A Qualitative Research and Design Analyst is a critical part of the Qualitative Research and Design Team. The role holder supports the rest of the division, as well as the organization in delivering on high-quality projects.

Qualitative Research and Design Analyst


Who we are: We are an advisory and research organization focused on advancing and applying behavioral science in the Global South, in pursuit of poverty alleviation. We work with organizations to build behaviorally-informed solutions to help scale their products, programs, and policies. Our rigorous approach to experimentation has generated impact in a broad range of fields from financial inclusion to health and early childhood development.

About the Role:

A Qualitative Research and Design Analyst is a critical part of the Qualitative Research and Design Team. The role holder supports the rest of the division, as well as the organization in delivering on high-quality projects.

The Qualitative Research and Design Analyst will support the Projects Division team and will be responsible for the execution of the qualitative phase of research within a project. They will also engage in a variety of qualitative research activities and is required to have a high level of self-motivation and energy, an optimistic “Can-do” attitude, and very strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills. Due to the sensitive nature of our projects and our clients, extreme attention to detail is required. Additionally, an Analyst should have the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Qualitative Analysts report to Specialists within the Qualitative Research & Design Team.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities

A Qualitative Analyst will work closely with Busara staff and directly with academic researchers and advisory clients to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

External-facing work

  • Design effective qualitative instruments and coordinate all activities associated with tool development, including research, formatting, and liaising with survey programming teams.
  • Conduct qualitative research in the field and support the project supervisor in field officer management when conducting qualitative research in the field.
  • Analyze, summarize, and present results from qualitative research projects.
  • Support the specialists and project supervisors in preparation of customized reports, highlighting main findings and key points, and effective communication of the results to the end-user both orally and in writing.
  • Create detailed and well-formatted drafts of client reports, research processes and findings, literature reviews, proposals, and pitch decks.
  • Serve as a professional and timely liaison to clients when necessary.
  • Contribute to project on-boarding and off-boarding for knowledge management.
  • General logistics planning for project activities as it relates to content outcomes such as phasing of field activities and coordinating client meeting.
  • Work closely with Operations and Labs staff to plan logistics for field operations, data collection, and data quality assurance.
  • Ensure that all project work is communicated with the relevant teams at Busara to ensure the proper roll-out of the engagement. These include, but are not limited to, Finance, Procurement, Operations, and People.

General accountabilities

  • Engage in multiple, concurrent projects.
  • Manage external and internal engagements with limited supervision.
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and resolve inquiries on external and internal research data and act as a resource for leadership, internal teams, staff, and external parties.
  • Maintain and update project timelines. Alert Project Supervisor/ Specialists of upcoming deadlines, deliverables, and meetings.
  • Strong report-writing skills and verbal communication skills for facilitating training to diverse audiences.
  • Perform any other duty as may be assigned by the Project Supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Public Policy, Public Health, Anthropology or related fields.
  • Strong qualitative research skills- both theoretical and practical.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player.
  • Interest and experience working in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Fluency and excellent communication and writing skills with a mastery of English and (if applicable) at least one other appropriate language for the office in which they will be based.
  • Extreme attention to detail while sustaining a global focus and vision for institutional planning and decision making.

Desired qualifications

  • Familiarity with behavioral science, behavioral economics.
  • Familiarity with qualitative data analysis software such as NVIVO, QDA Miner, ATLAS.ti
  • Familiarity and strong interest in Human Centered Design (HCD)
  • Exposure to large-scale research and consulting projects in countries in which Busara has an office.

This role is open to applicants who have a pre-existing legal right to work in Kenya or Nigeria.

As applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the vacancy is filled, you are encouraged to submit your application soonest possible.


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