Senior Research Officer (Kabul, Afghanistan) 147 views

Job Description:

Overall Purpose

The Senior Research Officer will be responsible for designing, conducting and managing qualitative and quantitative fieldwork and the analysis, interpretation and reporting of the findings. Reporting to the Research Manager, the Senior Research Officer will work collaboratively with production and project teams to ensure that the research undertaken helps support the development of programming through reflecting the information needs and concerns of our audiences, as well as their feedback on our productions.

The role may involve working with groups of vulnerable children and adults and an in-depth understanding of the application of safeguarding standards . For the successful candidates, mandatory training will be provided on BBC Media Actions safeguarding policy and staff code of conduct.




BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We use media and communications to reduce poverty and promote human rights in developing countries. We partner with civil society, local media and others to produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences around key development issues; and strengthen the media sector through capacity building. Our work is built on insights from our research and engagement with communities and is focused on three key themes: governance and rights, health and resilience.

BBC Media Action delivers a portfolio of media projects in Afghanistan on a variety of themes including good governance, gender and health. In 2020, BBC Media Action started working in the Afghanistan humanitarian sector, primarily in relation to the covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, BBC Media Action is also delivering a project which aims to combating the pandemic by delivering a series of monthly research papers, communication training to health-workers and journalists.

Job Requirements:



Main Duties

Design and conduct qualitative and quantitative data collection including focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, media monitoring and surveys.
Develop research plans, tools and sampling design.
Manage collection of research data – including monitoring data, transcripts and translations of focus groups and interviews.
Qualitative and quantitative research analysis and interpretation using SPSS and other related analysis software.
Writing comprehensive research reports for internal and external stakeholders.
Prepare and deliver presentations on research findings and audience feedback to the production teams and external stakeholders to help inform the creative process.
Perform any other duties assigned by the Research Manager.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

At least 4 years of strong qualitative and quantitative research experience (study design, sampling, data collection, moderating, data management, data analysis, interpretation of data and insightful reporting etc) with a medium size I/NGO.
University degree preferably in social sciences.
Good conceptual understanding of different sampling approaches and experience of practical implementation of sampling procedures.
Experience in supervising and managing research teams.
Experience of writing precise and clear reports and briefing documents.
Fluency in written and spoken English and fluent in Dari and / or Pashto.
In-depth working knowledge of the culture, media environment and politics of Afghanistan.
Experience of managing and coordinating relationship with market research agencies.
Strong presentation skills and experience of adapting oral and written research outputs to present in non-technical language to diverse audiences.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage appropriately with audiences, media practitioners, external organisations and donors.
Attention to detail and the ability to work speedily and accurately under pressure.
Excellent organizational and administrative skills to priorities work, meet deadlines and respond flexibly to rapidly changing priorities.
Preferably experience of doing research for media organisations
Experience / working knowledge of analysis software such as SPSS, Stata, CSPro, etc.

Relevant Competencies

Analytical Thinking: Is able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
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.
Managing Relationships and Team working: Is able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, rather than working separately or competitively.
Planning and Organisation: Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
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.
Resilience: Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set-backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.

This position Reports to:  Research Manager, Afghanistan 


Submission Guideline:

Interested qualified female or male Afghan national’s candidates should submit their CV with cover letter explaining their interest suitability for the post to:

The applications may not be accepted later than 12th June 2021.


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