Senior Researcher: Learning Through Play

at War Child Holland
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted March 24, 2020
Category Education
Currency UGX


Senior Researcher: Learning Through Play
Organization:  War Child Holland

Closing date 19 Apr 2020
An experienced research professional with a passion for making impact through evidence-based humanitarian programming

Your Challenge

The Senior Researcher (Learning through Play) is responsible for co-coordinating the research agenda across the 5-year $100 Mil USD PlayMatters consortium project, funded by the Lego Foundation and lead by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). PlayMatters is designed to promote learning through play for all conflict affected children aged 3 to 12+ in Ethiopia and Uganda, working with stakeholders including children, caregivers, educators, communities and education systems. War Child’s role in the consortium includes co-leadership of the research agenda with the consortium lead, as well as designing and implementing War Child’s own research activities. The Senior Researcher is responsible for providing guidance in the content, design, implementation and analysis of research projects that meet essential requirements for both scientific research and good humanitarian practice, and contributes to advances in the sector through networking and collaboration with consortium partners, other international organizations and research institutes.

The Senior Researcher Learning through Play is part of the Research and Development (R&D) Department, and reports to the Director of R&D, Prof. Mark Jordans.

The Senior Researcher will be based preferably in Kampala (location in other War Child country offices can be discussed).


· Develop and implement the research agenda for the PlayMatters program, in collaboration with relevant counterparts

· Design, propose and adopt PlayMatters and related War Child research projects, in collaboration with consortium partners

· Support the development of appropriate qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research projects and strategies for the development of the PlayMatters program

· Plan and manage data collection (for different research projects), including RCTs, in consultation with consortium partners and WCH Uganda counterparts

· Disseminate, communicate and uptake results within and beyond the consortium


· Cultural sensitivity and competency, and knowledge of East Africa context

· Flexibility, and ability to adapt processes to varying contexts

· Able to conceptualise and ensure functional relations between research activities and program design/implementation for rapid translation of research findings

· Able to perform as a project manager; managing, coordinating and facilitating proper implementation, budgeting and reporting

· Fluent in written and spoken English

· Fully support War Child’s mandate and mission

· Full-time role based in Kampala.

Experience Requirements

· Min. 5 years of relevant research and implementation experience (e.g. play-based learning, ECCE, primary education, child-focused MHPSS, in LMICs and/or conflict affected settings)

· Significant experience with different study designs, for example randomised control trials, mixed methods studies, ideally in settings of adversity

Education Requirements

PhD degree in Education, Psychology, Social Sciences or other relevant discipline
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