EC1N, London
£40,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This role sits within Malala Fund’s advocacy team, carrying out research on girls’ education and providing data insights and statistical analysis across our key themes of education financing, education quality and social norms. Reporting to the Director of Research and Policy, the Officer will produce research briefings and reports, provide support to Malala Fund grantees, and be the point person within the organisation for data insights and statistical analysis on girls’ education and gender equality. 

The ideal candidate  will be a quantitative researcher with a track record of working with data to influence policy and practice. The successful candidate will have an eye for creative uses of existing data sources to persuade decision makers, whilst making facts and statistics accessible and understandable to all.

I. Responsibilities and tasks

Developing the evidence base for Malala Fund’s advocacy and thought leadership 

  • In line with Malala Fund’s research strategy and agenda, produce research reports, position papers, briefings and fact sheets.

  • Bring data to life through creative presentation methods such as visualisations, dashboards, score-cards, indices and generation of striking comparisons/”killer statistics.”

  • Develop understanding of data gaps and why they exist, and provide proposals for creative work-arounds given the constraints.

  • As directed, design or commission quantitative research, surveys and polling to support Malala Fund advocacy and communications. 

Relationship management on data and indicators 

  • Lead Malala Fund’s engagement with the leading data organisations and processes relevant to our work (e.g.,  Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators (SDG); UNESCO Institute for Statistics).

  • Foster partnerships for Malala Fund that enable us to access and work with additional data, and use new technologies to facilitate this.

  • Scope out potential partners to enable Malala Fund to make use of non-traditional data sources and data mining methods.

Supporting the Malala Fund family on research quality assurance

  • Advise Malala Fund grantees on quantitative research and statistical analysis to support their advocacy at national and sub-national levels.

  • Keep other Malala Fund departments up-to-date on data trends in girls’ education and related fields, and build their understanding of how they relate to our strategic plan.

  • Ensure all research is conducted to the highest standards of research ethics, including compliance with the Malala Fund Child Protection Policy. 

  • As requested, support with the preparation of funding proposals.  

II. Qualifications and experience 

  • Graduate degree in a related subject (postgraduate or equivalent additional work experience desirable).

  • Knowledge of data sources for international development research and advocacy, particularly those for education and development finance.

  • Demonstrable understanding of how data and evidence can be used and presented to influence policy.

  • Confidence in using statistics software packages such as Stata, R to generate data insights and communicate them effectively.

  • Prior experience presenting data and evidence in reports, briefings and analysis for a similarly focused non-profit, international firm or government agency.

  • Experience of working in partnership with private sector organisations on research and data analysis would be an advantage.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to distill complex ideas and large amounts of data into clear and concise reports and presentations.

  • Strong commitment to the Malala Fund’s mission to empower girls through education.

  • Existing authorization to work in the U.K. or U.S.

III. About Malala Fund 

Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. Through the Gulmakai Network we invest in developing country education leaders and frontline organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.

III. How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter, indicating “Research Officer” in the subject line of your email. 

Please note that due to the high number of applications we receive when a position is posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is committed to safeguarding children and employment with our team is conditional upon successfully completing a background check.

Posted on: 14 October 2019
Closed date: 01 November 2019
Tags: Policy/Research, Advocacy

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