Program and Research Officer
Ipas Nepal

Ipas Nepal is a non-profit international development organization that works to increase women’s ability to exercise their Sexual and Reproductive Health, especially the Right to Safe Abortion and Contraception. We seek to eliminate Unsafe Abortion and the resulting deaths and injuries and to expand women’s access to Comprehensive Abortion Care, including contraception and related reproductive health information and care. 

Family Planning (FP) is one of the priorities programmes of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) with an aim to foster equitable access and utilisation of quality FP services throughout the country. Over the years, Nepal has achieved a remarkable improvement in the reproductive health including FP services. However, despite this improvement, Contraceptive Prevalent Rate (CPR) in the country has been stagnant for decades. In addition, contraceptive knowledge and use is low while and Age specific Fertility Rate (ASFR) and unmet need for family planning is high among adolescent and youths because of various structural and socio-cultural barriers.

Research suggests that youths are most effectively reached with messaging on sensitive issues like family planning among others when it comes from their peers. To capitalise on that approach, Ipas Nepal intends to orient and mobilise students in grades 11 to 12 who are studying in rural areas and provide them with the knowledge and skills to be “Change Agents” and disseminate FP messages in their community. Accordingly, Ipas Nepal invites applications from interested Nepalese candidates for the below mentioned position for its UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) funded Nepal Family Planning Project (NFPP) on “Addressing Unmet Need for Family Planning among Excluded and Vulnerable Women” implemented in partnership with Marie Stopes International (MSI)/Sunaulo Pariwar Nepal for identifying and orienting youths in two of its the project districts namely Kavre and Dailekh. The youth activity will be conducted in 2 project districts: Dailekh and Kavre. Youth related orientation and mobilisation will take place in Dailekh and Kavre in the 5 clusters (in each district) comprising 20 youths in each cluster.

Program and Research Officer

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Position: Program and Research Officer 
Duration:  1 June 2019 to 30 June 2020


Job Description:

  • Assist in the development of work plans and study documents including training manuals, 
  • Assist with collection, recording and reporting of research data according to study protocols, coordination of data management and oversee the data entry,
  • Contribute in data cleaning and data analysis,
  • Monitor, supervise and provide technical assistance to partner NGOs and research assistant,
  • Travel to study sites to complete site evaluations, 
  • Ensure timely follow-up of the study participants and ensure compliance with key deliverables, if required 
  • Track progress of projects including recruitment of research assistant, operational research activities and documentation 
  • Ensure research component is being conducted congruent with NHRC ethical guidelines 
  • Contribute to desk review and literature review
  • Facilitate training/workshop/orientation sessions in collaboration with local partners and prepare report capturing discussion points, recommendations and next steps 
  • Maintain effective coordination with local stakeholders and other relevant implementing partners of the project and ensure timely, high quality implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities and deliverables.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentation for variety of purposes and audience, summarize evidences, recommendations for improving project outcome
  • Performs other related functions assigned from time to time by Manager, RME Unit

Qualification and Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, clinical research or other related health science disciplines.
  • At least five years of experience in research, evaluation that focus on the reproductive areas such as family planning, sexual and adolescent health etc. 
  • Experience of operational research will be an asset.
  • Good oral and written communication skills in both English and Nepali languages.
  • Willing to frequently travel in the project areas
Applying Procedure

Interested candidates should submit application along with up-to-date curriculum vitae with subject as “Application for the position of Program And Research Officer”. Please make an online application and submit your documents through the link given:

https://ipas.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Ipas/job/Nepal-Kathmandu/Research-Officer_R18

Application deadline: May 24, 2019

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further selection process. Telephone queries will not be entertained. Canvassing at any stage of the process shall lead to automatic disqualification.

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