Job Title: Director of Research and Learning
Location: Little Rock, AR (with 10% travel requirement.)
Start Date: Immediately
Reports to: Senior Director, Program Effectiveness
Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
The main function of the Director of Research and Learning is to develop and direct the organization’s research and learning agenda with the design and supervision of innovative large and smaller scale studies, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, which contributes to Heifer’s thought leadership, positioning in the global context, and answers key programmatic questions that affect investments.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS:
The ideal candidate is detailed oriented, self-driven and has strong leadership skills with the ability to work with a diverse group of people across various departments within the organization.
- Develop strategic research and learning agenda with input from cross-divisional teams that will contribute to programmatic learning and organizational strategy and thought leadership.
- Identify evaluation expertise to conduct high quality industry standard research.
- Cultivate relationships with research universities and others investing in research in our industry including membership groups to leverage funds and research knowledge to position Heifer on the leading edge of community-led, social capital, market-driven approaches to sustainable livelihoods.
- Ensure results of research is made available to both internal and external audiences packaged to ensure optimum use and learning from such research investments.
2. Identify evaluation expertise to conduct high quality industry standard research.
3. Cultivate relationships with research universities and others investing in research in our industry including membership groups to leverage funds and research knowledge to position Heifer on the leading edge of community-led, social capital, market-driven approaches to sustainable livelihoods
|4. Ensure results of research is made available to both internal and external audiences packaged to ensure optimum use and learning results from such research investments.||
|5. May perform other duties as assigned.|
- Master’s degree in relevant area of expertise pertaining to evaluation design and methodology or the equivalent.
- Minimum of eight (8) years of direct relevant experience in the international development field with specific experience related to designing research methodologies, oversight of external evaluations, and directly designing and conducting evaluations.
- Directed large research initiatives within the international development field in the areas of agriculture, nutrition, women’s empowerment, social inclusion, inclusive business growth.
Most Critical Proficiencies:
- Demonstrated leadership in designing research and learning agendas in an organization.
- Innovative, analytical, curious, proactive, customer oriented, and solutions oriented;
- Versatility in all aspects of the research and evaluation process: identify research questions, develop rigorous evaluation methodology, draft requests for proposals and terms of reference; manage procurement processes, manage external vendors/consultants to conduct rigorous evaluation work with identified deliverables; incorporate learnings across the organization and share widely with external audiences.
- Experience in a wide range of industry specific research and evaluation methodologies;
- An evident understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger, agriculture and the environment, and knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate;
- Ability to work cross-departmentally to gather data and information for best use of research and evaluation resources and tools keeping diverse audiences in mind;
- Excellent organizational skills, including strong attention to detail;
- Proven experience in building the capacity of staff to document and share organizational information;
- Proficient knowledge of collaboration systems and tools, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet;
- Demonstrated proficiency in English, both oral and written;
- Experience with ICT; and
- Ability to work in a team.
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
- Demonstrated leadership in managing complex research and evaluation protocols.
- Ability to understand, appreciate and drive Heifers research agenda to ending hunger and reaching a living income for families;
- Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions to work effectively;
- Ability to disseminate knowledge by writing clearly, cohesively to document and sell approach and tools to internal and external audiences;
- Ability to create Scopes of Work and manage external consultants to assist with documentation of lessons learned, approaches used with best practices integrating data and learning agendas;
- Proven ability to work as a team and inspire staff to embrace and engage with knowledge documentation and sharing across the organization;
- Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public;
- Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality;
- Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines;
- Willingness and ability to travel.