Director, Science & Research, WRI Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Contract
Addis Ababa
Posted 1 month ago

Job Features

Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org)

Job Summary

In this role you will help others to succeed using your strong analytical skills cross-disciplinary experience and passion for environment and development issues. You will use expert judgment to approve publications and will stand up for quality against resistance. You will ensure ethical / good practice of maintaining confidentiality of the review process and be objective and constructive in scrutiny and the effective supervision of plagiarism and malpractices.

Job Responsibilities

  • Create a strong culture of research excellence across the organization working closely with the WRI Ethiopia and WRI Africa Directors and the Global Science and Research team
  • Ensure that all WRI Africa-branded knowledge products meet WRI’s quality standards and are designed to deliver actionable results
  • Strengthen WRI Africa’s capacity to conduct high-quality actionable research by providing guidance on research design data interpretation analytical issues and effective writing
  • Build partnerships within academia and external subject matter experts to bring in all-round perspectives within WRI Africa publications and research outputs

Key Responsibilities:

Create a strong culture of research excellence

  • Ensure that the links between research and outcomes are understood by all program staff and pursued as an integral part of strategies to drive sustainable outcomes
  • Foster a learning culture where constructive criticism and candor are highly valued and staff feel empowered to speak up and discuss failures
  • Ensure organizational incentives are aligned with promoting high-quality research.

Ensure that all WRI Africa-branded knowledge products meet WRI’s quality standards and are designed to deliver actionable results

  • Work with the Directors of WRI Africa and WRI Ethiopia and the Global Science & Research team to oversee the peer review process for WRI Africa-branded publications
  • Provide feedback to authors on research design and the provision of robust evidence that is fit for key audiences—including policymakers businesses multilateral development organizations—and coherent with other research and publications at WRI
  • Review WRI Africa publications to determine whether they meet WRI’s research standards and approve them for publication
  • Assist research staff in identifying external experts who can provide objective relevant reviews of drafts

Strengthen WRI Africa’s capacity to conduct high-quality actionable research

  • Provide support to program staff on how to produce high-quality work including research design data interpretation analytical issues and effective writing
  • Identify skills gaps and contribute to the development of S&R research training modules to address those gaps
  • Create a regular series of early research seminars to provide early feedback to researchers connect the dots across programs and foster a culture of openness to feedback
  • Create a strong culture of research excellence across the organization working closely with the WRI Ethiopia and WRI Africa Directors and the Global Science and Research team
  • Ensure that all WRI Africa-branded knowledge products meet WRI’s quality standards and are designed to deliver actionable results
  • Strengthen WRI Africa’s capacity to conduct high-quality actionable research by providing guidance on research design data interpretation analytical issues and effective writing
  • Build partnerships within academia and external subject matter experts to bring in all-round perspectives within WRI Africa publications and research outputs
  • Ensure that the links between research and outcomes are understood by all program staff and pursued as an integral part of strategies to drive sustainable outcomes
  • Foster a learning culture where constructive criticism and candor are highly valued and staff feel empowered to speak up and discuss failures
  • Ensure organizational incentives are aligned with promoting high-quality research.
  • Work with the Directors of WRI Africa and WRI Ethiopia and the Global Science & Research team to oversee the peer review process for WRI Africa-branded publications
  • Provide feedback to authors on research design and the provision of robust evidence that is fit for key audiences—including policymakers businesses multilateral development organizations—and coherent with other research and publications at WRI
  • Review WRI Africa publications to determine whether they meet WRI’s research standards and approve them for publication
  • Assist research staff in identifying external experts who can provide objective relevant reviews of drafts
  • Provide support to program staff on how to produce high-quality work including research design data interpretation analytical issues and effective writing
  • Identify skills gaps and contribute to the development of S&R research training modules to address those gaps
  • Create a regular series of early research seminars to provide early feedback to researchers connect the dots across programs and foster a culture of openness to feedback
  • Participate in hiring of research-focused staff by providing support to staff on research design data interpretation analytical issues and effective writing
  • Contribute to research components of fundraising proposals
  • Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a discipline related to environment or development with strong methodological skills in social sciences natural sciences urban planning or related fields.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant full time experience in conducting policy research related to environment and/or development and minimum of 5 years of experience managing researchers
  • Proven track record of conducting and overseeing research that translates into policy and practice
  • Experience of mixed methods and cross disciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches
  • Track record of producing and overseeing high-quality research
  • Strategic thinking strong planning and managerial skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of specific research methods quantitative or qualitative and ability to communicate those methods clearly to diverse colleagues
  • Sound judgment and the ability to uphold high quality standards. Strong sense of skepticism and the ability to diagnose and articulate weaknesses in research
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor staff and give constructive feedback and clearly explain the reasoning behind decisions
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment in a collegial fashion as part of a small collaborative team
  • International experience strongly preferred
  • Prior experience of working in the international NGO sector is essential
  • Natural curiosity and interest in keeping current with the latest science and policies relevant to WRI Africa’s work
  • Excellent oral and written English skills and French and/or Portuguese
  • Patience persistence and willingness to stand up for quality under pressure

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