Girl Effect
Research Specialist, TEGA
Research Analysts, Research Associate, Research Assistant
Mumbai Maharashtra
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Aug 01 2021

Description

Who we are:

Girl Effect is an international non-profit that builds media that girls want, trust and need.

From chat-bots to chat-shows and TV dramas to tech, our content is reaching millions of girls in Africa and Asia to make choices and changes in their lives. Igniting their confidence to act differently at a time that can define their future.

We create safe spaces for girls, sharing facts, and answering questions about health, nutrition, education, relationships and so much more. And we use innovative technology so we can reach girls at scale. We arm girls with the skills to negotiate and redefine what they are told is possible, so every girl can choose to be in control of her body, her health, her learning and livelihood.

When a girl unlocks her power to make different choices that change her life, it inspires others to do so too.  She starts a ripple effect that impacts her family, her community, her country. That’s the Girl Effect.

Who we are

Girl Effect is an international non-profit that builds media that girls want, trust and need.

From chat-bots to chat-shows and TV dramas to tech, our content is reaching millions of girls in Africa and Asia to make choices and changes in their lives. Igniting their confidence to act differently at a time that can define their future.

We create safe spaces for girls, sharing facts, and answering questions about health, nutrition, education, relationships and so much more. And we use innovative technology so we can reach girls at scale. We arm girls with the skills to negotiate and redefine what they are told is possible, so every girl can choose to be in control of her body, her health, her learning and livelihood.

When a girl unlocks her power to make different choices that change her life, it inspires others to do so too. She starts a ripple effect that impacts her family, her community, her country. That’s the Girl Effect.

Girl Effect in India - journey so far

Chhaa Jaa is a digital-first hinglish youth brand designed for girls from the hindi speaking belt of India. It is a brand that inspires, informs and equips girls in India with the right skills and confidence to navigate adolescence - from accessing information about sexual and reproductive health, to negotiating with parents about choices for their education, to preparing to find a first job. 

Chhaa Jaa’s mission is to break the stigma and taboo surrounding a girl and her sexual and reproductive health; ultimately leading to building her belief that she has the right to control her own body and health choices - from the right information, to asking questions, being curious and ultimately demanding for adolescent friendly and non judgemental services. (see more here- Chhaa Jaa (girleffect.org)

TEGA is a girl operated, mobile-based research program, borne out of the understanding that an adolescent girl is more likely to feel comfortable speaking truthfully about her life to another girl like her. TEGA employs girls from hard to reach communities to become qualified researchers. By equipping these girls with bespoke mobile technology, we can access the data they collect faster and more cost-efficiently than ever before. All TEGAs are trained to be experienced in talking to girls, boys, adults, community and religious leaders and teachers. Girl Effect continuously assesses TEGAs’ ability to interview different respondent types and their qualification with the Market Research Society (MRS) is contingent on them being able to demonstrate their ability to confidently conduct research with multi-demographic groups. The TEGA methodology adheres to the Lean Research principles, an initiative developed by a team of researchers at the MIT D-Lab to improve the practice of data collection involving people and communities in development and humanitarian contexts. (see more here - About TEGA )

TEGA is currently active in Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda and the USA. In India, TEGA is operated in partnership with Restless Development India and is currently active in northern India. TEGA insights super-charge Girl Effect programmes such as Chhaa Jaa in India, to give us the best possible chance of sparking positive behaviour change in girls’ lives.

The context of the role 

Girl Effect India is looking for a brilliant Qualitative Researcher/Analyst. The Research Specialist, TEGA will support the design and implementation of girl-centered, innovative and robust research approaches within Girl Effect, designing insights-driven research on subjects including Social and Gender norms, Education, SRH, Nutrition, Health, and Protection, etc. 

The Research Specialist, TEGA will support the Evidence team in Girl Effect India in delivering excellent qualitative research and insights that are fit-for-purpose and timely for our partners' programming and supporting ongoing innovation of the Technology Enabled Girls Ambassador (TEGA) approach.

The Research Specialist, TEGA will craft research plans for surveys and field observations for creative, formative, monitoring and program evaluations that support a range of Girl Effect external research projects.  

The Research Specialist, TEGA will be trained in, and will go on to work with, our in-house participatory, qualitative research methodology, TEGA. 

