Research Officer
BBC Media Action
Established in 1998, BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. Working with media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in claiming their rights, our aim is to inform, connect and empower people around the world. BBC Media Action reaches some 200 million people through local broadcast partners, BBC channels (especially the BBC World Service), online, mobile and print platforms and through interpersonal communication. We are currently delivering projects in 28 countries, including in Nepal.

BBC Media Action has been working on communication for development projects in Nepal since 2007, giving us a well-developed understanding of Nepali audiences and significant experience of producing and evaluating media content on a range of issues to diverse target audiences. Our work in Nepal currently focuses on governance, health, resilience and humanitarian preparedness and response with strong gender commitments and focus.

Research Officer

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : Research and Development
Job Level : mid
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 0 ]
Job Location : 0
Offered Salary : None
Apply Before(Deadline) : Dec. 02, 2011 00:00 (6 years, 10 months ago)

Job Specification

Education Level : Master
Experience Required : Not Required
Other Specification



  • Strong experience in qualitative and quantitative market/social research.
  • Experience using qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Strong IT skills, including Excel and PowerPoint, and experience with data analysis software packages such as SPSS or Atlas.
  • Strong written and spoken English and Nepali.
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills, communicating complex technical ideas using non-technical language to a wide range of audiences from journalists, production staff and development practitioners.
  • Ability to plan and conduct work with minimal supervision.
  • Track record of delivering research findings to deadline.

Desirable, but not required:

  • Familiarity with commissioning and/or conducting research in developing countries.
  • Familiarity with media communications research approaches and methodologies (advertising and/or brands and/or marketing).
  • Experience of and/or interest in research on international and development issues.
  • Experience of working with media professionals in production-oriented teams.


  • Strategic Thinking – Can identify a vision along with the plans that need to be implemented to meet the end goal. Evaluates situations, decisions, issues in the short, medium and longer-term.
  • Analytical Thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks, for problem-solving and/or development.
  • Imagination / Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
  • Planning and Organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
  • Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
  • Influencing and Persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
  • Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.

Job Description

Overall purpose of Job

We are looking for two talented and experienced Research Officers in order to help the WST in Nepal in its research and development activities.


  • Analysis and Reporting- Possess good understanding of management’s reporting requirements in terms of providing analysis and recommendation for quick understating and decision making. This includes designing ways of reporting figures in an effective and strategic way. Also, work with other research team members to compile data and undertake other activities as required.•Proposing Research- With Research Manager liaise with internal clients to determine audience research needs.  Be involved in formulating research design, and using interactive data to inform business development/new opportunities.
  • Designing Research Methodology - Working with other research team members to design and draft research instruments, particularly those used for quantitative work and monitoring and evaluation.   Input and help draft research design – sampling, recruitment and logistics. 
  • Liaison with Agencies conducting fieldwork – Supporting the pretesting/piloting of research instruments, as needed. Monitoring and controlling the quality of fieldwork/data collection, project timeliness and budgets for the research projects being handled. 
  • Conducting fieldwork – Moderating focus groups and conducting depth interviews when necessary.  Continually looking at ways to improve data collection both feeding into research design, moderation and analysis of data. 
  • Presenting Findings - With the Research Manager and other Research Officers to help to disseminate the analysis of key findings and the strategic recommendations.
  • Personal Development - Review the latest trends and developments in research methodologies related to behavior change, impact assessment and communications research, and evaluating the same for adoption in the Trust’s Research and Learning work.
  • Training - Participate in Research and Learning workshops, and representing the Trust in other knowledge sharing workshops related to our project activities and project partners. Train and share knowledge with the research assistant where appropriate.

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