who already have a part-time commitment in a social sciences faculty to apply for this position. An FTE commitment for IPIS ranging from 20% to 80% FTE can be discussed in function of your existing academic commitments. 

Job description: Based in the IPIS office in Antwerp, you will give methodological support and quantitative and statistical analysis to our team in their research activities related to durable peace, sustainable development and human rights.  

Position in the organisation: This is a researcher post for an individual who will work both independently and as part of a team. You will closely collaborate with the different project teams and the GIS/information management team. 

Salary: The salary is competitive to the Belgian NGO sector.

Deliverables: 

  • Review the IPIS questionnaires to enhance clarity and prevent bias. 
  • Statistical analysis (multivariate analysis, ideally with R) proper to the field of social sciences (matching techniques, econometric studies). 
  • Elaborate strong sampling strategies where needed: 
    • Develop methods on who to interview for census research.
    • Support the decision-making on routes to be taken by surveyors, integrating representativeness, research questions, donor requirements, gaps in our coverage, while considering logistic constraints, security, etc. 
  • Improve data collection methods in the field (e.g. approaching people, methods of interviews, triangulation) and strenthening the forms of assessment of data quality. 
  • Co-develop field work manuals and training packages for trainers and surveyors. 
  • Improve and standardise the training system for surveyors across all research projects. 
  • Develop overarching approaches and good practices to assess the efficiency of research projects and the validity of methods when scaling up studies and adding sample groups. 

Requirements: 

  • Advanced academic degree (preferably PhD) in social sciences, with a strong background in research methodology and quantitative analysis 
  • Demonstrated research, analysis and writing skills 
  • Experience in developing and delivering training and other interactive information sessions 
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English or French and a good working knowledge of the other language 
  • Openness for the specific challenges of dealing with field research data from conflict affected and high-risk areas in sub-Saharan Africa, in close collaboration with in-country surveyors and partner organisations 
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and work both independently and as part of a team 
  • Attention to detail and excellent organisational skills 
  • Permit to work in the European Union 

Selection process: Please send a recent CV, cover letter and a 700-word writing sample (in English or French) to recruitment@ipisresearch.be before 26/08/2022, 5:00PM Brussels time. In the cover letter please briefly explain the reason for your interest in the post, why you would be best suited for the position and why you have chosen the writing sample you have submitted. 

Those selected in the initial round of applications will be invited to participate in a home-based written test. The test will be organised at the end of August. Candidates with the highest scores in this test will be invited for a panel interview at our offices or online, in the first half of September. 

IPIS is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate on grounds of sex, race, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, age or disability. As such, IPIS welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds. 

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