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State Researcher Roster
Sayara International

Sayara International is a global development firm that specializes in the design and implementation of rigorous research, behavioral-change communication, and governance strategies in conflict-affected and transitioning societies. Our 250 employees operate from field offices in Beirut, Kabul, Medellin, Nairobi, Khartoum, and Paris, with support from our headquarters in Washington, DC.




 Vacancy No: SISVA00070
 Section/Unit: Research & Program
 Grade Level: 1
 Supervisor: Research & Program Associates
 No. of Post: Multiple
 Duty Station: Blue Nile State
 Duration: Open ended, Project based
 Closing Date: 09 July 2022


Sayara International is a social enterprise combining rigorous research and communication to create positive change in fragile and conflict-affected societies.  Sayara provides complex monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in the most challenging environments. We work on countering disinformation, measuring social cohesion, and assessing education, migration, inclusive governance, climate change, and health.     


Sayara opened a branch office in Sudan in 2019 and obtained a certificate of incorporation from the Sudanese Ministry of Justice in January 2020. Since its incorporation, Sayara’s Sudan team has become a go-to provider of complex MERL services, as well as designing and implementing communication strategies to support social stability and change management.   


Through a period of major political flux, our team has continued to help our clients deliver tangible benefits to the communities they serve in Sudan. Our clients include UNICEF, Itad, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), DT Global, USAID, and the U.S. Department of State’s Global Engagement Center.   


State Researchers Roster: 

We are developing our Roster of Experienced Researchers for Short-Term Research Assignments 

Sayara calls on its roster of researchers when delivering MERL assignments for clients such as UN agencies and donor agencies across Sudan. We regularly contact members of our roster to offer contracts for qualitative and quantitative research in sectors such as migration, education, health and WASH. 

**Please note that inclusion in Sayara’s roster is not a guarantee that you will receive a contract.**  


Who we are recruiting: 

Sayara is looking for experienced researchers with knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Researchers’ responsibilities include developing a keen understanding of tools, training local enumerators, undertaking research, and acting as Team leaders for a group of data collectors to ensure high-quality data collection with relevant stakeholders.  

The quality of the data collection will highly depend on the researchers’ management of data collection and review of data, which is why researchers are required to have high attention to detail. 


 Duties and responsibilities:

Main duties of State Researchers: 

  • Join general training sessions (online/virtual or in-person) as required for research skills, research ethics, preventing and handling safeguarding violations, etc.  

  • Attend training for specific research activities as needed – reviewing tools (such as questionnaires and interview guides), the context of surveys and data collection time frames and processes. 

  • Allocate a team of local enumerators to conduct surveys with respondents. 

  • Review and ensure the quality of the data collected in the field. 

  • Ensure that the number of beneficiaries surveyed is correctly captured and reported to Sayara. 

  • Report certain situations that may arise directly to the program associate, such as safeguarding violations. 

  • Respect the confidentiality of the information shared by respondents, and maintain all other principles of research ethics. 

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Requirements and competencies: 

  • Previous experience in quantitative data collection specifically surveys using ODK, Kobo Collect. 

  • Previous experience in qualitative data collection (KIIs, FGDs and IDIs). 

  • Ability to act as a Team Leader for the field data collectors. 

  • Wide network of male and female enumerators/data collectors in the specified state. 

  • Able and willing to conduct research directly as needed, especially with sensitive qualitative data. 

  • Experience with Quality Assurance (QA) for collected data. 

  • High level of attention to detail. 

  • High level of punctuality, and very organized. 

  • Willingness to work in the field. 

  • Respect for individuals from all nationalities, ethnic groups, religions and minority populations, and a high level of cultural sensitivity. 

  • Familiarity with the humanitarian field is desirable. 

  • Respect for the importance of confidentiality. 

  • Ability to mobilize people. 

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  


Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should submit their up-to-date CVs through either Sudan jobs or through email to jobs.sdn@sayarainternational.com indicating clearly the position you’re applying for in the subject line (State Researchers Roster - XX State) by 9th July 2022. Applicants MUST indicate the State where they are based and have experience.   


Sayara does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process. Due to the high volume of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.  


Equal Opportunities: 

Sayara International is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, political views or activity, or other applicable characteristics. This also applies to all employment practices within our organization.  

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