RE:Build Research Assistant

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Organization Background

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world's leading crisis response agencies, providing life-saving assistance and supporting recovery and reconstruction for people affected by war and natural disasters. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.

The IRC was registered in Uganda in mid-1998 and implements rehabilitation activities in the sectors of Child and Youth Protection and development, Health, Economic recovery and Development and women protection and empowerment as well as contributing to the response to the Southern Sudanese Refugee situation. IRC Uganda has a head office in Kampala, field offices in Lamwo, Moroto, Kyaka and West Nile.


The IKEA Foundation and the IRC have partnered to create Refugees in East Africa: Boosting Urban Innovations for Livelihoods Development (Re: BUiLD) – a multifaceted program that supports urban refugees and their host communities to achieve economic self-reliance and inspires evidence-based systemic change globally. Under the Evidence and Learning Pillar, Re: Build is committed to gathering evidence and learning through testing with Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), pilots, and monitoring data to illustrate what works to improve urban livelihoods.

Wave 2 Pilots and RCT

The wave 2 pilot design and implementation commenced in August 2023. The design of the Wave 2 RCT builds on findings from Wave 1 and the Wave 2 pilot study. Leading up to the RCT launch in June 2024, the IRC and the research team will conduct a second pilot to further refine the interventions to be evaluated. The launch of the study will focus on randomization, baseline data collection, and intervention roll-out. This will be followed by the implementation of the intervention, midline and endline data collection.

Job Overview

The IRC is seeking 2 Research Assistants to support the implementation of the Wave 2 RCT activities contributing to learning and evidence-generating activities for the 30M+ euro five-year, multi-stakeholder urban livelihoods programs implemented in Kampala. The Research Assistant will work closely with the Re: Build Research Officer, playing a vital role in supporting the implementation of Wave 2 Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) activities. This position is part of the Re: BUiLD Country program team and involves collaboration with the Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) and Research and Innovation (R&I) Units. The Research Assistant will report directly to the Research Officer, contributing to the success of the research team by providing essential support to RCT activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The research assistants will be expected to perform the following roles (not limited to).

•Participate in the training on RCT methodologies.

•Client mobilization, registration, and recruitment.

•Client info sessions, onboarding, and monitoring.

•Maintain communication with the RCT clients including attending to their inquiries.

•Data collection.

•Business verification and spot checks.

•Ensure compliance with organizational performance standards, code of conduct, and safeguarding policy.

•Adhere to confidentiality procedures and policies when collecting, storing, and sharing data.

•Report writing.

•Keep the supervisor appraised of all outputs, feedback and issues arising from the project activities conducted.

•Interaction with Principal Investigators.

•Translation and transcription as required by the research team.

•To perform other duties as assigned and agreed upon with the supervisor.


•The applicant must hold a Degree or Diploma in Education, International Development, Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Community Development, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, or a related field.

•Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.

•One year of research experience, specifically implementing research activities in Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs).

•Experience working with refugee communities in urban settings.

•Experience managing data collection and concrete knowledge of open-source tools such as ODK collect, KoBo Toolbox, Survey CTO or CommCare platforms.

•Excellent people skills. Approachable personality and patience to connect with clients and address their unique needs.

•Strong communication and report-writing skills.

•Flexible approach to the changing nature of work and ability to adapt to rapidly changing work demands and expectations.

•Ability to work effectively both independently and within a multicultural team.

•Computer skills, especially Ms. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

•Language skills: Proficiency in English and any of the following languages (Luganda, Swahili).

Please note: Deadline for receiving applications is 9th April 2024.

Professional Standards

IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request reasonable accommodation.

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