The Policy Innovation Centre (PIC) is the first national institutionalized behavioural initiative in Africa supporting government and stakeholders to make behaviorally informed decisions and generate evidence for impact-driven interventions in critical thematic areas (Governance, Health, Gender & Social Inclusion, Education, Digital & Financial Inclusion). The PIC is positioned to support the delivery of better policies and innovative solutions for high-impact interventions across Africa. The PIC is an initiative of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), a leading think tank in Africa redefining evidence-based policy advocacy.

Job Title: Research Specialist

Location: Abuja

Job Type: Contract

Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the vision and technical direction of PIC’s projects to ensure the donors’ project goals, objectives, and requirements are fulfilled.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, program/management staff, and study investigators and contribute to overseeing the operations of the PIC’s evaluation and research activities.D
  • Develop and nurture partnerships with donors, other collaborating implementation partners, and key stakeholders at national and state levels to ensure efficient project implementation and utilization of results.
  • Work closely with the projects’ technical team to synthesize and disseminate key results, programmatic lessons learned, and other project outputs.
  • Oversee the documentation and dissemination of the project’s findings, best practices, and learnings stemming from various project initiatives.
  • Mobilize national research networks and relevant assets within and across partners.
  • Identify and promote cutting-edge SBC research, including quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.
  • Ensure high-quality research by contributing to the design and execution of research protocols and overseeing the implementation of research studies.
  • Develop innovative research approaches that strengthen the quality of proposals and position of PIC as an innovative research organization.
  • Develop new areas of research for PIC by expanding current portfolios to be responsive to evolving evidence and policy/practice gaps within the African context.

Job Qualifications/Job Requirements

  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Public Health, Social /Behavioural Sciences, Policy Research
  • Minimum of 4 -7 years experience in quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed methods research with evidence of leading   evaluation studies
  • Qualitative analysis skills and proficiency in at least one of the following: NVIVO, Atlas Ti, and other qualitative data analysis software.
  • Quantitative analysis skills and proficiency in at least one of the following: SPSS, Stata, Excel, and SAS. Knowledge of R, Python, and other quantitative software is desirable.
  • Ability to synthesize information, conduct literature review, write high-quality technical and research reports, policy and learning briefs, and peer-reviewed articles.
  • Experience supervising and leading research teams in all aspects of research implementation
  • Ability to work efficiently and commitment to collaboration in achieving results
  • Self-directing and able to use own initiative to make decisions and identify solutions to problems not previously experienced.

Application Deadline:
Not specified

Method of Application:
Are you interested and qualified?
Please send your up-to-date CV of no more than 2 A4 pages (Minimum font size 10) AND an accompanying Cover Letter of no more than 2 pages (Minimum font size 10) to pic@nesgroup.org with the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Ensure to emphasize your answers to the following questions in your Cover Letter :
• What is your motivation for wanting to join the PIC?
• What are the top three key attributes you would bring to the PIC?

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