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Afghanistan Research Coordinator (deadline: 13 Jan 2019)

We are looking for a Research Coordinator who will manage our research projects in Kabul and Nangarhar. This role will involve project management activities, including planning and overseeing field research, managing the field teams, data collection, ensuring proper quality assurance and check-backs, and translation. This research will inform the design and implementation of a two-year project to increase social cohesion and resilience. The research will also serve as the baseline for research and monitoring and evaluation that will be ongoing throughout the project.

This role will be for a 6-month period, beginning in late January 2019. There is a high possibility that the role may be extended beyond the initial period.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us

To get a sense of the research we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/research/ but note the bulk of our research is unpublished.

For examples of projects in Afghanistan, please visit https://seefar.org/ and search for ‘Afghanistan’.

One of your colleagues will be Jessica. As Seefar’s Security and Justice Program Coordinator, Jessica will work closely with you and show you the ropes at Seefar.  

We are looking for someone:

  • Based in Kabul but available for travel around Afghanistan as needed, particularly Nangarhar.
  • Experienced in project management, coordinating field research and associated activities. This can include research components (structured surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions) as well as project management tasks (monitoring progress, supervising translation, logistical support, etc).
  • Who is completely fluent in Dari, Pashto and English and has excellent English writing skills.

This role will be for a 6-month period, beginning in late January 2019. There is a high possibility that the role may be extended beyond the initial period.


The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

The Project Coordinator will have overall responsibility for the implementation of Seefar’s field research activities promoting Social Inclusion of Returnees in Afghanistan. The Project Coordinator will report to the Social Inclusion Program Officer.

Deliver: Project and field work coordination

Approximately 90% of your time and attention is focused on:

  • Fulfilling the role of project coordinator using our internal project systems and processes.
  • Coordinating projects and personnel within the program.
  • Helping to design work-plans to address the research objectives of the project.
  • Organise recruitment of local researchers for quantitative and qualitative data collection.
  • Organize and facilitate a 5 day training in Kabul on research methodology for the local researchers (exact date to be agreed upon with research team).
  • Facilitate travel and logistics for two International Research Experts attendance for workshops/stakeholder meetings in Kabul.
  • Supervise data translation (into English) and cleaning, including quantitative data sets and qualitative transcripts.
  • Coordinate field research with the Research Team and the Field Teams including:
    • Supporting the planning and providing logistical support of data collection missions to Nangarhar and Kabul field teams;
    • Supervising the field teams in conducting all research activities and serving as the liaison between International Research Experts and field teams;
    • Maintaining oversight and basic quality control over field research processes e.g. checkbacks, data collection and interviews of key informants/stakeholders; and
    • Supporting the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Organize and facilitate workshops with communities in Kabul and Nangarhar to generate potential intervention pilots;
  • Other tasks as directed.

Direct: Global Management

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Cooperating with other areas of the Afghan Program and Enterprise to support corporate management overall. For example, adhering to financial and HR procedures.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have an undergraduate degree and at least four years of experience implementing projects in Afghanistan. You have strong project management skills, and complete fluency in Dari, Pashto, and written and spoken English. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

On or before 13 January 2018, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. Experience managing research teams and projects
    2. A first or Master’s degree in social sciences, migration
      studies or a related discipline
    3. Based in Kabul and available for project-related travel in Afghanistan.
    4. Complete fluency in oral and written English, including clear and succinct English writing skills.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form. Please do not include your name in your CV or Introductory Letter. This is because we assess your application based purely on your experience and the information you provide us, and ensure it is gender-neutral.
    1. 1-2 paragraphs with an example of how you analysed a problem to find a solution. What was the context? What was your role? How did you find a solution? What was the result?
    2. 1-2 paragraphs describing your professional working experience relevant to this role.