Job Title: Social Researcher
Location: Phnom Penh, with extensive provincial travel
Report to: Research and Learning Manager
Closing date: This position is opened until filled.
WaterSHED is seeking a dynamic and talented Social Researcher to help us engage more effectively within the rural sanitation and hygiene sector in Cambodia. We believe that exchanging and learning within our sector and within the communities we serve are the pillars of our success.
WaterSHED uses a systems-approach to build the rural market for water, sanitation, and hygiene products and services across Southeast Asia. Based in Cambodia, WaterSHED uses in-depth research to identify strategic opportunities and gaps in the wider system, and then works to strengthen the capacity and relationships between key actors to create a more dynamic and resilient market.
By engaging key actors in the system, including small businesses, customers, and local government, WaterSHED facilitates the adoption of toilets, water filters, and handwashing stations – building a market that functions independent of traditional aid. To date, WaterSHED’s hands-off marketing approach has successfully enabled small businesses to sell 150,000 toilets, generating more than USD $6 million in revenue for rural businesses, and helping accelerate sanitation coverage from a stagnant 25% to nearly 50% in five years.
WaterSHED has been featured in Reuters and Huffington Post, and is a twice winner of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures competition, a winner of Canada Grand Challenges Stars in Global Public Health, and 1st prize winner of the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge.
You will be key member of the WaterSHED Research and Learning Team, working closely with the Research and Learning Manager and in conjunction with the managers of WaterSHED’s various business units.
As a team member you will:
- Contribute to designing research and research tools;
- Organize field trips and coordinate with partners;
- Conduct interviews with rural households and translate interviews from Khmer to English;
- Implement action research as necessary;
- Document, manage, analyze and summarize interview data;
- Coordinate internally to share research findings and align research with program activities;
- And complete other tasks as required.
- A university degree in Rural Development, Sociology, Psychology, Public Health or a related field
- Several years of experience working, conducting qualitative, in-depth field research in rural areas in Cambodia or in the region;
- Demonstrated skills and experience in coordinating multiple and complex activities and in working on both quantitative and qualitative data projects.
- Sufficient English language skills to summarize and communicate research findings in English as well as translate interviews from Khmer to English.
- Not afraid to talk and think about topics that many people find uncomfortable for example discussing feces management and open defecation in simple terms with villagers for the most part of the working day
- Creative thinker, has empathy and inexhaustible curiosity
- Willingness to travel in-country
- Driver’s license for car is a plus.
WHO ARE YOU?
Working with us will give you the chance to use your creativity and deploy your ideas every day. We have a dynamic, highly collaborative culture that sets high standards for our work.
We are looking for people appreciate WaterSHED’s values and mission, have excellent communication skills, are entrepreneurial and creative, take initiative, and are enthusiastic. Good problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, honesty, and trustworthiness are essential. See our values at www.watershedasia.org/about-us
Interested applicants please send your application including:
- An application form (download),
- A cover letter, outlining your research skills (max. 200 words) and your involvement in past research projects (max. 300 words);
- And your C.V. or resume
to email@example.com with the subject “Social Researcher”.
Deadline: This position is opened until filled