Ethiopia: Lead Research Consultant – Urban Refugee Study

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 05 Jan 2017


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit relief organization that supports various refugee populations in Ethiopia. DRC, with support from UNHCR, is undertaking a study to obtain reliable information related to livelihoods and coping mechanisms of refugees as well as protection concerns amongst refugees residing in urban settings. We are looking for a Lead Research Consultant to assist with the analysis of quantitative data, collection of qualitative information and compiling the research report. This task will be undertaken with support from DRC staff, including local enumerators who will collect the primary data, and quality control and management oversight by the Project Coordinator and Country Director. The tools for data collection have already been developed.


  • Analyze reasons and means, as appropriate, of refugees residing in urban areas and their vulnerabilities and protection risks faced in the urban context,
  • Study the existing coping mechanisms, including the role of remittances, access to livelihoods and benefits or opportunities of gaining ‘Out of Camp Policy’ status,
  • Analyze legal pathways and solutions available for urban refugees to obtain formal employment or reunify with family abroad,
  • Assess the relevance of services available to urban refugees and barriers to accessing these,
  • Provide recommendations for program delivery for the urban refugee.


Primary quantitative data collection will take place through DRC selected enumerators and using the already designed tools. This data will be uploaded into a database that the Lead Research Consultant will have access to and will be required to analyze. The Lead Research Consultant will use the quantitative data as the basis for conducting qualitative data collection through key informant interviews and focus group discussions.


This data will then all be compiled into a research report consisting of the following sections:

a) Executive Summary (max 2 pages)

b) Findings (max 30 pages)

c) Recommendations (max 5 pages)

The Lead Research Consultant, in collaboration with DRC, will further define the contents of the ‘Findings’ section but it will at a minimum include:

(a) Push and pull factors affecting decisions of refugees to reside in urban areas,

(b) The protection risks and gaps in protection service delivery,

(c) The livelihoods strategies, including remittances, and gaps in attaining these,

(d) The benefits and opportunities of ‘Out of Camp Policy’ status,

(e) Relevance of services available to urban refugees and challenges in accessing these,

(f) Use of legal migration options and family reunification for onwards migration.


The Lead Research consultant will report directly to DRC’s Program Coordinator or other assigned staff from the senior management team.


DRC is seeking to recruit a Lead Research Consultant for a period of 60 days starting on 23 January 2017 and with the final report submitted on 14 April 2017. An indicative work plan includes:

Week 1 – 2 Introduction to project team; initial analysis of quantitative data

Week 3 – 5 Key informant interviews and focus group discussions

Week 6 – 9 First draft of report

Week 10 Feedback on first draft

Week 11 – 12 Finalize changes to report


  1. A postgraduate qualification in law, social sciences, political science, development administration or population studies,
  2. At least 3 years of experience including conducting quantitative analysis on SPSS and qualitative research,
  3. Some experience with refugee and/or migration issues in Ethiopia,
  4. Produced at least 3 written reports, policy briefs, or publications in English.


a) The task will be completed on location in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

b) Candidates are also required to propose their own daily fee rate or a lump sum rate for the period and deliverable outlined above.

c) DRC will not provide any additional funds for transport, accommodation or communication.

d) DRC will office space will be provided.


Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (

How to apply:


Interested applicants who meet the required profile are invited to submit an expression of interest including:

  • CV(s) and or company profiles with details of qualifications, experience, telephone number and names of 2 referees.
  • 2 Previous Work samples or Publications

We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies, Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is 5th January 2017.

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