APRIES Qualitative Data Scientist

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: University of Georgia Research Foundation
Closing date: 30 Nov 2020

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Retirement Plan: TRS or ORP

Employment Type: Employee

Benefits Eligibility: Benefits Eligible

Advertised Salary: $84,000

Anticipated Start Date: 12/01/2020

Job Posting Date: 10/27/2020

Job Closing Date: Open until filled

Required documents include the following:
Cover Letter
List of References with Contact Information

Location of Vacancy: Athens, Georgia

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Classification Title: Researcher AC

FLSA: Faculty

Rank: Assistant Research Scientist

Contract Type: Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree awarded in the discipline

Position Summary

The APRIES Qualitative Data Scientist, funded by the U.S. State Department, will participate in qualitative research processes, findings, and analysis for a project on human trafficking in multiple countries in West Africa ending in 2024. The goals of the APRIES project are to establish baseline estimates of human trafficking in the selected countries in West Africa, contract with community agencies to administer programs to combat trafficking in these countries, and conduct monitoring and evaluation of these programs.

The APRIES Assistant Research Scientist will develop and revise robust qualitative research and analysis methodologies to examine data from APRIES research findings. This position will carry out qualitative research, analysis, and report-writing on tight deadlines with a high degree of independence. This position will also work collaboratively across the project team, located in multiple countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal.

The African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery (APRIES) is an international Consortium of anti-slavery researchers and policy advocates from the University of Georgia (UGA) and the University of Liverpool (UoL).

Additional Requirements

PhD in social or behavioral sciences, public health, education, or comparable field.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

3 or more years of experience executing qualitative research design and analysis projects; a background that includes working in or with international contexts, especially sub-Saharan Africa.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Expert knowledge of qualitative methods and research design.
Expert knowledge of qualitative analysis methods.
A background that includes working on large-scale qualitative research projects (e.g., 100+ interview transcripts several hours in length).
A background that includes working with NVivo and other qualitative software.
A background that includes working on qualitative research in diverse cultural contexts.
Ability to work on qualitative teams with multiple faculty and graduate students.
Ability to produce written work on tight deadlines with high degree of independence.
Excellent writing skills for a variety of audiences, including academic journals and policy stakeholders.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with domestic and international partners.
Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills.
Demonstrates professional behavior.
Exhibits a high level of initiative.
Ability to work independently and with multiple partners and stakeholders.
Ability to plan and implement required project responsibilities.


Research and Data Analysis – Conduct qualitative analysis to deliver insights into APRIES research findings. Work with project team in efforts to develop robust qualitative research and analysis methods. Work with large numbers of qualitative interview transcripts. Refine existing data analysis processes where needed. Stay up-to-date on the relevant academic literatures in order to produce cutting-edge qualitative analyses.

Percentage Of Time: 70

Write and publish reports based on data analysis.

Percentage Of Time: 30

How to apply:

To apply, visit https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/174752.

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