Research Associate - Qualitative Methods

Employer
Sightsavers
Location
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Salary
£39,000 per annum
Closing date
20 Sep 2020
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Title: Research Associate - Qualitative Methods

Location: Haywards Heath, UK

Salary: £39,000

Contract: Fixed Term Contract – 12 months

Sightsavers require a Research Associate to provide technical support to Sightsavers’ research programmes using qualitative and participatory methodologies across our programmes’ thematic areas of health and inclusion. Our research underpins many of our programmes across Africa and parts of Asia and we are looking for a talented Research Associate that will develop the study protocols and research tools needed to embed participatory research methods into our wider study activities while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

As Research Associate, Qualitative Methods you will work collaboratively and proactively alongside Global Technical Leads in eye health, education, economic empowerment and social inclusion as well as other global colleagues and partners to support the design, collection, analysis and use of qualitative data within the organisation. Liaising with programme, advocacy and policy colleagues, you will contribute to promoting understanding and use of qualitative data throughout the organisation.

As a highly motivated and experienced research professional, you will contribute to the development of funding applications as well as promoting Sightsavers’ research studies through leading and contributing to publications, targeted blogs and research seminars.

Within your experience of different qualitative research paradigms and methodologies, you will have developed participatory approaches to data gathering and devised fieldwork data collection and subsequent analysis, ideally having contributed to scientific outputs such as peer-reviewed publications. This research experience will be supported by a Postgraduate Degree (or similar/higher) in psychology, anthropology, education, sociology or a related discipline.


French language skills are desirable but not essential. Willingness to travel internationally for up to 12 weeks a year is essential.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills, so if you are interested in the role and would like to find out more please read the complete Job Description for further details.

Closing date: 20/09/20

Interviews: w/c 28/09/20

Sightsavers works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities. Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes, and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.

We are truly committed to creating an inclusive culture which values and recognises diversity as something that will only ever make an organisation better. We encourage anyone to apply who possesses the qualities and behaviours outlined or who believes they have the propensity to learn them fast. You will be joining an inclusive and supportive team who welcome people from all backgrounds.

Sightsavers does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

Sightsavers Head Office

35 Perrymount Road,
Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 3BW

Postal Address

Bumpers Way,
Bumpers Farm,
Chippenham SN14 6NG

Sightsavers is an international charity that works in more than 30 countries around the world to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. Sightsavers is headquartered in the UK and has over 400 employees. It also has branches in Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, India, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sightsavers works with partners in order to provide a comprehensive range of eye care services. In 2013, Sightsavers' projects provided eye health examinations for nearly 14 million people, performed 300,000 eye operations, and treated over 100 million people for neglected tropical diseases.

People are also referred for treatment to prevent blindness or restore sight. Through community volunteers in developing countries, Sightsavers distributes medication to prevent blinding diseases. The charity also trains eye care workers and surgeons and funds operations.

Of the 30 countries Sightsavers works in, 23 are in Africa. These include Mozambique, Mali, Liberia and Kenya. Sightsavers is also present in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean.

In addition to its medical work, Sightsavers works with partners in order to train specialist teaching staff and supply glasses, Braille kits and other learning tools. The charity aims to educate communities and reduce stigma around visual impairment and blindness. Through its work, people with visual impairments and other disabilities are supported to live independently, get an education and earn an income.

Sightsavers is also a campaigning organisation, working with national governments to tackle the root causes of avoidable blindness, such as lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities. The charity’s ‘Put us in the Picture campaign calls on the international community to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800m people with disabilities. The campaign’s vision is for all people to have equal access to employment, education, healthcare and participation in society.

Backing up Sightsavers’ work around the world is a strong research capability. Research and policy work revolves around three priorities – health, education and social inclusion. Gathering and disseminating sound research evidence helps to ensure the charity’s programmes meet the needs of the people they are designed to serve. Research evidence is also a strong tool when advocating for policy changes with governments.

Sightsavers has many partners that assist with its aim of eliminating avoidable blindness and may also provide funding. Partners include the UK government’s Department for International Development, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read our latest article on Third Sector: Sightsavers: Work for an award-winning charity tackling blindness worldwide

Contact Us
  • 35 Perrymount Road,
  • Haywards Heath,
  • RH16 3BW
  • GB
  • 01444 446600
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