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USAID BAA Safe Return Research Associate

Req ID: 5389
Location: Iraq
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule:
Job Notes:


Join Heartland Alliance International to support our innovative programs serving marginalized and vulnerable communities.


Summary: Heartland Alliance International (HAI) seeks a Research Associate to manage the research fieldwork for a six-month research project in Iraq. This research will collect baseline data to evaluate a pilot project that will assist internally displaced persons from minority communities in the Ninewa Plains region of Iraq who are survivors of severe human rights abuses to return and reintegrate in their communities of origin. The Research Associate will work closely with the Associate Director of Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation, the Iraq Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, and the Iraq Deputy Country Director. Primary responsibilities include supporting the design of data collection and pilot tools, training of surveyors, and overseeing the data collection process. The Research Associate will also be responsible for ensuring data quality and conducting real-time data analysis.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Direct management of data collection processes and analysis

  • Assist with developing data collection tools and pilot tools
  • Set up and manage the data collection system used for field surveys using electronic tools
  • Assist with recruitment of surveyors
  • Train surveyors on collecting data through face-to-face individual surveys
  • Manage data entry and assist with data cleaning
  • Ensure data quality by monitoring the survey process and conducting data quality audits for on-going surveys
  • Conduct real-time data analysis and assist in drafting of project reports and papers
  • Ensure excellent documentation and file organization of research processes
  • Ensure adherence to all research study data protocols, including all requirements from Heartland Alliance Institutional Review Board
  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures


Administrative assistance to research project

  • Provide additional assistance to implementing the research project, including coordinating and facilitating events required
  • Ensuring compliance with HAI and donor requirements
  • Liaise with other HAI staff and implementing partners, as needed
  • Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or competency required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience: 

  • A Bachelor degree in social sciences , public policy, or related fields;
  • Knowledge of basic statistical analysis;
  • At least two years of experience coordinating fieldwork, including training and management of survey teams and research;
  • Experience developing and implementing survey instruments using electronic tools;
  • Experience in data collection tool design, data analysis, and data quality audits
  • Understanding of using mixed methods (quantitative or qualitative)


Computer Skills: 

  • Demonstrated proficiency in STATA, SPSS, Microsoft Excel, or other data analysis software;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook and Exchange
  • Other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance;


Language Skills: 

  • Excellent oral and written English language communication skills
  • Knowledge of Arabic or Kurdish a plus



  • Forward and Strategic Thinking- Able to understand the strategic intent and purpose of job duties and responsibilities, and able to offer insights to the management team regarding means to over-come barriers or improve processes.
  • Self-Motivation - Has an awareness of their intrinsic motivations. Understands many jobs have duties or responsibilities that the employee does not feel motivated to complete, but is able to identify strategies –or seeks guidance from management- to complete all work duties with the same level of quality and efficiency.
  • Professionalism - Thinks carefully about the likely effects on others of one’s words, actions, presentation of self, and mode of behavior. Monitors quality of work and selects the words or actions most likely to have the desired effect on the individual or group in question.
  • Reliability - Shows commitment/ dedication and accountability in one’s work, and follows through on all projects, goals, aspects of one’s work. Fulfills all commitments made to peers, co-workers, and supervisor. Works to achieve agreement (by offering alternatives, etc.) on time frames or objectives that can be realistically met.
  • Teamwork and collaboration- Willingly seeks and shares knowledge that will enable a colleague to improve in their job, or the team to advance towards a project goal. Takes into account the organization as a whole when making decisions. Separates one’s own interests from HAI’s interests to make the best possible judgments for HAI.
  • Adaptability - Changes behavioral style or method of approach when necessary to achieve a goal; adjusts style as appropriate to the needs of the situation. Responds to change with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives.
  • Integrity and Authenticity- Respects confidentiality. Contributes fair and equal contributions at work, measured by following through with promised and assigned work and honoring commitments, being honest about capabilities, limitations, and mistakes.
  • Cultural Humility and Interpersonal Awareness- Aware of and able to read cues in different situations then adapt accordingly. Makes others feel comfortable by responding in ways that convey interest in what they have to say.
  • Resilience and Stress Tolerance- Ability to manage difficult situations, seeks support or accepts offers of support when necessary, ability to overcome challenges
  • Service Orientation- Willing to assist colleagues or participants by performing duties outside of one's job description, able to recognize when someone is confused or needs help and offers assistance without being asked. When unable to help, directs the individual to someone who can.
  • Written Communications- Writes using concrete, specific language relevant to the purpose and audience
  • Technical Expertise- Keeps informed about developments and trends in one’s technical area.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee may be required to travel occasionally to insecure and limited-resource environments.


Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at +1 (312) 660-1431.


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