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Established in 1998, BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. BBC Media Action uses media and communications to help reduce poverty and support people in claiming their rights, our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. We do this through our focus on health, governance and rights, resilience and humanitarian response, partnering with civil society, local media and governments to

BBC Media Action Vacancy Announcement

produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.
BBC Media Action has been working on communication for development projects in Nepal since 2007, giving us a well-developed understanding of Nepali audiences and significant experience of producing and evaluating media content on a range of issues to diverse target audiences. Our work in Nepal focuses on health, governance, resilience, humanitarian preparedness and response with strong gender commitments and focus.

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produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.
BBC Media Action has been working on communication for development projects in Nepal since 2007, giving us a well-developed understanding of Nepali audiences and significant experience of producing and evaluating media content on a range of issues to diverse target audiences. Our work in Nepal focuses on health, governance, resilience, humanitarian preparedness and response with strong gender commitments and focus.

Head of Research and Learning
Department: BBC Media Action Nepal

Grade: 9

Reports To: Country Director

Based: Kathmandu, Nepal with frequent travel within the country

Duration: Till 31st December 2019 with possibility of extension subject to funding

Job Purpose:

The Head of research is responsible for the delivery of all research activities conducted to inform the strategy, content and quality and to evaluate the impact of BBC Media Action’s media development and development communications projects in Nepal. She/he is responsible for leading and managing a team of research staff and ensuring the research is technically well designed, resourced, implemented, reported and disseminated to a range of audiences. The role includes line management of research managers and senior research officers and building their research and project management skills as they act as research project delivery leads.

This role includes coaching and mentoring all levels of research staff in project delivery including agency recruitment, research instrument design and piloting, qualitative and quantitative fieldwork, analysis and interpretation. She/he is responsible for supporting staff to deliver quality analysis and interpretation, ensuring that the research is useful and used by BBC Media Action production and creative teams.

The Head of Research will work collaboratively with London based Research staff, research consultants and agencies and the project team to lead the design, coordination and implementation of a variety of qualitative and possibly quantitative research activities which will inform, guide and evaluate project activities through key audience and media insights.

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Main Duties:

Strategic research input: To provide the country director, senior project managers and other senior editorial and project staff with strategic research support for business development, project design, implementation, donor relations, pre-testing and impact assessment of BBC Media Action’s work in Nepal.

Leadership: To lead the Nepal research team, working in close consultation with the R&L team in London, and with external entities including research agencies, donors, media partners, academic institutions and NGOs. To be an active member of the wider Nepal senior management team, working with the country director and other senior staff to define and lead implementation of the BBC Media Action Nepal country strategy
Delivery of research activities and products: To oversee the design, commissioning and delivery, to time and budget, of all research studies for projects that the BBC Media Action Nepal office undertakes, determining appropriate strategy, methodologies and analysis protocols; ensuring research meets project needs; and signing off research designs and deliverables in accordance with BBC Media Action’s global QA process.

Representing Research: To liaise with and represent BBC Media Action and R&L nationally and internationally to a range of stakeholders including donors, producers, project managers, research firms, academic institutions, NGOs, media and government counterparts.

Innovation: To lead on the development of new concepts, methodologies, projects and outputs, particularly during business development, project extensions and renewals. To liaise with the global R&L team to disseminate innovation and look for opportunities to implement global learning locally
Business development: In conjunction with the country director and the R&L team in London, to lead on research and learning activities for business development related to the Media Action’s project proposals including research budgets for work in Nepal.

Staffing and mentoring: To line manage research managers and senior research officers and to train and mentor all research staff on research operations, analysis, project and human resource management
Dissemination of research findings: To take overall responsibility for internal and external dissemination of Nepal research findings, supporting staff from R&L and project teams to prepare publications, presentations, blogs, articles and other outputs.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Strong qualitative or quantitative research skills and experience of designing and managing mixed method research in support of practical outcomes Substantial experience of planning and coordinating research and analysis with multi-discipline teams
Substantial experience of managing fieldwork and adapting methods to challenging and resource-constrained conditions
Substantial experience of applying research to support practical outcomes
Excellent project management skills, including planning, budget and resource management
Experience of delivering research training and building research capacity with junior researchers
Experience managing staff, including technical research oversight, personal development and performance management
Strong presentation skills and experience of adapting oral and written research outputs to present in non-technical language to diverse audiences at multiple levels
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage appropriately with audiences, journalists, local researchers, contractors and donors
Excellent written and fluent spoken Nepali and English

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

Strong skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods
Experience working with media organizations in applying research findings to production of media outputs and broadcast strategy
Experience working with development organizations to apply research findings to develop health, governance, humanitarian response or resilience interventions
Competencies:

The following competencies (behaviors and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

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Strategic Thinking – Can identify a vision along with the plans that need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues, etc. in the short, medium and longer-term
Analytical Thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, and to explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development

Decision Making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made
Imagination / Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions
Planning and Organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements

Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy
Influencing and Persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change
Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information
Self-Development – able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development

Applying Procedure
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a CV and Covering Letter outlining your interest in the role, and demonstrating how you fulfill the essential skills and experience, by 27th February 2019 to [email protected] (with job title in the subject line)

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