The Research Specialist, TEGA will work directly with girl researchers who are part of Girl Effect’s TEGA network, supporting their recruitment, training, and quality assurance aspects of their fieldwork. The Specialist will also oversee data cleaning, analysis, and delivery of high-quality qualitative research reports. 

The way of working is fast-paced and agile and the ideal candidate will thrive on this. They will also require a natural aptitude for technology and innovation and insight generation. 

At present there is no travel due to COVID-19 risks and restrictions but in the future the role will require at least 20% travel across northern India.

Key Responsibilities

Data, Analysis & Reporting

  • Organizing, designing and carrying out qualitative fieldwork, often with marginalized or vulnerable people, in different locations and contexts across India.

  • Interpret quantitative data from existing secondary data sets to inform the design of high-quality qualitative research projects.

  • Conducting qualitative analysis of data conducted through TEGA interviews, workshops and other participatory methods.

  • Produce insightful research reports with sophisticated advice to support our clients in their decision-making. Communicate and facilitate the use of research results for program improvement, scale-up of best practices, and policy change for strengthened humanitarian service delivery.

  • Producing high quality and varied research outputs for a range of audiences including analysis, report writing, and presentations where necessary.

  • Making sure our work is participatory, including working with peer researchers and local partners.

  • Any other duties as required by the line manager in line with the grade of the post.

TEGA support and training

  • Lead training/ refresher training of TEGAs and local partners

  • Manage the TEGA professional development process and provide quality feedback to TEGAs

  • Maintain TEGA database and collate TEGA portfolios for Market Research Society qualifications

  • Involve TEGAs in research design, survey design in a systematic and coordinated way

Project Management

  • Ensure the wellbeing of the TEGA network, through regular check-ins and liaison in the field.

  • Working closely with others as part of a consortium and with external stakeholders to manage relationships and deliver work.

  • Work with TEGA Project Manager to manage in-country TEGA budget

  • Support with procurement and management of local partners, research agencies and translation team

  • Ensure that TEGA principles and guidelines are upheld by all involved in TEGA projects

Skills and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, social work, anthropology or other social science

  • Experience related to social or development research, with a focus on Humanitarian contexts

  • Must be able to work collaboratively, we encourage creativity and better communication through our supportive culture which values knowledge sharing, learning and working together to achieve the best that we can

  • It is plus that he/she has good and demonstrable skills in NVIVO, ATLAS

  • Ti and/or other similar qualitative data analysis and research relevant software

  • Basic quantitative analysis skill on excel

  • Strong project management and organizational skills, including budget management

  • Experience in qualitative research tool development, fieldwork, data analysis, and reporting

  • An inquisitive and open-minded approach, evidenced by knowledge and understanding of a broad range of research topics and a willingness to learn about new themes, approaches, and techniques when required

  • Experience of youth-centered and participatory approaches is essential

  • Demonstrated skills in producing high quality, innovative and engaging research presentations and briefings for diverse audiences

  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity about the cultures within which Girl Effect operates

  • Experience working remotely with colleagues and/or field agencies and ability to work effectively in multicultural teams with varying expertise, skills and backgrounds

  • Proven examples of the ability to successfully manage multiple projects with diverse stakeholders and hard deadlines to completion, on time and at a high level of quality, with minimal guidance and direction

  • Strong communication and organizational skills, facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication

  • Commitment to realizing the potential of girls and to the vision and values of Girl Effect. In particular, a good understanding of Girl Effect’s mandate and child-focus, and the ability to ensure this always underpins the support provided

  • Excellent written and fluent spoken English

  • Fluency in Hindi and it is desirable if the person is familiar with colloquial ways of speaking/language/ terms used by young people across the Hindi belt

What else you should know

As we continue to scale and grow - we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven to change the world for girls.

Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. In turn, you can expect to work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause.

Girl Effect is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We are committed to building an organization that is increasingly representative of the communities that we serve. To this end, due regard will be paid to recruiting candidates with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all those we work with and for, especially children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment, uphold standards in our safeguarding policy and our code of conduct. In particular:

  • To take reasonable steps to prevent any harm caused by Girl Effect

  • To report any safeguarding concerns through the reporting pathways 

This role is subject to an enhanced background disclosure

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