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Local Researchers - Antananarivo

Programs | Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar | Contract

Job Description

Job description


Reboot solves civic problems by working with change agents within governments, civil society, and philanthropies to achieve their social missions. With offices in New York and Abuja, we work at the intersections of open government, media development and international development to build healthier information ecosystems and accountable government.


Reboot is seeking two (2) researchers to help us gather field research for a project aimed at strengthening participatory budgeting processes around the globe. This is a full-time, short-term engagement (approximately 2 weeks, starting in mid August 2018) in and around Antananarivo, Madagascar. Researchers will complete an in-depth training to learn Reboot’s approach and methodologies (1 to 2 days). Over the course of the two-week research sprint (August 20 - September 1, dates subject to change), the Local Researchers will collaborate closely with our team to conduct research through in-person interviews, focus group discussions, and analysis related to challenges faced by participatory budgeting implementers.


Ideal candidates are civically engaged and passionate about community engagement in Antananarivo, and familiar with local civil society networks and groups. In addition, an academic/professional background in communications (journalism, media, etc.) would be useful.


You have superb qualitative research skills, and are excited to apply these in order to support the goals of this project. You are able to understand and distill complex issues and communicate with diverse groups. One of your key strengths is your ability to build trust and discuss sensitive topics with ease and empathy.


Creativity, strong problem-solving skills, experience conducting ethnographic  research, and strong documentation skills are all highly valued. Direct experience working in Antananarivo with government (at local levels) and residents of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds is preferred. Fluency in English and Malagasy is required, fluency in French is an asset. Candidates must be available full time from August 20 - September 1, 2018 (dates subject to change).


Researchers will be responsible for research execution and documentation for one project.


Specific responsibilities include:


Research Execution and Documentation

  • Conduct field research in and around Antananarivo over the course of 2 weeks (August 20 - September 1, 2018 - dates subject to change). Note: This work will be completed 6/days a week, and long working hours are to be expected throughout the contract. A typical working day will consist of team meetings, multiple interviews and focus group discussions, documentation and synthesis activities

  • Digitally document field interviews and observations on a daily basis

  • Manage parts of research documentation and support documentation of final outputs

  • Provide in-field logistic support (i.e. arranging interviews, scheduling venues for focus groups discussions, etc.)


Research Synthesis

  • Participate in daily and weekly research synthesis sessions and support the research team in analyzing data to translate research findings into final products.  


Ideal candidates have:

  • At least three years of relevant professional experience in qualitative research, public policy, community organizing, consulting, or media.

  • A university degree in a relevant field, such as anthropology, sociology, or journalism.

  • Demonstrated experience with qualitative research and analysis, and ideally ethnographic research.

  • Close ties to relevant local communities, such as open government, civic participation, civic technology or education networks and services.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Malagasy.

  • Computer proficiency (especially MS Office and Google apps) required.


Candidates must be located in Antananarivo or the surrounding area and be willing to live on-site with the project team for the duration of the contract.

Reboot is an equal opportunity employer

Reboot respects and values diversity. We are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination in the recruitment, retention, training, or development of employees on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression, race, national origin, religious belief, political opinion, age, or disability. Diversity of perspective and experience benefits our firm and helps us deliver our best work. We encourage qualified individuals from all backgrounds to apply.


Selected researchers will be expected to participate in a full-time training and research sprint for the weeks of August 20 - September 1, 2018 (dates subject to change). Before and after this, the engagement will be part-time, requiring approximately 2-3 additional days.


Interested candidates are asked to submit a CV and a cover letter that describes why you believe you would be a good fit for Reboot and this role. In your cover letter, please indicate:

  • Your availability for August and September (in the event that the dates of the research sprint should change)

  • Languages you speak at professional proficiency

  • Anything else pertinent to success in the role


Only complete applications will be considered.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.